Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stupidity On Display In Costa Mesa

Just when you start wondering what else is going to happen in Costa Mesa some idiot throws a brick through the door of Mayor Gary Monahan's pub in the wee hours of the morning Saturday!


According to local news reports - Frank Mickadeit of the Orange Cou
nty Register may have been the first one on the scene and reported HERE, Monahan's employee said the event happened around 2:30 but the police report the first alert of it happened at 3:26. Regardless, reports indicate that it took 40 minutes for the police to arrive at the scene because there was a major disturbance elsewhere in town.


And, according to Mickadeit's report, Monahan is peeved because this event is being handled as vandalism instead of something more serious. The text on the note taped to the brick was not available to Mickadeit, and Monahan was vague about it.


In my opinion, whomever chucked that brick throu
gh Monahan's door is a real bonehead! If the police are able to identify the person who did it I hope they toss him in jail and let him ferment there for awhile.

Regardless how insensitive Monahan was on St. Patrick's Day and in the weeks subsequent, there is no reason to
do something so stupid. All this does is further inflame an already incendiary situation.

What about the security for the Feet To The Fire Forum Monday and the council meeting Tuesday? You have to think that the CMPD leadership will pay very close attention to those events now.

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Anonymous FBI Needed said...

The FBI should investigate the malcontents first.

4/16/2011 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Recall Riggy and Mensinger said...

It seem really hard for me to feel sorry for Gary;

"It was the biggest day of his life"

".... its over, what can I do?"

"Its tragic.... but I am busy hiring and firing people everyday"

Maybe he can hire a PR consultant to spin it for him.


As for the police not responding for 40 min. and only filing it as vandalism.
I find it comical that Righeimer and Mensinger wanted personal protection after St.Patrick's Day, and now Monahan wants more done.
They want more more more police presence when it happens to them, but for the public its just fine & dandy to get rid of all the cops. "they're the bad guys"


4/17/2011 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Danny Welbing said...

Not that it is condoned whatsoever.. but how do "we" know that this was not a set-up by the GOP followers to initiate sympathy for Monahan? I'm no fan of the mayor, but this is not appropriate under any circumstance. I hope they catch the perpetrator and I hope it turns out to be a GOP thug..

4/17/2011 07:21:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

After Huy Pham died and our mayor stayed at the bar in his leprechaun outfit, he tried to cover up his blunder by saying "the union set me up."

Now new allegations have surfaced about Monahan:

Mickadeit seemed to be on the scene quickly for the brick thing but I haven't seen anything in Das Register about the towing allegations.

The late great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov said, "Violence is the last resort of the incompetent."

Now's a good time for Monahan to get sympathy. Is there any evidence that the brick was actually THROWN? Is this incident not only being milked for sympathy but as a way to embarrass our police re the response time?

4/17/2011 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

Obviously only the cops and Monahan know what was said in the note. But for the record, a threat under California law must be very specific (See Penal Code section 422). Simply saying "You will pay for this" is not enough to qualify. Presuming the cops so far don't have enough to call this a threat under California law, now we can see why people are dissatisfied with law enforcement in general. The problem is the cops can't make it a threat simply because this wish to. They have to live and work by what the law says.

4/17/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Whatever dope thought this is vandalism should be fired. The person either has no judgment or is unwilling to do his/her job because of a personal bias against the mayor.

4/17/2011 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger ERIC said...

Mr Monahan states-

"My bartender is freaking. My wife is freaking. I'm going to beef up security here and at home."

Well sir, how do you think the 200+ families are feeling after receiving LAYOFF notices? Many hard working people that are trying to provide for their families and have given a lot to the city. Don't you think they are "FREAKING"? And what is your reaction to them?..... "I hire and fire people all the time"???
Heck your 3 amigos on the council won't even give them the time of day. Bever barely graces us with his presence, while Righeimer and Mensinger act like 12 yr old school girls and text while the public voices their feelings at the council meetings.

So, yes throwing a brick is stupid and not the smartest thing to do, it does show your true colors. Its all about you, your business and whatever else the GOP has promised you.

All the consultants and press guys you purchase (BLANK CHECK SPENDING WHILE YOU CUT EVERYONE ELSE), don't change what the council is really about.... AN AGENDA.

4/17/2011 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Take it back said...

This is an interesting tactic, is this similar to the coincidental dui check point alltercation. Stay in the press, stay to your message for free when in the press, true or false. Play the victum.
Any coverage is good coverage. It is dumb criminal behavior by someone

4/17/2011 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous facts said...

The brick incident was a serious crime, and, depending on what the note said - far more serious than mere vandalism.

The layoffs, regardless of your opinion, are a fact of life. The Irvine Company just laid people off, and so have thousands of companies in the past year. The City has laid off 120 people so far. In no way are layoffs an excuse to commit crimes, or express sympathy for the criminals who perpetrated this crime.

As far as CMPD, I highly doubt they are treating this differently and are likely being as professional in the execution of their duties as they have always been.

IF any CMPD responded slower or classified the crime differently because they don't like Monahan, they should be fired.

4/17/2011 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous ID yourself said...

... Curious to know, Wyatt Earp, how you know what the note rad when the specific contents do not appear to have been made public yet...

4/17/2011 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Fight on ND said...

just read an interesting post about this "vandalism" incident on Voice of OC by OC resident. Who would throw a brick at any window at 3:30 IN THE MORNING IF THEIR GOAL IS TO INTIMIDATE Monahan? Wouldn't it be more effective if the perp did it when either Monahan was there or in the latter wee hours of the morning when his cleaning crew went home.The whole matter I agree sounds very fishy.

4/17/2011 07:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

ID Yourself, read my comment again. It clearly says what the law is and that the cops must not think it fits that threshold based on what has been reported so far. I gave an easy example, well maybe not easy for you, to illustrate how people often want a situation to be more than it is. Bottom line is the legislature and courts have decided examples such as mine do not qualify as threats under the law.

4/17/2011 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous The Fake Gus Ayer said...

How does Monahan feel about reducing the size of the police force now?

4/17/2011 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

Let's hope they find the guy who threw the brick. That's something all Costa Mesans should pull together for. Hopefully video cameras will help the investigation find the truth of what happened.

4/17/2011 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous hoping for recall said...

Mayor leprechaun: fret not

I am sure the brick was 90% Rhetoric. Just ask Mensinger, its just a game.

Maybe someone was looking for a more transparent window.

4/17/2011 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...


Maybe you can ask around in your circles who threw the note and brick. Good chance it could be someone who comments on this blog or possibly one of the misguided repaircostamesa folk. Someone who is far more mentally-ill and possibly more dangerous than is being let on. Who ever it is needs to be prosecuted before this becomes tragic news.

4/18/2011 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Jeff, you make too many assumptions, my friend.

First, I don't know who the folks are that comment here with very few exceptions. Folks use a pen name for the most part.

I reject your assumption that someone "in my circles" tossed that brick through Monahan's door. But then, that's typical of someone in "your circles". If I did know I would report him or her - just as I would report a graffiti vandal.

And, most of the people in "my circles" wouldn't have needed three tries to get the brick through the glass. It's just as likely that a Monahan supporter did it to generate sympathy for him.

4/18/2011 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous RECALL THOSE IDIOTS said...

Leave it to "Jeff" to slander bloggers on this forum.

Jeff- The perp responsible for something like this is an idiot. My opinion someone who is a GOP Republican trying to garner sympathy for little Irish boy..

4/18/2011 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

I don't think it was a political statement from one side or another. Have you ever had the munchkin's beef strogonoff?!? The brick thrower would get off scot-free in any court in the land!

4/18/2011 11:07:00 AM  

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