Catching up on some interesting video now available to us for viewing after the fact.
COSTA MESA BRIEF CANDIDATE VIDEOS
BARRY'S DOING A GOOD JOB
I must give old Barry credit. He's providing excellent video coverage of important events in the City. His coverage, for example, of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Town Hall last month at which the proposed Organics Recycling program was explained, is quite good. You can watch that one HERE.
HATCH ON CITY TALK
There's a brand, new City Talk segment available for viewing on the City website, HERE. Host Dane Bora asks City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch a variety of questions about the current state of affairs in the city. Viewing this clip will be thirty minutes well-spent.
In wrapping up the segment Bora asked Hatch a series of four questions. The last one went like this:
Bora - "If you could grant one wish for Costa Mesa, what would that be?"
Hatch - "A more, ah, civil discussion about, ah, about, ah, moving this community forward. We're doing some great things. We have a lot of great people who care deeply and love this town. Ah, we, ah, our tone and approach is, ah, is, makes it hard. And, we have such strong opinions, and change is difficult and so, I hope we have more of a civil discussion moving forward."
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?...
I've replayed that segment a couple of times. I'm sure Hatch is correct - a more civil discourse could make it easier to move forward. I found myself wondering just who he might have been thinking of as he haltingly uttered those words. Was he thinking about the cadre of concerned residents who take time from their lives to study important issues, then present themselves before the City Council and other official bodies to offer their questions and views?
Or, might he have been thinking about some current elected officials who sometimes veer from the path of civility when addressing folks speaking to them, and other council members, as well?
Or, might he have been thinking about those of us who write critically about issues and events in The City?
Or, was he contemplating all of the above?
AN EARLY NIGHT TOMORROW? WE'LL SEE...
Tomorrow's City Council meeting, which gives the appearance of being relatively brief, may surprise us. Much depends on how many speakers take the time to exercise their right to address concerns with the council - even though Mayor Jim Righeimer continues to fine-tune his obstructionist moves to keep that from happening. I'm predicting a departure by 10:25 p.m. We'll see.