Mansoor's Legacy - More Legal Problems
Jon Cassidy, in the Orange County Register today, HERE. that the American Civil Liberties Union filed an appeal in the case involving Benito Acosta back in 2006. Cassidy's article does a good job of summarizing the issue.
You will recall that then-mayor Allan Mansoor cut off Acosta before his full 3 minutes were exhausted and Acosta was subsequently dragged out of the City Council Chambers and arrested. A jury rejected Acosta's case last December.
A PATHETIC LEGACY
This is just one piece of Allan Mansoor's pathetic legacy that he leaves in his wake on the road up I-5 to Sacramento. His entire tenure on the City Council was eight years of divisiveness and turmoil, but this incident, more than any other, was the exclamation point on his willingness to use Latinos in our city to further his political career.
ADDING TO OUR FISCAL DISTRESS
Now the city will be faced with even more legal costs as we, once again, must defend Mansoor's actions. According to Cassidy's article, we're already on the hook for more than $500,000 dollars in this fiasco, with much, much more to come. We can thank our former mayor for adding to the fiscal distress of this city.
DEALING WITH PEREZ
While I'm not happy he won the election last month and will be seated in the Assembly next week, I do get some small bit of enjoyment thinking of him trying to work with Assembly Speaker John Perez - a gay man - since Mansoor first gained notoriety in Costa Mesa posting anti-gay screeds on a local web site.
THANKS A LOT!
So, thank you, Allan Mansoor, for leaving more municipal feces for us to try to clean up. Good riddance to you!