Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Youth Program Rejected - Again

The Daily Pilot reports this morning that the majority on the City Council, led by our young jailer/mayor, has again rejected the Youth in Government program originally proposed by Councilwoman Katrina Foley and placed in the "receive and file" trash can at an earlier council meeting.

According to Alicia Robinson's article, (here), Mansoor and his mates questioned the value of such a program during their study session last night. I have no first-hand knowledge of the proceedings - yet - but will review the tape when it's aired on Channel 24 on Thursday evening (or on streaming video if it's available earlier).

This is not unexpected, since it was clear at the January council meeting where this was discussed that the majority had no interest at all in this program. It was clear to me then that this was pure political posturing - that they didn't want a program launched by Foley to succeed. Nothing has changed that viewpoint.

Several individuals were quoted in Robinson's article, among them the council court jester, Mayor Pro Tem Eric Bever. In typical condescending fashion, Bever is quoted as saying, "The youth in our community, the seniors in our community, the middle-aged people, everybody who has a brain and a mouth and a viewpoint, has access to share those viewpoints." What a crock!

This issue apparently was discussed for more than two hours Tuesday night - extremely long for a study session issue - so I can hardly wait to view the proceedings. I hope to glean some insight on the reasons the majority has chosen to reject and disappoint the youth of this city this way. Quite honestly, I don't have much hope of finding rational reasons for their actions - only politically charged rhetoric. We'll see.

Foley, who apparently said she won't attempt to revive this program, is quoted as saying, "I know how to count to three, and we don't have three votes." Sad, but true.

So, on this Valentine's Day - a day when hearts are on our minds - the mayor and his majority on the council have demonstrated, once again, that they are missing that particular organ. They've shown us, again, that they are intent on removing any program, concept or plan that might demonstrate that Costa Mesa has a heart.

Look out, Cupid - they're shooting back!

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Anonymous dvs said...

I think the city council majority did in fact provide educational services to at least a few young members of our community.

It isn't likely to be a lesson that will inspire them to stay connected to local government, it was a lesson they won't forget.

Good job improvers! Remember, you reap what you sow.

2/14/2007 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous watchur6 said...

Stop the hysteria, shut up for a second, and LISTEN! HEY! I said listen children. Committees are not formed for the good of the committee members but to help the council and make recommendations. The council has to spend time studying committee recommendations. Thus, if the council needed help in running some aspect of the government AND decided the best input would come from the CHILDREN, then, yes form this committee. If not, have the children learn in civics class.

2/14/2007 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous dvs said...

Dear watchur6,

I am listening. What I hear is a bunch of adults arguing semantics. If the defining language of the group was troubling, the council could easily have changed it and called it something other than a committee.

The argument that the school district is responsible for teaching civics is also a diversion tactic.

You and I both know what this was really all about so let's not be childish and hide behind disingenuous arguments.

If you don't want to support a project because it was proposed by two of the minority members, please be adult enough to say so.

You only make the opposition to this plan look silly by continuing any argument to the contrary.

2/15/2007 09:51:00 AM  

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