Monahan's Prepared Statement Released
Late this afternoon the City of Costa Mesa issued yet another press release. This one contained the text of a prepared statement by Mayor Gary Monahan that attempts to explain why he chose to stay at his pub, mugging for cameras and pulling beer pump handles on his busiest day of the year instead of going to City Hall to oversee the biggest tragedy in the history of the city. He failed.
NO MENTION OF THE COPS OR HATCH
In his feeble excuse, the full text of which is below, he makes no mention of discussions with the police officials at the scene, nor any discussions with Tom Hatch at that time. He mentions only discussions with "two fellow councilmen" - that would be Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger.
Mensinger arrived on the scene at 4:12 p.m., consulted with Righeimer, Hatch and the police, then adjourned into City Hall at 4:30. Nick Beradino showed the cell phone photo of Monahan at his pub in his kilt mugging for the camera at 5:36 p.m., more than 2 hours after Huy Pham leaped to his death and more than an hour after Mensinger arrived on the scene.
WHAT'S "GOOD FOR GARY"...
Monahan had plenty of time to leave his pub, change his clothes and get to City Hall to take charge of this unfolding tragedy. Instead, he left it in the hands of two lightning rods, Righeimer and Mensinger. He made a management decision to do what he's done his entire political career - put what is "good for Gary" ahead of what is good for the city.
NO WORD FROM PRESSER YET
No word yet from the 4:00 p.m. press conference... I'll keep checking the city web site, but I expect Joe Serna will provide us with some information in the Daily Pilot.
March 18, 2011 STATEMENT FROM COSTA MESA MAYOR GARY MONAHAN
Yesterday was a heartbreaking day for all of us call Costa Mesa home.
What is lost in all of the rhetoric is the fact that this is a tragic incident in the midst of a very difficult situation. our city lost one of it's brethren, and it certainly will take some time for it to heal.
Before I was informed of yesterday's incident, the union decided to take despicable advantage of this tragic situation to advance their agenda.
Had I known what transpired, I never would have agreed to pose for photos or engage in any revelry.
I became informed of the situation and contacted two of my fellow council members, who were on the scene, and quickly brought me up to speed with the details of the situation.
After learning of the volatility of the situation, I realized that my presence could further inflame and escalate the situation, and decided not to visit City Hall.
I remained in constant communication with my council colleagues, and was kept informed as the rest of the day transpired.
I understand the anger and hurt surrounding these potential layoffs. I- and my council colleagues - have not made these decisions lightly, and we realize that our decisions are impacting families.
As Tom explained, we are working with staff to work through this very difficult situation, and I am hopeful that we can eliminate the politicization of this tragic incident, and work together to heal our great city.