Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Costa Mesa Sanitary District Audit Raises Questions

According to a story in the Daily Pilot by Bradley Zint, HERE, an independent audit of the contract trash hauler, CR&R Environmental Services, commissioned by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors late last year, raised a few questions.  Zint does a good job of describing the issues involved.  I did not attend the meeting due to a prior commitment, but have spoken to folks in attendance.

The results of the audit, which apparently found 80% of the responsed to 31 questions posed by the Directors when they commissioned the audit to be satisfactory, was formally presented to the Sanitary District Board Tuesday at the regular meeting of their Operations Committee.  This meeting functions much the way city council study sessions operate.  The committee hears issues but, since it is not an official meeting of the full board, it cannot provide direction to the staff nor vote on any issue.

According to Zint's story, de-frocked Sanitary District director Jim Fitzpatrick was in attendance and, based on reports from the scene, somehow managed to hyperventilate his way through it.  The questions and statements attributed to him by Zint sound like what he would say.  It's likely he will never recover emotionally from resigning from the board under pressure.  That's OK - he brought it on himself when he violated the rules by ignoring legal counsel and holding a seat on both the CMSD board and the Costa Mesa Planning Commission simultaneously.

The audit is on the agenda of the CMSD Board's regular meeting tomorrow afternoon.  At that time it is anticipated the members will give it a thorough vetting and most likely will direct staff to further investigate some of the issues that seemed not to be 100% satisfactory if they have not already done so.  I suspect Fitzpatrick - who apparently still has plenty of time on his hands these days - will probably show up and vent his spleen again.  As a resident and ratepayer that is certainly his prerogative.  However, it is hard to view him as other than a bitter man who lost his seat and just can't let go of that defeat - kind of like a playground whiner who wants to make the rules or he'll take his ball and go home.

Once the CMSD Board has made a decision on how to proceed after reviewing the audit I'll report on what I know.

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Blogger just wondering... said...


5/22/2013 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous smote thy enemy said...

fitz had an important issue and maybe we will get to the bottom of it. too bad the audit only answered what the board wanted answered and didn't do some extra work into other areas on their own. why so negative on a concerned citizen? are you trying to stifle public input from someone you don't agree with? if you want whacko, follow Leffler. she is never prepared, reads off the agenda item stuttering as she tries to form a question at the podium. Fitz does his homework. anyone else in attendance must also have a lot time on their hands, eh? or only fitz?

5/22/2013 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Meet Me at the Dive said...

"anyone else in attendance must also have a lot time on their hands, eh? or only fitz?"

Some folks worked hard all their lives and earned a good retirement. Some just live off the labors of others and cruise. These are the days of our lives.

5/22/2013 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim and Jade said...

"If you want whacko follow Leffler."

OK, call us whacko. Robin Leffler is honest, intelligent, and doesn't kowtow to out of town special interests. We don't like or trust Fitzpatrick.

5/22/2013 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I'm proud to call Robin Leffler a friend. Shame on any person who disparages her.

5/22/2013 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Jam and Jide said...

Robin is whack, I agree.

5/23/2013 07:34:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I wonder if the CMSD and it's contractor haulers have discovered the new super secret device that processes food and green waste into dried pellets for soil amendment in agriculture and liquid for making clean burning propane to fuel the waste collection trucks. It has potential to keep 1/3 to 1/2 of all waste out of our landfills and reducing our waste management costs dramatically.

It's inventor has built the prototype right here in Costa Mesa. I've seen it and it works, processing 10 tons of food and green waste like lawn and tree trimmings in just one day. A local entrepreneur is now building a 150 ton a day machine for R&D and testing.

5/23/2013 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

Smote - Fitzpatrick doesn't do his homework. That is the problem.

5/23/2013 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

smote - Fitz was broadcasting the CMSD was the highest rate, the study showed CMSD rated 9th and that is for one container, no customer sorting.

5/23/2013 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Fitz talking about himself in the third person now?

5/23/2013 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous update said...

What did they decide to do? Not surprised if the just kept the statis quo. This group is what has been wrong with our city for a long time.

Doesn't West have a hot line to his pals on the board?

5/25/2013 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Sure I do! I'll report on that later. Right now I'm trying to enjoy this beautiful holiday weekend – you should do the same, Fitzy.

5/25/2013 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I agree with Joe.
Robin is one of the most intelligent, honest, prepared, knowledgeable and hard working people I know.
Chairman doesn't hold a candle to her.
Like everyone else who dares to question his councildudes, she becomes one of his targets- hence his repeated trashing of her.

5/25/2013 06:04:00 PM  

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