Thursday, November 04, 2010

With Friends Like These...

So, all this talk about reconciliation following the election seems to have just been hyperbole. Late this evening the Daily Pilot published an article by Mona Shadia quoting Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach as saying regarding Wendy Leece, "She'll always be a friend, but she's not qualified to be a City Council member." You can read the entire article HERE.

This is apparently his response when asked about the rumor of a planned recall effort to remove Leece from her recently-re-acquired seat on the Costa Mesa City Council where she currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. According to Shadia's report, "Moorlach said it was too early for him to entertain support for a recall effort, but that removing Leece from office was something he would consider backing in the future." Yeah, with friends like Moorlach Wendy sure doesn't need any enemies.

This is just the latest in what is obviously going to be an orchestrated attack on Leece because she did the job the voters of this city hired her to do - use her vote to make the best choice possible based on the facts as she knew them regarding the modifications to employee contracts. Those votes saved the City $3.7 million dollars in this fiscal year. Even with those contributions by the employees and the voluntary re-negotiation by the firefighters which provided more than $600,000, the City remains in the hole roughly $6 million.


Scott Baugh, Chair of the Orange County Republican Party was the most vocal critic of Leece following her vote. He and his band of lock-step lemming thugs did there very best in the
short time available to them to sabotage her campaign. Fortunately for the residents of Costa Mesa, their best efforts were not good enough.

According to the article, a
ny recall effort must begin no sooner than 6 months from now and must be started in Costa Mesa. You can bet, however, that Baugh and his bullies will be solidly behind any such effort, attempting to insert themselves even further into Costa Mesa politics. They are so angry at Leece that they will likely pull out all the stops to punish her for doing her job, not the bidding of the OC GOP.

On this blog and elsewhere following the election there have been calls for moderation of rhetoric - to try to get along after the most rancorous campaign in my memory. This initiative by Moorlach and his pals in the OC GOP leadership will do NOTHING to heal the wounds torn open during the campaign. Quite the contrary, it likely will make any overtures for conciliation fall by the wayside as the new council is seated and the agendas of those sitting on the dais become clear.

To Scott Baugh and his band of thugs I offer this suggestion: Drag your arrogant,
interfering fanny out of Costa Mesa and let the residents go about sorting out our problems. We don't need or want you and your pals threatening our elected leaders and trying to influence their votes on municipal issues. We don't want you to attempt to make this city Ground Zero for state-wide pension reform. We don't want you or your "mini-me", Jim Righeimer, to destroy this wonderful city by making it the tip of the spear in your own, personal little battles. Find another city to dismantle!


The vote count continues and most of the races remain pretty much as they were percentage-wise. In the race for the final of three seats on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District President Arlene Schafer still trails former Director Mike Scheafer by 213 votes as of 5 p.m. tonight.


Over at the Mesa Consolidated Water District race incumbent Jim Fisler picked up another vote on Dan Worthington and now trails by only 22 votes. The counting should be done by tomorrow evening.

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Anonymous OCLonghair said...

As a Republican I am embarrassed to even remotely admit that to anyone.

As to Mr. Moorlach's Republican Circle: I don’t know what “circles” you are hanging around but YOU DON’T REPRESENT ME!!!!! You and your jack booted thugs should stay out of Costa Mesa’s business.

Those of us who voted have said our piece; so leave it alone. I see this as another attempt to suppress Ms. Leese and make her cower at the feet of the Supreme Master Reeeeeemer; Wendy… hold your ground!

Geoff, What the H-E- double hocky sticks is going on with the GOP? I have been saying, "this is reminiscent of the Clinton's and their Liberal buddies."

11/05/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

That didn't take long... you stay classy, OCGOP!

11/05/2010 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

What qualifies Wendy Leece to be a council member was just decided.The eight thousands voters who cast their ballot disagree with Moorlachs decree.
The hubris and arrogance of this shill to make that declaration is staggering to me.

Geoff , out of deference to you , I'm refraining from my occasional use of profanity..........

"Blank" Him.!

11/05/2010 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Grand Old Puds said...

No one would give a rat's ass what Moorlach thinks if he wasn't a supervisor. Perhaps we should recall him just to shut him up.

11/05/2010 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

i have been critical on this blog about the gop's influence over our council. in this post however, i will side with the moorlachs and baughs in so much as they did buy this city's city council so we cant cry foul when they want to play rough with it. it is their toy.

11/05/2010 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Scott Baugh is a bully.

While exiting with a crowd from Mariners Church one evening, he came from behind and physically shoved me out of his way to get to the door.

Riggy seems to be cut out of the same cloth.

11/05/2010 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Will be interesting to see how certain people actually defend this... but they will. What good, moral leadership...

