Friday, September 09, 2011

September 11, 2001 - Ten Years Later

This weekend we mark the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon - as dastardly a deed as has been perpetrated on our country in its history. And, even as remembrances are being prepared throughout the country, we hear of the possibility of another attack planned for this weekend by the same band of lunatics, as THEY also mark this anniversary.

In Costa Me
sa a remembrance will be held on Sunday, Patriot Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Here's a copy of the flier for the event.
Those of you who have been loyal readers since I began this blog in 2005 will recall that I've written about this tragic day every year. Today I'm not going to try to recount all those essays, but will provide you with links to them so you can visit or re-visit my thoughts as each year passed. I will also refer you to the CNN 911 Memorial link I've had on the side of this page since the beginning. You can also reach it HERE. It provides you with information about the victims in many different ways - by name, by company, by flight, etc. It tells you, for example, that the youngest person killed that day in those events was then-2 year-old Christine Hanson, shown here with her parents, who also perished.

In the past I've written about Todd Beamer, whose battle cry of "Let's Roll!" launched a counter-attack on Flight 93 that probably saved hundreds of lives in Washington, D.C. as the embattled hijackers flew that plane into the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


That day had many heroes - those brave first respon
ders who did their very best to save the occupants of the Twin Towers as they burned and, eventually, imploded. Hundreds sacrificed their lives to save others. This weekend we will hear those stories, and many more, all over again as our nation pauses to mark this day.

Here are the links to my previous essa
ys about September 11, 2001. In them I wrote about friends who were personally impacted by the crashes, and about not knowing if some of them survived. I wrote about the victims and survivors and much, much more. The first two were published on my earlier host site which provided no way to show images.

I also wrote about the day w
e finally managed to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden earlier this year, HERE.


As we mark this day, I think it's important to try to put this "War on Terror" into perspective. HERE's a link to a site that will give you information about casualties in all other wars and police actions in which the United States of America has been involved. I DO NOT, for one second, diminish the loss of American lives over this past decade - every single one is precious. The advancements in battlefield medical treatment and the speed with which our troops can be retrieved from the battlefield and delivered to medical care is tremendous, which has kept the death count lower than decades ago in the Viet Nam War, for example - where more than 58,000 Americans died over the four years of that strife. Please take a few minutes to visit this site.


I hope you'll find a few minutes Sunday to stop and consider what the events of
September 11, 2001 has meant to this country. The loss of life and treasure is almost too difficult to calculate and the battle is far from over. Please pause to give thanks to the men and women of our armed forces who VOLUNTEER to fight this battle and do so with pride and bravery. Remember young Costa Mesa immigrant, Jose Angel Garibay, who joined the Marines, hoped one day to become a Costa Mesa police officer and was among the very first American troopers to die in the War On Terror. And don't forget our brave first responders - those Firefighters and Police Officers who stand tall, protecting us every day. Click HERE for a very special remembrance of Garibay's service by a Costa Mesa employee.

Finally, this powerful video clip - one of dozens available for viewing on YouTube - with background music by Alan Jackson, will remind you of the horror of that day. As you watch it remember the lives that were snuffed out after those airplanes crashed into the buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C. Remember those brave souls who fought back on Flight 93 and died in that field in Pennsylvania. Remember that, as the Twin Towers crumbled, nearly three thousand people died. They didn't pass quietly in their sleep, they were murdered. Those who did not die immediately when the planes hit the buildings or didn't leap to their deaths to escape the flames were crushed, torn limb from limb and vaporized - many were never identified.

A neighbor, moved by this blog entry, sent me THIS LINK to a CNN report from 2002. It's 90 minutes of coverage of that day, presented while the wounds were still open and festering.


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Assembly Ditches Pension Reform - For Now


Hot off the presses! According to Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert, HERE, the California State Assembly has decided to "throw in the towel" on comprehensive pension reform - for now.


The bill now goes to the Senate.


They shouldn't worry, though. Our leaders here in good old Costa Mesa have the solution - just fire everyone who is, or might be, eligible for a pension now or in the future.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Lunchtime Homeless Workshop Tomorrow

Following the presentation Tuesday night of its interim report, the Costa Mesa Homeless Task Force is presenting a free Housing Options Workshop at the Police Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) adjacent to the Police Station on Fair Drive. This is a brown bag event aimed at folks interested in providing input on this subject. The following is the text of the Press Release.

Free City workshop on housing options
for homeless offered Friday

COSTA MESA, CALIF.—As part of its ongoing efforts to seek solutions to homeless issues in the City, the Costa Mesa Homeless Task Force is offering a Housing Options Workshop on Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Police Department's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The brown-bag lunchtime meeting, titled “Housing Options 101,” will feature information on:

Housing options: emergency, transitional and supportive housing

Philosophy of transitional vs. long-term supportive housing

Costs of supportive housing

Importance of motel code enforcement

Prototypes: Conversion of motels into supportive housing

This information will be of interest to anyone wishing to add their voice to the development of realistic strategies and solutions to Costa Mesa's homeless issues. This workshop is free and open to the public. The City encourages anyone with an interest in learning more about
Costa Mesa’s homeless challenges and potential solutions to join in the discussion.