As the campaign season begins to heat up I thought it might be useful to review what some of the voices in the community are saying about some of the important issues that will certainly become part of the public discourse over the next few months. And, no, I don't think these are the "voices" Jim Fitzpatrick keeps talking about.
JUST A SAMPLE
This listing of recent columns, commentaries and letters to the editor is NOT intended to be a comprehensive compendium, but just a sampling of what some of community leaders, council candidates and others have to say.
I've provided links to each item - just click on their names - and have quoted a segment that might provoke you to read the entire piece. Enjoy yourselves. If you have fun with this we might just do it again later this summer, as the rhetoric heats up.
Daily Pilot, June 23, 2012 - Annual budget needs longer-term perspective
"And while improving our infrastructure is presumably of vital importance to this council, maintaining it apparently is not. In order to patch the budget deficit to pay for more street improvements, the council eliminated the staff that literally patches our streets."
Daily Pilot, June 26, 2012 - Costa Mesa needs to attract more families
"The fact is, violent crime is actually down. Property crimes are up by 11%, and that is why this City Council has restructured the Police Department in such a way that more officers are patrolling our streets than ever before."
Daily Pilot, June 28, 2012 - Fireworks hurt Costa Mesa
"Every year animal lovers who plead with the council to get in sync with the majority of cities and end this practice of sale and use of fireworks, to no avail. Many of our pets suffer greatly. But in Mr. Mensinger's universe, that is of no consequence."
Daily Pilot, June 29 2012 - City budget is a step in wrong direction.
"In their zeal to beautify the city, they put the city at substantial financial risk."
Daily Pilot, March 22, 2012 - Charter opponents are grass-roots people, not partisans
"I am getting very tired of being told that unions are controlling my actions. We are independent citizens who are against what this City Council is proposing."
Daily Pilot, July 6, 2012 - Court decision illustrates charter dangers
"The court's decision illustrates three of the dangers of Costa Mesa's proposed charter: delay, litigation expense and compromised public safety."
Daily Pilot, July 10, 2012 - Candidate is wrong about charter cities.
"Stephens has opposed the proposed charter from the beginning, and his commentary is just his latest scare tactic. But fear and threats of litigation won't work any longer."
Daily Pilot, July 13, 2012 - McCarthy's anti-union piece missed the mark.
"Costa Mesa City Council candidate and Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy's commentary is chock-full of the kind of false and misleading statements and half-truths that give politicians a bad name."
Daily Pilot, July 13, 2012, McCarthy favors a flawed city charter.
"Is McCarthy saying that he is against upholding the rule of law? If so, he should check the preamble to the proposed charter he so loves."
Daily Pilot, July 13, 2012 - McCarthy spins like the rest.
"Tuesday's commentary by Costa Mesa City Council candidate and Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy is another example of his and the City Council majority's well-practiced skill of fact-twisting and propaganda."