Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Shawkey Finally Out & Hispanic Population Grows

CHRIS SHAWKEY RESIGNS
Tuesday afternoon I wondered why Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot reporter par excellence, was a little late to the city council study session. When I finally got home from the meeting later that evening I found out why. Serna had been putting the finishing touches on his article titled, "Costa Mesa Police Chief Resigns". Yikes! You can read Serna's article HERE.

CURIOUS CASE IS NOW EVEN MORE SO
So, after all these months of being on paid administrative leave Chief Christopher Shawkey has finally resigned. In a
case that has been curious from the very beginning, the timing of his resignation only two days after the retirement of City Manager Allan Roeder is one more example. Shawkey earned more than $200,000 in salary and his benefits package had him at nearly $300,000 in total compensation.

NO REASON GIVEN

It is unlikely that we will ever know the reason for his leave and subsequent resignation, which only leaves the rest of the police department and the residents of this city scratching their heads. This is yet another top department manager who has dropped off the roles under strange circumstances.


SEARCH IS ON - GOGERTY STAYS AT HELM

According to Sern
a's article, CEO Tom Hatch will immediately begin a search for a replacement for Shawkey. Meanwhile, captain Les Gogerty will remain as interim chief.

CENSUS RES
ULTS MAKES ME SMILE
Then, in an adjacent article in the Daily Pilot online, I found a piece by Managing Editor, John Canalis titled, "Census: Hispanic Population Grows In Newport-Mesa" and just had to chuckle at the reaction this is going to evoke in a certain Mesa North household at the crack of dawn when a certain community gadfly and our racist laureate stumbles out to the front lawn to grab his Daily Pilot. He's going to flip that page open, take one look and probably go into shock. Sorry, but I just can't stop smiling...

NOW NEARLY 36%
Acco
rding to Canalis' article, HERE, Costa Mesa's Hispanic population increased from 31.8% in 2000 to 35.8% in 2010. Newport Beach saw a greater than 50% increase in its Hispanic population, from 4.7% to 7.2%.

DECADE OF ANTI-HISPANIC RHETORIC WASTED

So, after a de
cade of ranting and raving about the brown skinned folks among us, and writing essay after racist essay and blog post after blog post, our old buddy, The Mouth From Mesa North, finds himself surrounded by even greater numbers of Hispanics than when he began his methodical campaign to expunge them from our borders more than a decade ago. This irony is just too, too sweet. It looks like the only way he's going to get any peace of mind is to move to some part of the country where the Hispanics represent a much smaller percentage of the population. Might I suggest Idaho, where he could cozy up to like-minded folks like the Aryan Brotherhood? I'll buy the one-way bus ticket.

COSTA MESA GREW SLIGHTLY - NEWPORT BEACH UP 21
.6%!
Canalis also mentioned that Costa Mesa's total population grew only 1,236, from 108,724 to 109,960 (1.1%) and Newport Beach jumped 21.6%, from 70,032 to 85,186 - due mainly to the annexation of Newport Coast and Santa Ana Heights.


THE BALL'S IN OUR COURT
What these census numbers mean is that, rather than trying to force the Hispanic population into some kind of sub-class in our local society, we'd darn well better be working on
ways to help them assimilate. We need to do a much better job of educating all those young brown people because they are very soon going to be the majority in this state and they're going to vote.

HOW WILL WE MANAGE THESE CHANGES?
It's goin
g to be very interesting to see how our communities react to these census numbers. How, for example, will the Newport Mesa Unified School District adjust their teaching methods to educate a growing Hispanic population? How will our new police chief handle what will likely be a growing gang presence in Costa Mesa? And, how will the new Economic Development Czar (when he's finally appointed) try to market Costa Mesa with a shrinking white population?

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Tony said...

For your information, illegal aliens never get counted at Census times. They don't want to risk being picked up by ICE.

I can assure you that Costa Mesa is easily 50% Hispanic at this time. I've lived here all my life so I've got a pretty good handle on their numbers.

3/09/2011 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Tony, really, 50%, huh? And this is based on what? Did you drive through neighborhoods and count heads? And, if your number is correct, what's your point? Do you view this as a good or bad thing? Why? If you don't want to post an answer send me an email... the link to my email address is on the Profile page, upper left corner.

3/09/2011 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Tony said...

It's a good thing! I love Tiujana and the bullfights. My neighbors are Mexican. I thought you liked Hispanics Geoff. Why the attitude?

3/09/2011 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Tony, then I misread your intent of the first comment. I like EVERYBODY - except politicians with an agenda. :-) I grew up in what is now a barrio... some of my best friends then had Spanish surnames. I don't doubt that the new census numbers may be a little low, but seriously doubt your 50% number.

