Thursday, June 05, 2008

Leece Doesn't Get It!


BEVER WANTS A JOB CENTER
Mayor Eric Bever recently suggested opening a new, improved Job Center as a method of "fixing" the problem of loitering day laborers around town. Gee, that seems like a good idea, since the previous Job Center did precisely that for almost two decades before the City Council, of which Bever was a part, decided to close it a couple years ago.

BEVER WANTS TIGHTER RULES
Bever wants to tighten up our municipal ordinances that cover solicitation and also tighten up the requirements for "clients" of the new Job Center - using the recently enacted rules implemented in the City of Orange.

HASTE CAN MAKE (LEGAL) WASTE
I've read those ordinances and the rules for use of their Resource Center. It seems to me that they can create significant legal problems for our city if enacted. It's my understanding that they are currently being reviewed for legal challenges.

LEECE IS CLUELESS
One thing is sure - at least one of our council members doesn't understand what Orange is doing. Wendy Leece - in a response to a question by the Daily Pilot editorial staff - indicated that Orange requires CITIZENSHIP for any workers hoping to register for work at their Resource Center. This is FALSE! Orange requires a valid ID and documentation verifying the applicant's authorization to work legally in this country - which DOES NOT require citizenship.

Sadly, this is so typical of her comprehension of issues that it's almost scary.

JOINED AT THE HIP
In an interesting sidebar, only she and Allan Mansoor responded to the question, with Bever, Katrina Foley and Linda Dixon choosing not to respond to the question for whatever reason. It doesn't surprise me that Leece and Mansoor responded. They've been practically inseparable since their "conjoined twins" campaign two years ago when they surfed the wave of brown bodies in Costa Mesa to victory.

BETTER STUDY HABITS REQUIRED
As this issue moves forward let's keep our fingers crossed that Leece will study the subject a little more closely before making such blatantly inaccurate statements. Homework, after all, is part of the job.

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