Signs, Whines, Wendy & Larry, Moorlach Opines & More
Looking ahead to this week and the Costa Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday. I covered important parts of the agenda in a previous post, but things have gotten even more interesting since then.
MORE "SIGN THEFT" UPROAR
In an earlier post I commented on the article in the Orange County Register dealing with the apparent theft of "Cancel the Layoffs" signs provided by Repair Costa Mesa around town and the hiring of a private investigator to try to get to the bottom of the thefts. The Daily Pilot also ran an article on this subject titled, "Missing signs causing uproar", HERE, which have evoked over 100 comments as I type this. In that article Estancia High School running back Robert Murtha, Jr. is quoted extensively. Jim Scott, Jr., identified as the president emeritus of Costa Mesa United, is quoted as saying, "I've lived in Costa Mesa since the 1960s. This is outside of my bell curve of life in the norm... It's inappropriate because they're kids. Kids should be off limits. They're not voters."
DAILY PILOT COMMENT THREAD EXCERPTS
In the comment thread, which you can read in its entirety by going to the link above. I've borrowed some of the relevant comments, below, which I've reproduced verbatim - typos and all.
I posted the following entry early in the morning of July 30th:
Geoff West at 1:04 AM July 30, 2011 GRIHALVA DEPARTED LAST FRIDAY
While we're talking about public safety issues, in his most recent E-Briefing publication last Friday, City CEO Tom Hatch announced the departure of EMS Coordinator, Larry Grihalva on that date. In his brief announcement Hatch said, "Larry has contributed greatly to the Fire Department and EMS community over the past 10 years. His dedication and expertise has developed the highest quality of patient care by providing firefighters and paramedics the support and resources necessary for optimal field performance."
A HUGE, UNNECESSARY LOSS
At a time when our Fire service is in such a state of turmoil, with no clear indication of the direction our council will be taking, the loss of Grihalva is unfortunate and unnecessary. One more scalp on the belt of Jim Righeimer. One that leaves a huge hole in our public safety organization and says volumes about how Righeimer feels about the safety of our residents and visitors.
THE IMPACT OF A SMALLER POLICE FORCE
One more final public safety tidbit. I'm informed by sources in the CMPD that the mobile traffic speed signs that you see occasionally around town when efforts are made to slow the speed of traffic in neighborhoods are no longer being dispatched. It seems that one is broken down and there's not time nor staff to repair it. And, the other is not being utilized because the Community Service Specialists that used to manage that program were laid off. This is only one sign of what Righeimer's 125 person police force is going to be like for us.
MOORLACH ON KOCI-FM
Last Saturday morning Orange County Supervisor and Costa Mesa resident John Moorlach appeared on "Money Matters" with Troy Davis on KOCI-FM radio. They talked about national, state and local finances and local politics. Davis provided a written transcript of Moorlach's discussion, HERE. I encourage you to click on that link and read what Moorlach has to say. Here are a couple quotes that may provoke you to read the whole thing:
MOORLACH SAYS NOT MUCH HOPE
In response to a question from Davis about problems in the state in which Davis mentioned "pension reform, pension liabilities, unfunded accrued liabilities, et cetera", Davis asked, "Is there hope?"
Moorlach said, "Not much."
Later Davis asks, "What's our number one thing Orange County, the state of California has to do to get healthy?"
Moorlach replied, "Well, the number one thing is you got to defund the unions, and Costa Mesa should be watching that in full glory right now."
He said much more, but those quotes should make you want to read the rest.
BEFORE I FORGET...
One last thing in this long post. There are many, many more people reading this blog these days than ever before. I'm very grateful to those of you who stop here to see what my opinion is on issues. Some of you visit because you trust my presentation of facts and tolerate my opinions. I'm grateful for that. Others stop here so they can have one more place to rant. That's fine with me - I welcome your participation and appreciate the attempts by most of you to keep the comments here civil and instructive.
"DEMANDS" ARE IGNORED
That being said, recently a couple commenters - maybe the same person using two different names - attempted to goad me into responding to some drivel recently posted by a blogger at a different site who is either so frustrated by recent literary failures or so full of himself - maybe both - that he thinks he can demand a response. Don't go looking for those comments - I didn't post them.
THANKS FOR BEING HERE
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