Fairs, Fireworks, Finances and Falsehoods
Another important day for the Costa Mesa City Council. First, in the closed session segment, they will have a conference with City Manager Allan Roeder and Administrative Services Director, Steve Mandoki about possible negotiations with the city bargaining units. Then they will hear from Roeder on two items regarding the Fairground purchase. Thursday is the day Roeder, Katrina Foley and Gary Monahan fly off to Sacramento with the City's proposal.
ORANGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AUTHORITY
Later they will adjourn the meeting and open a joint meeting with the Public Finance Authority (the city council wearing another beanie, to form the Joint Powers Authority - the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority. Two separate resolutions will be considered.
WEARING MANY HATS
As an aside, the city council is kind of like municipal mad hatters - they wear many chapeaux, depending on the event. They are 1) the City Council, 2) Redevelopment Agency, 3) Public Finance Authority and 4) the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority.
FINAL FIREWORKS VOTE
Then they will vote on the new Fireworks ordinance... no comment here...
HERE COMES BARRETT-JACKSON!
One of the really positive things that will happen is the resolution designating the event route for the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Road Rally this summer.
WHAT'S A "RULE OF LAW CITY"?
Then they will consider the biggie. Mayor Allan Mansoor will present his pitch for declaring Costa Mesa a "Rule of Law City", whatever the heck that is! This man is absolutely shameless! First, he uses the City Council Chambers for a "news conference" - it was really a campaign stop - to announce his plan for a crackdown on illegal immigrants. He denied that the timing of his event had anything at all to do with his candidacy for the Assembly or the recently-adopted law in Arizona. He must really think the electorate is stupid!
NEW LAWS/FEWER COPS
Now he presents this resolution - an obvious campaign ploy - a few days before the June 8th primary election. In an article in the Orange County Register he is quoted as saying, "I want to bring something forward in the next couple of months to start looking at some new policies. No doubt, we're busy with a lot of things. I'm trying to approach it in a manner that's not going to overburden anyone. I've done a lot of research on my own. And I'm going to bring it forward in a manner that's doable."
Talk about opportunistic timing! He's going to be looking at some new policies at a time when the city will make drastic cuts in the law enforcement organization! What a schmuck!
And, to further tick me off, yesterday I received a campaign flier from him in which he appears, with that big smiley face, in a uniform of an Orange County Deputy Sheriff - which he no longer is! This is obviously an old photo, since he still has his "sheriff" haircut in it. He's just perpetuating the lie that is on the ballot - that he's a Deputy Sheriff. At some point his nose will grow to such a length that he won't fit in any photos!