Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Grant, Alexander and Floating Effluent

Well, that didn't take long. Before the sun was up this morning The-Brain-That-Ate-Costa-Mesa had published his version of events at the City Council meeting last night on the CM Press - the official house organ of the Mansoor Majority.

In his own special way ("giddy gang of galloping galoots" - I love it!), in a post full of homilies, he compares our young jailer/mayor to General Ulysses S. Grant and Alexander The Great! He also implies, through one of his homilies, that Mayor Mansoor can walk on water! Geez!

He spends a good deal of time justifying Mansoor's bullying approach to leadership, which doesn't surprise me at all. After all, this is his guy - molded (manipulated?) for years to implement his plans. He knows the mayor much better than I do, for sure. If he thinks Mansoor is like Grant (a drunkard) or Alexander (how shall we say it? - a "switch hitter"), who am I to quibble? After all, he's invested a lot of time writing the script for the mayor and his mob, so he should know. As far as that "walking on water" reference is concerned, there's an old saying, which I will paraphrase - effluent floats.

I'm still trying to figure out Wendy Leece. Her role in this "seating chart" scenario is very strange. Did she initiate this whole thing or didn't she? Why does she give two different versions at different times? Is she really that vacuous? Her performance in this issue only re-affirms that she really is nothing more than a rubber stamp on the dais, doing what she's told by Mansoor. I still think moving her between Bever and Allan Roeder was more about removing her from Katrina Foley's influence than providing her the chance to whisper questions to Roeder. She and Foley seemed to be getting along just fine, which had to rankle our young jailer/mayor.

Now we'll see Mansoor, Bever and Leece chatting among themselves, with Mansoor's back turned on Foley and Dixon - both physically and symbolically - for the next nearly two years. Although, this could change, too. Mansoor has asked that a council policy conferring upon him the power to decided who sits where be created. Maybe, as one observer commented, he'll ask Foley and Dixon to sit in the audience, since their opinions are irrelevant to the proceedings. After all that's gone on, it wouldn't surprise me.

Our young jailer/mayor actually seemed surprised that the seating issue became such a big deal. Under most circumstances it wouldn't have. It's really more of how he ham-handedly went about trying to do it that became the issue. He has a history of this kind of disregard for opinions of others. I haven't seen such a display of cluelessness since Chris Steel sat on the dais with his deer-in-the-headlights look on his face.

So, once again, I jam my tongue firmly in my cheek and "thank" all you voters who gave us Mansoor and Leece last November. I'll continue to remind you what a disaster this has become as time passes, although when they begin to mess with your rights I doubt it will be necessary.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't miss the point here. Millard, your neighbor, or 666 (to the people in the Westside) is working hard to prohibit kicking a ball at Paularino Park. He lives somewhere in there. He failed twiece. The first time he said a lot of lies in a letter he sent to the City Manager. The second time, Bever, his son, came out to the rescue, and tried to convice his peer to prohibit soccer at Paularino Park. But, Monahan didn't show up. So it turned into a stalemate. Now, since Mansoor doesn't want to see the el 666 ugly face anymore because he wants to be a Representative in Congress, he's got second thoughts about pushing the Paularino Park issue one more tiem. This, as you know, is a radical policy (racist) and might bring national attention one more time. This time, unlike others, most people, including the media, know who Millard is, how racist he is, and who is behind the Paularino issue. El 666 is slick. He is acting like the "FABULA" of the Fox and el Cuervo (Crow). He is the Fox (zorro) and Mansoor the Cuervo. He is trying to convice Mansoor to support him one more time. All of that stupid flirting, Alexander the Great, Guru, Mother Teresa, etc., has a goal: To lure Mansoor into his corner. Got it amigo. Paularino Park is Next.

3/21/2007 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Claudio said...

Don't forget to thank Mirna Burciaga voters as well. Garlich would have been a Councilmember right now had Mirna not listened to greedy consultants and her ego and stayed out of the race.

3/22/2007 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


thanks for the reminder. Hopefully the candidates will be more realistic next time. Costa Mesa city politics have become much more volatile and we need to be serious about getting people elected who will actually BE representatives of the people.

Mansoor IS a representative of a large number of people. His views on immigration and crime strike a chord, like it or not.

Garlich would have been a fantastic councilmember, and I hope that he runs again. Its too bad that Mirna's ego got in the way and drew off Garlich votes.

Who will run next time, and what will their platform be? I would certainly hope that we can get an actual citizen who cares about Costa Mesa and its future - I'm sick to death of money politics and the "partisanship" that has our city in a virtual death grip.

I also think the "machine" behind Return to Reason turned some people off. The fact that they practically ignored the immigration issue was a real disappointment. People aren't stupid - we have entrenched gangs and some really dow-trodden neighborhoods. Pretending that ain't so was a tactical mistake.

3/22/2007 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Claudio,

I understand your comment about Ms. Burciaga, but I believe that the voters of Costa Mesa elected who they wanted. I am saddened by it, but it is what it is.

Campaign tactics are all well and good, but in the end, the voters are responsible for their actions.

3/22/2007 07:53:00 PM  

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