Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Halecrest Forum, More Dodero and Candidate Intimidation

Just a reminder... the next-to-last Costa Mesa City Council Candidate Forum will be held tonight. Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the Mesa Del Mar Homeowners Association and the Halecrest/Hall of Fame Community Association will jointly host a candidate forum at the Halecrest Community Center, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, from 6:30-9 PM.


Incidentally, the start time for the final forum next Tuesday, the 28th, has been pushed back. I've been advised that it will begin at 6:30 PM, not 6, as previously reported. I'll remind you next week.


A little more news on the departure from the Daily Pilot yesterday of Tony Dodero, Director of News and Online. I imagine the management of the Times didn't just push him off a cliff. I don't know, but I suspect he was able to participate in a buy-out of sorts that may provide a small cushion as he takes this next step in his life. That would be consistent with the way The Times treated folks pitched out onto the streets since Sam Zell began his ham-handed "massaging" of the Tribune Companies.

The OC WEEKLY, those good and prescient folks that recently recognized this humble blog, had an interesting piece on Tony's
departure in their Navel Gazing segment. Here's the link to that article, which includes a very interesting comment from Bill Lobdell, former Editor of the Daily Pilot, who recently found himself in similar circumstances.


Again, we here at A Bubbling Cauldron wish Tony Dodero and Lana Johnson, who also was shown the door this week, all the be
st. Katrina Foley put it so well last night when she paid much-deserved tribute to Tony during her council member comments, indicating that he was an important member of our community beyond his role at the Daily Pilot. He will be missed.


One more thing... thi
s morning the yapping hyena over at the CM Press reminded us all of his involvement with the perpetually inept Chris Steel with this little bit of prose:

"A few years ago we helped elect a politician who did say one thing and do another. That politician even said he believed that we were the reason he got elected.

However, he apparently forgot that we do pay attention and we do attend most meetings and we do listen and we do watch. As soon as it was clear that this politician wasn't walking the walk and was blowing smoke, we began working to make sure he would not serve another term. We went from being his biggest supporter to being his biggest opponent."

This should be a reminder to all those he supports in the election that he believes he has the power to get you "un-elected" if you fail to toe his line. Are you listening, Eric, Gary and Jim? You should be!

It should also be a reminder to the voters of this city of just why perpetuating an "improver" majority on our council is not good for this city. It puts them under the thumb of man admired by David Duke, former head of the KKK, for goodness sake. Is this the image you want for your city?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geoff, thanks for the continuing updates onn the candidate forums, as well as the link regarding Tony. I'm still blown away that he will not be a part of our local media community.

I think that you overestimate Millard's relevance in this election. I sincerely doubt that he could exert any influence Eric Bever, Jim Righeimer or Gary Monahan. While he may have played a role in getting the entirely inept Chris Steel elected, this is a MUCH different city and a MUCH different election.

We should look at each candidate based on their individual merits, statements at forums and other tangible factors. Continuing to assert that CM Press holds sway over anyone in City government is borderline silly - in my opinion.

10/22/2008 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rob, my young friend, I appreciate your view regarding the CM Press influence but, in this case, you've got it wrong. I've watched him exercise influence over 'his" council members. I've watched them defer to his "wisdom" on many, many occasions. His reference to Steel is a very overt attempt to remind them of his views. I suspect this may not be the last time we disagree on an issue, but your views are always welcome here - even if you do think mine are "borderline silly".

10/22/2008 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have obviously not gone toe to toe with Millard as you have, and did not observe his influence in the Chris Steel election cycle. When I say "borderline silly" I do not mean it as an insult, but as emphasis to how different I see this election compared to past ones! Remember, one of the big "criticisms" about Riggy has been his ties to the GOP power machine. I absolutely think it is borderline silly to think that Millard would have any influence in the Rohrabacher/Baugh camp!

I did not mean to offend, Geoff, just provide emphasis. I continue to strongly assert that linking Millard to Bever, Righeimer or Monahan is barking up the wrong tree.

10/22/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Rob, I agree that Millard may be marginalized in Righeimer's case, but I don't discount his influence with Bever and Monohan. The good news with Bever is that he can start acting more statesmanlike without fear of retribution as this is his last stint at city council for a while.

Monahan, on the other hand, needs community support and, let's face it, Millard has a following, to get re-elected in four years.

10/22/2008 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't realize that things were so bad at the Times/Pilot. I wish they had let us know, after all they are a newspaper. I'm glad to see that Tony got a parachute of sorts. I hope the Times will be able to hold out at least until the election so that they can help the Democrats get in.

10/22/2008 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, thanks for the response. I guess I just don't see how Millard's following could exert much influence these days. I may be dead wrong. He is quite persuasive about some issues, but I do not think that the silent electorate that elected Mansoor is reading the CM Press - seriously.

10/22/2008 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rob and Bruce,

I agree that The Mouth has little chance of influencing Righeimer. Riggy's a whole lot smarter than the others, which is one reason I'm voting for him. The sooner The Mouth's sycophants are winnowed off the council the better off the city will be.

By the way, Rob, that word "silly" is a favorite Mansoorism... methinks you've been standing to close to him recently... :-) :-)

10/23/2008 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Now you're just being silly... :-)

Actually, "silly" is a word that never came up in our conversations!

10/23/2008 09:34:00 AM  

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