Who among these eight Costa Mesa residents will be appointed to fill the remaining two years of Katrina Foley's term on the City Council? (She was elected last month to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees.) The council is scheduled to appoint one of the eight to fill her seat at its Jan. 4 meeting.
Billy "The Greek" Lobdell has handicapped the odds of each candidate. Here goes:
Steve Mensinger (1-10). A bigger favorite than Hugo Chavez running for re-election in Venezuela. Mensinger, a major player in Costa Mesa youth football, is on the 1-yard line. With three (and maybe four) backers on the council, he only needs to not fumble the ball while crossing the goal line.
Jeff Mathews (20-1). The parks commissioner is active in local GOP politics, recently being elected to the county's Central Committee. The fiscal conservative's worldview matches well with the council's majority. If Mensinger wasn't in the picture, he would be a favorite.