11/05/2010 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Since it is rumored that 50% of voters are now voting by mail, I must assume that a substantial number of voters had already mailed their ballots by the time Wendy "did the deed".

Had we known what Wendy was going to do, my husband and I would NEVER have voted for her. Due to this factor, I don't think Wendy has a mandate from the voters.

More likely she was intimidated by the police thugs, NOT the GOP. Most cops carry guns, politicians ..... not so much.

11/05/2010 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Marvin said...

Vicki said:
"More likely she was intimidated by the police thugs, NOT the GOP. Most cops carry guns, politicians ..... not so much."

Vicki, i read your posts often. Your point of view on everything is so entirely skewed. Please move to Diamond Bar. Or better yet, Cubic Zirconia Bar.

Good Day.

Marvin B., East Sider

11/05/2010 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Foley to leave the City Council per Daily Pilot.

11/05/2010 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...


I can see that the truth hurts, huh? You must work for the Costa Mesa PD.

What gives anyway? Diamond Bar told me to move here. I can't keep moving. Think I'll stop here! :-) :-)

As you can see, I think for myself. How else can I make your life miserable?

11/05/2010 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob Dimel said...

Really Vicki? Have the officers in Costa Mesa intimidated anyone? Other than exercise out first amendment rights in this campaign, have you ever felt threatened or intimidated by a Costa Mesa Police Officer? Have you ever sat and actually talked with any of our officers? Have you ever had to call for an officer for a report or to solve a problem? if so, what was that contact like? If it was in any way unpleasant, did you make your concerns known to the department staff? Let's stop the name calling, be big boys and girls and get on with the business of the city. Frankly, your comments are out of line and insulting.

11/05/2010 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Marvin said...

Vicki said:
I can see that the truth hurts, huh? You must work for the Costa Mesa PD.

You're totally right. The truth is that the entire secret unit of CMPD showed up at Leece's house last week with their guns and told her "errr listen you. you bettta vote the way we want seee or else you'll be eatin lead!!"

Also according to Leece, unmarked cars continued to cruise by her house at all hours with their shotguns hanging out the window.


11/05/2010 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Crazy Town, indeed... maybe I'll move to Diamond Bar

11/05/2010 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Did anyone notice that when Wendy's son got into trouble a while back, the fervor died very quickly? Why do you think that was?

Could it be that the PD did the family a favor at the time, and later on asked that the favor be returned? Just asking.

I was hoping I wouldn't have to mention the obvious. Intimidation of one kind, or another, is intimidation none the less. Apparently my parallel flew right over your heads. Swoosh!

I can't help but notice you have a lot of free time on your hands Officer Dimel. Aren't you supposed to be working? Lately you seem to do more posting on this blogsite than the owner does. I can't help but wonder if your superiors approve of how much police business you are conducting over the Internet.

My father was a cop and I know that he and most of his co-workers tried to keep a low profile, whereas you seem to enjoy mixing it up with the general public. With the helicopter program on the verge of extinction, and layoffs looming, you might just be braver than the average cop. Or, it could be just a lack of good sense. I don't know you, so I can't make that judgment call.

I might add that the primary reason residents fear the cops is because of their well known propensity to shoot first, .... and ask questions later. Does Presidio Drive ring a bell? Those of us old enough to remember that little incident have a definite fear of ANYONE carrying a gun, and especially the police. Rest assured, the neighbors have not forgotten that family, and never will. If you don't learn from the past, history is bound to repeat itself!

Arrogance knows no bounds Officer Dimel, and opposing opinions are always considered to be "out of line, and insulting". That kind of an attitude is born of shallow thinking, and ignorance. For instance, Costa Mesa cops seem to think more highly of themselves than the residents do. We don't think you are God like, nor do we think you should be paid more than like kind employees in the private sector. As for your bravery, ....... well now, that is a different story altogether. Put a gun on ANYONE'S hip and they instantly become as brave as any cop.

This too, is my 1st amendment right. And yes, I've had the usual contact with police officers. I wasn't born yesterday. As far as I'm concerned, the entire Costa Mesa PD embarrassed themselves throughout this past election. If life is fair (and it never is), a substantial number of you will get well deserved pink slips.

11/05/2010 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Vicki, there was a time recently, as you began to post here, that I thought you actually might be a person with an open mind, one who might choose to engage in a civilized discussion of issues. I was wrong. I see from this most recent post and your continuing genuflecting over at the CM Press that you really are a fraud. You're just a sycophant of our municipal racist laureate, eager to believe his tripe and spread his gospel.

