Friday, January 25, 2013

Steven White No Longer City Employee

BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT
In a terse announcement today from Communication Director Bill Lobdell, the City of Costa Mesa announced that Steven White is no longer a city employee.  The full text of that announcement reads as follows: "Effective today, January 25, 2013, Steven White is no longer employed by the City of Costa Mesa." 

WAS HE FIRED?
Although it was not specifically stated in the announcement, it is logical to assume that White was fired by The City as a result of the decision by the District Attorney to charge him in this case and the city's own internal personnel investigation.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGED HIM
You will recall that earlier this week the Orange County District Attorney announced that White will be charged with various crimes in connection with supposed vandalism of political signs during the run-up to the November election.  You can read the Daily Pilot coverage of that story HERE.

COSTA MESA TAXPAYER'S ASSOCIATION VIDEO
White had been on paid administrative leave ever since he was identified on a very grainy video shown on the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association account on YouTube.  You can view it HERE.  The photo above is enhanced from that video.

A VERY, STUPID, COSTLY ACT
It is highly unlikely that any other sign vandals will be apprehended since most trails will have gone cold - if any existed in the first place.  If White did perform these acts of vandalism it was a very foolish act on his part.  According to the Daily Pilot account of the charges being filed, if convicted White faces the possibility of a year in jail, $1,000 fine and restitution.  The charge was misdemeanor vandalism.



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41 Comments:

Anonymous Defeat Napoleon said...

Riggy and Mensy got their pound of flesh.

What's worse- what White is accused of, or Mensy's airport incident of 2006?

1/25/2013 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous allen funt said...

after dozens of signs stolen at that location they got their man on the first night out. good job! of course the other side thinks it was the fault of the victimized side, how dare they catch the perp? more coming from the PI investigation.

1/25/2013 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

A "terse" comment from Lobdell. He really had to back-peddle after Mensinger opened his big mouth and let it slip that Mr. White "had" worked for the City, two days before he was fired. Mr. White has not been convicted of any crime, so how does he lose his job? Sounds like another lawsuit, thanks to our fiscally prudent council, and adds to Lanzillo's allegations that the corruption goes further up.

1/25/2013 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Will Cart for Food said...

Rigtroll:
"..more coming from the PI investigation.."

Tomorrow:
I was unjustly persecuted! No trash bids since the Spanish-American War! Talk to my buddies at Athens!

1/25/2013 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Or what is worse, torn signs or the Sandy Genis signs that were defaced in a very vulgar way?
Those weren't just vadalized on the spot. They were stolen, painted out the G, then spray painted with a stencil that changed the G to a P, little strbursts added, then placed in high visibility locations around town. I would love to catch that perp and see Sandy's campaign throw the book at him/her/them/it!

What a creep! Probably a very two faced creep, I'd hazard a guess.

1/25/2013 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous u better don't said...

definitely would be good to catch the perp who did Sandy's sign too. But at least we got one bad guy who decided he would be the last word on what signs are allowed. ugh, what an idiot. A "bestest" to boot! hope all the fools learn from this no matter what side you are on. Amazing that the fool seems to get a free pass because either you agree with him politically or the perp who did in your signs was not caught. Don't personalize it-it was a crime and an assault on the election process. All perps have equal chance of getting caught. He was just not the brightest or most clever. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Right Billy?

1/26/2013 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous he dreams of fitz said...

guessing again "heart"? it's always fitz in your mind isn't it. obsess much?

1/26/2013 05:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Eileen Alittleleft said...

The guy was a City Hall employee featued in the OCEA Union magazine with a bunch of other Costa Mesa Uniom thugs getting ready to Union Walk to support Union activities.

I hope the DA is investigating how the Union insighted this guy to go oit and do harm. I hope the DA is investigating what other Union Thugs were involved. Do you think Billy Folsom shuts down his Union rah rah when he gets to work? Or doesn't bitch and moan about Council this or that im the break room where they both worked.

What took city hall so lomg to fire this violent thug? What are city hall working conditions? What are the highering standards? Does city hall ever do checks on existing emplouees for violent convictions? Has city hall given any training to managers

Did you see the Union spokeshole response? Nothing about one of their own.committing a violent act. Chose to allege withoit facts that politicians are corrupt yada yada

Remember this guy was on probation when he committed this violent act for a prior violent act

1/26/2013 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Will Golfcart for Food said...

