Saturday, January 23, 2010

Riggy: Mansoor Among The Unemployed

RIGGY'S GAFFE...
I was all ready to begin this post by slamming Jim Righeimer for a major gaffe in his Daily Pilot column today, HERE, but, since I've been accused in the recent
past of picking on him, I decided to call him before writing this one.

...NOT HIS FAULT
It seems the first paragraph, in which Riggy says Costa Mesa
mayor Allan Mansoor is running for the 68th Assembly District seat against Van Tran, was modified by the editors. In fact, Mansoor is running for the seat being vacated by Tran, who is termed out and is running for Loretta Sanchez' seat in the House of Representatives. Riggy sent me his original submission that verifies the mistake.

MANSOOR AMONG THE UNEMPLOYED!
That's not the big news, though. The big news from his column is that his pal, Mansoor, has resigned fr
om the Orange County Sheriff's Department after 16 years of service! And, considering the magnitude of this announcement, it's curious that Riggy chose to bury this little tidbit of information way down in the ninth paragraph of his column!

STRANGE MOVE, INDEED

If Mansoor has, in fact, resigned from the Sheriff's Department as of December 31, 2009 as Riggy claims, this is yet another strange move by the man formerly known here as our "young jailer/mayor". I'm going to have to find a new term of endearment for him, since he's no longer a jailer and is getting older by the minute.

NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PENSION
By resigning with only 16 years of service he is not yet eligible for a pension under the very generous pension program enjoyed by members of the Sheriff's Department.


CAN HE MAKE IT ON COUNCILMAN'S PAY?

He's got a year before he will be seated in the Assembly if he's successful in his campaign and only earns $952 per month as a Costa Mesa City Councilman - minus the 5% pay cut he took last year to help with the budget.

FINANCES
This move by Mansoor raises lots of interesting questions. For example, how the heck is he going to survive for a year without a full time job? According to Riggy he's got $135,000 in his campaign war chest, but he can't use that for living expenses. Based on a recent report I saw, most of that - $9
9,000 - is from a loan he took out from a West Virginia bank, not from contributions. And, just before he resigned the end of last year he went back that same trough and borrowed another $100,000.

WHAT'S NEXT, HOMELESSNESS?

I think it's important for the voters of our city to know that our mayor is unemployed, don't you? Will this change make him more vulnerable to financial enticements by those who may wish to lobby him in the future? Will someone offer him a free apartment, for example, or does he have a roommate helping with the rent? Will every meal he eats som
ehow become a "campaign expense"? Will he be forced to look for more affordable housing - like in Santa Ana, for example? At least he doesn't have to worry about going to work every day now.

LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS CAMPAIGN
I must confess that I'm actually looking forward to Mansoor's campaign. I only hope a challenger e
merges to give him a run for his money. I'd like to see him in a debate with someone who doesn't have to rely on crib sheets before uttering a word. No, I don't mean I want a liberal to beat him - I'd like to see a strong, smart Republican whip his fanny in the primary. Not much chance of that, though, since he is the anointed one by the Orange County GOP and has the support of Dana Rohrabacher and Scott Baugh.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Roeder on KOCI-FM Saturday Morning

ROEDER ON THE AIR
Here's a heads-up for you. Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder will be a guest on host Troy Davis' "Money Matters" program tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd.

KOCI-FM

The program is broadcast on KOCI-FM, 101.5, from 10:00 - 10:30 AM.

FAIRGROUNDS SALE AND OTHER ISSUES
Davis and Roeder will discuss the Orange County Fair and Events Center Sale specifically and the local economy in general terms.

THE BEST GUEST
Davis could not have selected a better guest for this issue. Roeder has been in the eye of the storm on the Fairgrounds Sale issue since the beginning and has, as always, provided his steady hand on the tiller as the city attempts to navigate through this particular storm - hurricane is more like it.

ALSO LIVE ON STREAMING AUDIO

KOCI-FM is a low power FM station broadcasting near the intersection of 17th Street and Irvine Avenue. If you have difficulty pulling in the signal, you can still hear their presentation live via streaming audio by going to their web site,
www.kociradio.com, and clicking on the "Listen Live Audio" button.

So, set your clock for 10 AM tomorrow and get the latest scoop on important local issues.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

AB 1590 Passes Appropriations Committee

UNANIMOUS PASSAGE
The Daily Pilot reports this afternoon, HERE, that Assemblyman Jose Solorio's AB1590, a bill to quash the sale of the Orange County Fair and Events Center, unanimously passed the Appropriations Committee and will now move on to the floor of the Assembly for consideration and a vote. No date has yet been set.



WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Click HERE *to see a clever bit of video editing on a piece snatched from Katrina Foley's Facebook page. Trust me, your going to love it!
*Note: I changed the link to a YouTube site so now you don't have to be on Facebook to view it.

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Fair Board Has Ears Bent By Critics

MELODRAMA ON THE FARM
In the ongoing drama that is the Orange
County Fair and Events Center, today the Board met and were greeted by a packed house of angry visitors.

"GOVERNOR, KILL THE SALE!"
According to my sources in the audience, many people stood to suggest the Boar
d now "get on board" with the idea of quashing the sale and asked them to communicate with their boss, the governor, to ask him to kill the sale.

THE CROONER'S REPORT

Our pal, Vern Nelson, provides us with his account of the meeting over at the Orange Juice Blog, HERE.

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY...
The board busied itself with planning to attend the Barrett-Jackson Auction and giving CEO Steve Beazl
ey a nice raise for all his good work, I guess.

ASK THE GOVERNOR...
I think it's time for the Fair Board to do as was suggested. Since this whole mess was their doing, I think it's time for them to step up and request the governor to recognize the mistake they made and kill the sale. I doubt we'll see that happen, though.

