Lopez Ventures Back To Costa Mesa - Almost
Well, our old buddy, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, ventured back into Costa Mesa last week to get his mind squared away by our two purveyor's of truth, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger. Apparently they thought he got it wrong HERE when he wrote previously about their attempt to make up for not being able to implement real pension reform by getting rid of many of those employees who are eligible for those darn pensions. That first column generated over 400 comments and the old hit counter is still spinning.
COFFEE WITH CLOWNS
Lopez presents his view, HERE, of having coffee with the two of them - he refers to them a couple times as "Frick and Frack" - and that reference made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt! Yes, sir - our two wannabe saviors of our city certainly have performed like those two buffoons on ice from yesteryear - except without the skills.
CHOKING DOWN THE "TRUTH"
I suspect Righeimer and Mensinger will be less than happy with their attempt to set the record straight by enticing Lopez to have coffee across the border in Newport Beach - a rock-throw from my house, by the way. Yes, Kean's coffee is wonderful, but it doesn't help you choke down the kind of stuff they were feeding him - obviously.
THEY WON'T FOLLOW HATCH'S PLANS
So, now we wait until Tuesday, when an extended Study Session will present CEO Tom Hatch's balanced budget and a full explanation of the plan to restructure the Police Department. I don't think the council, headed by the aforementioned "Frick and Frack", (chuckle) will go along with Hatch's plan in either case. I think they are going to continue on with their own plan to gut our once-proud Police Department, ignoring the best professional advice they could find, and leave the residents of our city at the mercy of the criminals among us.
And I think they will demand more cuts by Hatch and his dwindling staff of managers to provide a much larger cash reserve so they can buy up motels throughout the city and make it easier for their developer buddies to make big bucks on them.
ARE WE THAT BLIND AND STUPID?
It's really hard to imagine that they really think the public is so blind and stupid that they don't see through what they're doing here. They're taking the mantra handed down by the GOP - MY GOP - and use those skills that they used to ride two divisions of SunCal Companies into the ground to do the same for Costa Mesa. I'm not sure what it's going to take for the voters of this city to wise-up.