Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting Tonight

Just a friendly little reminder that the Costa Mesa Parks & Recreation Commission holds their bi-monthly meeting tonight in Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Highlights will be:

  • A discussion of the placement of a memorial plaque in memory of employee Huy Pham on the City Hall lawn adjacent to the tree placed in his memory earlier this year.
  • Changing of the fee payment options for the Recreation On Campus For Kids (R.O.C.K.S.) program
  • A review of the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the upcoming fiscal year.
Be there or be square... or you can watch it live on CMTV, Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable or Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse.

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Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

I am no doubt the most cynical and heartless person in Costa Mesa.

Now that I have that confession out of the way, how many times are we going to have an opportunity brought to us for a "Huy Pham" moment between now and the election?

It was a suicide; no plaque required. The tree wasn't even required.

5/23/2012 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Sigmond said...

Bruce, I concur!

5/23/2012 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...

How many times are the present employees going to be demonized by the City Council Mr. Krochman?

5/23/2012 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Barry said...

Bruce, you would be surprised how many residents agree with you. Honoring a disturbed man who endangered others by greedily deciding to end his life at his place of employment is just wrong. Drug use aside. Even more wrong is how the union continues to exploit him for their gain. Just sad. One memorial is enough. Move on. How do I know they won't.

5/23/2012 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Pseudo intellectual helper said...

"..Now that I have that confession out of the way, how many times are we going to have an opportunity brought to us for a "Huy Pham" moment between now and the election?
It was a suicide; no plaque required. The tree wasn't even required."

5/23/2012 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Me Too said...

Pseudo intellectual helper -- I had a similar reaction to this item on our P&R agenda tonight.

Mr. Krockman got it right!

I suspect your flamebaiter reference must have been to the union guys that continue to try to make this an issue - much to the dismay of most of us.

5/23/2012 11:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

De mortuis, nihil nisi bonum. Which, for those unschooled in the classics, means "about the dead, [say] nothing unless good."

Bruce, it is not cynicism you express, but rectality. But I have said more than once that rectality is its own reward... Sure hope you enjoy it.

5/23/2012 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Heartless? Cynical? Or just inured to tragedy like so many in our society today? I hope I never get there. I thought the picture was sweet and it made me smile. There’s a time for everything and it’s a good time for healing. It’s your stupid comments that brought the tears to my eyes and reminded me what a tragedy this truly was. If you are so tired of hearing about it why bring attention by your comments! Whether drugs were involved, whether he would have done it anyway somewhere else, whether suicide is selfish, are all irrelevant. This did happen and it happened at City Hall. However you slice it, it was shocking, tragic, and sad. City employees lost a fellow, and some lost a good friend.

In my opinion it was the second tragedy in a short span at city Hall. The first was the ham fisted, inept way the city council issued layoff notices to 213 employees. Everyone was in shock already, in the midst of that Huy Pham dove off the roof. Where is your normal human compassion?

Reasonable people realize adjustments have to be made and it would have been hard on some, but so much stress and drama could have been avoided. A prudent council would have studied, analyzed, maybe even heeded their own attorney's advice before acting so rashly. Employees would have been consulted and given a chance to be part of the solution, would have been better prepared for difficult situations if all the proper legal steps were taken. Like many wise people have pointed out, it’s not just the what, it’s the how. We now have Newport Beach’s good example. Huntington’s, Fountain Valley’s. They have successfully renegotiated contracts and savings, contracted out where it made sense.

What has the Costa Mesa CC accomplished except to invite an avoidable lawsuit when they ignored their own attorney’s report, wasted close to a million dollars so far, and caused a lot of turmoil and drama? (Let’s remember to add in the $500k revenue they rejected when they refused to extend the fire fighters offer to continue extra pension payments while negotiations continued.) You want facts? Please refer to and carefully read the February 8 2011 City Council Study Session Report, Item #5, from the City Attorney’s office.Look at the statutes, MOU’s and City Policies it references. It’s not rocket science! It’s how sane cities do business.

And please check your own heart. If this had happened to one of your friends or family would you be so heartless? If so, why?

5/24/2012 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Quotron said...

"I am no doubt the most cynical and heartless person in Costa Mesa."

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~Johann Schiller

5/24/2012 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Billy said...

I supported the plaque, not because of some "issue" but because Huy was a friend of mine. I think about Huy every day because in one of our conversations he told me about his Grandfather that had a long beard and would often stroke it in the way I do and he said I should grow mine long and I could become wise like his Grandfather. Well I don't know if it's working but I'm going to continue to grow it and be reminded every day that compassion, compromise, truth and communication are the way to govern. Walk around and look at all the plaques around City Hall and the rest of the city. Do you notice there is no standard? The only standard is the divisive politics of the Koolaide drinkers and their leaders who are hoping to divide and conquer the middle class as they are doing all over this country. Put the plague up that we all might be reminded of things bigger than us.

5/24/2012 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous diffstrokes said...

the plague is definitely bigger than us Billy. keep on strokin', may make you wiser or maybe blind

5/24/2012 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous poor blind fools said...

you should know, yes indeed, you should know. But i won't say any more because it is unkind to make fun of the visully impaired.

5/25/2012 12:58:00 AM  

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