The Excrement Hits The Oscillating Unit!
Wednesday evening the Daily Pilot published an excellent piece by Bradley Zint that addressed allegations made at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting a week ago that there was impropriety in the allocation of playing fields, HERE.
COMPLAINT BEFORE COUNCIL
You will recall that we addressed that issue in our post about that meeting on February 4th, HERE. At that time resident and softball player Roger Chadderdon waited until past midnight to step up during the "trailed" public comments segment to complain that his adult softball team and a youth team had been displaced from the TeWinkle Sports Complex, being replaced with Matt Leinart's Flag Football program. He was confronted by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger at the end of the meeting.
THE REASON KNAPP LEFT?
At that time Chadderdon also stated that Recreation Manager Bob Knapp had lost his job because of that situation.
WHAT'S THE TRUTH?
Well, Zint's piece delves deeply into this situation and tends to confirm that Knapp did, indeed, resign when he balked at displacing long-time users in favor of Leinart's program. He doesn't name names when asked about who directed him to oust the softball programs in favor of Leinart's program, but he is quoted as saying it was not a council member.
A quick peek at the video clip of the May 23rd Parks and Recreation meeting, HERE, will permit you to hear a discussion by the commission about the Field Allocation Use Police. Shove the scroll bar over to 2:51:00 for the beginning of the conversation. This seems to be the preamble of what happened. And, you can also read articles in the Daily Pilot HERE and HERE that mention the involvement of Matt Leinart in local activities the middle of last year. Some eyes are now raised because his program - a new program to Costa Mesa - managed to shove long-established groups off of their scheduled fields AFTER the money had been paid and schedules established. This article generates more questions on an issue that has a less than fragrant aroma coming from it.