Friday, April 23, 2010

Eric Bever Is An Incompetent Buffoon

Late this Friday afternoon Mona Shadia wrote an article in the Daily Pilot entitled, "Costa Mesa Councilman Withdraws Support For City Proposal to Purchase OC Fairgrounds". You can read the entire text HERE. She followed it up with another article later this evening, "Bever out of Fair Pursuit", HERE, which includes the complete text of Bever's letter.


In a nutshell, Councilman Eric Bever has apparently had second thoughts about supporting the
City's proposal as presented to representatives of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday by City Manager Allan Roeder, Councilwoman Katrina Foley and Councilman Gary Monahan despite the fact that the document carried his signature along with those of all other members of the city council.


Of all the stupid, boneheaded things Bever has done since he was elected to the city council, this one is his low water mark. His explanations as provided in the article in the Daily Pilot are lame and completely insufficient for such an action.

In recent months Bever has been absent from the council meetings frequently and when he's been in attendance seemed distracted and bored - his participation has been lackluster, to be generous. More often than not his "contribution" to the debate of issues was prefaced by one of his many, many lame attempts at humor. Seldom did he contribute anything of substance to the discussions and frequently went into a pouty funk when his ideas were rejected.


On the subject of the purchase of the Fairgrounds, Bever's public pronouncements in open session were almost non-existent. For him to now withdraw his support for the proposal by the City to purchase the Fairgrounds after having been a signatory to the agreement this week clearly demonstrates that he is an incompetent, irresponsible, obtuse knucklehead and completely unworthy of the office he holds.

The question of the day is, what caused Eric Bever to change his mind? What new information has come to light that made him take such an overt, peculiar step? Is it possible that someone with a political objective has swayed him? Might that person be one who feels slighted in the "process" and is trying to do his best to "blow up" the deal? These are questions worth asking, in my opinion.


It makes me cringe when I think of him on the city council for another two and a half years, running roughshod with the Brown Act and providing capricious, immature leadership to our city. It may be time to mount a recall effort and get Bever off the dais before he does even more serious damage to our city.

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Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Over the past few days someone has attempted to post several pretty good comments as "Anonymous"... Ain't happening! It's not that difficult to pick a creative pen name and re-submit them if you want to actually see them in print.

4/24/2010 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am surprised that councilman Bever cant see a once in a life time opportunity like the one to buy the Fair Grounds. 3 things are evident: 1) timing is perfect. RE is down and the price is low (yes low)2) price is important, but terms are everything. the state is willing to finance this thing! Rookies negotiate price and pros negotiate terms. 3) the citizens want this! i hope that the other city council folks don’t get sucked into the trap of being scared stiff. That is what happened to Bever. He doesn’t have the financial background to grasp the process and so he is backing off out of fear and ignorance. We need to elect courageous leaders who have intellect, experience and a sense of history. This is an opportunity of a generation!

4/25/2010 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Dave, well-stated. All of us are curious about how this deal will be structured and are at least a little nervous about it, but you're correct - this is the deal of a lifetime.

4/25/2010 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

The real travesty is we've had an enormous effort provided by this City. Staff, council, and management have burnt ,literally the midnight oil, and I for one am extremly proud and grateful for their efforts.
Then on the other hand you have Eric Bever , who not only doesn't voice any concerns but he even failed to show up for several open and closed sessions when the details of the sale were being hammered out.Now after all this work, when the city has sucessfully negotiated "our terms", and he has signed his name and cast his vote , he goes rogue. I think he is seriously unbalanced.

4/25/2010 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Kent Morrow said...

Does this mean the deal is off? I didn't know that one single councilman had so much power. On the other hand if it had been Katrina, I could understand.

4/25/2010 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I don't believe this deal required unanimity by the council. No transaction of which I'm aware requires more than 4/5ths, and that's for the removal of a commissioner. I think this requires only a simple majority - 3 of 5 - so it would take 2 more council members to change their minds to cancel the deal, and I'm not sure it wouldn't take a formal vote to do so - not just a letter to the council and the public as Bever did.

