Saturday, December 31, 2011

DP 103 And A Year-End Chuckle

Well, the much anticipated DP 103, the Daily Pilot's annual roster of folks and things the editors feel have been influential in the Newport-Mesa communities has been published. Those of you who subscribe to the Los Angeles Times and, as a result, also receive the Daily Pilot should find that segment in your morning newspaper. For those who do not, you can read the list online HERE. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Pilot)

I'm sure you'll have some fun with some of the names on the list, probably beginning with the very first two - Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Orange County Employee Association General Manager Nick Berardino.
I'm also sure, if you think about it, you'll have to agree that both men should be high on this year's list.


As you scrol
l down the roster you'll see many familiar names and will probably nod in agreement with most of them. Of course, there will be a few to which you will think, "What?! Why's that guy on the list?", or words to that effect. Such is the life in a world of lists. Regardless, congratulations to all those on this year's DP 103 list. Each person listed has, indeed, been influential in our communities.

And, yes, I'm on the list again this year at Number 43 - up a couple notches from last year. I'm always grateful th
at some folks think my meager efforts here are worth this kind of recognition - but that's not why I write this blog. I must admit, though, some satisfaction that I'm not listed below a dead swan this year, as was the case a couple years ago.

Before I close this entry - the final one of a very tumultuous year - I must leave you with a smile. A friend pointed out to me that one of the Warrants on the Consent Calendar for next Tuesday's City Council meeting - #2400, which can be read HERE - contains an amusing entry. On page 4 it shows a charge to Amtech Elevator Services for $335 for the retrieval of Steve Mensinger's cell phone. Now, that is FUNNY! Our non-elected councilman has generated plenty of controversy with that cell phone this year, sending and receiving text messages and emails while conducting business on the dais, so it seems somehow appropriate that he managed to lose the thing in an elevator shaft in City Hall! Perhaps the city should impose a rule, much like the State's rule against texting and driving, against using a cell phone in a city elevator.

Once again, a tip of my hat to each of you who visit this site. I do appreciate your interest and I always appreciate the comments some of you choose to leave - even the ones that are nasty and mean-spirited. I'd much prefer you to make comments that actually add to the discussion, but I know that's beyond a reasonable expectation for some of you. I'm especially grateful to those of you who DO attempt to enhance the discussion - that's why I publish these posts, after all - to provoke debate of what I feel are important issues.


Number 43 signing off until next year. My very sweet and patient wife and I celebrate the 45th anniversary of our first date today and we both wish you a very...

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Anonymous Shaft Boy said...

Will Mensy be reimbursing the City for his foul-up?
Of course not- "union thugs" must have pried the phone from his grasp and thrown it down the shaft. CM gets the bill as usual.

Even funnier- Mr. "Run the City Like a Business" probably caused the city to pay ($335) more for the phone's retrieval than its actual worth.

12/31/2011 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Chest Bump vs Cell Drop said...

Will Mensinger even say "thank you" to the citizens of Costa Mesa for paying for his bumbling fingers?

BTW, Has anyone else noticed how top heavy city hall is getting? I guess Roeder had a crystal ball to see the future. The EXO-skeleton will keep the top heavy building from tipping over.

Costa Mesa...'run just like a business'....too many high priced bosses and fewer worker bees.

Hey Riggy and Monahan, the public sees right through you! There is NOTHING fiscally conservative about you.....NOTHING!

12/31/2011 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous eric said...

Geoff, after some research.... the actual cost of recovery was $40, by a union elevator repair guy. The city would not pay a union worker that much so they called in their negotiator and got them down to $35.... yippie.

so the bill said:
$35 for phone recovery, $300 for hour of negotiation thus the $335 bill.

12/31/2011 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Taxpayer inquiry said...

Was it $40 or $335?

1/01/2012 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Sam Grady said...

Have any of you read Mensinger's article in the Daily Pilot? Is he delusional or what? Talk about taking credit for stuff he did not do. With all the new positions and money being spent, Costa Mesa is spending like there is no tomorrow. Do we really want this council to have more power if the charter is approved? I as sure as Hell don't.

1/01/2012 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Taxpayer Inquiry,
The amount paid as shown on the Warrant was $335...

1/01/2012 04:41:00 PM  

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