Insolence OK Now...
Lauren Williams wrote an article in the Daily Pilot yesterday, HERE, telling us that on Wednesday a federal appellate court held that a Costa Mesa ordinance that restricts "insolent" speakers when addressing the City Council is unconstitutional. This springs from the Benito Acosta affair several years ago when Mayor Allan Mansoor cut him short while speaking to the council and Acosta was subsequently dragged from the council chambers and arrested.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORD MAKES
According to the article, by simply removing the word "insolent" from the code the remainder of the ordinance is constitutional.
Here's a definition of that word from Dictionary.com.
in-so-lent - boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting.
CURRENT MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION
This is how the section of the Municipal Code, Section 2-61, presently reads:
So, I guess it's OK for you to be "boldly rude" or "disrespectful" or "contemptuously impertinent" and "insulting" when you address the council. It's a little confusing because the definition of "insolent" includes impertinent yet the article says the code will be OK without that word. If so, it will continue to contain "impertinent". We need some clarity here.
CAREFUL ABOUT THE REST OF IT, THOUGH
However, apparently you may not make any personal, profane or slanderous remarks. And, you can't yell at them, either - much as you might feel like it.
And, just in case you're interested, you can watch what happened to prompt this whole thing in the first place in this short video clip. As you watch it you can use the timer to see that Mansoor does cut him off. You'll also see then-Police Chief John Hensley direct the officers to take Acosta out. Way down at the end of the tape, around the 4:50 point on the counter, you'll see Phil Morello, President of the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly and organizer of the recent Tea Party "demonstration" at City Hall protesting the incident involving Jim Righeimer and the CMPD in the upper right corner of the frame, hands cupped over his mouth, as he screams the words to "God Bless America" at the young woman who had been singing "We Shall Overcome".
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE...