Friday, February 28, 2014

A Double-Header Of Sorts

This morning, as we bid a fond adieu to little old February, I'll report last night's activities.  I have not done a double-header for some time, so it was kind of interesting.

First, I attended lame duck Assemblyman Allan Mansoor's Town Hall at the Costa Mesa Community Center from 6 - 7 p.m.  Mansoor showed up about 5:55 and began the meeting before what turned out to be a full house - more than 130 people attended - just after 6.  He wrapped it up promptly at 7 but stuck around to answer one-on-one questions.

Mansoor led off with a preemptive strike of sorts by attempting to salvage his position on illegal immigration that had been brought into question recently when he - apparently too hastily - signed a letter supporting House Speaker John Boehner's position on amnesty for illegal aliens.  Once again - for the gazillionth time - he told the story of his parents, who immigrated LEGALLY from Egypt and Sweden, but this time he threw his mother-in-law into the mix.  She immigrated from Viet Nam.

He complained that people had come to his office and berated his staff and shouted epithets at them and questioned their immigration status.  He reminded us that he, personally, was responsible for 1,300 illegal alien criminals being taken off the streets when he was Mayor of Costa Mesa.


He spoke of the state budget, which Governor Brown recently declared had a $3.2 billion surplus.  Mansoor was flummoxed that there could be a "surplus" when the state has a $354 billion pension liability.

He mentioned "bad bills" that were being proposed briefly and without much detail.

He mentioned his bills - which had not been passed.  Nothing new here.  He's so ineffective in Sacramento that his record of getting bills he originated passed is one (1) UNO!  That one removed the word "retard" from the official state lexicon.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERSHe fielded 21 questions covering a variety of issues:
  • The recent Huntington Beach plastic bag fee (he doesn't support it)
  • Group homes (he said they have a strong lobby and make a ton of money)
  • Poseidon Desal Plan (he supports it)
  • The exodus of businesses from California (he doesn't like it and thinks we need to find new revenue sources to retain them) No, I didn't get that one, either.
  • Budget deficit (he supports a part-time legislature)
  • Crime up in Mesa North with slow police response times (he thinks we need to curb wasteful spending instead of raising taxes to pay for more police)  He also mentioned Pensions as being unsustainable.
  • Westside homeless (he thinks a lot of people want to be homeless and he thinks it takes cooperation by neighboring cities to resolve it)
  • He was asked if he was proud of his record (he dodged a direct answer, but said "I'm doing the best I can with what I have".  It's not clear whether he meant his own, personal shortcomings, that of his staff or just being a minority in Sacramento.)
  • Another questioner asked him if he thought he was "lipstick on a pig" in Sacramento. (He answered "I'm doing the best I can with what I have".)
  • He was asked about AB109 - the prisoner realignment scheme that shoved prisoners out to municipalities. (He said "Public Safety should be our number 1 priority", then said, "I'm doing the best I can with what I have".
  • He dodged a question about his run for Board of Supervisors 
  • A question was asked about the ruling by a federal judge to shut off northern California water to protect the Delta Smelt.  (His answer was weak, but he said we need to do more to create water storage and transportation.)
  • One very attractive woman - a lawyer, she said - thanked him for his help with Prop. 65 and heaped praise on him. (He said he was "humbled" by the praise.
All in all I didn't learn much from the 55 minutes at that meeting, except that he's doing the best he can with what he has.  I was reminded just what a feeble public speaker Mansoor is, and, even after a dozen years in public office, how he still can't seem to articulate his points without sounding like an echo of himself.  I will attend any debates/forums that pit him against Michelle Steel  and other candidates in his run for the Orange County 2nd Supervisorial seat presently occupied by termed-out John Moorlach.  I'll be hard-pressed to find a reason to vote for him, though.

I then skipped over to City Hall to attend what was left of the Parks and Recreation Meeting, arriving just a half-hour before they wrapped things up.  I missed both items about tree removals, but did hear the tail end of the report on the field use allocation study presented by the staff, HERE.  The upshot is that we don't have enough of them, particularly lighted fields for youth sports teams.  Mention was made about the possibility of acquiring/leasing the Balearic Center from the Newport Mesa School District.  That meeting ended with two other residents in attendance just after 8:00 p.m.  If you want the whole story read Brad Zint's excellent summary of the meeting published in the Daily Pilot, HERE.

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Blogger Gericault said...

"Nobody knows the trouble he's been.....Nobody knows but Jesus.."❡

Did he mention that this happened just a week ago? Did he mention that we are still paying for his illegal nonsense?

"The victory of day laborers in Costa Mesa will be honored at El Centro Cultural de Mexico on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 5 to 9 pm. They are located at 313 N. Birch Street in Downtown Santa Ana.
The City of Costa Mesa passed a law prohibiting the solicitation of work (10-354) in Dec. of 2005. Day laborers continued to resist the ordinance by congregating at Corners of Resistance, and people from the Tonantzin Collective monitored police behavior at the corners. This policy was combined with an agreement to have immigration officers in the Costa Mesa Police Station. In Sept. of 2009, 12 day laborers were picked up by undercover Costa Mesa police disguised as employers. All 12 were arrested and booked for the “crime” of looking for work. All 12 of them were later turned over to ICE custody and deported since they were undocumented.
This outrage encouraged Costa Mesa day laborers to sue the City along with the Tonantzin Collective, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the ACLU, NDLON and MALDEF. The law was finally repealed in Oct. of 2013. Day laborers can freely look for work in Costa Mesa without police harassment!"

2/28/2014 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Well, I see nothing in Mansoor that I agree with whatsoever. Let's hope others feel that way and we can dump that useless waste of fresh air.

2/28/2014 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

Your wife isn't going to let you out to meetings if your scoping out the babes all the time. ;) Just kidding, excellent work sir.

2/28/2014 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

So Mansoor thinks a lot of people want to be homeless?
Who votes for this guy?!?

Great report, Geoff.
Thanks for attending both meetings last night.
Your dedication to covering the news in our community is very appreciated!

2/28/2014 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

You're too kind, Karin, but guys like my young friend, Brad Zint, does a much better job of presenting the news. Yesterday he was at the Fair Board meeting in the morning and the Parks meeting at night and produced good reports.

2/28/2014 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Hold 'em Accountable said...

"C'mon, Honey!"

Mansoor...."I'm doing the best I can with what I have!"


2/28/2014 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Mansoor's political career will end soon.

We can put the fool Righeimer on the same path.

2/28/2014 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

My take on Allan: Cadaverine.

Cadaverine: A colorless, syrupy, fuming ptomaine.

Best thing we ever did was to get him out of Costa Mesa and up to Sacramento, where he was fortunately ineffective in getting anything done. Because he couldn't do anything, he couldn't do anything bad.

2/28/2014 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Colin, I'm a "babe-scoper" from way back... how do you think I landed my lovely and patient wife? ;-)

2/28/2014 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Once he's out of office, Mansoor can become a day laborer.

2/28/2014 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

I wonder who talked him out of staying in Sacramento, and why? It's too bad, it was a well paying gig, and he would have got 4 more years, easy.. I think he's going to have a hard time winning the Supervisor seat, and then what is he going to do?

2/28/2014 11:16:00 PM  

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