3/09/2011 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Orange County school districts need to improve their sex education programs! One of the worst districts, GGUSD, is almost 100 percent non-compliant with the Calif. state requirements for comprehensive sex education AND, that district has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STD's among teens in the OC. This directly affects the Latinos in our community.

3/09/2011 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous stari_momak said...

Assuming you are white, why do you think becoming a minority is a good thing? I don't understand whites who have no pride in their own people -- after all, whites pretty much created the US, and Mexicans created Mexico, and we know which is better from the way people migrate.

Interesting factoid, the overwhelmingly Mexican Santa Ana actually lost population (at least according to the census). Seems that even in this country, Mexicans don't want to live with other Mexicans -- they just like to mess up our communities.

3/09/2011 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous stari_momak said...

"that district has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STD's among teens in the OC."

Uh, throughout the state and the nation the 'Latina' teen pregnancy rate is far higher than the white or even black teen pregnancy rate. Yet another gift of mass migration. It is great for self-hating whites who long for the days they will be 10% of the population, though.

3/09/2011 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger antoine said...

I saw a goat tied to a tree in Costa Mesa when I was driving around once. It is very odd to see a goat in a city. I don't know who the owners of the goat were, but I am pretty sure there are no goats in Irvine; except the two that were at the animal shelter recently. I am pretty sure Righeimer and Messinger would stroke out if they saw a goat in the city. I would like to see that scene. What happens if Bever is there and the goat gives him stinkeye? WHat if the goat is standing behind a 3 foot masonry wall built sans permit? What do you get when you cross a goat and a wall and a Bever?

3/09/2011 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous A Resident said...

Stari_Momak, I am white and do have pride in who I am, but not because of the color of my skin or my race. If you are refering to culture, I have admiration for certain aspects of my ancestor's culture and disdain for other aspects of it. You had no control over what race you are, and to have pride in something that just happened to you by an accident of nature seems kind of cheap in my opinion. Are you able to take a look at yourself, your actions, and your relationships and be proud of who you are? I hope you can.

3/09/2011 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger jim said...

Why are we talking about goats and teen pregnancy? Am I missing the metaphor of a goat and Shawkey? I don't get it. Are we saying the city council has been teen impregnated by Scott Baugh? That has to be illegal! I still don't get it.

And as per the population growth, I am sure they are all the upstanding citizens that Riggy thinks actually live here. And did you see that .2% other category? Well there goes the neighborhood people!!! Alert, alert what is an other?
I'm joking people I know what an other is, please don't write reponses telling me.

3/10/2011 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous stari_momak said...

"Are you able to take a look at yourself, your actions, and your relationships and be proud of who you are?"

Yes, by and large. But that has nothing to do with the apparent pleasure that the owner of this blog takes in seeing people like himself become a minority, and then a small minority. You take an extreme individualistic view -- but unfortunately we are not only individuals, we have to live in a society. And that's were things like population percentages come in.

3/10/2011 05:35:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

stari_momak, it's not a matter of "getting pleasure" out of this situation. It is what it is, and predictably so. It's very likely that Hispanics will be the majority population segment in California by the 2020 census the way things are trending. What does amuse me is the probable reaction by our old buddy in Mesa North, who so despises people of any color except white that his hatred seems to be interlaced in almost every thing he writes - including the religious manifesto he's creating.

3/10/2011 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous stari_momak said...

"It is what it is, and predictably so."

Perhaps, but it was not that way 20-30 years ago. The demographic changes in California did not 'just happen' -- they were brought about by the 1986 amnesty and then the subsequent failure of Republican and Democratic administrations to enforce immigration laws. And of course the huge subsidies California tax payers have provided to Mexican immigrants -- legal or illegal. Looking at the state now, can you really say we are better off. I am not really familiar with this Millard guy, but sounds like he was right. Maybe he is fighting a losing -- or already lost--battle. But I am glad people like him are out there, because while California may be lost, we can still, I think, salvage the nation from becoming yet another failed society, like the other, what, 10-12 'Hispanic' societies to the South. Seriously, you claim to be for 'assimilation', but how can a 20% minority assimilate anything -- it is we who will be assimilated. Given the comparative accomplishments of a largely Anglo US versus the lack of accomplishments of Mexico, etc, that is a real tragedy.

3/11/2011 01:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Whites Not Needed said...

Flo, with Hispanics being predominately Catholic, and Catholics not believing in birth control, it serves no purpose to douse them with sex education. The church would undoubtedly tell them to ignore the teachings.

Face it, Hispanics are trying to take California back, one way or another. Their plan seems to be working. Their increased numbers get the message across that white people are not needed in Costa Mesa. That's why so many whites are moving out.

Before much longer, you will once again be living in a barrio Geoff.

3/12/2011 11:56:00 AM  

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