Rigtroll:
"Remember this guy was on probation when he committed this violent act for a prior violent act"

What's more "violent"- oppressing an airline clerk at JWA like Mensy allegedly did, or tearing a paper sign?

What's more "violent"- chest-bumping a local teacher like Mensy allegedly did, or tearing a paper sign?

1/26/2013 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Someone in the Know. said...

He resigned.

1/26/2013 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger valan2 said...

First, let me say that vandalism - including destruction of campaign signs - is inexcusable. The D.A. should prosecute anyone suspected of such crimes.

However, I fail to see how this misdemeanor should be grounds for firing a City employee. Would the same action have been taken had he destroyed Obama or Romney signs? Would the same action have been taken had he vandalized a home or business, with no connection to the campaign? What's the connection between the crime and his job with the City of Costa Mesa?

And, in the meantime, the City paid him to not work for two months while he was on administrative leave pending investigation of a misdemeanor unrelated to his job.

I wonder who called the shots on this.

1/26/2013 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Flip Flop said...

McCarthy on sign stealing, well as long as it's the opponents signs.
 In the scale of what is going on in the city, missing signs is the least important issue I can think of.  What was the goal?  If someone, anyone, told these kids to steal these signs, both the kids and the director of said mischief suffer the wrath of being complete idiots.  Isn’t that punishment enough?  If anyone is feeling left out, I have two signs in my yard.  I’ll give you one.

1/26/2013 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous no excuses said...

at least he is gone. good work. don't need this type employee.

1/26/2013 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

valan2, you took the words out of my mouth. Do we fire every employee who is convicted of a misdemeanor? Like you, I thought all the sign vandalism should be stopped and those caught are subject to the rules of the court, but as someone else said, I see this ending in a lawsuit if he was, in fact, terminated. This seems we are bullying the bully.

1/26/2013 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Case of the year said...

So this guy got two months of pay while he was already out looking for another job, and will probably sue the City. Sounds good to me. Al this trouble for a stupid misdemeanor.

1/26/2013 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Concerned CM Neighbor said...

He was not fired he QUIT on Friday. Enough is enough! He was tired of his family being harassed, followed around town and having damage done to their property. Did you read about that?? NO because the CITY had a confidential order in place. You all know those procedures, policies and rules that the councilMEN are above.

1/26/2013 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous progressive lib logic said...

The councilmen caused this. not the employee. why blame him? He needed to do this. councilmen put the signs there. it's the councilmen's fault for feeding his need. they need to take sensitivity training if they think the employee was at fault. councilmen need to apologize NOW. (fisler too)

1/27/2013 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Progressive Conservative Policy said...

We can steal signs but they can't. We can deface signs but they can't. When we falsely portray ourselves as a Deputy Sheriff and flash a badge in doing so we do not punish that person we make him a council member.

1/27/2013 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Pot Stirrer: I'm just going to refer to you as PS, because your posts leave room for afterthought. You'll become a true visionary for the heading "A Very, Stupid, Costly Act." Only it won't be Steven White, it will be the settlement for what was done to him.

1/27/2013 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Pound of Flesh said...

Speaking of settlements, does anyone know if Arnel ever had to pay a settlement on behalf of Mensy?

1/27/2013 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Unlike how they are trying to portray this, it was not an act of violence, nor an assault. IF anything is proven, it might be called an act of civil disobedience and that's why we thankfully have unions.

1/27/2013 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Closer said...

We won't use Torelli as long as Fisler is there.

1/27/2013 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous arnel said...

nope, nothing there. no settlements warranted. flores tried too but again, nothing there. keep focusing on your rear view mirror as life passes u by.

1/27/2013 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous gettin even said...

i won't use mesa consolidated water as long as Fisler is President of the water district either. Plenty of rain water captured this week plus gallons more in the stores. he must resign from both water and Torelli for disagreeing with us. recall anyone?

1/27/2013 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous winning! said...

Fisler works at Torelli? both are great! and at water district too? another great place. what do they all have in common?

1/27/2013 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Arnel is wrong. Its there. It merely says "settlement", not "dismissed". So, there was a settlement, but it is confidential due to the type of action. Its public info. www.courts.ca.gov

1/27/2013 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Wheres My Degree said...

rigclone:
"..flores tried too but again, nothing there. keep focusing on your rear view mirror as life passes u by."

