Who Is This Guy, Indeed!
Yesterday afternoon the Daily Pilot, HERE, ran a story announcing that someone named Tony Capitelli is running for Costa Mesa City Council in November, 2014. In the dozen or so years I've been following local politics I don't recall anyone ever officially announcing a run for city council in my city quite this early.
ANOTHER ONE OF DANA'S BOYS
So, who is this guy, Tony Capitelli? Well, his bio tells us he comes from the same womb that brought us the carpetbagger, Jim Righeimer. Yep, Capitelli is another one of Dana's boys, he works for our congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, in his Huntington Beach field office. He's young - 28 years of age - and educated, having attended Concordia University. He lives in town with his wife, Julie, and is a nice looking young lad.
WHO IS HE, REALLY?
When I started looking into his background I found his campaign web page, all set and ready to go, HERE. I thought to my self, "Wow, here's a young guy all ready to go, but what does he think? Where has he been?" So I checked out his web page and became very depressed.
GOD IS ON HIS SIDE
As I scrolled through the various pages on his web site I came across several very familiar phrases. He invokes God frequently, so that must mean he's a great guy, right? Well, in his "blog" section on that web site he tells us why he's running for city council. He tells us that God put him on that path. OK.
Then he tells us that "Civic Leaders of the past have lead us down the path of fiscal irresponsibility to the extent that this city could not even perform one of its most essential and basic functions, maintenance of its roads and streets." Does that have a familiar ring to it? Well, it should, because it's right out of the OC GOP song book that Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger have been singing for a couple years, although in young Mr. Capitelli's case it might be a hymnal.
THE CURRENT COUNCIL..
Looking over his "Issues" page on the web site we find that "our current council has dug us out of seemingly unrecoverable fiscal mess, and begin the process of rebuilding." He goes on to tell us that, "our streets should be improved to be more friendly to pedestrians and bikers.", although I suspect he meant to say bicyclers. "Dug us out"? What about that unfunded pension liability? What about our "terrible streets"?
HIS TAKE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
He tells us that, "Due largely to prison realignment in California, our city has seen a noticeable spike in property crime over the past two years.", but manages to not mention the part his pals already on the council played in that crime spike by refusing to properly staff the CMPD, and their complicity in officers leaving in droves due to the toxic workplace they created in this city. He does tell us, though, that, "the safety of our families should be the top priority of local government."
"RESTRUCTURE ONLINE PRESENCE" - NOT MORE COPS
Capitelli's solution to the crime issue is for the City and CMPD to "restructure their online presence to better communicate with residents on how they can take simple measures to prevent property crimes." He tells us that "these kinds of creative approaches will keep our families safe." Then he tells us, "A safe city results from a community that cares." Gag me! No mention of more police officers. No mention of new police tactics or deployment models. No mention of use of reserve officers. No mention of the School Resource Officers. No mention of stopping the outflow of officers. We don't know yet if he shares Rigeimer's hatred of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
JUST LIKE MANSOOR...
Well, I've not met this young fella yet, but I'm getting exactly the same feeling about him I had when I first met Allan Mansoor. I liked him and had hope for him. He turned out to be a HUGE disappointment to me and many others because, once the OC GOP hierarchy got their hooks into him, he just began to spout the party line. It looks to me like young Mister Capitelli - who is probably a nice, young guy - has begun echoing Dana's other boys earlier in his career. It looks to me like he's aligning his sites on Dana's job down stream, and that he'll just follow the lead of Scott Baugh, Jim Righeimer and, of course, Dana to get there. We'll see.
WHAT ABOUT THE "BENCH"?
And, I find myself wondering what effect his presence on the November, 2014 ballot on other loyal footsoldiers who have been queing up to run with Righeimer next year. There are only two seats available - Righeimer's and the one currently occupied by termed-out Wendy Leece. What of Righeimer's protege, Ethan Temianka? What about Colin McCarthy or Rob Dickson or even Jimmy Fitzy? Does this new "fair-haired boy" shove them aside? Seems likely. So much for loyalty...
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