Thursday, July 17, 2014

County "COIN" Flipped

Tonight Jill Cowan, writing in the Daily Pilot, HERE, tells us that the Orange County COIN ordinance - modeled after Steve Mensinger's unproven Costa Mesa ordinance - has been given a punch in the face by the Supervisors, who refused to give it a second reading.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer got off the best line in the story.  Cowan states it thus:
"He said that without a requirement that supposals be made in public in addition to formal proposals, the county's ordinance as written, as well as Costa Mesa's, represent "a farce" of transparency."

Of course, Mensinger didn't much like that, but the fact is we don't know if this ordinance is going to work at all yet!  There has been no negotiation that has made it through the process, so we have no clue about its effectiveness.  It would seem prudent for any governmental entity considering a similar scheme to wait until Costa Mesa has had at least ONE negotiation make it through the process so the effectiveness can be evaluated.  We sure don't want them to emulate Costa Mesa's  "Ready, Fire, Aim" method of governance, do we?

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Anonymous Volo pro Veritas said...

The fact that it's isn't yet proven, and the fact that the county shot it down should be a lesson to Steve. He has practically dislocated his shoulder publicly patting himself on the back over the "honor" of the county looking to adopt his ordinance. It's poorly written and doesn't include all negotiations as it should to be truly transparent. Fortunately, Spitzer saw it as the "farce" that it is.

7/17/2014 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Spitzer, an attorney, legislator, and former ADA, is right. He holds advanced degrees and has lots of experience in writing laws. (Does Steve have a college degree?)

I don't believe Steve wrote the ordinance himself. I don't believe Steve writes his own DP commentaries.

Call me cynical.

7/18/2014 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Volo, yes. Steve hasn't had any good ideas really. But he knows how to raid the library fund for his personal projects, and he can attempt to destroy our open space park for his personal projects, and attempt to build ball fields over our train park, for his person projects. Its all about him after all.

7/18/2014 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

I must admit my surprise. steve believes he's climbing the political step ladder in politics. He might wish to wake up and smell the coffee. He's nothing more than Jim's water boy. The only ladder he's going to climb is the one pushing Jim up and over the top to higher office. Maybe he's carrying too much baggage from past life experience(s)to play with the Big Boys? Maybe he'd do better back in Stockton?

7/18/2014 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

Poor Stevie, he is so proud of his COIN scheme, and was probably ecstatic when he heard that a lame duck bearded Supervisor was going to take this to the County level and make it the law of the land. Not so fast Stevie, seems the Supervisors aren't going to rush this through and follow the "Ready Fire Aim" blueprint that Costa Mesa City Council likes to use.

7/18/2014 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous David on Lorenzo said...

Farcical and corrupt just about sums up the council majority.

7/18/2014 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Hey, Skep--
We should remember that Steve will be here two years after Jim has passed and been forgotten like the rest. If Jim goes away this November, which course of events I strongly favor, we will have Steve until 2016; the only difference being that he will be marginalized instead of the ladies on the council, and will thereby learn a life-changing lesson -- maybe.

Just recently found that Sandy posted a June 29 entry on her weblog. It's a good'n.

7/18/2014 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Which, of course, is available over there on the right side of the page under La Femme Wonkita. :-)

7/18/2014 11:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Hold 'em Accountable said...

Am I missing something?

COIN = Transparency?

CM hides info on the DG trail.
CM hides info on the huge party scandal.

COIN = Conning Our Idiot Neighbors

7/21/2014 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Transparency only applies when the council majority (or should I say Jim and his two rubber stamps) wants it to apply. It is a gimmick to make Jim look good when dealing with public employee unions - who he can't deal with completely because of his lawsuit. It appeals to the so-called low information voter. Let's hope Costa Mesa has few of these.

7/22/2014 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

I know many believe that READY...FIRE...AIM is a good analogy when describing what has been happening....

But my personal experience pulling the trigger in the Army....There is a specific, deliberate, sleight of hand, misdirection action going on behind closed doors...

READY....AIM.....FIRE is the real deal going on...

What is happening is something we called bracketing....Fire a number of rounds of any projectile...Get your horizontal and vertical alignment bracketed in in three rounds and then we called out FIRE FOR EFFECT and you are a dead man...

Costa Mesa has officially been Bracketed...

7/22/2014 06:05:00 PM  

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