Monday, December 04, 2006

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.

4 Comments:

Anonymous DVS said...

As your "bud" at the other blog does not allow comments, how about setting up a complete duplicate of his blog site that does? It would have to drive him nuts! The down side of course is that it would duplicate his spew!

12/04/2006 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous flo martin said...

hey, it's not the end of our efforts, but rather the beginning of a new phase, a renewal of our dedication to keep the City Council from going over the edge with any kind of right-wing agenda. The reasonable people need to stay visible in public affairs in Costa Mesa.

12/04/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous DVS said...

I find it quite ironic that the Gang Member picture on CM Press posting #25 comes from the Mennonite Central Committee website. One of their stated tenants is:

MCC helps people develop skills for creating peace in their families, neighborhoods, villages, towns and nations.
(http://www.mcc.org/about/)

Maybe CMP should actually read the material on the websites they steal pictures from. They might learn something!

12/04/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous watchur6 said...

The "divisive" element in Costa Mesa is the illegal aliens, NOT the people who do not like it. Geez....you really know how to twist a story around! I have seen very little gloating from the improvers although we are very proud of our Mayor and Wendy Leece. It was not a slim majority that elected them. Those 2 had more votes than all the others (4)combined! Those spewing the hate in this town are the illegal supporters who somehow think that makes them the "tolerant" folk. Tolerant of criminals yes, tolerant of good citizens who disagree with them, well not so much. Yet they try to terrorize our Latino residents with talk of "grand plans" to get rid of all Latinos! Very nice. Their proof? Well, plans for deporting illegals they say. Nonsense! Probably only 25% or less of our population, from all races, are illegal. They are not even the targets, just the criminal element among them. Closing the Job Center? Hardly. There are over 40 thousand Latinos in CM, less than 200 used the Job Center. This would not be an efficient way for a "grand plan" to work. Disbanding the Human Relation committee? What did they ever do? They were Orwellian thought police from the extreme left, spewing hate, and finding problems in everything that happens in everday life.
The real grand plan is to, to borrow a phrase, "return to" a time when Costa Mesa was a safe place to raise a family, to ensure that our children enjoy the same quality of life that we enjoyed. That lifestyle was hijacked by Snowden, Ericson, Hornbuckle, et al. You can call us patriots, bigots, blowhards, leaders, whatever you want. Costa Mesa voters have spoken! Enjoy.

12/04/2006 06:39:00 PM  

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