WHY THE CHARTER IS A BAD DEAL FOR COSTA MESA
A. No competitive bids on contracts and purchasing opens the door to favoritism, fraud, and corruption. (Section 401b)
B. The earliest that changes to the charter can take place is June 2014 and requires 8,600 signatures to get on the ballot. (Article 9)
C. If you have a problem with an ordinance, and you go before a judge to pursue your case, the judge will say “I’m sorry, but you are a charter city. I have no authority to help you with ordinances and resolutions.” (Article 8)
D. The charter does not solve pension issues. Only direct negotiation with the employees will reduce our liability.
E. Section 103 creates a loophole with open-ended power. (The third sentence in Section 103 states “General powers of the City include, but are not limited to, the powers necessary or appropriate to promote the health, welfare and safety of its inhabitants.”)
F. The biggest danger is in what the charter doesn’t say. Will this open the door for future councils to grant variances without standards or requirements? Will future councils grant variances simply based on favoritism and corruption?