Monday, May 06, 2013

"The Current" Launches Mon-Fri Print Product


The Current, the local edition that has been included with the Orange County Register on Fridays for subscribers in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, has now begun print publication five days a week - Monday through Friday - and today was the launch.  Unfortunately for me, my Register didn't include The Current today!  Arrgghh!  However, after one telephone call a copy magically appeared on my porch.  Now, that's customer service!  In the meantime, I'd snagged a copy from a local newspaper rack - an idea you should consider for this issue alone.

As many of you know, because The Register now requires subscription to their online editions, some of you cannot see articles that I might link to here on this blog.  I encourage you to find a way to subscribe because new owner Aaron Kushner has spent a ton of money to revitalize his publication to the point that its really giving the Los Angeles Times a run for its money in Orange County.

 The Current, which will directly compete with The Daily Pilot in this market, has been gaining strength recently.  I suspect this is mainly due to the leadership of Editor Roger Bloom and his growing team.  The reporters who cover Costa Mesa and Newport Beach also work a broader geographical area and are doing a great job.
Today The Current features a couple of commentaries by Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry.  If you're an online subscriber you can find it on page 7 of the E-version of The Current,  HERE.  The question asked of them was, "What can your city learn from your neighbor?".  The answers are telegraphed by the great image provided to The Register by artist Chris Morris, above.

Curry uses his space to honestly compliment Costa Mesa for its shopping, diversity and arts venues.  He mentions that the two cities have exchanged some excellent employees, mentioning that Newport's community development director (Kim Brandt) came to them from Costa Mesa and that Costa Mesa's Police Chief (Tom Gazsi) and Interim Fire Chief (Tom Arnold) are both Newport Beach retirees.

He discusses Costa Mesas "financial mess" and Assemblyman Allan Mansoor's part in it, both during and following his tour as mayor in Costa Mesa.  He closes his message with the following paragraph:
"Both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are blessed with active, involved and passionate citizens.  In the end, it is the people who make each city unique and special. We learn the best lessons when we listen to them."

Righeimer, for his part, uses the space provided to demonstrate his envy of Newport Beach and to, once again, use it as a platform to hype his plan for Costa Mesa to become a Charter City.

He opens his piece by telling us that as long as he's mayor of Costa Mesa he will never vote to raise dock fees or remove fire rings from the beach - clearly a backhand at our neighbors.  So much for a conciliatory message.

And, as a parting shot, his final paragraph reads as follows:
"Oh, and one more lesson learned from Newport Beach: I appreciate now, more than ever, our debt-free half-century-old City Hall."  Again, a backhand at Newport Beach for the dedication of their new Civic Center and Park.  Ah, our mayor - ever the class act.

So, welcome to The Current five days a week.  It's going to be very interesting to see how this move will impact The Daily Pilot - our newspaper of record for more than a century.  I think the competition will be great for both of them, and for the readers, too.

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Anonymous History Channel said...

Napoleon Righeimer:
"one more lesson learned from Newport Beach: I appreciate now, more than ever, our debt-free half-century-old City Hall."

Translation: Until one of my developer buddies wants to build a new one, then money's no longer an issue.

5/06/2013 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous The Little Mayor Who Could said...

How cute that Riggy plays up the "rivalry," but everybody knows he prefers Newport to Costa Mesa. His office and the people who direct him are there. Costa Mesa's just a rung on his ladder.

5/06/2013 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Righeimer has eight business entities in Newport Beach, or so Mensinger stated in the article regarding Business License fees. It strikes me as the peak of hypocrisy, that Righeimer always insists that employees must live in Costa Mesa , yet the Mayor keeps his businesses in Newport.
These aren't brick and mortar businesses. These are "entities". Unplug the computer and rent a space in the city and the business is technically moved. Yet, for reasons unstated, the Mayor prefers to keep his businesses outside the city and miss out on the artificially low fees. Maybe they aren't the business magnet they are purported to be.

5/07/2013 07:15:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rooftop cell sites.. ?

5/07/2013 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Oddly you mention that Pot. Actually Righeimer's RF Comsites has only one cell tower in Newport, off Birch, but he controls and leases out four in Costa Mesa....but NB would get all the sales taxes....if they pay any.

5/07/2013 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Newport Good & Mesa Bad said...

It's obvious that Riggy is a Newport Beach groupie. He puts that City above everything else and wants so bad to be a part of it. He has no vested interest in Costa Mesa except to see how much destruction he can do before he packs up and moves along.

5/07/2013 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Nasty grams said...

What a shocker. Gericault comes here and complains. And West banters with him.

Neither one of them make any positive contributions, only outbursts of anger

5/07/2013 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous wow said...

obsessed much gericault? wow

5/07/2013 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous wow said...

check mcevoys "fu" comments to a poster on Pilot and name calling deArakal in the story of his fizzled out recall effort. did somebody hack his account and post this to make him look bad? this is out of the world. drugs perhaps. furniture refinishing fluids maybe.

5/07/2013 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Nasty Grams wrote,

"Neither one of them make any positive contributions, only outbursts of anger".

Nothing could be further from the truth.
Only a dishonest, cowardly councildude 'Yes' man would make a comment like that.
Start your own blog and let's see how well you cover events in our community.

5/07/2013 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous come to headquarters Chris said...

wow: i took a screenshot, will forward to school district. thanks for tip.

5/07/2013 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Stand up to Unions and wackos said...

Thanks Wow. Great example of the lunatic fringe here in Costa Mesa. McEvoy looks to be losing his marbles.

McEvoy attacks a Parks & Rec commissioner. No respect. and this guy teaches kids? To think that the Unions almost got him elected. Wow wow wow.

