Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Team Up
In the past I've referred to Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger and Planning Commission Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, respectively because Fitzy always seemed to be glued to Mensinger's hip, providing a supportive echo to almost every utterance he made.
PONTIFICATING THE PARTY LINE
Today retired Costa Mesa resident Jeff Arthur, who has become a fairly regular fixture at recent City Council meetings, published a commentary in the Daily Pilot, HERE, in which he spouted the party line - that the sky is falling in the form of unfunded pension liabilities - and quoted Stanford professor Joe Nation extensively. Nation recently held forth at a Study Session during which he painted a picture of gloom and defined some draconian measures to solve "the problem" - creative stuff, like raising taxes - just the things you'd anticipate from a self-avowed "progressive".
MIXING IT UP WITH THE GREAT UNWASHED
All of a sudden the comment thread on this commentary exploded, first with a comment by Mensinger lauding Arthur for his views. Further down Fitzpatrick, who is apparently on the road to recovery from his post-Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board ouster funk, opined that the problem must be serious "when a Pension beneficiary like Jeff Arthur starts sounding the bell.." What does that mean, exactly, Fitzy? Do you mean pensioners have a better perspective than those of us who actually pay for the pensions?
Later Mensinger made an almost incomprehensible comment - he does that - that added nothing at all to the discussion.
EVER THE BULLY
In my opinion, it is unseemly for an elected official to mix it up on comment threads in the public press. It has more than the slightest whiff of bullying, but it's his right to do so. And, as several of his friends have told us from time to time when he did something stupid, "Well, that's just Steve". So, he gets a pass because he always has... Very sad for us all.