Dear Me... No Lee For Us To See...
As most of you already know, Mesa Verde Community, Inc. will be hosting a forum for the eight (8) candidates for Costa Mesa City Council tomorrow, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park) beginning with a "meet and greet" at 6:30 and a two-hour program commencing at 7:00. Mesa Verde Community, Inc. President Darnell Wyrick will moderate the event.
DUCKING THE ISSUES?
I find it VERY curious that my Eastside neighbor, Lee Ramos, has decided to blow this forum off. According to Brad Zint's article in the Daily Pilot, HERE, Ramos' Campaign Manager Dennis Popp - the pompous pontificator and publisher of a nearly incomprehensible blog - said Ramos "will be focusing on meeting with voters rather than performing at PR events." That's a curiously condescending description of an event being conducted by an organization of which he is Treasurer! In election cycles past this forum has been a valuable opportunity for voters to hear the positions of the candidates and assess their ideas.
Popp goes on to be further quoted as saying, "Our key issue is allocating time and resources. We chose to emphasize contacting residents to learn what they think, rather than to talk to them from the stage." Really? So, in an election so critical to the future of the city, Popp apparently doesn't want a large group of interested voters to have the opportunity to hear what his candidate thinks about issues, huh? Very interesting.
Even more curious is the fact that Popp told Zint that his man, Ramos, DOES plan to attend the Feet To The Fire Forum on September 18th - an event that has had much more aggressive questioning in the past.
HOPE HE ATTENDS
I hope Ramos, shown here texting during a Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, has a change of heart and does attend the forum Thursday. The voters deserve an opportunity to hear his thoughts on what he thinks are the biggest challenges the city faces, and his potential solutions. It's difficult to know what to make of his decision to duck this event.
BE THERE OR...
In any event, I'll see you there... should be an interesting, informative, evening.