Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Fairgrounds, "The Beve" and New Daily Pilot Editor


CANALIS NAMED EDITOR
First, the Daily Pilot announced this afternoon that a new Editor has been named to replace the departed Brady Rhoades.
John Canalis, most recently of the Long Beach Press-Telegram and a former Daily Pilot reporter, will report to work on Monday, February 22nd. You can read Joe Serna's article HERE.

BACKGROUND LOOKS GOOD
I did a little background checking on Canalis and am encouraged by the depth and quality of
his experience. He gets high marks from folks who worked with him in the past. We here at A Bubbling Cauldron wish him the very best luck as he dives into this pond next week.

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BUSINESS AS USUAL
At the Costa Mesa City Council meeting last night there were few surprises, including the fact that it started late, which has become the norm recently.

HEY, MAN, SAVE MY DRUGS
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The Public Comments segment was a little more interesting than usual, even though the regular infestation by T
he Mouth From Mesa North persists. Several folks stood at the podium to speak on behalf of the numerous "medical" marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa. I had the impression that, if one were in attendance at this meeting you might have perceived a special "fragrance". If one closed his eyes during most of these speaker's presentations you'd swear you were listening to Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli in the movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", dude.

YOUNG BEN SPEAKS
A high point for me, and a terrific counterpoint to The Mouth, was watching young Ben Swanson stan
d and tell the council they should stop the sale of the Fairgrounds because it's for the kids. Young Ben is the youngest of Katrina Foley's two sons. Looks like my Republican buddies have yet another generation of articulate, motivated liberals to worry about.

FAIRGROUNDS ZONING TO GO ON JUNE BALLOT

As anticipated, the council voted to place the issue restricting the use of the
Fairgrounds for anything other than it's current uses on the June ballot. This followed the codification of the ordinance that locks in the current use in the General Plan. If the electorate passes this issue in June any potential developer is going to have to convince the voters - not just a future council majority - to change the zoning on that 150 acres. Even Jim Righeimer, who looked like he crawled out of bed to attend the meeting, stood to praise the council for their actions last night.

BEVER RE-HEARING A BUST

Also as expected, the perpetually petulant
Eric Bever attempted to have a re-hearing of the issue declaring the entire city a "recovery zone" for the purposes of facilitating the acquisition of Federal Stimulus Funds by a couple local businesses attempting to jump-start their recovery. He was in such a hurry on this issue that he called for a vote before his fellow council members had finished discussing the subject and before any resident had a chance to address it. But then, even though he's been on the council for more than five years, you can't expect a guy with such limited intellectual resources to follow procedures, can you? Nah! His bid was rejected, 3-2, with currently unemployed Mayor Allan Mansoor joining him on the short end of the vote. Frustrated by this decision, Bever even attempted to have his neighborhood exempted from the "recovery zone" designation after the vote was taken. I'm sure he went home and sulked the rest of the night.

BUDGET WOES TO BE DISCUSSED IN MARCH

The next council meeting, on March 2nd, should be interesting. The staff will present its most recent suggestions to the council for the resolution of the ongoing budget dilemma. We'll report more on that as the meeting date approaches. I do know that the staff is abuzz with activity, trying to find solutions to the projected shortfall and also looking forward to the 2010/2011 budget at the same time. Stay tuned...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monahan And The Mouth

MONAHAN REFERS READERS TO CM PRESS DRIVEL
In a recent post on his
Facebook page Councilman Gary Monahan encourages his "friends" to read and heed an entry posted on the CM Press, the propaganda page for the fellow I refer to as The Mouth From Mesa North. His blog has long been the repository for his biased views of how he would like to see our city evolve - a lily-white bastion of intolerance. The Mouth was warning of potential terrorists attacks in rural areas of our country, quoting from a widely-circulated internet piece about a guy named Juval Aviv.
Here's a page grab of Monahan's endorsement:
AUTHOR IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS
I did a quick Google searc
h on Juval Aviv, a shadowy character with an almost theatrical background. Turns out that he isn't quite what he presents himself to be and he's been discredited by many reliable news sources and government agencies. I also did an investigation of several people who wrote critically of him, to verify their own credentials. This article, foisted off by The Mouth as "truth" - as if he would know the truth - is far from it.

THE MOUTH - THE BRAINS BEHIND "IMPROVERS"
In the past I've referred to The Mouth as the brains behind the "improver" movement in
our city - the movement that takes credit for the election of Allan Mansoor, Wendy Leece, Eric Bever and even Monahan. Of course, they also get the "credit" for the election of the perpetually inept Chris Steel - their first electoral "triumph".

