Charter Informational Meeting Scheduled For January 4th
The City of Costa Mesa, through Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell, this morning issued a press release announcing an informational meeting on the proposed Charter City scheme being pushed by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. This will be the first - and maybe the only - such meeting as Righeimer tries to fast-track this issue to get it on the June, 2012 ballot. This meeting was originally being scheduled for June 5th, but circumstances dealing with a new 19th Street Bridge conspired to move this meeting up one day. More on that issue in a separate post.
RIGHEIMER IS SOLE AUTHOR
You may remember that Righeimer, alone, created the draft Charter that is being considered. You will also recall that he included a segment, section 603, that is the latest iteration of his failed Paycheck Protection Act. You have to give Righeimer credit, once he gets a bad idea in his teeth he just keeps chewing and chewing and chewing, apparently hoping he will eventually find a group of voters gullible enough to swallow it.
READ HIS SPIN
To give you some biased background, you can read an interview conducted by Dan Oney of PublicCEO.com and published today, HERE, in which Righeimer gives you his spin on this issue. He mentions a January 5th meeting - that's been changed to the 4th, per the press release, below. In his interview he says "no electeds" will attend this meeting, but I've heard the opposite. So, we don't know if Righeimer and the rest of the council will be there to intimidate potential speakers or not. He also says that there will be 8-10 public meetings, but the current schedule to get it on the June ballot shows a final vote by the City Council on March 6th - no time for those meetings BEFORE the council decides whether to spend more than $100,000 to place it on the June ballot.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH!
Mark your calendars: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center at Lions Park beginning at 7 p.m. If you want to hear about how Righeimer plans to hi-jack your city government, this might be your only chance.
Here's the text of Lobdell's press release issued this morning:
COSTA MESA, CALIF - City of Costa Mesa staff will hold an informational meeting on the proposed City charter, or local constitution, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center.
The meeting will provide facts about city charters, which transfer ultimate authority over municipal affairs from Sacramento to the local level; outline the differences between charter and general law cities; give details on the process to get a charter on the ballot in Costa Mesa; and encourage residents and business owners to give input on the proposed Costa Mesa charter, including suggestions for improving the first draft.
In addition, the City has created a “Weigh in on the Charter” button on its website homepage, providing an online form for charter comments that will be forwarded to Costa Mesa’s five council members, city attorney and chief executive officer. The website also features a “City Charter Info” page (www.costamesaca.gov/charter), which includes information on charters from the League of California Cities; a timeline for the process in Costa Mesa; a sample charter; and a list of the 120 California charter cities, which includes Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Santa Ana.
The first official public hearing on the proposed Charter will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at a special City Council meeting.