Monday, September 29, 2014

It's That Time Of The Year...

The campaign season is in full swing and, as usual, we're seeing signs popping up like mushrooms all over town.  All manner of sign ordinance violations were visible throughout the city and will likely continue to be so until November 4th, when all the craziness theoretically stops.
Of course it's not limited to Costa Mesa.  Here's a sign I saw Sunday at the corner of Jamboree Road and Pacific Coast Highway.  I gave up trying to count them...
This week, on Thursday, we will have our final chance to see all the Costa Mesa City Council candidates (except Lee Ramos) respond to questions as a group when my friends and neighbors of the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Group (ECMNG) hosts a candidate forum starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center.  All the information you need is on the flyer below.
This forum has been the subject of controversy lately.  First, at the last one two years ago, Mayor Jim Righeimer took exception to some of the questions asked of candidate Steve Mensinger and, following the forum, cornered the moderator and members of the host organization and read them the riot act.  Many of us who attended that forum thought it was the best of the bunch that time around, just as it had been in the previous cycle.  We're hoping for that same level of professionalism this time, too.

Speaking of reading the riot act, Mensinger returned the favor when he cornered Daily Pilot City Editor Alicia Lopez following the last forum - the Feet To The Fire Forum - and chewed her out for questions she asked Righeimer.  These guys have developed bullying into an art form!

The ECMNG forum will NOT be televised by the folks at Costa Mesa Television.  The City, apparently bowing to political pressure, has chosen to not cover this event while covering the previous two forums.  The first lame excuse was covered in a press release that told us that another outside law firm had advised them of potential complications.  In fact, the language used was anything but clear.  Then, CEO Tom Hatch offered up yet another lame excuse at a council meeting, blaming Video Production Coordinator Dane Bora for overstepping his grounds during the first forum this year - the one hosted by Mesa Verde Community, Inc. - and covered by CMTV.  It is my understanding that the ECMNG has made private arrangements for television coverage of this event and it will be posted on the Internet promptly.

While we presume all the candidates will show up for this one, there have been some rumblings that Righeimer, in addition to Ramos, might not show up.  I actually hope ALL the candidates attend this event.  The voters of this city deserve to hear their positions on important issues in this kind of a setting.

I'll remind you later in the week of this event.  See you all there.

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Blogger Honeyman said...

According to a newsletter I got from CM4RG, our disaster of a mayor will avoid questions and not be in attendance on Thursday. Anyone know if this is true?

9/29/2014 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

I wonder if, at this point, any forums are really going to help sway many voters. I think the battle lines are drawn at this point and most people know which way they are going to vote.

I hate to say this, but it seems like Katrina Foley got a free pass and very little criticism for missing the FTTF. I agree it's important to not miss your kids' games (if that is, in fact, the reason for her absence), but there will be more games. I'm up in the air as far that goes. Regardless, it's a valid reason.

HOWEVER, if Righeimer skips the Eastside forum because he's still upset about FTTF and he knows he's about to get grilled, that's pretty weak. Time to put your big boy pants on and get 'er done, Mayor. Promises made, promises delivered!

9/29/2014 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

What are Righeimer and Ramos afraid of- the truth?

9/29/2014 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Maybe the sleepwalker doesn't want to face Hispanics who don't like how he's playing the ethnic card...

9/29/2014 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Mike McNiff: I understand that Katrina's son was slated to be starting quarterback for the first time and she wanted to be there for it.

9/29/2014 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Fair enough, Tom. Like I said, I'm up in the air on this one. That's a far better reason in my book to miss an event than skipping because you're about to get grilled and don't want to look bad.

Good to know I won't have to miss my kids games, because I would never go into city politics!

9/30/2014 06:22:00 AM  

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