Wednesday, March 23, 2011

False Fears and Feet Afire

Just a reminder... Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Gary (Skosh) Monahan is hosting the fledgling Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association inaugural meeting and spleen vent at his pub. Acting President of the group, Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy, has sent out the following invitation:

This event is clearly aimed at ALL residents of the city and sure looks to be one more PR move on the part of the current council majority to whip up a frenzy of anti-employee fervor in this city as they attempt to get rid of municipal pensions one way or the other. I encourage ANY of you interested in hearing about it to attend and ask questions. I don't know if special prices for folks who received layoff notices last week will be in effect, but I imagine the mayor will welcome all employees with open arms.


I fully expect the proponents of this organization to speak with passion about their view that our "greedy" muni
cipal employees are destroying the city, even though the numbers they will throw around to support their thesis have been fabricated out of thin air. Expect the spreadsheet showing the 2010 employee compensation to be waived around as though they've discovered the Holy Grail while they proclaim the greed of our municipal employees. Expect a PowerPoint presentation using fabricated numbers demanded by the current majority to support their plans.

It's looking more and more like
the Mayor's pub is becoming the de facto seat of power in our city. That must make the residents very comfortable - knowing that major decisions about their lives are being made over drinks drooled on Skosh's bar. So, head over to the pub at the corner of 20th Street and Newport Boulevard for free appetizers and extra doses of bull manure. I will not be there, so please report back on the excitement.


I wonder if the media w
ill be present? Do you think Gary Monahan, after his latest debacle with the press, is going to welcome members of the media into his pub? Will he bar them? If so, what will that say about this new wave of "transparency" we're hearing about? Will Bill Lobdell, the new communications guru, show up? It's not an official "city" event, but it's being hosted by the mayor and promoted by city officials. And, more city officials are promised to be on hand by the promoters.

I'm persona non grata at Skosh's, so I'm going to stay home and watch a different "March Madness".


And, speaking of events, th
e irrepressible Barbara Venezia has wisely chosen to shove her next "Feet to the Fire" forum off a few weeks, to let things settle down a little bit in Costa Mesa following the St. Patrick's Day disaster. The event, originally scheduled for the 28th, has been moved to April 18th. The venue will be the Costa Mesa Community Center and it will be open to the public. Barbara and her band of media-types, John Canalis of the Daily Pilot, Frank Mickadeit of the Register, Roger Bloom of the Newport Independent and Norberto Santana, Jr. of the Voice of OC will fire questions at a panel of guests that is still being recruited. The topic will be, "Should Costa Mesa Be Run Like A Business?"

This event will run from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30. I'll remind you as time approaches and the panel is firmed up.

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Anonymous mike m said...

Watch my Aztecs instead of this fiasco, Stirrer...

3/23/2011 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Haven't we already gone through a period of "McCarthyism" in our history?

3/23/2011 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Restore Sanity; take our city back! said...

Riggy and Mensinger have sold their souls to the OC GOP and have made it clear that they are willing to blatantly lie, misrepresent information, and make back room deals and violate the Brown Act, to further their own personal agenda. How they can possibly justify hiring Lobdell as a PR guy and pay for that with our tax dollars is beyond disgusting and outrageous!! Most certainly, Lobdell cannot be trusted as an unbiased reporter with anything he writes in the future if he's willing to put his lot in with this sneaking, conniving gang of thugs. Monohan and Bever are pawns and totally worthless!! How can Bever possibly justify taking a salary when he's all but been absent for virtually anything of substance over the last many months?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's going on here. Riggy appearing on Fox repeatedly, John and Ken, and trying to use the media to deliver his deceitful message isn't fooling anyone with half a brain!

If ever there was a time to get off the coach it's now!! Wake up sheeple!! Show up at the next City Council meeting (April 4th- there are links on this site to the City Council meetings, location, time, agenda) and DEMAND that we have real transparency, and that such impactful decisions like outsourcing and laying off hundreds of people are made based on facts not trumped up b.s.! Our elected (and Mensinger too!) officials are supposd to be looking out for CM's best interests, not their own! If the Council can't do that then they need to be replaced!!

3/23/2011 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous bleh I'm vomiting said...

People will only eat the food at Skosh's when it is given away for free... and I bet they will not go for seconds once they get the first round, instead they will go down the street to an establishment with good food like Baja Fish Taco. If they don't have time for that, they will instead just bum food of, well, a bum.

3/24/2011 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Sissy Casper said...

I am bit sick to my stomach seeing this event being held a short week afer the passing of my friend Huy. The City Council via Mona"ham" demonizing employee's while we are still mourning a friend leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. Bullying tactics are being perpetrated each day at the City and employee's must endure emotional conflict each day.. somthing like this public event is going to lead to more tragedy. RECALL !! RECALL !!!

3/24/2011 04:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Maybe an irate layoffed ex-employee will beat the crap out of Skoshy.....and Duke will go down!

A perfect evening!

3/24/2011 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous almostdone said...

Somebody get a picture of the 300lb bouncers he'll need to feel safe at this 'function'.
Or do you think he's a big enough idiot to ask the PD to do it for free?