4/25/2010 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

I think Bever should be given credit for several points here.

First, he didn't violate the Brown Act by sending a letter to just his colleagues. He included the public.

Second, he is complaining about a process that is a prime example of how government fails all of us. Some bureaucrat stamps a deadline on something and everyone has to jump through hoops regardless of how many loose ends that leaves laying around.

I am not sure I would have reached the conclusion from all of that to pull my support, but I can completely agree with the frustration of having having to jump because some lackey of governator says so.

Some time to do this well and with proper deliberations would have been to the taxpayers' advantage.

4/25/2010 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...


There is no doubt that this entire fiasco has been fraught with problems right from the start. The sale of the Fairgrounds was a bad idea that just kept getting worse as time passed as the bureaucrats took over . However, if Bever felt so strongly about this why didn't he speak out in the numerous public forums available to him over the past several months? His absence at critical times certainly hindered his effectiveness. If he thought this was a bad idea why did he sign the proposal?

I understand your willingness to cut him some slack, but this ploy just reeks of political posturing, influenced by others with their noses out of joint. Throughout his tenure as a public servant Bever has consistently demonstrated an immaturity in office. This is just the most recent, and most egregious, example.

4/25/2010 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Rico said...

Pot Stirrer, I fully disagree. I think Bever is articulating what we all feel: that this is a rushed process with no details about funding that's been rammed through in closed sessions that he does not feel comfortable with. We have to live with the consequences of this purchase for a long time. If it can't be done properly, don't do it.

4/26/2010 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous justagal said...

Eric Bever may very well be the only smart one in the bunch. The purchase of the fairgrounds may be a good financial deal but not when you have no money. It is like when you see that amazing deal on something but even at half off, it is still too pricey for your budget.

The city knows zilch about running a fairground and they are being rushed into this deal. They are likely biting off more than they can chew and the result will be running the fairgrounds into, well, the ground. Bever may be the only one with the guts to say so. When this plan backfires, and the city mismanages it, others will step forward saying they had a feeling but wwere too caught up in the process to say so.

You are naiive to think the city can run this successfully.

4/26/2010 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rico and justagal, you both may be correct... but I doubt it. Yes, this a HUGE undertaking and, yes, trying to put the deal together in a hurry can cause problems, but I'm comfortable that Allan Roeder feels they can pull it off. If Bever felt so strongly about this, where was his voice during the months of dialogue? If he actually felt this way, why did he sign the agreement? If he was so concerned about this issue, why didn't he attend more of the study sessions and council meetings during which it was discussed?

I understand your willingness to cut him some slack, but this kind of capricious behavior just makes him, and the city, look stupid. In his case, it's just one more example...

By the way, I don't believe for a minute that the City expects to run the Fairgrounds. I suspect they are putting together a consortium to finance the purchase and will have professional management running the show over there at 88 Fair Drive. That may or may not include the current Fair management. One this seems clear, though - the current Fair Board is history - a good thing, in my view.

Thanks to both of you for your opinions.

4/26/2010 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous dogma said...

A couple of points that are being ignored, Bever has made it plan that if the Council had known there was 30 days to arrange financing, he wouldn't have voted yes.

Also, why do the equestrian people and other vested interests assume the City is their salvation? With $96 million dollars in debt, is the equestrian center really going to pay their share?

4/26/2010 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger mesa verde madman said...

If it looks like a turd and smells like a turd... sorry...

4/26/2010 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous CMTRUTH said...

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same guys haha, way to go MARTIN support those Neo Nazi's.

4/27/2010 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

CM Truth, nope. It doesn't surprise me at all. It's consistent with his underlying philosophy. He's been on that bandwagon ever since the "party" was announced. Nothing has changed with him in the decade I've been aware of him. The tone of his essays on the New Nation News site is the same, including his most recent one published Sunday. He's a sad waste of intellect.

By the way, my friend, it's past time for you to re-activiate your blog...

4/27/2010 08:32:00 AM  

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