Costa Mesa Heads Over The Brink
Well, in less than 48 hours the winners of the recent elections will be seated, new municipal officers will be elected and the new majority will take charge of Costa Mesa.
I suspect the council chambers will be filled to capacity on Tuesday, the 5th, by supporters of our young jailer/mayor and his running mate. I expect to see all of the "usual suspects" - the gaggle of "improvers" who have strutted, gloated and "rejoiced" (as one recent writer to the Daily Pilot put it) ever since November 7th, including one very controversial activist who has used his blog to bray away about what the "mandate" the Mansoor/Leece victory represents.
I won't be surprised at all to see Jim Gilchrist, the Grand Poobah of the Minuteman Mob, and some of his frothing out-of-town followers stand at the speaker's podium and praise Mansoor and Leece as "true patriots" and "brave leaders".
I also won't be surprised to see several of the folks who, for a year, have stood in opposition to the mayor and his motley crew and criticized him for his ICE plan and his tactics. It could be a very interesting evening on Tuesday.
I don't think I'll attend this particular meeting. If I'm going to up-chuck my dinner listening to fawning followers gush about their victory I'd rather do it at home.
Six months ago I looked forward to December 5th, 2006 as a date when we could, indeed, celebrate the return of thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable leadership to Costa Mesa. Sadly, that is not to be. Instead of electing leaders who have proved their dedication to this city through decades of service and demonstrated their skill any number of ways, a slim majority of voters chose to perpetuate the divisive and narrow-minded forces that have ruled this city with an iron hand for the past two years.
No, December 5th will not be a day of celebration as far as I'm concerned. I will mark it on my calendar as the day a small, angry group of people, guided by a very unsavory philosophy spewed by one twisted activist, kicked this city over the brink. I don't see a way to stop the slide.