FOLEY BACK IN SACTO AGAIN
Councilwoman Katrina Foley was in Sacramento again today to speak before the Appropriations Committee of the Assembly on behalf of Jose Solorio's AB 1590. As noble a cause as this bill is, unless the governor signs it there is no chance that it will pass.

AND ON, AND ON, AND ON...
So, the beat continues.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another New Link, With More To Come

NEW NEWS SOURCES COMING
An editorial that appeared online on January 16th and in print on Sunday, the 17th, the editors of the Daily Pilot advised us all about a couple new news sources soon to be available online, O.C. NOW and the Orange County Local News Network (OCLNN). You can read that editorial HERE.

O.C. NOW, NOW
Presently the O. C. NOW blog is up and running and I've included a link to it over on the right side of this page. The OCLNN site is not up yet, but I'll provide a link to it when it goes live early in February.

LOOKING GOOD

I like the O.C. NOW blog. It's an amalgamation of news items from the Times Community News family of local newspapers and includes blog
entries by editors and writers. It also has a lengthy blog roll of local bloggers - this one included. That certainly demonstrates the editor's good taste. :-)


CHECK IT OUT
In any event, slide on over there to the link and check it out, and scroll down the list of other local bloggers who might provide you with valuable, timely information and opinion.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Riggy Rebuts, Kinda

THE BEAT CONTINUES
Well, the beat goes on with this Fairgrounds Sale issue. Every day seems to bring a new point of interest.

TIP 'O THE HAT
First, a couple tips of the old hat
to fellow bloggers for their on-going participation in the enlightenment of the community. Over at the Pacific Progressive Blog, Reggie has provided the best time line I've seen on this process. You can read it HERE.

And, our old pal, Vern (The Singer) Nelson at the Orange Juice Blog has signed in again with another excellent recent post on this subject. You will recall Vern's rendition of "Tainted Sale" he crooned to the Costa Mesa City Council a few weeks back. You can read his piece HERE.

RIGGY'S REBUTTAL
If you read the comments on my last post you read Jim Righeimer's surrogate, CM Costa Mesa North, as he whined about my abuse of his pal. I won't
re-hash those - you can read them if you choose.

HE MADE THE WRONG CHOICE
However, this morning I did get a call from Righeimer, who also complained about my observation of his column in the Daily Pilot last Saturday. He simply is unable to understand that his pursuit of this "story" as a Daily Pilot columnist and his job as a city official - Planning Commission Chairman - are conflicts of interest. He told me that when he received the information he referred to in his column that "someone at DGS" had leaked names of bidders
in the Fairgrounds Sale, "he just had to do something with it". I told him that he made the wrong choice - that he should have reported it to the authorities FIRST. After a prolonged conversation in which we each tried to make the other understand our points of view we finally agreed to disagree on this subject.

"MORE TO THE STORY", HE SAYS...

Riggy told me that "the
re's more to this story" - his allegation of collusion in the Fair Sale bidding - but refused to provide me with information to substantiate his claim. He told that he has now passed the information along to "authorities" for their action. We'll see..

DGS NEEDS CREDIBLE I
NFO TO PURSUE
Later today I spoke with Jeffrey Young, spokesman for the Department of General Services. He was aware of Righeimer's allegations and the column he wro
te. When approached by Riggy last week they told him they need credible information, which they will follow-up. He told me they are ready and willing to get to the bottom of this issue, but must have details to follow - not just innuendo. As of this afternoon they have had no information from Riggy or anyone else down here on the issue.

DOESN'T LIKE "CARPETBAGGER" HANDLE

He also took the opportunity to criticize me for continuing to refer to him as a "carpetbagger" ev
en though he has lived in Costa Mesa for more than 4 years. Well, the fact is that he will not have lived in our city for four years until this summer. Three years ago - almost to the date - he was appointed to the Planning Commission, after having lived in Mesa Verde since July of 2006.

POLITICAL PAYBACK REDUX

You will recall tha
t he was appointed to the Planning Commission by Allan Mansoor who had just won re-election with the help of Riggy's good buddy, Representative Dana Rohrabacher. Riggy was Rohrabacher's campaign manager in HIS recent re-election. Riggy had submitted his application for the Planning Commission after the deadline, yet was appointed ahead of loyal "improver" foot soldier Paul Bunney, who looked stunned at the council meeting where he was in attendance with a new suit and haircut for the occasion. Riggy denies that was political payback - Puhleeze! It couldn't have been more obvious unless Mansoor had announced it from the dais, for goodness sake.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER...

Riggy continues
to proclaim that he has no broader political aspirations, even though he was a candidate, unsuccessfully, for Van Tran's Assembly seat while a Fountain Valley resident. Back when he was appointed to the Planning Commission I predicted, HERE, that he would run for City Council in two years - which he did, unsuccessfully. What's that old saw, "Actions speak louder than words"? Riggy just seems unable to comprehend how his actions are interpreted by some of us who actually pay attention.

GOOD GUY/POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST

Let me be clear, I don't think Jim Righeimer is a bad guy. He's an amiable guy with a lovely family. I do think he's a well-connected political opportunist and insider who will try to leverage his current position for higher office - no matter how loud he denies it. I think his life experience as a developer of retail and residential properties can be valuable to our community in his role on the Planning Commission. However, his heavy-handedness - I've written about it in the past - makes him less effective than he could be.

PERPS PROSECUTED AND SALE CANCELED

So, the drama of the Fairgrounds Sale continues. Riggy's allegations, if true, should be pursued by the legal authorities and perpetrators should be prosecuted. And, the Fairgrounds Sale should be canceled because of the stench surrounding it in so many ways.

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