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March 14, 2012
Lawsuit: The March 14 article “Costa Mesa employee lawsuit moves forward” should have stated that the City Council majority is hoping to put a proposed city charter on the June ballot to increase local control. Switching to a charter city does not undercut any part of the employees' lawsuit.
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By Pamela Wilson | October 10, 2012
During the last several years, there has been little our city and its residents have been able to rely on. As the economy faltered, incoming revenues were uncertain. Government services have been cut due to a lack of funds. Yet one fact remains as consistent as ever: Sacramento politicians continue to do what they can to meddle in our city's affairs and impose burdensome laws that cost taxpayer dollars. It should be Costa Mesa's right to manage our own affairs and make decisions that will benefit our citizens and taxpayers, not the special interests to which the Sacramento politicians are beholden.
NEWS
November 4, 2011
After reading Friday's article, "Kids to 'occupy' Fun Zone," I must say, it's great to see young people get involved in their community and we welcome Courtney Brown and her friends to our open house this weekend. After reading their comments, their enthusiasm is inspiring, and honestly, it appears we are all on the same page: Let's put the fun back in the Fun Zone! The whole objective for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum renovation is to be more relevant and more inspiring, and to relate better to a new generation.
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By Jay Humphrey | October 11, 2012
Re. " Commentary: Column twisted facts about charter city," (Oct. 5): Jerry Kern's commentary is another of the "rush-to-get-a-charter-approved" group's attempt to sell a flawed charter to Costa Mesans. Keep in mind that Kern was the chief proponent for the charter in his town, Oceanside. In setting the record straight, he comments that he can "absolutely document that our 2-year-old-charter has saved local taxpayers several hundreds of thousands of dollars. " Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Righeimer, the leader for the proposed charter, proclaims that our charter will save Costa Mesa millions of dollars in the first couple of years.
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By Byron de Arakal and By Byron de Arakal | December 1, 2012
Democracy and sausage-making have often been "linked" (sorry) as really ugly processes that produce good things. But having just passed through one of the nastiest local election cycles I can remember, I'm not feeling the parity between the two anymore. The comparison gives sausage-making a bad name. We can, though, cling to this one soothing truth about our form of government: We vote, the votes are counted, and the winners take their seats without gunfire or bloodshed. Or at least as far as I know.
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By Geoff West | December 6, 2012
Re. " Commentary: Charter government suits Costa Mesa's personality," (Dec. 2): My great friend, Byron de Arakal, the man responsible for me writing my very first letter to this fine newspaper more than a decade ago, recently wrote a commentary on these pages opining that a charter form of government "suited Costa Mesa's personality," and went into great detail explaining why. Over the years, Byron and I have discussed many of the pithy...
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By Alicia Lopez, Special to the Daily Pilot | December 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — It's no surprise that any move made by city leaders can get people talking — and worrying. When Costa Mesa CEO Tom Hatch named Rick Francis as his new assistant CEO, starting in early January, many wanted to know why he would leave his job as chief of staff for Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. Others wanted to know how his work with the county would translate to city government. And a few even wondered about his time as a pastor for Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.
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By Jack Wu | October 6, 2012
Almost 20 years ago, my business mentor taught me that I have to make things happen. If I wait for things to happen, then I'll watch opportunities go right by. He also taught me that he'd rather watch me make mistakes by trying and failing then by fear, indecision and uncertainty. The only catch: Don't make the same mistake twice. Trust my instincts and experience, he advised, and I'd do fine. From my safe perch a mile away in Newport Beach, I look at the Costa Mesa City Council election in the same way. On one side we have the "establishment," who has aggressively been trying to save Costa Mesa from fiscal disaster.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
Re "Commentary: I provoked 'near riot' at council meeting," Feb. 18: Kevin Dayton wrote a letter in the Daily Pilot promoting himself as a principal with the self-styled Dayton Policy Institute in Sacramento. He professes to be some kind of authority on "prevailing wages. " It takes only 30 seconds on Google to find out that Dayton is vice president of government affairs (euphemism for lobbyist) for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a trade association of "non-union" construction contractors.
NEWS
January 10, 2012
(Re. "Charter met with cynicism" by Joseph Serna, Jan. ): Serna's assessment that the attendees of the informational meeting Jan. 4 were disappointed, angry and, yes, cynical is correct. However, where I believe Serna's observations diverge from what was actually being discussed by the attendees of the meeting is exemplified by this statement: "... there was little talk at the meeting about the pros and cons of a city charter among residents. " I met with many small groups of four to five people who had already read the charter as well as all of the other material that city CEO Tom Hatch asserted that many people might not have read yet. People had a general idea of the differences between a general law city and a charter city.
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