Thursday, April 03, 2008

Winships Thumb Their Noses

A couple of our good neighbors over in Newport Beach, Ron and Anna Winship, posted an entry on the Newport Beach Voices blog yesterday that is sure to ruffle the feathers of more than one Costa Mesa resident. The Winships, who also post on the SantaAnaCentric Orange Juice Blog, have set a new low water mark for smarmy, snooty, in-your-face comments in the battle for annexation of county lands between Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

At a time when officials from both cities profess to be attempting to mend fences between our cities, this kind of condescending tripe can only harm those efforts. There are already plenty of Costa Mesans who are offended by the holier-than-thou attitude displayed by more than a few Newporters without the Winships rubbing our municipal nose in the loss of West Santa Ana Heights. In fact, if I were one of those new Newport Beach residents annexed recently I'd take offense at the childish "instructions" provided by the Winships on how those good folks should act as new Newporters.

Now, I've read many of the Winships previous posts and I know they sometimes stumble in their attempts at tongue-in-cheek humor. Occasionally it seems that what might have been funny in their heads loses something when it hits the page - or screen, in this case. If this effort was one of those times, then I apologize. Read it for yourself and decide. You can find it HERE.

Newport Beach is a fine city with municipal wealth we Costa Mesans can only dream about. Our neighbors in Newport should feel very proud of their city and all it's assets. However, there are many issues in which both cities share an interest, including the probable expansion of John Wayne Airport, our school district, Banning Ranch and the future of the 55 Freeway extension, to name a few. Residents thumbing their noses at us across our common border certainly isn't very neighborly and won't help with our relationships on those issues and others.

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Blogger Connected said... do remember that Supervisor Moorlach (with tongue firmly in cheek) suggested that Newport try to merge (annex) Costa Mesa so that we can make Triangle Square our new City Hall...

Our two cities are already merged together by the Daily Pilot.

Why not make it official?

4/04/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Connected, I'm with you! As I tell friends, we live in "almost Newport Beach" - a block away. I'd be a happy guy if Newport decided to annex everything from Tustin Avenue east! Actually, a few folks have mentioned merging Costa Mesa and Newport Beach - some more seriously than others. It's not really a bad idea, but we'd have to fight the battle of "where to put City Hall" all over again! :-) :-) Triangle Square, our municipal white elephant, isn't a bad idea. It's centrally located and easy to reach, except in the summer when beach traffic slows Newport Blvd. to a walk.

4/04/2008 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Connected said...

Well...we'd better starting waging that battle before our City commits to the $50-$100 million dollars (depending on who you speak to) to build the new City Hall.

Or at least until we stop adding Mobile Homes on the lawn of our existing City Hall.

4/04/2008 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newport Beach may not realize it, but they desperately need their neighboring cities to support them in the fight to limit growth at John Wayne. I think it would be in their best interest to play nice.

4/05/2008 01:23:00 PM  

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