Another Late Friday Pronouncement From City Hall
STEALTH MOVE BY THE MAYOR
HERE'S THE LETTER
When you go to that link you'll find a direct link to the letter from Mensinger - a letter I'm told was sent without any prior notice to all members of the council! You can read his epistle to the legislative leaders HERE.
This certainly appears to be a political ploy - campaigning from his office at City Hall - and this letter has phrases that he's going to have a very hard time living with as this campaign season moves forward.
"...DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT"
For example, there is this paragraph:
"Eliminating opportunities for public review of these major development projects goes against the principles of local democracy and public engagement. While it may be frustrating for some developers to hear concerns about traffic, parking and other development impacts, those affected by such projects have a right to be heard. Not having such outlets will increase public distrust in government." Well, Mr. Mayor... what the heck do you think is driving the Smart Growth Initiative? Precisely those issues you wrote about above! Lack of public trust in elected leaders and their decisions has caused the creation of that initiative.
"...RESIDENTS WHO DESERVE A VOICE..."
He ends his letter with this sentence:
"On behalf of the residents who deserve a voice in the future shape of their communities, the City of Costa Mesa respectfully states our opposition to this measure." Yep, he actually wrote those words!
TRANSPARENCY IS ONLY A WORD IN COSTA MESA
I find myself wondering where his concerns for the residents have been for the past half-dozen years? He and his pal, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, have institutionalize quashing public comments and have taken measures to discourage views that disagree with them. I find his letter to the legislature disingenuous, at best. What a hypocrite! And, of course, this letter was released - without prior notification to other council members - after the close of business so there are no city officials available to discuss this. So much for transparency.
We deserve much, much, much better than this. Remember in November.