Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mensinger Off The Hook In "Chest-Bumping"

City of Costa Mesa Interim Director of Communications, Bill Lobdell, issued a Press Release late this afternoon informing us that on April 29th, nearly two weeks ago, the Orange County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against non-elected City Councilman Stephen Mensinger in the now-infamous "chest-bumping" case with Estancia High School teacher Joel Flores, citing insufficient evidence.

Actually, this comes as no surprise since nobody had come forward to support Flores claim. The only "witness" of which we are aware is Robert Murtha, a Mensinger disciple whose son, also Robert, is a star running back on the Estancia High School Football team.

Let's hope this incident will now be put behind us and that Mensinger will not take this result as justification for further incidents of throwing his weight around in Costa Mesa and elsewhere. I find myself smiling and thinking how lucky Flores is that Mensinger didn't have his brand new, "jewel-encrusted" vanity badge at the time, or Mensinger might have tried to arrest him on the spot.

Here's the text of the Press Release:


Press Release

May 11, 2011


Bill Lobdell, (949) 887-2541
Twitter @CityofCostaMesa

District Attorney declines to file charges in ‘chest-bumping’ incident

COSTA MESA, CALIF.—The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges against Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger after an Estancia teacher alleged he was “chest-bumped” by the city official at community event, it was announced this week.

Joel Flores filed a complaint with the Costa Mesa Police Department on April 23, alleging that Mensinger assaulted him earlier that day at the Costa Mesa Community Run after a verbal exchang
e about pending layoffs of city employees. Mensinger denied the charge, claiming that Flores had confronted him and there was no physical contact.
Per city policy, the matter was forwarded to the D.A.’s Office because the investigation involved a council member. On April 29, the D.A.’s Office rejected the case, citing “insufficient evidence.”

To contact Mensinger, please e-mail him here.



That last line is a "hot link" in the press release. It gives you an email address with which to reach Mensinger. Here's that address since the link didn't carry forward in my message:

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Anonymous Jennifer said...

Geoff, doesn't Wendy Leece have a City "badge"? Doesn't Katrina Foley also? Guess it's not just Steve and his gang.

5/11/2011 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous mike m said...

I don't believe Wendy, Katrina and others have been screaming about the sky falling and the lack of dollars, either...

5/11/2011 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous DUH said...

Jennifer- Why would Katrina Foley have a badge? Are you from Costa Mesa- can't be cause you would know who our City Council is.

5/11/2011 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve Mensinger's Ego said...

@Jennifer. I'm assuming Ms. Foley would not have a badge, since she is not currently on council. Secondly, even if Ms. Leece did/does have one, I seriously don't see her out trying to impress anyone with it. It's the ego of the aforementioned fellows that is particularly troubling, and exacerbate that with giving them a "symbol of office".

Bottom line: no one on council should have a badge. There is absolutely no need for them to have one. So I guess my question to you is; What's your point?

5/11/2011 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous unionquiltersforleece said...

if foley doesn't have a badge, she did have one. let's just recycle it to new council members. Unless of course she kept it.

5/11/2011 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous it looks like the fourth of july in the sky said...

Let's talk about something important here, like how many piccolo petes we are buying for the party in front of themayor pro team's house?

5/12/2011 04:13:00 AM  

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