The great thing about being the owner of a blog is that you get to play god (small letters intended) with the comments posted here. I can't "modify" them, but I can block them - like those folks who can't read the note at the top of the page that says "NO ANONYMOUS POSTS!" I no longer even read those except to look for a signature. I just delete them with a smile on my face.

Unlike your mentor at the CM Press, I do post opposing viewpoints - even some that are more than a little offensive. The line between offensive and just plain nuts is a thin one - you're getting close. I'll let Rob Dimel further engage you if he chooses.

11/06/2010 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Geoff, you complain constantly about Martin Millard's blog, yet I notice you NEVER miss reading it on a daily basis. I truly hate to bust your "hate bubble", but that makes you one of his followers as well.

It just so happens that I have an open mind, and I enjoy BOTH of your blogs. Does that make me a criminal? I might also add that I don't hate anybody, but I am extremely disappointed in our local police force due to their thug-like behavior during this past election.

Their attitudes, blogs and flyers were perfect examples of sheer hatred, greed, and gestapo tactics. How can any resident be proud of our police force after witnessing such outlandish behavior?

11/06/2010 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Vicki, I readily admit to reading every entry of the CM Press, even has he piles post on top of post throughout the day. You've heard the phrase, "Know thy enemy"? It's very sad, indeed, to see someone lap up his Kool-Aid, but that's life, huh?

Please don't try to hold him up here as some paragon of truth and virtue - I've read his essays. I challenge you to test your gag reflex and visit the New Nation News web site, a repository of a decade of his vile pontifications.

We're both up too late...

11/06/2010 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Geoff, let me make one thing very clear. I don't drink anybody's Kool-Aid. That's because I'm a realist, and I think for myself. You, on the other hand, are a dreamer and a manipulator.

I've never met either you, or Martin, yet if I ever had to be marooned on a desert island with one of you, I would DEFINITELY chose Martin. Not because he's better looking, or more charming, etc., but because he has a far better grip on reality. Martin would be able to provide shelter, and keep us fed, clothed and warm. You, on the other hand, would likely spend 24/7 wringing your hands and searching the horizon for a rescue vessel. That's a BIG difference. Your personalities come through in your writing. You might like to know that you come across as more likable, whereas Martin is more practical. However, not personally knowing either one of you leaves me at a disadvantage, and causes my observations to be somewhat shallow.

I hate to hurt anyone's feelings, but then again, I can't help it if you can't face reality. You do not like Jim Righeimer, but most people do. That's why he got so many votes. No matter how much you harped about him, people refused to drink your Kool-Aid. Your complaints were obviously very, very personal.

I still love your blog however. You are a really good reporter, and your verbiage is well written and enjoyable to read. The only thing your readers have to do, is take what you report with a grain of salt. We never know if what you write is colored by what you personally want, or what you personally dislike. However, like you said, several times, blogging is what you do best.

I agree!

11/06/2010 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Ah, Vicki, once again a comment filled with love and kindness! Sadly, it's directed at that neanderthal at the CM Press! :-) I am completely confident that he would serve you, or service you, well if you were stuck on a desert island with him. He clearly is a throwback to the hunter/gatherer days and I'm sure he would slay a T-Rex or a mammoth for you once a week back in the "good old days". Today, I'm not so sure. For all his bellowing and bluster there is no record of success in his life. And, I'm sure you would feel welcome in his little tribe.. have you read his frequent screeds on the benefits of plural marriage by any chance? Even better, he's even creating his own religion! So, you'd have all your needs met in one handy, knuckle-dragging package! Please see this site for his religion:

You said, "I hate to hurt anyone's feelings..." I doubt that very much. But, please be advised that you have not hurt my feelings in the slightest. Your infatuation with the guy over at the CM Press is very amusing - I got a great chuckle out of your comment. Made my day, actually. Whether you enjoy my blog or not is of no consequence to me. Read it if you like, or not. What I present here is my OPINION plus some facts and I have NEVER said otherwise. If you disagree with my views, well, do your own homework and form your own opinions. Please DO NOT take what is printed here OR on the CM Press as gospel - it's our OPINIONS.

I suspect that "likable" description you used has diminished with this comment. That's OK with me. I am who and what I am and I'm perfectly comfortable with that.

By the way, just to be clear - I've never said I don't "like" Jim Righeimer. He actually is a charming guy with a lovely wife and beautiful daughters. I don't like what he plans to do to our city - two different things. I think he's a dangerous man for our city and, as a councilman with a bunch of rubber stamp pals on the dais, he will do major damage to our town. That's my OPINION, based on my observations of him and the way he operates. If your only exposure to him has been at candidate forums or other social events you don't really know the guy.

As always, thanks for playing here. Again, I really did need a laugh tonight - thanks for that.

11/06/2010 09:20:00 PM  

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