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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 Bradley Zint | December 20, 2012
Four directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District unanimously voted Thursday night to pursue litigation against Director Jim Fitzpatrick, contending that his prior simultaneous service on the district and the city's Planning Commission were incompatible and that he should be removed from his district seat. The move came after Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Deputy Attorney General Daniel G. Stone issued an opinion this week giving the district the authority to pursue the lawsuit.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
October 17, 2012
After hearing "stories" about what was happening at the Costa Mesa Sanitary District, I decided to do some research. I carefully reviewed two years of directors' minutes, two years of financial information and some existing contracts. I confirmed my findings with the general manager and a current director for the district. As former KPMG "Big 4" certified public accountant (CPA) and chief financial officer (CFO), I understand contracts and financials. What I found motivated me to get involved.
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By Robert J. “Bob” Ooten | October 4, 2012
Re. "Wu: Endorsements have started to roll in" (Column, Sept. 29): The negative Art Perry-Jim Ferryman-John Stephens campaign-bashing column by Jack Wu has incorrect statements, probably attributable to a Sanitary District director or the lack of research on both of their parts. Because I have been researching trash contracts for about six years, I wanted to point out some untrue statements, which takes away from the rest of the opinion in the column. I got a copy of the Newport Coast trash contract when several Costa Mesa city councilmen began to tout the savings in monthly trash service costs that the Newport Coast (NC)
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By Jack Wu | September 29, 2012
So we are more than a month from E-Day, one of the more pivotal dates in recent Costa Mesa history. Will status quo rule the day? Or will a new group take over the City Council and make Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's life miserable until E-Day 2014, when he's up for re-election? As we get closer to November, the endorsements are starting to roll in. The Republican Party of Orange County and the editorial board at the Orange County Register have endorsed Councilmen Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger and Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District was recognized with three awards earlier this month at the California Special Districts Assn.'s 2012 Annual Conference in San Diego. The association's Leadership Foundation, which recognizes special districts for their cautious fiscal practices and sound policies, awarded the Sanitary District with the District of Distinction award. As a result of having no workers' compensation claims in the last five years, the Sanitary District was also given the 2012 McMurchie Excellence in Safety Award for the Workers' Compensation Program from the Special District Risk Management Authority.
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By Joseph Serna | August 31, 2012
Political watchers speculate that if eight candidates with ties to the Republican Party of Orange County win office in November, special districts that provide trash and water services could be combined. Bob Ooten, president of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District's board of directors, said there's a possibility that his organization could merge with the Mesa Consolidated Water District. He believes the OCGOP, in an effort to shrink government, is backing some candidates and tacitly supporting others who want fewer agencies.
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