Friday, September 26, 2014

Feet To Fire Forum Boycott

In case you already have not heard about this, please read Barbara Venezia's Daily Pilot column, HERE.

It seems that three of the candidates for Newport Beach City Council seats in November have chosen - apparently on the direction/advice of their campaign advisor, Dave Ellis (he hates it when I call him Dave).

This is beyond strange, since this version of the series - the final one this cycle - adds to the panel of interrogators Orange County Register columnist and former Newport Beach council candidate Jack Wu and uber Republican insider and operator of the FlashReport site, Jon Fleishman.  Both would seem to be kindred spirits and more likely than not to cut some of their pal, Ellis', stable of candidates some slack.  I don't know for sure, but it seems likely.

It sure looks like the OC GOP hierarchy is peeved at Barbara Venezia for the last Costa Mesa Forum, which can be watched HERE.  It would appear to me that the move to stifle dissent is not constrained to Costa Mesa in the form of Mayor Jim Righeimer and his minions, but looks to be systemic within the leadership of MY Republican Party!  I don't like it one bit!

I don't believe I know any of the boycotting candidates, but I do know OF a couple of them.  How do you not get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you think of Marshall Duffield of Duffy Boats fame?  And, I've read some of Scott Peotter's stuff in the Newport Beach Independent.  He has been a field representative for lame duck Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.  I don't know squat about Kevin Muldoon, but he must have a few bucks, because Ellis doesn't come cheap.

I DO know about Dave Ellis, though.  I have spoken with him a few times, shared a meal with him and the stories about him around these parts are legion!  Did you know, for example, that he advised Leslie Daigle during her Newport Beach council campaign in which Venezia was also a candidate?  Did you know that some of the political shenanigans he pulled during that race that involved the business operated by Venezia's husband so angered her that she dropped out of the race?  Do you think she might be holding a grudge?  I would be, but that's just me.

I have NO reason to believe that Venezia would attempt to make life difficult for Ellis' stable of candidates just because they have a personal history.  I DO think it's a cop-out on their part to avoid facing their challengers and members of the media to have important issues fleshed out in a community forum setting.

So, the voters of Newport Beach lose on this one.  Because of what certainly looks like institutionalize vindictiveness and political cowardice, nearly half the candidates running will blow off the Feet To The Fire Forum next week at the Oasis Center in Corona del Mar.  What a shame.

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Anonymous cindyrellawaiting said...

I looked at the NB candidates campaign disclosure statements...Kevin Muldoon and Scott Peotter are both being funded by the same Political Action Committees, Developer's and individuals as Righeimer and Mensinger. Scott's brother Bruce-an atty. is running for CM Sanitary District.

9/26/2014 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Hold em Accountable said...

Have you seen the "Vamos con Ramos" signs on the Westside? Gonna make Marty's blood curdle.

9/26/2014 04:53:00 PM  
Anonymous davidonlorenzo said...

I've seen so many illegally/wrongfully placed campaign signs around where I live. You would think that the city - which in the past has been obsessed with proper campaign sign etiquette - would have a hot-line or an e-mail posted on the city's home page where one could report this bad campaign signage behavior so that the city could have one of their employees come and remove these outlaw signs...just a thought.

9/26/2014 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

I always thought he was Filipino...

9/26/2014 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

I think ( not sure) the candidate has 30 days to remove an illegal sign, and even then, they have some grace period. The strategy in the last election seemed to be to put up non-conforming signs about 30 days prior to the election, so they ended up staying until they were no longer needed.

9/27/2014 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Here's what the Municipal Code says:

Sec. 13-123. Political campaign signs.


Any person, party, entity, or group posting political campaign signs within the boundaries of the city shall first file a statement with the city clerk designating the person or entity responsible for posting the political campaign signs in the city and liable for the estimated actual cost of removal of the political campaign signs to ensure compliance with the provisions of this article, and such statement shall certify to the city clerk that consent has been obtained from the owners, lessees or occupants of nonpublically owned real property prior to placement of political campaign signs thereon. Only one (1) political campaign sign statement is required of any party or group, regardless of the number of individuals posting signs on its behalf.


All political campaign signs shall be removed not later than ten (10) days following the date of any election to which they pertain, if any.


No political campaign sign shall be placed or posted on any public property or utility pole, except on or within a public right-of-way pursuant to the provisions of section 13-123.5, Portable Signs within Public Right-of-Way.


No political campaign sign shall be lighted, either internally or externally.


No political campaign sign shall be placed in a manner that would obstruct visibility to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

(Ord. No. 97-11, § 2, 5-5-97; Ord. No. 99-10, § 5, 7-19-99)

9/27/2014 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous davidonlorenzo said...

If you read section 13-123.5, it makes it pretty clear that many campaign signs are posted illegally, yet the city doesn't seem to have a functioning remedy in place.

9/27/2014 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

At a council meeting earlier in the year CEO Hatch assured us that they would be running a much tighter ship this year. Another unfulfilled promise.

9/27/2014 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Pot Stirrer, they may have said that, but it sure doesn't seem to be the case. There are illegal Rig and Ramos signs all over the place. There are some stapled to the Mesa Verde Golf Center (or whatever) wooden sign. And, I thought all the signs had to be removed from the public areas on weekends. There sure are a lot of Rig's signs out there. I'm thinking whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

9/27/2014 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Political signs also fall under other sections of the municipal code, and can be in the public parkways, but not center medians, from Friday AM until Sunday night.

They are not allowed Monday -Thursday.

BTW, CM4RG has had about 30% of our signs stolen or vandalized, on private property and public parkways. One night most of our "No on O" signs were stolen all over town, just those. They must make someone very nervous!

I've seen a few of other candidates mangled or knocked down. This kind of juvenile pettiness needs to stop.

9/28/2014 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Interesting correlation from the Washington Post 9/28/14:

"The dearth of televised debates isn’t for lack of trying: Media outlets have proposed dozens of televised forums. But this year, more than ever before, candidates have squabbled over venues, hosts, dates and formats for debates – and as a consequence, all but a small handful of the faceoffs, rare opportunities for voters to weigh two candidates against each other, have been canceled."

9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

I sure the charter would solve this problem.

BTW - Aren't there size restrictions? During the last election I recall the size guidelines were changed by the council majority after some candidates had their signs printed.

9/28/2014 07:04:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Go walk precincts , if you don't know how to walk a precinct, contact me at

9/28/2014 11:59:00 PM  

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