Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's Time...

The Costa Mesa Police Association posted a message on its web site, HERE, on Monday.

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, three members of the Costa Mesa City Council - Katrina Foley, Sandra Genis and Gary Monahan - are scheduled to meet in a special closed session to discuss the negotiations with the Costa Mesa Police Association toward a new contract.  On that date the men and women of the CMPA will have been working without a contract for 486 days!

And when I say "working" I mean exactly that!  They work long, long hours - overtime, away from their families and friends - to keep us safe.  And, of course, there will be criticism from certain elected leaders and their sycophants because these men and women MUST work long hours to try to get the job done.

During that time they've seen their highly-respected police chief, Tom Gazsi, depart for a new job and one of their own - Rob Sharpnack - take his place.  He's a fine guy, enthusiastic and full of good ideas... but....

They've seen the continuation of the hemorrhaging of experienced police officers to other jurisdictions or into retirement years earlier than anticipated.
They've seen the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem continue their bogus lawsuit against the men and women of the CMPA.  They've seen their stubborn, vindictive unwillingness to even consider a proper staffing number.  They are either completely clueless about what it takes to effectively police this city - or they just don't care.  All the while, crime is on the rise and things continue to get worse.

But you cannot blame that on the men and women of the CMPA - those souls who have sworn to protect and serve us despite all that adversity. 
It's well past time for our elected leaders to negotiate a new contract for the CMPA in good faith.  It's time for them to pull together to resolve the issues and get it done.  Without a contract it is difficult to attract new officers - we've still got more than 20 open positions - and more are coming.


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Anonymous Papa Smurf said...

The number missing is even greater then you think. In 2002, CMPD was staffed to 167 SWORN police officers, now it can barely field 100 and the demands are even greater.

10/27/2015 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I know Sandy and Katrina will work in good faith. Not so much Gary. He got his lifetime insurance and he sure didn't mind taking that, but wants to deny our police and fire the same. I bet he pulls his famous "disappearing act" when its time to show up for the closed door meeting. No trust for that little troll.

10/27/2015 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

At least the CMPA acknowledged that it is the Association being sued, not individual officers. Something often ignored by the CMPA and certain blogs.

10/27/2015 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

The Public Square folks are so full of admiration for the MPT and Mayor, but all they do is complain about the pimps, prostitutes and drug addicts overtaking the city. Never do they mention the lack of boots on the ground...or the reason for that lack, other than Jerry Brown of course. They're drinking more Kool Aid than Jonestown, and we all know how that ended.

10/27/2015 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...


Yup! As predicted, the boyz cancelled the 5:00 pm negotiatioins. They will not negotiate in good faith whatsoever. This is the type of men they are. Pathetic. And, also what they think of you residents.

10/27/2015 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Righeimer's plan to completely
dismantle our CMPD continues!

10/27/2015 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

The link provided by WMC shows cmFD negotiations that were supposed to be today...was that cancelled? The cmPD negotiations, according to Geoff's post, are Thursday evening. That's cancelled? How can the RIGmeister and Baby Hughie cancel a meeting they cannot be a part of?

10/27/2015 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

They were attempting to meet when Wendy was still on council. Enough already!

10/27/2015 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

The meeting that was canceled was the CMFD negotiations today, Tuesday. Guess they couldn't find 3 of the 5 council members to hold the meeting! The meeting Thursday is for the CMPA negotiations, and only 3 may participate. Righeimer and Mensinger may not participate because of the conflict caused by their lawsuit.

10/27/2015 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I'm guessing Gary will not show up for these negotiations on 10/30. They cannot be outnumbered in negotiations. Righeimer and Mensinger will not allow it.

10/28/2015 07:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

The meeting is on Thursday, the 29th, not the 30th.

10/28/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Thanks Pot Stirrer, I'm a day behind myself. Whenever it is, I'm betting it will not go forward. Rig will not allow it.

10/28/2015 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

I heard the reason that male dominated City Council cancelled the meeting with the CMFA (fire association) was because they plan on suing them, their just not sure what for yet.

10/28/2015 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

I will call it from a different angle. Monahan knows there is not going to be another developer council for some time after this coming election. He also knows that the next council will probably undo a lot of what damage has been done, and go after Skosh's with the hit squad from the Code Enforcement. Like the old days when the CMPD would just wait outside the door for folks to come out drunk. He is probably worried now, that in 2017, he is going to need some good attorneys and a big bouncer at the door.
Monahan will vote yes on Thursday and there will be a new contract, or a promise of one. Monahan is no fool, and he wants to stay in business. He threw us all under the bus.
Next move I predict, will be a move on the part of a current council member, to leave the council next election, and go all in to build 225 units on the Rolling Homes and Sandpiper Motel properties, and if all goes well, increase that number to 450, by getting the Stone Villa RV Park,The Cozy Inn, Orange Coast Trailer Supply, the Storage Place on both corners of Ford Road and Newport, then close Ford Road to Parsons and you have cash flow of around $20,000,000 a year. A $75,000,000 build out on that property, and you can repay your bank account in about 5 years.
Those my gut feelings Mr. West...

10/28/2015 02:19:00 PM  

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