Former councilman Jay Humphrey enters race

He served on Costa Mesa council from '90-'94. He's active in CM4RG and opposes the pending city charter initiative.

April 03, 2014|By Bradley Zint
  • Jay Humphrey, who previously sat on the Costa Mesa City Council from 1990 to 1994, has announced he is running for the position again this November.
Jay Humphrey, who previously sat on the Costa Mesa City…

After a 20-year absence from the dais, former Costa Mesa City Councilman Jay Humphrey announced Thursday that he will be running for council this November.

Humphrey, 66, served one term, from 1990 to 1994, though he has remained active in the political scene in a variety of capacities.

In addition to regularly attending public meetings, Humphrey served on the senior center's board of directors and is treasurer of Costa Mesans for Responsible Government, a nonpartisan, grass-roots activist group.

Humphrey said he will be resigning from CM4RG, which frequently disagrees with the council majority, to avoid any conflicts.

The Mesa Verde resident said he feels he can use both his business skills as a retired pharmaceutical distribution executive and his previous council experience to bring "a more thoughtful, more comprehensive decision process" for Costa Mesa, where he's lived since 1978.

"I'm very concerned about the direction the city is taking," Humphrey said. "I'm very concerned that the outcomes that we're facing are not necessarily well thought-out and well-executed, and, in some cases, I think they're very poorly executed."


Humphrey joins a field of several other announced candidates for two open seats on the five-member council this fall. After two terms, Councilwoman Wendy Leece is termed out and is now running for Congress. Mayor Jim Righeimer will be seeking reelection.

Also running are school board Trustee Katrina Foley, an attorney and former councilwoman; Lee Ramos, a longtime resident who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees; Tony Capitelli, a congressional aide; Christopher Bunyan, a Banning Ranch activist who also served on the Cultural Arts and Historical Preservation committees; and Harold Weitzberg, a marketing executive who is a member of CM4RG and the city's Charter Committee.

Humphrey is a graduate of UC San Diego. He and his wife, Sally, have two children and three grandchildren.

Humphrey — who campaigned alongside CM4RG and organized labor against the 2012 charter initiative Measure V — said he continues to see no need for Costa Mesa to be governed by a charter two years later.

After the failure of Measure V, the council created a citizens committee to draft another charter, which the council will disseminate in the coming months before voting to place it on the November ballot.

"Nobody has shown me what the charter actually gives us that we don't have [currently]," Humphrey said.

Daily Pilot Articles Daily Pilot Articles