Friday, September 19, 2008

THE MOUTH IS ON THE HUNT!


SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SAID
As reluctant
as I am to leave you with something negative as we launch off into another wonderful weekend where eager candidates will come knocking on your door, cajoling and informing you in an attempt to win your votes, there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

POOR BABY
!
The Mouth From Mesa North is on a whiny tirade again, this time taking umbrage with comments posted on the Daily Pilot blog that mentions him by name. He utilized his CM
Press #490 today to chide and intimidate writer BKrochman, who used the Daily Pilot blog this week to address the issue of passive parks.

HE DOESN'T WANT CONVERSATION
Apparently The Mouth is eager to engage BKrochman in a discussion
of his views, which should come as a real shock to anyone who has watched him over the years. His performance in the past indicates that he has no interest in the views of others. If he cared about a real discussion he'd permit comments to be posted on his blog. But, no, he can't be bothered with the opinions of the lowly miscreants who disagree with him. He's like a a two-way radio that's stuck on "Send"! What I suspect he really wants is to berate BKrochman, not debate with him.

THE BULLY

Of greater concern is the apparent lengths to which he seems to be going to hunt down BKrochman, as though he's stalking a wild animal. This should make BKrochman more than a little uneasy. In the past The Mouth has demonstrated a tendency to threaten and attempt to intimidate opponents, and even those he supported, to either knock them back into line or to shut down the voice of opposition. This is typical behavior by any bully, which this character certainly is.

CAN'T HAVE IT B
OTH WAYS
It's actually amusing when you think about it. Here's a guy who loves the spotlight! He frequently spouts off that he writes to be read and waves his three pathetic books around on the speaker's podium. He boasts of having been an actor - trust me, if you saw his movie you would realize this is wishful thinking, at best - and y
et, when he is mentioned by name and given a spotlight he comes even more unglued than normal.

BLACK-SHIRTED PIT BULL
The Mouth has become the attack dog for the current majority on the council and hit man for troika of men he supports in the upcoming election. He gleefully taunts and chides the newcomers in the campaign, especially those who pose a threat to his chosen three. He, of course, is relentless in his taunting and denigrating o
f Katrina Foley because she takes none of the guff he spews from the speaker's podium and makes the most sense of any of the current council members.

FAMILY VALUES?

In the case of Foley, he takes great joy in chiding her for being a good parent, in addition to being an excellent council member and darn good lawyer, w
hich makes one wonder what kind of a family life he's involved in. Somehow, when I see him scowling and smirking at the podium, and read his many venom-laced essays, the image of him happily playing with small children just never pops into my mind. If I were to bet, I'd bet that life in his home is more like a boot camp than a place of nurturing, instruction and love - but, that's just my guess - I might be wrong.

PERNICIOUS PERFORMANCES

So, dear neighbors, for the next month and a half we can look forward to The Mouth doing his best to discourage and discredit council candidates who are challenging the stranglehold of the current majority so
he can have seated more members that are sympathetic to his warped view of the world. I actually hope he continues to puff and rant and attempt to intimidate candidates and other writers. There are those of us out here writing our opinions that will point out his performances as they occur and, perhaps, a few voters will understand just what a pernicious influence he is in this city and reject those candidates he supports.

HAVE FUN
IN A PARK WHILE YOU CAN
On that happy note, have a great weekend - it looks like it will a perfect time to take the family out to one of the many wonderful parks in our fair city and just play to
your heart's content... while you still can. Take a Frisbee, a football, soccer ball or baseball and bat, grab a few friends and have a friendly pick-up game of the sport of your choice. Thanks to the actions of a few of your neighbors last Tuesday evening, you can still do that in our parks until the grinches of the council majority find a new way to suppress fun in our city.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hensley's Comments Highlight Mansoor's Faults













SERNA'S REPORT WORTH READING

Daily Pilot crime reporter Joseph Serna has a very informative article in that newspaper Thursday entitled, "Report: Chief against ICE". You can read it HERE and I encourage you to do so.

HENSLEY IGNORED BY MANSOOR AND BEVER
In it Serna quotes former Costa Mesa Police Chief John Hensley, testifying under oath, admit that not only did he not support then-Mayor Allan Mansoor's plan to cross-designate every Costa Mesa police officer as immigration screeners, but that he told Mansoor and Eric Bever as much at the time. According to Serna's report, "most if not everyone in the department opposed the idea with Hensley taking the argument to Mansoor and Bever." According to Serna's quote of Hensley, Mansoor and Bever "respectfully disagreed".

NOT THE ONLY TIME
This admission comes as no surprise to those of us who were paying attention to those events at the time. This was not the only time the Mansoor-led majority ignored the wise counsel of their top law enforcement officers on important issues in this city. This disregard for the best professional advice available to them demonstrates an arrogance that certainly does not serve this city well.

MANSOOR'S POOR JUDGMENT
Mansoor, a sworn law enforcement officer with now some 15 years as a Deputy Sheriff, not only ignores the guidance we pay for in our chiefs of police, but he also exercises exceptionally poor judgment as he carries out his duties for our city - as witnessed by his biased application of the rules in the Benito Acosta case - which may end up costing the city a pile of money once the civil trial is resolved.