We keep trying to tell the Pot Stirrer that anger clouds judgement. McEvoy is one of many examples.

we went to and found the site to be down.

We were looking for a good example of how Gericault was the pawn and the stooge front man for the Unions.

They help funnel $500,000 in union spending to fool an electorate then claim a mandate of the people.

The worst part is that they believe their own PR

5/07/2013 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous minion said...

well said alf

5/07/2013 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Well if you were looking for a video of Gericault being a "stooge" for the unions ,....keep looking.
Here is a video of him last night taking a stand AGAINST the unions and their ignorant support of the Poseidon Desal Plant.

Gericault steps up to the plate @ 2:22:56.....and you call me "obsessed".

5/07/2013 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Bullying said...

troll come to headquarters:
"wow: i took a screenshot, will forward to school district. thanks for tip."

Sounds like when Mensy tussled with a teacher, then called the district. Slow day in the locker room Stevie? Thank God for community property, huh?

5/07/2013 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Red Headed Step City said...

Costa Mesa will laways be the red-headed step child to Newport Beach. Nobody likes it very much and it always get laughed at and made fun of. With this City Council running things how can anybody take the City or it's "leaders" serious. What a joke this City is, it is and will forever be the dorrmat to Newport Beach.

5/07/2013 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Roger Bloom said...

Thanks, Geoff, for the kind words and good wishes. We're working hard to create a community daily that Costa Mesa and Newport Beach can be proud of.
I say "we" very deliberately, because I need to correct one misperception (your first one ever!) in your post. The daily Current is not "my" project. I'm part of a large and talented team, and a bit of a latecomer to it. Planning was well along under the direction of Steve Green and Paul Eakins when I was reassigned to the daily team.
I'm proud of my work and happy to take credit for my part of the Current (i.e. the Curry/Righeimer piece was my brainstorm, which the two mayors graciously agreed to participate in). But the lion's share of the credit for assembling the team and the fantastic package is Steve's and Paul's.

5/07/2013 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...

"...Righeimer always insists that employees must live in Costa Mesa..."

Really? When has he ever said that?

5/07/2013 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

Curious......He made it very clear in a council meeting probably almost two years ago now that he wanted, at least in the case of CM police officers, that they live in Costa Mesa. Don't know about other general employees.

5/07/2013 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous no likey anything said...

that is gericault @2:22?looks like a commie organizer now. we never see him, just hear his fowl words. now it makes sense. unfortunately, Mcevoy just made a strong play for union shill with his comments in Pilot. step up ur game gericault. u may make no sense when u talk on subjects u know little about but McEvoy does it with attitude

5/07/2013 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous curious said...


I don't recall that, doesn't mean it didn't happen, but I watch all meetings and only recall other speakers stating that.

5/07/2013 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

Curious....sorry, I can't give you a specific date and time, but it did come up. It was in the context of "having a stake in the community they serve" mentality. It most certainly came up in the Chief' s selection process.

5/07/2013 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

No likey- what video were you watching?
I saw both Greg Ridge and Debbie Koken speak very well against the proposed Poseidon Desal Plant.
What "fowl words" ?
Do you ever tell the truth?
Hiding behind umpteen inane usernames doesn't give you Carte Blanche to spew nothing but lies, Chairman.
We know who you are.

5/07/2013 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Boy, this entry got hijacked fast.

Register solicitor called today. For $19.99 one-month trial, I get the paper, a $15 Target gift card, and four Angel ticket vouchers. That reeks of desperation, but a good deal is a good deal and I signed up. I hope it resembles the first 'new' version that had a lot of info in it, and not the recent one that was severely lacking.

Some of you anonymous poster, however, really need to get a life. You throw out sh*t and misinformation about other events and people under the veil of anonymity, and it's just plain sad to see.

Now I guess I better prepare to take my 'what do you do' nonsense, too.

5/07/2013 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Roger, you and your staff have done a great job with 'The Current'.
I like the new layout.
I look forward to reading it five days a week now.

5/07/2013 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Jefferson said...

Does Righeimer really compare a charter to the Declaration of Independence? Is he uneducated or just that dishonest?

The charter is 100% more like the Constitution. In fact they say this when describing the charter. Most everyone describes a charter as a constitution.

The Declaration of Independence didn't set any policy it declared our Independence.

I am saddened this is the type of person we have elected in our city who has no clue on the basics of our government or is just purposely dishonest.

5/07/2013 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Trust is earned and lost. said...

I laugh at the dishonesty of our mayor Jim Righeimer. Last night he was bragging how in the end council didn't lay anyone off so why the upheaval and council isn't so bad. But when you look at the truth, it is because they are a general law city and the employees themselves saved their jobs only through a lawsuit. It wasn't because Righeimer or council are fair and compassionate human beings.

In fact if you watched the entire meeting you will hear Righeimer admit they couldn't outsource jobs because of the lawsuit and the city being under general law. This is one reason why we need a charter he said. Of course this shows his comment above was completely disingenuous.

He further proved his dishonesty by even claiming 2 times that they recently in negotiations asked to out source a few job services and the employees said no.

Now I am disappointed employees would outright say no. But Jim Righemier making the comment that employees through general law stopped them shows again how disingenuous his comment was that in the end they didn't cause anyone to lose their jobs.

Had the employees not filed the lawsuit under the general law city there would have been mass job losses and everyone knows this even though the mayor dishonestly states otherwise.

The lack of trust regarding this council is not due to outside unions hit pieces. It's because Jim Righeimer and this council make these dishonest type comments and act the opposite often of what they say. That is why many people do not trust them.

5/08/2013 07:58:00 AM  

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