Yes on Measure V
Measure V doesn't change current practices. It preserves nearly 60 years of Costa Mesa city laws and policies. State conflict-of-interest and political contribution laws would still apply. Current bidding practices would continue, ensuring that the city saves money through competitive bidding. Measure V removes the city from local politics. It requires Costa Mesa to stop collecting via its payroll system public union political dues. Public unions wanting to use their dues for political purposes will have to collect these amounts themselves, as they should.
No on Measure V
In one breath, charter proponents say, "The charter preserves current laws and policies," and in the next, they say, "It will change everything." Which is it? If nothing changes, why adopt a charter?
The scary anti-charter propaganda pours in, filling our newspapers and mailboxes, but the truth is: The charter isn't scary at all; it's a practical tool to reduce our city's expenses.
Let's not approve the flawed charter. It puts too much temptation in the path of our council members. Let's start over and have a citizens' commission do it right.