"RRIP"PING OFF THE TAX PAYERS
Another perfect example of this arrogance is the current plan to implement the fee waiver plan for the Residential Remodeling Incentive Program (RRIP) and the Build Green Incentive Program (BGIP). As anyone able to suck in a breath in this city knows, the State of California is still juggling it's budget woes - nearly 80 days since it was due. As part of this juggling, the current proposal will require our city, through it's Redevelopment Agency, to fork over some major cash. Additionally, it was reported recently that Costa Mesa will also have to do without more than $300,000 in state funds earmarked for street improvements already planned.

POOR FISCAL MANAGEMENT DEMONSTRATED

At this time of extreme municipal fiscal distress, it shows terribly bad judgment to waive fees for these two programs now. Yes, three previous years RRIP programs have been successful - if you measure success by the amount of residential improvements accomplished - some $36 million. However, during that same time the city coffers were deprived of well over $1 million in fee revenue. It is not unlikely that implementation of the RRIP and BGIP this fall will cost the city something in the area of $500,000 in revenue - at a time when every single penny counts.

CONSIDER JUDGMENT WHEN VOTING
When voters begin to seriously consider how they will mark their ballots on November 4th, among the things to consider is the judgment demonstrated by incumbents. Fortunately, we do have a record of their performance to go by when we make these very important choices.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

SANITY PREVAILS


Tuesday n
ight we saw an example of how public participation in the governance of our city can return a small semblance of sanity to the process.

MANSOOR'S ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE DERAILED
The discussion was almost derailed, though, when Mayor Pro Tem Allan Mansoor tried to get the whole issue continued and deny the several dozen concerned residents the opportunity to be heard on this subject. He did this during the "Council Member
Comments" segment at the beginning of the meeting instead of waiting for the appropriate time in the agenda. Fortunately, Katrina Foley headed off this sleazy attempt to prohibit the public from speaking. It did demonstrate, once again, just how little regard he has for opinions of the residents of this city.

CREATING CRIMINALS
The issue at hand was the ill-advised attempt to impose draconian restrictions on the use of 28 of the 30 public parks in Costa Mesa. The City Council was to consider the recommendation of the Parks
and Recreation Commission to impose the designation of "Passive Park" on those 28, thereby effectively making law-breakers of groups who routinely use a few of the parks for recreation - like families on birthday outings, Boy Scouts on group activities, Home Schooled play groups, etc.

"THE PEOPLE" SPEAK OUT
Fortunately, concerned and articulate residents chose to stand up and speak to this issue - including a couple of City Council candidates who have entered the race specifically because of this kind of overbearing action by the curr
ent council majority.

MISGUIDED
AND EXPENSIVE
This issue, which has dragged on for years, has caused the expenditure of more t
han 400 hours of city staff time according to Peter Naghavi, Director of Public Services.




RIGHT PREVAILS

At the end, the council - following a motion by Katrina Foley and seconded by lame duck Linda Dixon - voted to simp
ly receive and file this report. This does not, however, prohibit the Parks and Recreation Commission from considering use restrictions on individual parks on a case-by-case basis.

DUELING ANTAGONISTS
Of course, this issue provided an opportunity for Foley and Mayor Bever - opponents in the current council race - to trade barbs. At one point I thought Bever might r
each over and slap Foley - he was really steaming. It made for great theater.

"YOUR NEIGHBOR" STARTED IT ALL
Do you remember how this all started? It was one man, determined to keep Latino men from enjoying kicking a soccer ball around Paularino Park after work, who fabricated a "safety" issue that forced the city to respond. Af
ter a couple years of debate and community outreach, the city finally designated Paularino Park as a Passive Park and installed boulders and trees to eliminate any possibility of anyone wishing to kick, throw or bat a ball around anywhere in that park doing so legally.

A CANCER ON
OUR MUNICIPAL SOUL
This, sadly, is just the most recent - and most visible - example of this man's influence
on the current majority on our city council. He's a clever, manipulative guy who will cajole and harangue the council and make veiled threats of "non-support" for re-election campaigns in order to keep them in line. His cancerous, pervasive, bigoted philosophy has infected the very fiber of this city.

THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER

Only a dramatic change in the November elections will keep this from perpetuating. Tuesday's co
uncil meeting demonstrated that it is possible to re-capture our city from the extremists who currently have it in a stranglehold.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WHO IS THAT GUY?!


Sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do...

LOOKING FOR TALENT...
With that in mind I decided I simply had to have, for my family archive, a copy of the motion picture that includes a "performance" by one of Costa Mesa's most notorious residents - a fellow who lives in the north part of town and goes by several names, including one he bestowed upon himself - Mr. U. Know-Who.

...IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES
This fellow, a prolific writer both on his own local blog and on several radical right wing web sites, spends a lot of time trying to manipulate issues in this city based on his own personal bias. If you read his stuff you'll get
the idea - "If it ain't white, it ain't right."

