Saturday, November 04, 2006

Extra! Extra! Carona Drops Bombshell! Read All About It!

That glow in the sky you see tonight is the mayor's campaign going down in flames. Byron de Arakal over at is reporting this evening that Sheriff Mike Carona, in a letter to the Daily Pilot scheduled to hit the streets Sunday, will drop a bombshell in the lap of our young jailer/mayor three days before the election.

For the details and an excellent summary I suggest you visit - just slide your cursor over to the right and click on the link. My read of Carona's letter suggests that the mayor's only plank on his election platform - his bogus immigration screening scheme - has just been blown out from under him.

As many of us have been saying for months, the mayor's plan was ill-advised and unworkable, Since Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently reached an agreement with the County and the Sheriff's Department it would be redundant, at the very least. Carona's letter confirms this fact.

Friday, November 03, 2006

All Together, Now - Mansoor, Mansoor...

This morning our young jailer/mayor presented the world with a commentary published in the Daily Pilot in which he attempts to rebut Chief Dave Snowden's excellent recent commentary in the same paper. Snowden laid the blame for the current crime situation squarely at the feet of the mayor and his council majority. Byron de Arakal on his blog,, does a masterful job of analyzing the mayor's pathetic attempt to put spin on Chief Snowden's commentary. I suggest you slide your cursor over to the right and click on his blog.

Before you do that, though, just a few thoughts about the mayor. For months, ever since he launched his bogus immigration screening scheme, he's been telling us that he only wanted to get "dangerous illegal alien felons" off our streets. Now that his hand has been called by Sheriff Mike Carona and the Board of Supervisors, who approved an agreement with ICE to train 24 jailers as immigration screeners, Mansoor finally tipped his hand with this commentary and showed us exactly what he's had on his mind all along - to sweep the City of Costa Mesa of anyone with a Latino surname, illegal or not.

This guy is absolutely shameless as he lies at the drop of a hat. He's been lying about his plan since last December, when he quick-pitched it to the council without any kind of a study session or public input. Every single time he's addressed it in public he's lied about it, claiming he only wanted to capture and deport "dangerous illegal alien felons".

Mansoor also lies about just who ICE will deport. He, as a jailer himself, should well know that ICE will not deport those arrested for misdemeanors, even if they are in this country illegally.

The mayor and his running mate have continued their journey through Obfuscation Land as they distribute campaign literature boldly misstating their opponent's position on crime. More lies. I've been watching these two closely, expecting their noses to grow any time now.

For the past two years residents of this city have become increasingly apprehensive about the majority on the council, unsure about what their next bit of trickery might be. They have proven to be untrustworthy. If Mansoor and his running mate are elected on Tuesday this will continue, except that the occasional voice of moderation expressed by veteran councilman Gary Monahan will be gone. His seat would be warmed by Leece, a guaranteed vote with Bever and Mansoor without the filter of reason.

It's time for truth and trust to be returned to City Hall.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

FOR SALE - Near-coastal California city - Cheap!

In what might be the best real estate bargain in the country, the current mayor of Costa Mesa, Allan Mansoor, has put the city on the block for what will likely end up being somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000. Yep, that's the amount of campaign contributions he and his running mate, Wendy Leece, will likely receive from interests and individuals outside the city. That's how much it will take for him to sell this city out to the dark forces of the radical right in this country.

Ever since the mayor launched his ill-advised ICE proposal last December he has attracted more and more outside support - and more and more outside campaign funding. The Los Angeles Times today published an excellent summary in a piece that included some informative graphics to illustrate the point.

The mayor seems willing to sell this city to the highest bidder, and it looks to me like the radical right is going to win. Of course, this is no surprise, since he has been embraced by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist and his frothing mob. Gilchrist made Mansoor an honorary Minuteman, has campaigned for him and his bevy of Minutechicks hosted a fundraiser for him this summer. At one council meeting after another this year members of the Minutemen, including the Grand Pooba himself, have traveled many miles to speak before the council on behalf of Mansoor's bogus plan.

I've recently seen a letter from our young jailer/mayor soliciting more campaign help in the home stretch. In that letter he specifically comments on the value of the outside influence to his campaign, stating "Many people from outside of our city have also helped." He goes on to solicit help with phone banking and states, "Costa Mesa residents are especially needed for this!!" Yeah, Mr. Mayor, I guess so! You sure wouldn't want those interlopers from Temecula, Upland, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach on the phones trying to convince your neighbors to sell this city down the river to the bigots who are directing and funding your campaign!

So, our young jailer/mayor continues to fill our mail boxes with campaign literature full of flat-out lies, keeps cashing those checks from the radical right, ignores the advice of his senior law enforcement officials and continues to delude himself that his vision for this city is the right one. Among the many respected officials and residents who strongly disagree with him is former Costa Mesa Police Chief Dave Snowden - currently the Chief of Police in Beverly Hills. Snowden wrote a commentary in the Daily Pilot a couple days ago which hit the nail right on the head. You can read it here.

Five days to go to see which direction this city will take for the remainder of this decade and beyond. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Welcome to the new A Bubbling Cauldron

Welcome to the new A Bubbling Cauldron. After struggling along using a bargain basement blogging tool for the past 16 months, I've decided to join the folks at Blogger. As was in the case at my other site, this is a work in progress... be patient with me as I tinker with the format. It's likely the word "Oops!" will be heard frequently here at the new Cauldron for awhile.

The thrust of this site is to provide observations and opinions on issues important to me. Usually, these will cover topics involving Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, but I'll address other areas as the mood strikes me. Sometimes I'll strike out on some completely unrelated tangent.

Unlike my previous site, this one provides the readers the opportunity to comment. However, be advised that the Comment Moderation tool is active, so only the comments I specifically approve will appear here. I'll try that for awhile. If I get too many nasty comments I may just de-activate the whole comments feature.

That being said, I will always welcome thoughtful, well-written opposing viewpoints. If you choose to email me rather than post a comment, simply go to my Profile for the email link.

I've provided a link to my previous site for those interested in rummaging through the archives of previous posts. I'm using the old site as a de facto storage shed - a place where you store stuff you'll never need. From time to time I might dredge some of them up and re-post them here for your reading pleasure - or just to tick you off.

If you wish to refer friends (or enemies) to this site and don't remember the URL, simply tell them to visit, which will instantly link them to this site.

So, off we go on a new site, just in time for the home stretch of the elections. This is going to be fun!