Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mansoor's Legacy - More Legal Problems

Jon Cassidy, in the Orange County Register today, HERE. that the American Civil Liberties Union filed an appeal in the case involving Benito Acosta back in 2006. Cassidy's article does a good job of summarizing the issue.


You will recall that then-mayor Allan Mansoor cut off Acosta before his full 3 minutes were exhausted and Acosta was subsequently dragged out of the City Council Chambers and arrested. A jury rejected Acosta's case last December.

This is just one piece of Allan Mansoor's pathetic legacy that he leaves in his wake on the road up I-5 to Sacramento. His entire tenure on the City Council was eight years of divisiveness and turmoil, but this incident, more than any other, was the exclamation point on his willingness to use Latinos in our city to further his political career.


Now the city will be faced with even more legal costs as we, once again, must
defend Mansoor's actions. According to Cassidy's article, we're already on the hook for more than $500,000 dollars in this fiasco, with much, much more to come. We can thank our former mayor for adding to the fiscal distress of this city.

While I'm not happy he won the election last month and will be seated in the Assembly next week, I do get some small bit of enjoyment thinking of him trying to work with Assembly Speaker John Perez - a gay man - since Mansoor first gained notoriety in Costa Mesa posting anti-gay screeds on a local web site.

So, thank you, Allan Mansoor, for leaving more municipal feces for us to try to clean up. Good riddance to you!

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Anonymous Ben said...

Racist Benito Acosta is the one to thank for this charade, not our Assemblyman. Does Benito live in Costa Mesa? No. Yet we have to pay the price for his mess. The City stood up to the big bully ACLU and prevailed. Good for them!! Since this is a minor, civil matter, the 9th Circuit will take little time vindicating the City yet again for this. Thanks Benito and ACLU!

12/01/2010 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous R. Sullivan said...

So let me get this straight. Because of this one crazy guy, Coyotl, or whatever he calls himself these days, the already broke City will have to incur more legal fees, meaning a layoff or two, just because the ACLU has sour grapes over losing their silly case. The one to blame is not the Mayor, it's Acosta and the bully ACLU.

Officer Dimel, when we start losing patrol officers with the pending layoffs, make sure you know who to direct your anger towards.

12/01/2010 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Anonymous Ben, when this event occurred Acosta did, indeed, live in Costa Mesa and was a student at Orange Coast College. I have no idea whether he lives in our city now or not - it's irrelevant to the issue.

R.Sullivan, we differ in our view of the circumstances of this case. Mansoor treated Acosta differently than he treated his buddy, Minuteman Jim Gilchrist, just a few minutes earlier.

12/01/2010 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Benito cost the city over half a million bucks.. what a waste! This kid has done similar before. I believe it's a ploy to make some instant cash at the expense of everyone around him.

12/02/2010 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

sam, got some proof? Love to hear about it. In this case so far he's gotten ZIP after nearly 5 years. If you don't want to post your proof send me an email (address on my profile page)

12/02/2010 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

here's my idea for a public comment at the next city council meeting:

"at a council meeting in 2006, benito acosta was silenced by mayor mansoor well before his three minutes had expired for something as benign as turning to the gallery and asking for a show of hands. our then mayor pro tem, mr bever, did not intervene. if he had known then what he knows now, id like to think he would have. in an eggregious act of censorship, our police force leveled a heavy stink eye upon him for merely putting up some campaign signs last year, and we are all forever changed. i know an eric who personally felt the sting of oppression wouldve implored mayor mansoor to let acosta spek. to believe otherwise would be to imply that he supported silencing voices he disagrees with. that is a reality a will not... cannot embrace. it is now on behalf of the good council man i ask, ' where are the results of the stink eye investigation?!?' on behalf of the good councilman i now turn to the gallery and ask, 'who here supports the honorable mr bever's right to free speech?!?!'"

i wonder if the council would take the bait...

12/02/2010 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous ted said...

folkinharpy, what the heck are you talking about?

12/03/2010 03:00:00 PM  

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