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URGENT: Wayne Powell claims 3rd seat on Manhattan Beach council

There are 10 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 10, 2009, titled URGENT: Wayne Powell claims 3rd seat on Manhattan Beach council. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Earning 22.4 percent of the total vote after more than 650 provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots were counted at City Hall this morning, Wayne Powell claimed the seat he held by only dozens of votes in last ...

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Ter DePuncher

Kailua, HI

#1 Mar 10, 2009
I guess votes do count...
Sue Coleman

Camarillo, CA

#2 Mar 10, 2009
Why is it that so few of our Manhattan Beach residents do not go to the polls to vote? Do they just not care? Are they so complacent that the incumbents are doing such a fabulous job???? That can't possibly be the answer as I doubt that is that is the case. Especially when we need to elect a new person to the council. If you live here, than pay attention to what is going on!!! IIt is a privilege to vote and express your opinion through your vote. Don't expect someone else to do it for you.......
MB Truth

Kula, HI

#3 Mar 11, 2009
Sue –

You write a compelling question. But I believe that it is our elected officials, city hall staff, and our local media that hold the blame in this matter.

There is only so much time an average resident can afford to keep track of what is going on with the city. Thus, we rely on these leadership sources to provide us a clear message of issues, alternatives, and choices by which we can make an informed decision. But what we generally get is little analysis, an overload of useless information, and public relations spin or drama.

And blame the candidates, too. Did any of the candidates this time really distinguish themselves from the others in respect to past meaningful issues championed or conventional assumptions challenged? Did any even provide a crystallized vision for the future beside some ephemeral “small town” preservation that today is more myth than reality? For the most part, the campaign issues were straight out of the highest responses to the bi-annual resident satisfaction survey, with assistance to seniors thrown in (even though there is no evidence our seniors are underserved) because seniors vote the most.

Most experts acknowledge that it is the leaders that need to be progressive in increasing turnout by engaging and empowering public participation, through meaningful community outreach and involvement. This last term the council took up the issue of voter turnout and what could be done to improve it. Despite knowing that resident engagement and involvement, and a long-term perspective was needed, our council decided that the best they could do is to authorize return postage on vote-by-mail requests, as if the cost of a stamp prevents M.B. from voting. At least they rejected one re-elected incumbent’s suggestion to hold a voter registration contest with Hermosa.

We have no real media forum for bringing out choices and alternatives or developing community vision in the absence of City Hall/council leadership. The Beach Reporter is suspect from the outset given the amount of advertising revenue from City Hall, but one of their candidate forum questions was wasted on dog park expansion. No question asked for specifics and most responses just re-articulated the problem. The Daily Breeze never mentions those candidate attributes usually attended to by the media, such as transparency, accountability, intelligence, trustworthiness, or vision. Instead, the endorsements seem to have been written based on the candidates’ own representations in their campaign materials. The Easy Reader does the best (though is still lame in respect to city issue coverage), though few in M.B. really read the Reader.

From my perspective, until we demand better from those in position to assist with voter turnout, we can pretty much accept anemic turnouts. Which, unfortunately, means that we will never get the community cohesion that results from compromise and discussion, and which is required before we can make any real progress as a community.

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MB Hope

AOL

#4 Mar 13, 2009
Outstanding comments,'MB Truth'-- I couldn't be more in agreement. Thanks also for elevating the discussion level here.

A new culture of independent thought and continuous improvement at the policy making level (i.e., City Council) will need to truly develop if we are to have any real hope of increasing participation levels.

As you so accurately point out, a 42 cent enticement to register to Vote By Mail and again hanging out the tired old "Your Vote Counts" street banner are hardly ther acts of motivated leadership. We all may as well just stick our heads in the sand alongside the 75% of registered MB voters who again chose to sit this election out.

Going forward, I did sense a glimmer of hope from Wayne Powell on the campaign trail. Somewhere along the way Powell suggested the establishment of a manner by which residents could electronically submit comments to be publicly posted and considered in Council meetings. He also called for a few other related improvements that we've all heard pledged before, but never seem to occur, like moving the public comment period of Council meetings to the beginning rather than the end of the meeting where they are now, Council members holding office hours, etc., etc.

Alas, it seems most all candidates, upon getting elected, quickly get sucked into the mode of just doing things the same ol' way they've always been done.

Let's do our best to encourage Powell to stick to his guns and hopefully rekindle the flame that at least one or two of his fellow Councilmembers once had when they originally stepped forward to serve.

I know, I know, it's easy to anticipate only the same mediocre performance (at best). Call me an optimist, but there's at least *some* basis for hope, as Powell has already managed to get other Councilmembers on the 'zero-based budget' bandwagon; hopefully he'll likewise continue his focus on public participation, and maybe even meet with similar success in gathering peer support for associated 'zero-based policies'. ;-))

Another related idea that's been bouncing around for years now (but been quickly and repeatedly dismissed by the City Manager): why not have pertinent discussions like these, complete with our identities for accountability, prominently posted and reasonably moderated on a City website blog?

Sure sounds to me like an idea that's *exactly* in keeping with this Council's claimed desire for increased participation.

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Wrong

Playa Del Rey, CA

#5 Mar 17, 2009
The Daily Breeze got it wrong (endorsements)!

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Updates

Santa Monica, CA

#6 Mar 15, 2013
Wayne Powell was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council on March 3, 2009 and he won re-election by a landslide (well over 1,000 votes) on March 5, 2013!

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RoboHacker

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jun 18, 2013
Updates wrote:
Wayne Powell was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council on March 3, 2009 and he won re-election by a landslide (well over 1,000 votes) on March 5, 2013!
This post was downrated by RoboHacker.

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Idiot not Hacker

Manhattan Beach, CA

#8 Jun 19, 2013
Richard Montgomery, Kathleen Paralusz and Brad Jacobson are fake downrating the posts nonstop to get the downrating counts high. Don't you guys have anything better to do with your time? Get a life! Really!!!

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Jerk

Torrance, CA

#9 Jun 25, 2013
The fake down-rater is a real jerk!

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Los Angeles, CA

#12 Sep 14, 2013
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