You can take the boy out of Stockton, but you can't take the Stockton out of the boy..

1/27/2013 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron K. said...

We don't like Fisler because he's part of a group of politicians who have hurt Costa Mesa. We won't use him or his agency either.

1/27/2013 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Waste of Time & Money said...

In the grand scheme of things this whole sign stealing investigation was a complete waste of time. The "vandal" is being charged with a simple misdemeanor, a fine that he'll be able to pay off with the two months of City salary that he racked up while is was on "administrative leave".

I'm sure the DA's Office has better things to do then to pursue this very low level infraction. I bet the City Council called in a few favors to get try and get this pushed right to the top of the ongoing and ever rising stack of crimes waiting to be processed.

1/28/2013 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Billy Folsom said...

Silly little minds. If you want to know something just ask me. Silly silly little minds.

1/28/2013 05:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Machine Gun Kelly said...

Fisler is bad news...always has been, always will

Fisler used to be just like Fitzpatrick back in the day

Fisler is less articulate than Fitzpatrick if you can believe that so Fisler can't get the words out

1/28/2013 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Ask Billy said...

Billy Folsom, this silly little mind sees you and your gal Kim post all the time on Facebook, Daily Pilot and OC Register.

So, tell is silly little boy and girl, ehat names do you post umder here?

Also, do you think "just kidding" os Geoff West too? We looked at all his post and inventoried who was at Council meetings. West was the only person at rhe Council meetimgs that "just kidding" says he was at and shared details of those meetings. West is posting anonymously.

The game is over

1/29/2013 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Well, folks, the above post from "Ask Billy" is a perfect example of why you shouldn't post comments while drunk.

And, by the way, I NEVER post comments here anonymously. I was amused by the statement that this boozer "inventoried" who was at the council meeting. Apparently this clown doesn't realize that anyone with a computer can watch the meetings live on televison or via streaming video.

1/29/2013 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Eileen Alittletotheleft said...

Hello Geoff,

Your spelling is great.

Now answer the question. Do you ever post under another name?

Fact of the matter is that you cannot see who sits in the back row unless you are at the meeting. Buts facts are not your friend.

Looks like you are waking up angry today like most of your days.

I think the next meeting you should line up all the council critics and take a picture and then post it here so we can get a sense of who they are. Young or old, families or without children. Hairdo's that have not changed since the 1970's? A couple long crazy beards. A big hearing aid. Include their wives. Maybe have video so you can hear them talking during the taking of the picture

That would be an interesting picture

1/29/2013 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Sobering up, I see.

I NEVER post here under another name. All my comments appear with this one.

In fact, the camera frequently shows crowd shots that clearly show the back row.

What's with the fixation with who's at the council meeting, anyhow? Paranoia takes many forms. Have another cup of coffee (or 6) and return when you're feeling better.

1/29/2013 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Alex Trebek said...

GW:
"What's with the fixation with who's at the council meeting, anyhow? Paranoia takes many forms. Have another cup of coffee (or 6) and return when you're feeling better."

Hear hear! Napoleon and his minions are running scared, especially with Genis joining Leece to keep an eye on his shenanigans.

Let's see. Who stuffs his face with snack food in Council Chambers, has earned the nickname "Village Idiot," and allegedly has alcohol on his breath regularly in public?

Even a paralegal can get the answer to this one.

1/29/2013 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Man, he's drunk at this hour? He's got kids to watch...someone should call the social services. Really sad this guy is such a mess.

I'm no fan of Fisler, but he is way more intelligent and articulate than Fitzy ever though of being.

Sorry Fitz...its the truth.

1/29/2013 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous those darn men said...

lawsuit! screenshot !! that's all we got.

1/29/2013 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous 411 said...

Billy is retiring.

1/29/2013 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Yep, Billy confirmed to me this morning that March 4th will be his last day. Three decades of service to the city during which he was more than "just and employee" - his activism demonstrated every day how much he cared for the well-being of the city and for his fellow-employees.

Sadly, there will likely be smiles on the dais when some of the council members hear this news.

1/30/2013 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous just curious said...

Billy,

WOW! 30 years of service to us and your union.

Do you care to say what your retirement pay will be and do you plan top stay in our city? You said to ask and you would respond.

In any case, thanks for all your work for us. And keep that beard trimmed.

1/30/2013 08:47:00 PM  

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