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December 21, 2012
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District named Jim Ferryman as its president for the next two years, the district announced Friday. Ferryman has served on the sanitary district since 1988 as a board member and was recently reelected to serve a seventh term, according to the Costa Mesa Sanitary District. Previously Ferryman served as president of Newport-Mesa Unified School District and chairman of the Orange County Sanitation District. He serves on the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency's executive board.
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By Jim Wahner | November 2, 2012
Claim : CMSD politicians vote themselves a "Cadillac" health care plan. Response : The Board did vote for Board members to be able use a group health care plan just like City Councilmen and MESA Water Directors have. One Sanitary Board member has opted to use the plan at a cost to the public of $112 per month. The Board member pays about $470 per month. Claim : Costa Mesa residents pay ($19.95), nearly double what Newport Coast pays. Response : It is an apples to oranges comparison if you read the contract.
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February 5, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. The seat vacated by former Director Jim Fitzpatrick lasts until December 2014. Fitzpatrick resigned the seat in January, saying at the time that he no longer wanted to defend himself from the Sanitary District's lawsuit that alleged his prior concurrent service on the district and the Costa Mesa Planning Commission were incompatible. Fitzpatrick has since been appointed to the Planning Commission.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | April 28, 2012
Newport Beach-centric issues are in my wheelhouse. The $150-million symbol of government decadence (new Civic Center), the $2-million Bridge to Nowhere, or the Newport Beach City Council. If you ask me any of those issues, I'll have an opinion. But if you asked me about something Costa Mesa-related? I wouldn't be too comfortable with it. I'd research it, but ultimately wouldn't feel comfortable enough to write coherently. However, something kept getting under my skin, so I started researching and making calls.
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By Sarah Peters | May 24, 2012
The Cosa Mesa Sanitary District has received an 89.9% approval rating from residents, according to a survey conducted by a local research firm on the district's behalf. Survey conductors speaking English, Spanish and Vietnamese polled 1,000 voters within the district via landline and cell phone April 19 to 26, according to the report published by Probolsky Research, Newport Beach. The firm's principal, Adam Probolsky, is a well known for political polling. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated that Adam Probolsky is a well-known Republican Party pollster.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 19, 2012
The state attorney general has ruled that the Costa Mesa Sanitary District may sue to remove one of its directors because of a potential incompatibility in his prior service to both the district and the city's Planning Commission. Kamala D. Harris and Deputy Attorney General Daniel G. Stone wrote in their public opinion Tuesday that Jim Fitzpatrick, in accepting a four-year reappointment seat to the Planning Commission in January 2011, may have forfeited his concurrent seat on the district's board of directors.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 27, 2012
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District will not pay embattled Director Jim Fitzpatrick's legal fees. Fitzpatrick's peers on the district's board are trying to remove him from his elected seat, arguing that his previously concurrent post on the Costa Mesa Planning Commission posed a potential conflict of interest. Fitzpatrick, who stepped down from the planning board, had sought compensation from the Sanitary District to help him pay the legal counsel who is helping him defend his seat.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and Jill Cowan | February 22, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District board of directors appointed Arlene Schafer on Friday morning to fill a vacancy created after a recent resignation. She will serve out the remainder of former Director Jim Fitzpatrick's term, which runs until December 2014. Current board members voted unanimously to select Schafer, citing her experience serving on the board previously and her likely ability to quickly move back into the role. Schafer said she was "relieved" upon being chosen.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 17, 2012
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District's board is continuing its effort to remove Jim Fitzpatrick from the board because of a perceived conflict of interest with his recently relinquished Planning Commission seat. Fitzpatrick dropped the planning post after the Sanitary District directors said his involvement with both boards could one day prove incompatible. But his peers on the board do not believe the potential for conflict disappeared with his resignation. "Board member Fitzpatrick caused this by accepting the Planning Commission position after being advised by both the district counsel and the city's attorney that there was this legal doctrine that could cause him to lose his office," board President Bob Ooten wrote in an email.
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By Bradley Zint | April 23, 2014
When Costa Mesa Sanitary District employees arrived at work Wednesday morning, they found themselves witnessing the aftermath of an unusually dirty mess. Someone had thrown feces on the district's West 19th Street headquarters, contaminating the sidewalls, windows and front door. Given some past issues in the area, district officials believe a homeless person is responsible for the act, which was cleaned up by a power-washer service by around 8 a.m. - an hour after employees first saw the damage and before police arrived to make their report.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 25, 2014
Costa Mesa Sanitary District ratepayers' relatively luxurious one-trash-bin-holds-all system was nice while it lasted. The longtime program that permitted all types of refuse to go into a single bin - no sorting required - faced the end of its run Tuesday with the district directors' unanimous approval of an organics recycling program. The new system could begin as soon as November. The program, estimated to cost about $504,000 annually, will have residents separate their trash for organics, which include gardening clippings and food scraps.
