The Fairgrounds And God, In That Order
Tuesday's Costa Mesa City Council meeting is lining up to be another fun-filled event.
EMOTIONAL COMMENTS GUARANTEED
Late in the meeting, which starts at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, the council will address two items, each of which have the potential to generate some very significant, emotional comments from the public.
LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR
The first is the proposal by Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece and Councilwoman Katrina Foley for the council to prepare and send a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger requesting that he immediately remove the "For Sale" sign from the Orange County Fair and Events Center.
Former mayor Sandra Genis sent out an email this weekend urging recipients to send similar letters to the governor, and to broadcast her letter far and wide. If you choose to communicate with the governor, here is the address as provided by Genis' email:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/interact#email"IN GOD WE TRUST" - OR NOT
The second is Leece's proposal that the council approve placing the motto, "In God We Trust" on the wall behind the dais in the council chambers. This has been the subject of much heated debate since she first brought it up. Some view it as unnecessary, and another example of Leece's intent to overlay her own personal religious beliefs on the city. Others feel it is completely appropriate to include the motto because it is the official federal government motto and it's displayed prominently on our money, for example. Still others feel it provides a forbidden intrusion of "church" into "state" business. And others feel it is too narrow - that such a motto excludes religions that don't believe in "God", per se. Regardless, I'll be curious about the comments on this issue.
MY "FAIR" COMMENTARY IN THE DAILY PILOT
By the way, the editors of the Daily Pilot saw fit to publish another of my commentaries this weekend. No surprise that it covered the Fair issue. As promised, I reviewed it and found that they printed almost everything I sent to them - enough that I won't bore you further with my actual text. If you wish to read the commentary as published you can find it HERE.