EVIDENCE OF INFLUENCE IS CLEAR

I've been chided by "improvers" and their elected voices who deny having been influenced
by The Mouth and his racist positions. Of course, the evidence is clear. Over the years several of them have quoted some of his drivel from the dais verbatim, for goodness sake.


PERPETUATING THE HOAX
And now we have Monahan, obviously a devoted follower of The Mouth's rants, referring his "Facebook friends" to this particular entry, which refers to a recently-circulated email hoax which The Mouth and many others have chosen to read and receive as gospel!

CM PRESS NOT A RELIABLE NEWS SOURCE

For those of you who read the CM Press and assume the informati
on therein is reliable, well-researched news that you can believe, guess again! No matter how many yellow legal pads he flails around, no matter how much he huffs and puffs at the speaker's podium, he's just a frustrated windbag, full of venom and looking for a place to spew it. The Mouth has gotten lazy in recent months and has posted several entries about many internet-facilitated urban myths, including this current one. Gone are the days when he would take on a specific local issue and attempt to provide facts to support his opinions. Today he attempts to weave his racist and religious beliefs with articles with international relevance. He's certainly showing signs of losing his edge and is becoming increasingly irrelevant on municipal issues.

THINK FOR YOURSELVES
His supporters, and those of you who in league with his supporters - including local politicians - would be well advised to begin thinking for yourselves and not just take whatever The Mouth posts on his blog as informed views of issues. In most cases they are simply his twist of issues and many times do not include any verifiable facts.

DID MONAHAN VIOLATE CONFIDENTIALITY RULES?

By the way, it turns out Monahan may have violated confidentiality rules when he divulged plans for the city to make a lease-purchase offer for The Fairgrounds on the radio the last day of January. There have been no other public pronouncements on this scheme that I'm aware of and such a plan would certainly been discussed by the council in a closed session. I reported on that subject here on February 7th, including the video clip of Monahan on KOCI in which he talks about the lease/purchase. Once again, Monahan has demonstrated bad judgment to the detriment of the city, much as he did recently when he erected an illegal advertising sign and left it up for months despite notifications by city officials. He's more than willing to violate city rules when it suits him.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

What Day Is This?.. And The Week Ahead

WHAT DO YOU CALL TODAY?
Quick, what's the name of the holiday you're enjoying today? President's Day? BRRAK! WRONG! Nope, it's Washington's Birthday! I know, I know, Washington's birthday is NEXT Monday, but the government - way back in 1968 - decided the holiday should fall on the third Monday of February, regardless when he was
actually born! There was a move to call this date "Presidents Day", to honor both Washington and Lincoln, but it failed. You know how government works, right? This is a perfect example of it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE
Actually, according to Wikipedia, HERE, George Washington was born on February 11, 1732, based on the Julian calendar used at the time. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in the English Colonies (1752), he opted to begin observing his birthday anniversary on the equivalent date of February 22nd. So, Happy 278th birthday, George - today and next Monday, too.

FAIRGROUNDS GENER
AL PLAN AMENDMENT
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 16th, the Costa Mesa city council will hold it's regularly scheduled council meeting and will discuss, among other things, the General Plan amendment to lock in the designation of the Fairgrounds property. That could make for some interesting discussions.



BEVER'S BONEHEADED RE-HEARING

Under Old Business, #1 is Eric Bever's re-hash of the designati
on of the entire city as a Recovery Zone under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I don't know what bug Bever has up his butt on this issue, but it's a waste of staff time and money and continues to demonstrate how out of touch he really is. The way it stands right now, there is much more flexibility for potential applicants for the government recovery funds.

LOOSENING CONSTRUCTION NOISE RULES
Old Business #2 is an ordinance to modify the hours in which
construction activity is exempt from the city's noise regulations. If passed as written, your neighbor could proceed with his remodel today, Washington's Birthday, just as though it was any other Monday.


FAIRGROUNDS BALLOT MEASURE

New Business #1 deals with the proposed ballot measure relative to the General Plan Land Use Designation for the Orange County Fair and Events Center and calling for a Special Municipal Election on June 8, 2010. If passed in June, this will effectively lock up the land use to it's current uses and require another vote of the electorate to change it. A future City Council could not, on it's own, make changes to the Fairgrounds General Plan designation. This will drive a stake in the heart of any future development schemes for that 150 acres.

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