PUFFING THE RESUME
This guy stands before our elected and appointed bodies and pontificates about the way things should be in our city - most of which are predicated on the absence of Latinos. During these tirades he will frequently tell us that he's been a Marine, lawyer, real estate salesman and actor. He never mentions being a success in any of those careers, by the way, just that he's done them. And, of course, now he fancies himself some kind of a political king-maker.

BLOWIN
G THE BUDGET
But, I digress. So, eager to have a copy of "his" movie, I blew the family entertainment budget for the week - $1.26 on Amazon.com - and purchased a copy of "The Second Coming of Suzanne", which was made in 1974 and stars Sondra Locke (Clint Eastwood's main squeeze for awhile), Jared Allen, Paul Sand, Gene Barry and Richard Dreyfuss. "Wow!", you say, "Cool cast! This must be a dynamite movie!" Wrong! It's an hour and a half of celluloid dung - the strangest, most disjointed film I've ever seen, and I see a lot of films. You can see stuff made by high school kids
with their family digital camera on YouTube that put this to shame!

CULT CRAP
"The Second Coming of Suzanne" has become a cult film much like "The Attack of The Killer Tomatoes". It is truly a terrible piece of work, which was directed by Gene Barry's son, Michael. Only a father's love would place him in this movie!

MORE LINES THAN DREYFUSS
Now, in all fairness, I must say that Mr. U. Know-Who has more lines in this crappy movie than does Richard Dreyfuss. That's right! About an hour into this 90 minute movie our "hero" makes is first and only appearance as one of two reporters. His lines go as follows: "You know, I hope you're ready for this. I've met this Logan before and he's quite a freak show." That's it! No mas. Nineteen words in 20 seconds of film time and he's gone!

BUDDING BIGOT WITH HAIR
So, if you want to see Mr. U. Know-Who in vintage 1970s garb, with longish hair and sideburns, (see above) go to Amazon.com and enter the title of the movie. You won't get the deal I got, which totaled just under $5.00 with shipping, but the last time I looked you could acquire an aging VHS tape for just under $2.00. I suspect that you will feel, as I do, that you've been ripped off once you see the movie, but it might be worth a chuckle or two.

ONE DOWN...
So, check off "Movie Actor" from the list of things he's done. I didn't say he'd done it well, but he's there in all his "glory".

...NEXT!
Now, about this "Marine" business...

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Deception On The March In Mesa North


HEAR THE DRUMS?
The drumbeat of deception continues from the north part of town. As will almost certainly be the same with every entry, The Mesa North Mouth continues to tout his chosen slate of candidates and goes to great lengths to denigrate Katrina Foley and the other candidates running against his preferences.

ACTIONS AND WORDS
Those of us who have watched him in action and have read his tripe over the years find his current attacks to be absolutely no surprise. For years he has tried, with some success, to manipulate council candidates and members to make life miserable for the Latinos in our community. His hatred of anyone not white is obvious and is reflected by numerous essays he writes on far, far right wing web sites, like the New Nation News. If you doubt my characterization, click HERE and go the link to his most recent essay entitled, "Jump Out Of The Melting Pot Or Die".
CONVINCING LIAR
This guy knows no bounds when it comes to fabricating falsehoods and flat-out lying about candidates that don't meet his requirements. It's a sad commentary on this city that more than a few folks in our town buy into his crap and assume forcing Latinos from our city will solve all our problems. What a crock!
DO YOUR OWN ANALYSIS
So, dear neighbors, start paying attention to what's actually happening in our city. Don't take my word for it, and for sure don't take his. Do you own investigation and analysis. Make up your own minds.

"PASSIVE PARKS" TO BE DISCUSSED
Tomorrow night at the City Council meeting our elected leaders will address the issue of turning all but a couple of our nearly 30 public parks into "passive parks" - places where groups of children will be forbidden to play games. This draconian recommendation is the direct result of The Mouth From Mesa North fabricating lies about Paularino Park to keep Latino men from the apartments across the street from kicking a soccer ball around after work. He painted the specter of marauding "soccer gangs", terrorizing the local residents (like across the street isn't "local") - none of which was verified and validated. It's the perfect example of a very smart guy yapping into the ears of some latent bigots who take his word as gospel.

EASTSIDERS TO HOLD FORUM
On a more positive note, at least two more candidate forums are in the works, with two more rumored. On Thursday, October 9th, the fledgling Eastside CM Neighbors Group is sponsoring a candidate forum at the Neighborhood Community Center from 6-9 p.m. More information to follow when plans are solidified.

PILOT AND CHAMBER TO HOST FORUM
Then, the following week, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Pilot will host a candidate forum at the City Council Chambers at City Hall. This event will be televised live and then shown on delayed tape, too, until the election on November 4th. I'm not sure of the starting time, but will advise you when I know.

WATCH, HEAR, ASSESS
Take advantage of these opportunities to watch, hear and assess the future leaders of our city. Don't listen to the spin put on the comments - hear them for yourselves. Make an informed decision when you enter the voting booth.

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