MOORLACH UPDATE — Happy New Year! — December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

The Daily Pilot published their annual DP 103 list today.  It’s the first piece below and I’m still on it. 

On Thursday the Daily Pilot provided a staffing update.  It’s the second piece below.  The city of Costa Mesa has not concluded its background check of my Chief of Staff, Rick Francis.  Consequently, I’ve been in limbo on moving forward with his replacement.  It looks like Rick will start with Costa Mesa in mid-January or later. 

The Fountain Valley Patch provided one of its top stories of 2011.  It’s the third piece below.


By the Daily Pilot staff

1.) Jim Righeimer. Costa Mesa’s mayor pro tem led an unapologetic charge to restructure the city with layoffs, pension reform and the creation of a proposed city charter, making him the target of organized labor and a hero of reform-minded conservatives who argue that the city’s finances are unsustainable.

2.) Nick Berardino. The general manager of the Orange County Employees Assn. led an equally unapologetic fight to keep public employees on the payroll, where he blitzed the city in an effort to stop some 200 planned layoffs and won an appointment to the Orange County Fair Board along the way.

3.) Katrina Foley. This independent-minded Newport-Mesa Unified school trustee championed schools, youth sports, charitable work and public employees, and also served as a counterpoint to the tradition-bound school board.

4.) Tom Hatch. Costa Mesa’s new city CEO found himself in the unenviable position of having to lead during what has arguably been the most difficult chapter in city history.

5.) Dave Kiff. Costa Mesa got most of the attention, but the Newport Beach city manager, aided by the City Council, made quiet but meaningful financial reforms that few would call painless.

6.) Nancy Gardner. Newport Beach’s new mayor, a pragmatic environmentalist and consensus-builder, goes her own way, but manages to do so with little conflict.

7.) Jeffrey Hubbard. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent pleaded not guilty to a third felony charge of misappropriation of public funds related to his old job as the Beverly Hills schools chief and will go to trial in January.

8.) Kimberly Claytor. The teachers’ union president voiced support for cutting money from the administration instead of the classroom and led a teachers union no-confidence vote in the superintendent.

9.) Leslie Daigle. The Newport Beach councilwoman and state Assembly candidate can rightfully claim partial credit for efforts to dredge the bay and improve water quality.

10.) Sandy Segerstrom Daniels. The Festival of Children Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and its founder has become a powerful voice for the voiceless.

11.) Helen Nenadal. Though not one to seek the spotlight, the head of the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. fought the reforms at City Hall and put her name on the lawsuit seeking to stop the layoffs.

12.) Steve Mensinger. The Costa Mesa councilman teamed with Righeimer in an attempt to restructure the government and put infrastructure improvements back on the front burner.

13.) Steve Beazley. The president and chief executive of the OC Fair & Event Center survived the proposed sale of the fairgrounds and had a fair this year that broke attendance records.

14.) Jeff Teller. The Orange County Market Place operator managed to convince a Fair Board hell bent on removing his operation from the fairgrounds to change its mind.

15.) Walt Davenport. The immediate past Newport-Mesa Unified school board president stood steadfastly alongside the embattled superintendent, earning an A for loyalty but lower marks from the teachers union.

16.) Allan Roeder. Costa Mesa’s well-liked city manager retired after 36 years at City Hall.

17.) Henry T. Segerstrom. The Orange County Performing Arts Center was recently renamed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts due to the patronage of the managing co-partner of C.J. Segerstrom & Sons (South Coast Plaza).

18.) Mike Henn. The Newport Beach councilman spearheaded an ambitious effort to revitalize struggling retail areas, but had to recuse himself from Lido Village discussions after some questioned his professional ties to one of the business owners in the area.

19.) Donald Bren. The Irvine Co., which Bren chairs, announced plans to build PIMCO’s new headquarters at Newport Center, new homes and apartments in Irvine, and a makeover for Fashion Island.

20.) The Irvine 11. Ten of the 11 college students at the misdemeanor trial were convicted for interrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine.

21.) Steve Staveley. Costa Mesa’s interim police chief quit in a huff, calling the City Council majority and its proposed cuts to city employees "unethical" and "immoral."

22.) Keith Curry. The Newport Beach councilman riled Democrats and those against political art on public grounds when he led the effort to commission a statue honoring President Ronald Reagan.

23.) Gary Monahan. The mayor of Costa Mesa took it on the chin after deciding to keep working at his Irish bar on St. Patrick’s Day after a city employee committed suicide at City Hall. He later apologized, explaining that it was the busiest day of the year for his business.

24.) Wendy Leece. It’s never easy to stand alone, but the Costa Mesa councilwoman voted against the layoffs and held her ground.

25.) Paul Reed. The Newport-Mesa Unified assistant superintendent and chief business official stepped in when Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard went on leave to lead the district.

26.) Scott Baugh. Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party.

27.) Tom Gazsi. Costa Mesa’s new police chief.

28.) Jay Johnson. Newport Beach’s police chief.

29.) Rick Francis. Costa Mesa assistant city CEO.

30.) Dana Smith. Newport Beach assistant city manager.

31.) Tod Ridgeway. Developer and former Newport councilman.

32.) Bill Lobdell. Costa Mesa city spokesman and a former Daily Pilot columnist.

33.) Tara Finnigan. Newport Beach city spokeswoman.

34.) David Hunt. Former Newport Beach city attorney.

35.) Tom Pollack. Newport Harbor Nautical Museum’s board chairman.

36.) Courtney Brown. Corona del Mar junior who led the "save the Fun Zone" demonstration.

37.) Tim Starn. Commander of the now-disbanded AirBorne Law Enforcement.

38.) Evelyn Hart. Senior citizen advocate and former Newport mayor.