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By Bradley Zint | November 22, 2013
Costa Mesa Sanitary District directors voted unanimously Thursday to begin an environmental review of a proposed organic recycling program. The program, if implemented, would come at the expense of what many Costa Mesans have enjoyed for years: the relative ease of putting all their trash in one bin and not sorting it. Under the six-year contract with CR&R Environmental Services, the district would provide all households with a 64-gallon bin...
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By Bradley Zint | July 4, 2013
Costa Mesa Sanitary District board members recently approved an increased sewer rate and decreased solid waste disposal rate for single-family residential homes. Effective Monday, homes within the service area - primarily made up of Costa Mesa and portions of Newport Beach - will pay an $85.34 yearly sewer fee, or an additional $1.36 per month. The previous annual fee was $69. According to the Sanitary District's website, the increase was needed because, as a recent wastewater rate study showed, single-family homes were paying too little while other types of properties were paying too much.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District announced this week that it has received a special certificate for its transparency efforts. The award came from the Special District Leadership Foundation, a Sacramento-based, independent nonprofit that was formed "to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts," according to a sanitary district news release. The local agency is the eighth special district in California, and the only in Orange County, to receive the award.
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By Bradley Zint and Jill Cowan | February 22, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District board of directors appointed Arlene Schafer on Friday morning to fill a vacancy created after a recent resignation. She will serve out the remainder of former Director Jim Fitzpatrick's term, which runs until December 2014. Current board members voted unanimously to select Schafer, citing her experience serving on the board previously and her likely ability to quickly move back into the role. Schafer said she was "relieved" upon being chosen.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District directors selected six finalists Tuesday morning from an applicant pool of 19 vying for Director Jim Fitzpatrick's vacated seat. Arlene Schafer, Shivaji Deshmukh, Al Morelli, Jeffrey Harlan, Dan Worthington and Linda Dixon are scheduled for a final interview at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The interviews will be open to the public at the district's headquarters, 628 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The board will likely finalize its decision Friday and, pending a background check, the new director would begin at the regular board meeting on Feb. 27. Schafer, a former Costa Mesa mayor, and Worthington have previously served on the district's board, for terms lasting 16 and 12 years, respectively.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 19, 2013
Nineteen applicants are vying for the Costa Mesa Sanitary District seat left vacant since Director Jim Fitzpatrick's resignation. The district's four directors are scheduled to review the 19 applications during a special meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the district's headquarters, 628 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. Arlene Schafer, whom Fitzpatrick defeated when he was elected, is applying to recpature the seat she held for 16 years. The other applicants, all residents within the district's service area, are: •Tamara Allee, a civil engineer and substitute teacher; •Shivaji Deshmukh, assistant general manager of the West Basin Municipal Water District in Carson; •Linda Dixon, an independent fundraising consultant; •Paul Flanagan, a retired doctor; •Tom Graham, a retired consumer electronics executive; •Jeffrey Harlan, a Daily Pilot columnist and urban planner; •Mike Harmanos, an online marketing consultant; •Don Harper, a city parks commissioner and business developer/credit officer; •Mark Harris, a retired utilities equipment specialist with the city of Newport Beach; •Richard Kapko, a certified public accountant; •Jim Konves, a retired water maintenance supervisor with the Irvine Ranch Water District; •Lisa Manfredi, a businesswoman; •Al Morelli, a consultant and engineering professor; •Darrell Neft, an electrical engineer; •Jerry Totman, a marketing consultant; •Russell...
NEWS
February 5, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. The seat vacated by former Director Jim Fitzpatrick lasts until December 2014. Fitzpatrick resigned the seat in January, saying at the time that he no longer wanted to defend himself from the Sanitary District's lawsuit that alleged his prior concurrent service on the district and the Costa Mesa Planning Commission were incompatible. Fitzpatrick has since been appointed to the Planning Commission.
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By Bradley Zint | January 15, 2013
Jim Fitzpatrick resigned from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District on Monday, saying he no longer wanted to defend himself in a lawsuit over a perceived conflict of interest. His colleagues had contended that his prior concurrent service on the Sanitary District's board and the Costa Mesa Planning Commission from December 2010 to May 2012 was incompatible. They accepted Fitzpatrick's resignation letter during a special meeting at the district's West 19th Street headquarters, where they also announced that they would be dropping their conflict-of-interest lawsuit as a result.
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