3/24/2011 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous checkyoursix said...

gotta love these comments. read em folks and then remember this: these commenters are the ones who say the other side is spewing hate! And of course, it all boils down to the OCGOP being the ultimate villain again. The unions are great though!!
I am going to the taxpayer event despite being told in this post exactly how the event is going down, what will be said, etc. AND despite March Madness being my favorite sports event. No one calls the employees greedy is my prediction because they are not. They outnegotiated us and got sweet deals. This is not greed, this is, as Charlie Sheen would say !!Winning!! I hope this organization turns out to be a good PAC against the police and fire PAC in upcoming elections because those out of town meddlers from the union are trying to run our city.

3/24/2011 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Leper Conned said...

The Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association is unfortunately excluding any taxpayer "under 21" from attending this very "public" event by holding it a bar (WTF?). Isn't that blatant discrimination against inviting all of the public?

Hmmm, would it have been that hard to hold at the CM Neighborhood Community Center where everyone is welcome? Oh that's right, young people don't care or vote, so let's just exclude them.

Pffft..."more transparency", no it's like one more TRANSGRESSION after another. I wonder if Lobdell has kissed Moneyhand's blarney's stones for good luck? Some say "they're magically delicious!"

3/24/2011 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous LongTime Maggie said...

I am a Costa Mesa taxpayer - 41 years as a matter of fact - but, undoubtedly, I would not be welcomed at the Taxpayers Association event; I am adamantly opposed to outsourcing city services to the lowest bidder! I/we deserve better.

The lines of appropriateness (and possibly law) are increasinly being muddied in this town. Monahan doesn't understand the concept of leadership or how he should conduct himself. The "other" Costa Mesa taxpayers should recall this mayor and his 3 cohorts. Any Recall initiatives out there?

3/24/2011 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous mike m said...

Maybe the CMPD can set up a checkpoint just up Newport Blvd. from Skosh's and pull a few of these upstanding citizens over on their way home from a night of drinking! A deuce for Riggy or Mensinger would just add another classic chapter to this ever-evolving story.

3/24/2011 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous ConcernedResident said...

Isn't this a blatant violation of the Brown Act if you get more than 2 council members or planning commissioners together to discuss city issues? Where is the OCWatchdog to monitor this?

3/24/2011 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Enough! said...

Geoff, letting Honeyman post that crap is totally inappropriate. That is a threat of physical violence. You need to grow up and start being a conduit for meaningful discourse. Talk about spleen venting. Unbelievable.

Leper Conned - it is a restaurant, everyone is welcome.

This blog has become a joke, a bunch of union shills threatening everyone and doing absolutely nothing to actually solve the problems. Threatening litigation shows they do not care about the city, only their paychecks.

Of course, the majority of employees don't engage in this crap, only a few, who are giving the rest a bad name.

3/24/2011 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous checkyoursix said...

mike m, you are spot on. what better way for PD to spend time than hassle these people who dare come together and talk. must be supressed by any means necessary, right? especially since the most prominent DUI arrests in this city have been from the liberal side.

3/24/2011 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

This is the problem with outsourcing out City... we will loose TRANSPARENCY.

We have no money, layoffs were inevitable; it's been almost 3 years and the entire Country is still reorganizing their "City Halls".

Cut back, lay off and keep negotiating early retirements.

Geoff, you have links to both "The Brown Act" and "Bagley-Keene Act"... which, in all honestly, I had never heard about. The B-K Act is the Brown Act for local governments. I read it last night - 60 pages - and found page 5 and 6 an interesting read... What is a Meeting?

If I read this section correctly, the mini study groups that this council established at their second meeting, the ones they kept Wendy Leese off anything that had to do with financial or important City reorganizing matters, shows these to be "Serial Meetings" and illegal at the highest level.

TRANSPARENCY... or lack there of.

3/24/2011 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Enough! said...

Figured you would be a Duke fan.

3/24/2011 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous mike m said...

Apologies for my sarcasm, Six, which apparently was over your head. Regardless, I would love to see those stats that 'the most prominent DUIs are from the liberal side'; didn't realize they kept tabs based on political leanings, but apparently you do. And I didn't realize my post even brought in one side or the other.

That said, you almost imply by your comment that only conservatives will be there, or at least would feel welcome. And here I thought the event was bi-partisan. Why do I now have the impression 'liberals' need not apply?

And no, I'm not a cop, or a fireman, or a city worker... just another unhappy, tax-paying citizen and neighbor of these knuckleheads.

3/24/2011 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Time BOMB said...

The clock is ticking and to think they feel that if we out source everyone things will be better, well it must be better because they are spending money left and right and still riding the PERS is killing us Band Wagon..... They must have figured out that they too are part of PERS and have a vested interest....... HUMMMMM Keep the Employees and Out source (get rid of 4 of the Bell 5) Before it is too late...and cost much more in the long run

3/25/2011 08:39:00 AM  

This was on another comment. If you want to know how to RECALL THOSE BOZOS
OK, I have posted this before...
this is the "how to" book for recalls, start at page 14 because that's what pertains to LOCAL officials.

3/27/2011 11:56:00 AM  

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