California Green Councilman Resigns Seat

Green Party representative Karl Warkomski has resigned from his seat on the city council of Aliso Viejo, California. He is relocating to North Carolina to accept a new job. Warkomski served as the city’s mayor in 2005.

From the Orange County Register...

The city’s Green Party councilman announced Wednesday night that he will resign from the City Council and accept a job in North Carolina.

“Today is my last council meeting,” said Councilman Karl Warkomski at the end of the council meeting.

The announcement came as a shock, council members said.

Warkomski said he informed City Manager Mark Pulone about his resignation Monday. On Saturday, Warkomski said, he will leave for North Carolina.

“You really shocked me,” Councilman Greg Ficke said.

His reason for departure involves a job offer in North Carolina. He said he was unable to provide further details because he signed a confidentiality agreement with his new employer.

Warkomski was narrowly elected to the first City Council in 2001, when the city was inaugurated. As the lowest vote-getter of the five winning candidates, he won the position with an 11-vote margin.

The only Green Party member in an otherwise all-Republican council, Warkomski espoused environmental issues, especially on the city’s development projects. He also supported projects that pushed residents out of their vehicles and encouraged walking, such as the city’s trails program.

One of his last initiatives was his attempt to bring a farmers market to Aliso Viejo.

“You provided an insight on the environmental aspects of running the city,” Ficke said to Warkomski during the meeting.

“I remember when you didn’t have gray hair,” Warkomski responded.

Warkomski served as the city’s mayor in 2005 and is believed to be the first Green Party mayor in Orange County.

“You will be impossible to replace,” Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Cave said.

The City Council decided to hold a special meeting Tuesday to decide how to fill the vacancy. The council has the opportunity to appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 30 days or call for a special election, said Scott Smith, attorney for the city.

“(Warkomski) brought a new perspective not just to Aliso Viejo, but Orange County,” said Mayor Cynthia Adams. “It’s really not about being Democrat, Republican or Green. It’s about who’s going to service this community.”

Warkomski said his sudden resignation was due to the fact that he did not know about his new employment until Friday. He gave notice to his current employer Wednesday, shortly before the council meeting, he said.

“It’s a new chapter in my life that needs to be written, and there are absolutely no bad feelings,” Warkomski said. “I’m just excited to go.”

3 Responses to “California Green Councilman Resigns Seat”

  1. Otto Kerner Says:

    I guess it’s bad news any time a third party activist moves from one town to another. What you want is people rooted and known in their communities. The fact that this guy was an elected official just makes it worse.

    I sometimes wonder if parties like the GP would be in a position to offer guys like this some cash in order to stay put. How legal is that?

  2. matt Says:

    If another green runs for the seat, it would be nice of Warmoski to stump for him

  3. Chris Campbell Says:

    The Constitution Party, the 3rd largest political Party in the United States of America, has for sometime been concerned with the usurpation of power by the Federal Government. We also have been concerned with the Real Id Act of 2005, a Division B of an act of the United States Congress entitled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231 (May 11, 2005).

    This Act, set to take Effect on May 11, 2008, would:
    -impose undue financial costs on the State of North Carolina
    -take from the State of North Carolina powers left previously only to it, of the issuance of drivers’ licenses
    -place a citizens personal information on a card that could be used for criminal gain, with the possibility of financial and medical information. This card would be swiped through readable technology, instead of the traditional method of police interview.
    -Be used for possible checkpoints throughout the United States.
    As Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tx) has said:
    This legislation gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to expand required information on driver’s licenses, potentially including such biometric information as retina scans, finger prints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology. Including such technology as RFID would mean that the federal government, as well as the governments of Canada and Mexico, would know where Americans are at all times of the day and night. (Ron Paul -A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform, Before the US House of Representatives, February 9, 2005)
    Therefore, we the members of the Constitution Party of North Carolina-in solidarity with the Legislature of Maine and several other states now considering similar measures, call on our elected North Carolina State Legislators to pass this resolution:
    WE, the Members of the Legislature of the State of North Carolina now assembled, most respectfully present and petition the President of the United States and the United States Congress, as follows:
    WHEREAS, the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 mandates an unfunded national driver’s license on the people of North Carolina, and;
    WHEREAS, implementation of REAL ID would cost North Carolina taxpayers approximately $200-$400 million (conservatively out of the $11 billion total cost), and;
    WHEREAS, the REAL ID national database will invite theft of identity and invasion of privacy, and;
    WHEREAS, REAL ID will impose inconveniences and higher taxes on North Carolinians with no attendant benefit such as protections from terrorism; now, therefore, be it
    RESOLVED: that North Carolina State Legislature refuses to implement the REAL ID Act and thereby protest the treatment by Congress and the President of the states as agents of the federal government; and be it further
    RESOLVED: That the North Carolina State Legislature implores the United States Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005; and be it further
    RESOLVED: That official copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States; the Honorable Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff; the Honorable Michael Easley, Governor of the State Of North Carolina; Richard Cheney, President of the United States Senate; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; and each member of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation.

    We, the Members of the Constitution Party of North Carolina, do call upon the elected Legislators of the State of North Carolina, to pass this resolution without delay. We call on the North Carolina Legislature to pass laws interposing the power of the State of North Carolina, between her citizens and this unconstitutional attack on their liberties and welfare.

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