False Fears and Feet Afire
Just a reminder... Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Gary (Skosh) Monahan is hosting the fledgling Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association inaugural meeting and spleen vent at his pub. Acting President of the group, Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy, has sent out the following invitation:
"YA GOTTA GET DOWN HERE!"
This event is clearly aimed at ALL residents of the city and sure looks to be one more PR move on the part of the current council majority to whip up a frenzy of anti-employee fervor in this city as they attempt to get rid of municipal pensions one way or the other. I encourage ANY of you interested in hearing about it to attend and ask questions. I don't know if special prices for folks who received layoff notices last week will be in effect, but I imagine the mayor will welcome all employees with open arms.
PASSION BASED ON FALSEHOODS
I fully expect the proponents of this organization to speak with passion about their view that our "greedy" municipal employees are destroying the city, even though the numbers they will throw around to support their thesis have been fabricated out of thin air. Expect the spreadsheet showing the 2010 employee compensation to be waived around as though they've discovered the Holy Grail while they proclaim the greed of our municipal employees. Expect a PowerPoint presentation using fabricated numbers demanded by the current majority to support their plans.
CITY HALL ANNEX?
It's looking more and more like the Mayor's pub is becoming the de facto seat of power in our city. That must make the residents very comfortable - knowing that major decisions about their lives are being made over drinks drooled on Skosh's bar. So, head over to the pub at the corner of 20th Street and Newport Boulevard for free appetizers and extra doses of bull manure. I will not be there, so please report back on the excitement.
WILL MONAHAN PERMIT MEDIA?
I wonder if the media will be present? Do you think Gary Monahan, after his latest debacle with the press, is going to welcome members of the media into his pub? Will he bar them? If so, what will that say about this new wave of "transparency" we're hearing about? Will Bill Lobdell, the new communications guru, show up? It's not an official "city" event, but it's being hosted by the mayor and promoted by city officials. And, more city officials are promised to be on hand by the promoters.
IT'S THE REAL "MARCH MADNESS" FOR ME
I'm persona non grata at Skosh's, so I'm going to stay home and watch a different "March Madness".
"FEET TO THE FIRE" MOVED TO APRIL
And, speaking of events, the irrepressible Barbara Venezia has wisely chosen to shove her next "Feet to the Fire" forum off a few weeks, to let things settle down a little bit in Costa Mesa following the St. Patrick's Day disaster. The event, originally scheduled for the 28th, has been moved to April 18th. The venue will be the Costa Mesa Community Center and it will be open to the public. Barbara and her band of media-types, John Canalis of the Daily Pilot, Frank Mickadeit of the Register, Roger Bloom of the Newport Independent and Norberto Santana, Jr. of the Voice of OC will fire questions at a panel of guests that is still being recruited. The topic will be, "Should Costa Mesa Be Run Like A Business?"
MORE INFORMATION LATER
This event will run from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30. I'll remind you as time approaches and the panel is firmed up.