Candidate Mercurio's Miraculous Solutions
During a late-night Facebook joust with one of the Costa Mesa Public Square minions Friday/Saturday midnight timeframe he presented me with the link to a commentary published in the Daily Pilot under the name of Julie Mercurio - recently chosen as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and an announced candidate for Costa Mesa City Council.
MIGHTY THIN QUALIFICATIONS
Since Ms. Mercurio's qualifications for the Parks and Rec. Commission position were, er, thin, to say the least, I've been curious about what her position is on... well, anything. Her application is shown here.
WHERE'S THE QUALIFICATIONS?
Apparently, based on her commentary, her only qualification for either job - the Parks and Rec. Commission or the City Council, is that she's "built" the Costa Mesa Public Square into a closed site with more than 6,500 members. Of course, she's had a lot of help with that from folks in Huntington Beach, using the political playbook followed to construct a similar site in that city two years ago. I'll give her a little credit, though, and assume that sitting reading Facebook comments is hard work. I do know that it makes my fanny sore! I don't know if she's being paid to do it, but it's probably worth minimum wage.
DON'T THINK SHE WROTE IT
Now, then, back to her commentary - which can be viewed HERE. Let me be perfectly clear... I don't think she wrote it. Nope... it's too professional with too many buzz words. I suspect she had help - a lot of help - with this piece of political literature. And, our friends at the Daily Pilot have helped her kick off her campaign!
TOO LONG, BUT...
As you read through her long, long, long commentary - my word counter indicates 860 words - you'll see that it certainly exceeds the normal preferred length. However, when one is laying out her entire campaign in one swoop, it takes more than a few words to do it. I'm OK with that. I just hope the editors are as generous with those who might wish to rebut what she has to say. That's a separate problem.. I can take all the time and space I wish right here to address her words - that's all they are right now... words.
A BIG DEAL? REALLY?
She seems to have drawn on her "Facebook reading" as the cornerstone of her campaign. Keep in mind that this fount of all her knowledge about Costa Mesa and it's problems is a CLOSED site - where she, and she alone, decides who gets to play and who doesn't. Since she took over from my friend, Bruce Krochman, she converted it from what was a grand idea to be exactly what the title says - a "public square" - into a closed society where only like-minded viewpoints are tolerated. All others are either blocked or ousted for offering differing views.
NEW TO THE PROCESS
Now, lately she's begun attending City Council meetings - at least for a short time - I guess to gather intelligence on how the group operates. This is new, but she may have been watching on television or on the computer for years... we don't know because she's never spoken out on this issue where "real people" can find out. We DO know that when she first presented a public face on political issues she told us she was new to this stuff and asked for help understanding it. Didn't believe it then and still don't.
EXCERPTS FROM HER MANIFESTO
We learn in her epistle, for example, that she apparently has a solution for every single ill facing our city - except, maybe, the current council majority. Her words are straight out of the "mom and apple pie" handbook for politicians... got a problem? I'll fix it! I suppose I could dissect it line-by-line, but that would take all the fun out of it for you. You can read through it yourself. However, there are a couple things that just call out for comment.
She says, "I applaud the action of our Homeless Task Force.", but that organization no longer exists.
She frequently uses the word "attractants" - that's a Mensingerism, apparently borrowed from his "Politics for Dummies" handbook.
Down about midway she says, "I will request the Costa Mesa Police Assn. to add a homeless services liaison services officer to tie together law enforcement with compassionate service." So, she expects the men and women of the CMPD - the ones her benefactors on the City Council are suing - to dig into their pockets to hire a new person? Really? Or, did she really mean the "Costa Mesa Police Department" and that was just an ignorant gaffe?
WILL SOLVE THE HOMELESS PROBLEM
She "pledges" to find better ways to address the influx of homeless in our city. Really.. I can hardly wait for those ideas!
THE BEST LINES
Her best lines are, in my humble opinion, found in the next-to-last paragraph of her commentary/manefesto. I almost choked as I read them. I especially enjoyed this one:
"As a first-hand witness to the partisanship that sometimes infects city government, I am fed up with obstructionism based on petty, personal grievance."
ALL I NEED TO KNOW
Yep, that tells me just about all I need to know about Candidate Mercurio. It tells me that, despite all the political fluff she told us before, she's 100% behind the current political power elite and she will simply become another guaranteed third vote... that's reason enough to NOT vote for her. She'll become their "Chatty Cathy" - pull the string in her neck and out will come the current party line.
THOSE DARN GRIEVANCES!
She's concerned about those "petty, personal grievances" that seem to get in the way of doing the business of the city like a business. You know, those darn complaints from regular, everyday people who have problems in their neighborhoods and want to present them to their elected officials. Nah, those guys - and fully supported by Candidate Mercurio - will continue to make presenting those grievances even MORE difficult. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if she recommends barring public comments at council meetings altogether! "Off with their heads!"
I WANT TO HEAR THOSE WORDS
I'm REALLY eager to hear Candidate Mercurio actually speak to some of these issues in the near future. I want to see if she actually understands the words published under her byline, or are they just the ramblings of a political PR hack, hired to freshen her makeup. Time will tell.
TAKE YOUR TIME
In the meantime, enjoy the commentary... and take notes.