With Friends Like These...
So, all this talk about reconciliation following the election seems to have just been hyperbole. Late this evening the Daily Pilot published an article by Mona Shadia quoting Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach as saying regarding Wendy Leece, "She'll always be a friend, but she's not qualified to be a City Council member." You can read the entire article HERE.
RECALL FOR LEECE?
This is apparently his response when asked about the rumor of a planned recall effort to remove Leece from her recently-re-acquired seat on the Costa Mesa City Council where she currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. According to Shadia's report, "Moorlach said it was too early for him to entertain support for a recall effort, but that removing Leece from office was something he would consider backing in the future." Yeah, with friends like Moorlach Wendy sure doesn't need any enemies.
WENDY DID HER JOB - AND NOW PAYS THE PRICE
This is just the latest in what is obviously going to be an orchestrated attack on Leece because she did the job the voters of this city hired her to do - use her vote to make the best choice possible based on the facts as she knew them regarding the modifications to employee contracts. Those votes saved the City $3.7 million dollars in this fiscal year. Even with those contributions by the employees and the voluntary re-negotiation by the firefighters which provided more than $600,000, the City remains in the hole roughly $6 million.
BAUGH BLASTED LEECE
Scott Baugh, Chair of the Orange County Republican Party was the most vocal critic of Leece following her vote. He and his band of lock-step lemming thugs did there very best in the short time available to them to sabotage her campaign. Fortunately for the residents of Costa Mesa, their best efforts were not good enough.
MORE OC GOP INTERFERENCE
According to the article, any recall effort must begin no sooner than 6 months from now and must be started in Costa Mesa. You can bet, however, that Baugh and his bullies will be solidly behind any such effort, attempting to insert themselves even further into Costa Mesa politics. They are so angry at Leece that they will likely pull out all the stops to punish her for doing her job, not the bidding of the OC GOP.
PEELING OFF SCABS...
On this blog and elsewhere following the election there have been calls for moderation of rhetoric - to try to get along after the most rancorous campaign in my memory. This initiative by Moorlach and his pals in the OC GOP leadership will do NOTHING to heal the wounds torn open during the campaign. Quite the contrary, it likely will make any overtures for conciliation fall by the wayside as the new council is seated and the agendas of those sitting on the dais become clear.
TO BAUGH: DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE BUTT!
To Scott Baugh and his band of thugs I offer this suggestion: Drag your arrogant, interfering fanny out of Costa Mesa and let the residents go about sorting out our problems. We don't need or want you and your pals threatening our elected leaders and trying to influence their votes on municipal issues. We don't want you to attempt to make this city Ground Zero for state-wide pension reform. We don't want you or your "mini-me", Jim Righeimer, to destroy this wonderful city by making it the tip of the spear in your own, personal little battles. Find another city to dismantle!
SCHAFER TRAILS SHEAFER
The vote count continues and most of the races remain pretty much as they were percentage-wise. In the race for the final of three seats on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District President Arlene Schafer still trails former Director Mike Scheafer by 213 votes as of 5 p.m. tonight.
FISLER GAINS ON WORTHINGTON AGAIN
Over at the Mesa Consolidated Water District race incumbent Jim Fisler picked up another vote on Dan Worthington and now trails by only 22 votes. The counting should be done by tomorrow evening.