Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fat Lady Warming Up?

According to reports in the Daily Pilot, HERE, and the Orange County Register, HERE, Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner ruled against every element of the lawsuits filed to stop the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to Facilities Management West.

Brenner did, however, extend the temporary restraining order until late next Tuesday (the Register says 4:30, the Pilot says 4:00) to provide time for petitioners to petition the Appellate Court for a rehearing. Apparently, if that move is successful, the TRO will remain in place until that court makes a ruling. I tried to reach representatives of the petitioners for a comment but have received no reply yet. I'm going to assume they will move briskly with an appeal since they've come this far. If they can get an appeal court to agree to hear this case, the upcoming holidays may drag this out long enough that the new administration will take over in Sacramento and put a stop to the sale, period.

In an interesting bit of juxtapositioning, yesterday former and current Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan wrote a Community Commentary in the Daily Pilot with the title, "Facilities Management will do what's best", HERE. I guess we can blame the incorrect name of the company on a headline writer - the company's name is Facilities Management West. My question is, "Best for whom?"

In his piece Monahan assures us of the good character of the folks at Facilities Management West that he helped negotiate with during our ill-fated attempt to partner-up with them to purchase the Fairgrounds from the State. He vouches for FMW's "professionalism and integrity in all the dealings we have had together." Hmmm, am I the only one who remembers former mayor Allan Mansoor reading the riot act to FMW principle Richard Dick from the dais for what was described as abusive treatment of our negotiators by FMW's negotiators? Who are we to believe here? Do we not remember that part of our deal was apparently hammered out at Monahan's gin mill? I want to believe Monahan, but....


So, the clock continues to tick until late Tuesday afternoon, appropriately, the first day of winter, to see if Jeff Teller and Sandra Genis can convince an appeals court to hear this case. If not, next week that fat lady will be belting out a tune - and it won't be a Christmas Carol.
I'll leave you tonight with a reminder of the goal of Facilities Management West as articulated to Mansoor by principle Ken Fait last spring.

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Blogger Gericault said...

The judge when he extended the restraining order, with No exceptions towards FMW, said" I puzzled my way through this". He was trying to explain that that he really didn't understand all the moving parts. The same scenario played out with the sale of the office buildings.The first judge allowed the sale and the appeals court placed an injunction. It definitely wasn't a win for either side. We were able to move the ball down the field and we got the clock stopped. One more play but we are at the endzone.

12/16/2010 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Betty said...

You know what we need in costa mesa? A cat park. We have a dog park but theres no where for my cats.

12/16/2010 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

That's the kind of forward thinking we need to straighten out our fine city, Betty! Have you thought of throwing your hat in the ring for city council?

BTW, "nowhere" is one word, not two.

12/16/2010 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous QUESTION said...

I thought Judge Michael Brenner retired. Who hired him to sit in on this case? FMW?

12/16/2010 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

What's in it for Gary "The Rizzo" Monahan? Again there seems to be more questions than answers. What is the connection between the "The Rizzo" and FMW's principal Dick (Mr.)?

Another question is "Where is Former Mayor and now Chairman for Ethics in State Politics"? He always seemed engaged when the Fairgrounds issue was before him. We have a number of (D)'s doing what they can to stop the sale... where are the (R)'s in all of this?

Now that the elections are over, what is our new elected official's position on this, I haven't heard or read anything from Hewey or Dewey about this; Lewey seems to be connected somehow; we know what the "Lone Ranger" thinks; has Bruce Banner chimed in with his opinion yet or is he waiting until AFTER his coronation?

12/16/2010 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Max said...

If it does sell at such a low subsidized price, do we trust our Council with it?

12/16/2010 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Buzzcut said...

OClonghair I think you watch too much TV. No wonder you can't find work.

12/17/2010 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Medium Cut said...

Naaaaah, methinks OClonghair reads too many comic books.

12/17/2010 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Betty said...

Honeyman please dont mock me. You have your interests and I have mine. Cats make great companions and help keep down the vermin population. Why not give them a place to be sociable?

P.S. One of my cats is purring in my lap right now.

12/17/2010 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

I apologize, Betty. I didn't mean to disparage you in any way.

I'm a dog guy who can often be found walking my two mutts in Canyon Park. I didn't think cats were social at all and thought you were jesting.

The best for the holiday season to you and your kitties.

12/17/2010 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Betty and Honeyman, I guess I brought your little chat on myself with the photo of the kitty hanging on a rope! :-) I guess it's appropriate, especially since it's raining "cats and dogs" outside my window now. Glad you settled your little tiff and I wish you both a safe and flea-free holiday. Thanks for playing in my sandbox...

12/17/2010 03:27:00 PM  

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