39.) Roger Carlson. Davidson Field press box namesake and former Pilot sports editor.

40.) Chris Miller. Newport Beach harbor resources manager in charge of the Rhine Channel cleanup.

41.) Dave Ellis. Orange County Fair Board member.

42.) George Argyros. Newport Beach real estate developer.

43.) Geoff West. A Bubbling Cauldron editor.

44.) Barbara Venezia. Orange County Register columnist.

45.) Amy Senk. Corona del Mar Today editor.

46.) Roger Bloom. Newport Beach Independent editor.

47.) Norberto Santana Jr. Voice of O.C. editor.

48.) Greg Ridge. Repair Costa Mesa and Save the Fair activist.

49.) Sandy Genis. Save the Fair and Repair Costa Mesa activist.

50.) Jim Mosher. Newport Beach council critic.

51.) Perry Valantine. Costa Mesa council critic.

52.) Tom and Eleanor Egan. Costa Mesa council critics.

53.) Richard Afable. President and CEO of Hoag Hospital.

54.) Mike Whitehead. Voice of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Independent columnist.

55.) Martha Fluor. Newport-Mesa Unified school board member.

56.) Christine Anderson. Sonora Elementary School principal.

57.) Ed Selich. Newport Beach councilman.

58.) Rush Hill. Newport Beach councilman.

59.) Geoff Ianniello and Pam Williams. Newport-Mesa Unified’s nutrition services operations manager and nutritionist.

60.) Steve Rosansky. Newport Beach councilman.

61.) Anton Segerstrom. South Coast Plaza executive and philanthropist.

62.) Jim Fitzpatrick. Costa Mesa planning commissioner and water district board member.

63.) Colin McCarthy. Costa Mesa planning commissioner and head of the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Assn.

64.) Mary Hornbuckle. Coast Community College District trustee, preschool leader.

65.) Tim Vasin. Costa Mesa Fire Department union head.

66.) Jason Chamness. Costa Mesa Police Department union head.

67.) Aaron Harp. Newport Beach city attorney.

68.) Tom Duarte. Costa Mesa city attorney.

69.) Jennifer Muir. Orange County Employees Assn. spokeswoman.

70.) Billy Folsom. Costa Mesa city mechanic, employee advocate and face of Stop the Layoffs.

71.) Dennis Harkins. Orange Coast College president.

72.) Michael V. Drake. UC Irvine president.

73.). Mike Carey. OCC sustainability director.

74.) Gordon Bowley. Mesa United president.

75.) Jim and Linda Jordan. Former "Snoopy House" owners.

76.) Richard Luehrs. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive.

77.) Larry Weichman. Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce president.

78.) Tom Johnson. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year/former Pilot publisher.

79.) Ed Fawcett. Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO.

80.) John Moorlach. County supervisor.

81.) William H. Gross. PIMCO founder.

82.) Mike Thornton. OCC’s 500-win women’s basketball coach.

83.) Mike Bargas. Estancia football coach.

84.) Scott Meyer. CdM football coach.

85.) Robert Murtha. Estancia football’s award-winning tailback.

86.) Phil D’Agostino. Costa Mesa High School principal.

87.) Kirk Bauermeister. Estancia High School principal.

88.) Tim Bryan. CdM High School principal.

89.) Michael Vossen. Newport Harbor High School principal.

90.) Deborah Davis. Back Bay and Monte Vista high schools principal.

91.) Eliza Rubenstein. OCC choral director.

92.) Larry Haynes. Executive director of the Mercy House.

93.) Maria Elena Avila. Owner of Avila’s El Ranchito, Costa Mesa, and community advocate.

94.) Carl St.Clair. Pacific Symphony director.

95.) Louise Fundenberg. Balboa Peninsula advocate.

96.) Father Kerry Beaulieu. Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

97.) Kenton Beyshore. Mariners Church pastor.

98.) Mark S. Miller. Temple Bat Yahm rabbi.

99.) Marc Rubenstein. Temple Isaiah rabbi.

100.) Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini. Islamic Educational Center of Orange County imam.

101.) Fred Bockmiller. Mesa Consolidated Water District board president.

102.) Kate Winnett, Judi Gorski and Richard S. Robinson Jr. The respective commodores of the Bahia Corinthian, Balboa and Newport Harbor yacht clubs.

103.) Carousel pony. The famed Fun Zone merry-go-round galloped into history along with 2011.

Council to vote on new city position

Peter Naghavi would become economic development director if position is approved Jan. 3.

By Joseph Serna

Peter Naghavi could take over the city’s newly created economic development director position if the City Council approves the move next week.

Using $50,000 already set aside for economic development this year and shifting $70,000 from Ernesto Munoz’s old position as senior engineer, Naghavi would be paid $120,000 for the second half of the fiscal year with council approval.

Munoz is the city’s interim head of public services, a position Naghavi left to become the interim assistant CEO.

Approving the economic development director position would create a new level of management at City Hall. Naghavi would be able to supervise public services and development services, and coordinate between the two. Both departments play important roles in the city’s push for capital improvements, according to the city staff report.

As director, Naghavi would be expected to analyze and react to market and demographic data, and strengthen ties between the city and business community, of which Costa Mesa’s financial outlook is closely tied.

Roughly 60% of Costa Mesa’s revenue comes from sales tax — a stream of dollars particularly vulnerable to the ebb and flow of the national, state and local economies.

The council is looking to appoint Naghavi to the role in its first meeting next year, on Jan. 3. He would be tasked with developing an economic strategy for Costa Mesa and act as a liaison with the Chamber of Commerce and South Coast Metro Alliance.

City officials have announced that starting in 2012, Rick Francis, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach’s chief of staff, will take over as assistant city CEO.

Munoz will remain as interim head of public services, leaving the senior engineering position vacant.