Mensinger Off The Hook In "Chest-Bumping"
City of Costa Mesa Interim Director of Communications, Bill Lobdell, issued a Press Release late this afternoon informing us that on April 29th, nearly two weeks ago, the Orange County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against non-elected City Councilman Stephen Mensinger in the now-infamous "chest-bumping" case with Estancia High School teacher Joel Flores, citing insufficient evidence.
Actually, this comes as no surprise since nobody had come forward to support Flores claim. The only "witness" of which we are aware is Robert Murtha, a Mensinger disciple whose son, also Robert, is a star running back on the Estancia High School Football team.
LUCKY HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS NEW BADGE
Let's hope this incident will now be put behind us and that Mensinger will not take this result as justification for further incidents of throwing his weight around in Costa Mesa and elsewhere. I find myself smiling and thinking how lucky Flores is that Mensinger didn't have his brand new, "jewel-encrusted" vanity badge at the time, or Mensinger might have tried to arrest him on the spot.
Here's the text of the Press Release:
May 11, 2011
Bill Lobdell, (949) 887-2541
District Attorney declines to file charges in ‘chest-bumping’ incident
COSTA MESA, CALIF.—The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges against Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger after an Estancia teacher alleged he was “chest-bumped” by the city official at community event, it was announced this week.
Joel Flores filed a complaint with the Costa Mesa Police Department on April 23, alleging that Mensinger assaulted him earlier that day at the Costa Mesa Community Run after a verbal exchange about pending layoffs of city employees. Mensinger denied the charge, claiming that Flores had confronted him and there was no physical contact.
Per city policy, the matter was forwarded to the D.A.’s Office because the investigation involved a council member. On April 29, the D.A.’s Office rejected the case, citing “insufficient evidence.”
To contact Mensinger, please e-mail him here.
HERE'S THE ADDRESS...
That last line is a "hot link" in the press release. It gives you an email address with which to reach Mensinger. Here's that address since the link didn't carry forward in my message: firstname.lastname@example.org