Candidate Forum Video Links
Well, we've finished with all the City Council candidate forums for this cycle. Now it's just about how many signs are placed and stolen and how much political stuff jams into your mailboxes. So, if you're interested, I'm providing the links to all three of the candidate forums for your viewing pleasure. I suspect you'll be able to form some pretty solid opinions about the individual candidates as you view them.
EASTSIDE COSTA MESA NEIGHBORS GROUP FORUM
Let's begin with the most recent forum - the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors' Group forum conducted on October 6th at the Neighborhood Community Center. Terry Wall produced this recording for us to view. Only three candidates, Sandy Genis, John Stephens and Jay Humphrey, showed up for this meeting but moderator Harold Weitzberg managed to drive right on through the planned agenda and get answers to most of the questions. In my view, this was the most informative of the three. Watch it HERE.
MESA VERDE COMMUNITY, INC
Next we have the forum hosted by Mesa Verde Community, Inc on August 24th. Four of the seven candidates showed up for this one. Al Melone, plus the three listed above. Terry Wall also produced this video, which you can view HERE. Former Mayor Mary Hornbuckle was the moderator for this event.
FEET TO THE FIRE
Finally, the first forum, the Feet To The Fire Forum, which was held early in the cycle, on August 18th. Columnist Barbara Venezia and former Daily Pilot Publisher Tom Johnson were the moderators of this event. The crew from Newport Beach Television did the video recording because the Costa Mesa City Council refused to let Costa Mesa Television televise any candidate forums. Al Melone attended in the audience, but did not participate. Mayor Steve Mensinger, former mayor Allan Mansoor and Lee Ramos joined Genis, Stephens and Humphrey on the stage. It gives you a chance to see those three men early in the election cycle. You can watch this nearly 2 hour event HERE.
I must say that it's very disappointing that some of the candidates chose to avoid some of the forums. The voters deserve to see and hear their views and compare them to their competition. Then, again, the slate of Mensinger, Mansoor and Ramos seem to be running a campaign based on lies and misrepresentations, so it's easy to understand why they wouldn't want to have their views stacked against the others. We have less than a month to go before we cast our votes - plenty of time to sort out the lies from the truth. Fortunately, the more "Team Costa Mesa" - Dave Ellis' trio of lie-spewers - talk the more they lie.
Labels: Al Melone, Allan Mansoor, Candidate Forum, Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Group, Feet To The Fire Forum, Jay Humphrey, John Stephens, Lee Ramos, Mesa Verde Community, Sandy Genis, Steve Mensinger