Shuffling The Deck (Chairs)
Well, that didn't take long. In his first official act as Captain of the Good Ship Costa Mesa, Queeg, er, new Mayor Eric Bever decided to shuffle the seating on the dais. It's a tradition for new mayors to decide who sits where. However, in this case, it's kind of like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A PROGRAM...
So, beginning next Tuesday, March 20th, it might be a little like musical chairs at the beginning. The seating will be - right to left as you face the dais - CEO Tom Hatch, Councilman Gary Monahan, Councilman Steve Mensinger, Mayor Eric Bever, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, Councilwoman Wendy Leece and City Attorney Tom Duarte.
EASY IN, EASY OUT
Actually, this makes some sense. By placing Monahan next to Hatch it will be easier for him to slide into meetings late or bug out early without making too much of a ruckus. In recent months when Monahan would show up late or leave early it was pretty darn obvious.
EASIER TO CONTROL YOU, MY DEAR...
And, having Bever bracketed by Mensinger and Righeimer makes it easier for the REAL power on the dais to keep Bever in line. This arrangement gives the phrase "consolidation of power" a whole new meaning. I fear, though, that Eric might get a chronic neck kink by having to swivel his head back and forth as Righeimer and Mensinger perform their serial interruption act.
The only real problem I see here is when Mensinger goes on one of his walkabouts and just meanders off the dais and out the back door. It's going to be a lot more obvious now. I just hope his email alert doesn't ping too many times while he's out and about.
WENDY LUCKY TO HAVE A CHAIR
Of course, I suppose Leece may be a little disappointed to have been shuffled off to the side, now literally as well as figuratively. However, under the circumstances, I guess she's lucky Eric didn't have her moved out into the parking lot.
Now the three guys who will control EVERYTHING can just ignore Leece and Monahan and keep the discussion nice and tight between themselves. And so the games begin.