Monahan's Banner Is Gone!
Well, I guess long time city council member Gary Monahan has decided to follow at least one of our municipal rules.
TWO MONTHS OF VIOLATION
Finally, after nearly two months of blatantly displaying an illegal banner along the Newport Blvd. frontage of his pub, today just before noon, I drove past his place while running errands and discovered that it is gone!
RULES ARE FOR OTHERS
One can assume many things in this situation. First, we know for sure that he thinks the rules are for someone else. That's a given, since he recently proposed to his peers on the City Council that they cut Costa Mesa business owners some slack when it came to enforcement of sign and banner rules. He thought that, in these tough times, the business owners needed ever advantage they could get. He might have been accurate, but his peers rejected his idea on a 4-1 vote.
THUMBED HIS NOSE
That didn't dissuade Monahan, though. He went right ahead and put up his offending sign and left it there for almost two months, virtually thumbing his nose (or worse) to the city and his fellow council members before finally tearing it down.
I find myself wondering if he paid the $75.00 fine for the first month...
RIGHT THING - WRONG REASON
I'd like to think that Gary discovered the error of his ways and realized that he was setting a bad example for a current councilman and former mayor. I'd like to think that, but I don't. Nope, I think the pressure finally got to him, so he decided to take the banner down and replace it with a flock of flags. I have no idea if they are legal or not. In the spirit of the holidays I'm willing to cut him some slack on the flags.
THIS JUST SEEMS TOO APPROPRIATE
It seems somehow very appropriate, considering Monahan's removal of the banner, to leave you with this season-appropriate video clip.