Mansoor Passes The Baton
Both the Daily Pilot and the Orange County Register reported Thursday afternoon that our young jailer mayor, Allan Mansoor, has decided to step down as mayor early next year after three contentious years on the throne. As might be expected, the CM Press immediately leaped on this issue with a little posting to announce the decision.
REMAINING STOOGES MAY SWAP SEATS
In my view, this is a perfectly played political hand. Mansoor will turn the reins of his dictatorship to his sidekick, the court jester, Mayor Pro Tem Eric Bever. They will, in turn, nominate and elect the third member of the troika, Wendy Leece, as Mayor Pro Tem. This will perpetuate the power of the current majority. Bever will be able to run as an incumbent mayor and may actually also be able to rack up three years in that role.
FOLEY AND DIXON STILL MARGINALIZED
This incestuous arrangement also perpetuates the marginalization of both Linda Dixon and Katrina Foley, both of whom have one year remaining on their current terms. It's widely thought that Foley will run again, but Foley is playing her cards close to the vest this time around.
BEVER'S TRUE SELF WILL SHOW
While this might look like a masterstroke of political planning to most observers, I think this just might come back to bite Bever where he sits. History shows us that he has only the most tenuous inclination to follow proper procedures - he's been chided several times for near-Brown Act violations on the dais, for example - so there's a very good chance that he will demonstrate for the electorate just how willing he is to play fast and loose with the rules when it's convenient for him to do so. There will be more than a few of us watching, ready to report his transgressions. I suspect the first of such opportunities will occur before the end of January.
THE FUN NEVER STOPS
So, dear readers, the beat goes on. I suspected this next year would give us a very interesting campaign - this move only confirms it.
On that note I wish you all a very Happy New Year.