Monday, October 06, 2008

Council To Hear SR-55 Report Tuesday

At its meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7, 2008, the Costa Mesa City Council will receive the initial screening report on the SR-55 Access Study, at which time they will very likely request that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to fund and initiate the next phase of the study.

This report is the result of many meetings and workshops held with officials and the public in both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and has distilled down the viable alternatives to the continuation of the Costa Mesa Freeway through or past Costa Mesa's "Downtown" area - from it's current terminus at 19th Street to the city limits at Industrial Way.


This issue, one of the "Hey, look what I did!" planks in Eric Bever's campaign platform, is critical to many residents on the Eastside of our town because the more than 100,000 cars that travel past 19th Street and Newport Blvd. each day generate significant cut-through traffic into otherwise calm residential neighborhoods. Noise, safety and pollution are all concerns expressed by our neighbors living in those communities.


Two days later, on the 9th, many of those neighbors will hold a candidate forum at the Neighborhood Community Center - see previous post - at which this issue will almost certainly be presented for comment to each of the nine candidates for City Council next month. All the more reason for concerned residents to attend the forum to hear the solutions presented by our potential future leaders.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

More Candidate Forums Coming Up

Another weekend, another opportunity for you to get to know your City Council candidates as they come trekking through your neighborhoods, knocking on doors, handing out fliers and trying to convince you just why they are the best choice this year. Take some time to listen to them... your choice is just that - your choice.

On that note, the following is the schedule of future candidate forums to which each of the nine candidates for Costa Mesa City Council have been invited. There may be other opportunities for you to meet some of them at individual events, but I'm not publicizing those. Next week will be a busy one, with the City Council meeting on Tuesday, then two separate events later in the week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, the Mesa North Homeowners Association will hold a "meet and greet" with the candidates following their annual meeting from 6:30-8:30 PM. No formal forum is planned. This event will be held at Paularino School, 1060 Paularino Avenue.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 the fledgling Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors group will host a candidate forum in the Adams Room of the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (at Lions Park) from 6-9 PM. Meet and greet the candidates between 6-7, followed by the forum from 7-9. This event will be covered by CMTV, which will tape it for replay later. A schedule of that replay will be available on the city web site shortly after the event.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, from 6-9 PM. This event will be televised live and replayed on tape through the election on November 4th.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the Mesa Del Mar Homeowners Association and the Halecrest/Hall of Fame Community Association will jointly host a candidate forum at the Halecrest Community Center, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, from 6:30-9 PM. As far as we know at this point, this will be the final opportunity to see all the candidates in one venue and hear their views before the election.

Presently CMTV is televising the first candidate forum for interested viewers. The forums from the 9th and 15th will also be televised until the election on November 4th. It is my understanding that all three of the televised forums will run during the last week before the forum, to provide Costa Mesa voters a chance to assess each of the candidates before voting.

As they say on the reality television show, Survivor - "Nine candidates! Three seats! 30 days! Who will end up with a seat on November 5th?!" Stay tuned!


Thursday, October 02, 2008

It's No Contest!

The CM Press apologists over at the CM OPEN continue to foist off lies on their handful of readers. I've continued to visit the site, hoping for something substantive and worth my time. So far, all I've found is lie after lie, which is very disappointing, but not unexpected. Obviously, they cannot defend their idol with logic and facts, so they must resort to lies, distortions and attacks on those of us - this site and others - who offer opposing viewpoints.

I don't mind a little spirited discussion on issues, but that seems not to be the goal of that hit site. It appears, based on their first few pathetic efforts, that the only goal they have is to defend the CM Press, which makes one curious about the author(s). We'll assume, unless proven otherwise, that CM OPEN is generated (maybe I should say degenerated) by the same source as the CM Press.

I must confess no small degree of amusement as the distortions presented at the CM OPEN and CM Press are debunked on an almost daily basis at sites like CM TRUTH and CMunimPRESSed.

It's not really worth my time to get into a peeing contest with that site. I'll concede that they've got the biggest bladder. Heck, I'll concede that they are full of excremental effluent, too, since that seems to be the case based on their contributions so far.

Incidentally, that image above is the world-famous Manneken Pis, in Brussels, Belgium. You see it here in it's "raw" condition, but it may frequently be found dressed in any manner of garb. Occasionally it's stolen - the thing is only a couple feet tall - but is usually located and returned. I thought the image of an infantile urinator was perfectly appropriate for a blog entry about the CM OPEN.

In the meantime, the lies, fabrications and distortions continue at both the CM Press and CM OPEN...

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

More Lies From Mesa North (And Elsewhere)

You know, I really don't like writing about the author of the CM PRESS blog, but sometimes - most of the time - the stuff he spews just flat-out demands a response.

Take today, for example. In his #500, "New Study Says Boot Illegals And You Boot Gangs!", The Mouth From Mesa North cites as the authority for his premise a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, and provides a link to its "report".


So, I visited the site, read the report, then did a little investigation of the organization. It comes as no surprise that this organization has been linked to many far-right groups, including several that advocate white supremacist views. It publishes it's "reports" in what appears to be a scholarly manner on a slick web site and claims to be objective. However, if one takes the time to read some of these reports it becomes clear that this group is an anti-immigrant organization, pure and simple. Its handiwork panders to the radical right, who use it to justify overt racist actions. The CIS has been widely criticized for it's body of work and many of it's officials have direct ties to organizations supporting the White Supremacist view of the world.

And, sometimes, their reports border on the ridiculous. Take, for example, their recent report, Immigration to the United States and World-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions, in which they tell us that immigration is responsible for Global Warming! Good grief! As I plowed through this voluminous tome I half-expected to find a sub-title stating, "Immigrants Pass Gas, Melt Ice Cap!"


Just remember, dear friends, that it's important to consider the source when considering what is written on the CM Press. Understand that the author is far from an objective purveyor of truth - he's an overt racist and the thread of white supremacy runs through almost everything he writes. He takes the content of his radical views published at several venues on the web and massages them for local consumption in an attempt to manipulate his readers and the politicians he influences to follow his lead.


His endorsement of candidates for city council is clearly made to advance his goal of making our city the "whitest" place on earth. Conversely, those candidates he criticizes pose a threat to his attempt expunge every non-white face from our city (and country, for that matter).

Am I saying those candidates he endorses are racists? No, I'm not. What I am saying, though, is that he apparently views them as being in tune with his global view of our city and will be easily maneuvered into following his lead. Does this make them bad men? No, just men who he thinks can be manipulated by a clever guy with an insidious agenda.

So, when you read a screed from the CM Press and react by thinking, "Hey! That guy makes a lot of sense!", please take a moment to consider the source. Consider his motives before you jump on his bandwagon. He's a very smart fella, who knows how to twist (or fabricate) facts to play to your worst fears. He's not the first man in history to do this, as World War II demonstrated to us, but he's "our guy", trying to screw up our city with his racist agenda. The only way to stop him is to not vote for "his" candidates and neutralize his influence on the future of our city.

In his surrogate blog, the CM OPEN, more lies persist. In it's edition today the liars that write that stuff accuse me of deleting portions of my blog entries - which I didn't. This is a perfect example of just why readers should take what is written there with a huge grain of salt. Both the CM Press and CM OPEN - probably written by the same person - are festering repositories of lies and fabrications.

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