Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top Costa Mesa DUI Officers Honored

Lost in the end-of-week shuffle was the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) luncheon, held at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda last Thursday, March 8th.


In a press release from CMPD Lieutenant Rob Sharpnack, we were advised that among those 23 officers from 12 law enforcement agencies receiving the c
oveted Century Awards - those who accounted for 100 or more DUI arrests during 2011 - five represented Costa Mesa.

The Costa Mesa officers honored were:

Officer Jose Torres (102 arrests)
Officer Oscar Reyes (103 arrests)
Officer Crystal Rodriquez (109 arrests)

Officer Jared Shurley (113 arrests)
Officer Kha Bao (423 arrests)

Sharpnack observe
d that Officer Bao's achievement was especially noteworthy. He was recognized as Orange County's top DUI arresting officer - the first time a Costa Mesa police officer has earned this award.

Congratulations to these fine officers for doing a great job of trying to make our streets safer for all of us. And, a special thank you to Officer Kha Bao for his extraordinary performance on our behalf.

I certainly don't want to throw a wet blanket on these wonderful achievements, but I find myself wondering just why nearly half of the Orange County officers being recognized for this accomplishment come from Costa Mesa. Is at least part of the reason because we have such a large number of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol? Seems likely to me. For the past several years Costa Mesa officers have been among the top in DUI arrests. That's a good thing. But, if we have so many drunk drivers spilling out onto our streets from all those bars, that's a bad thing. That's a question I guess we should be asking our City Council. I also find myself wondering what kind of reactions Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer - a man who created a major dust-up with the CMPD during a DUI checkpoint 18 months ago - and soon-to-be-ex-mayor Gary Monahan - the owner of a pub in our town - are having to this news.


In the meantime, congratulations to Chief Tom Gazsi and all the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department for their continuing excellence in light of the reduced staffing levels and on-going animosity toward them by some council members. We DO appreciate what you do for us every day. Thank you.

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Anonymous Sigmond said...

It's official,

I am proclaiming tomorrow, Monday March 12th Costa Mesa City Council Appreciation Day. Tomorrow all you mean-spirited haters, Union Thugs, and really nasty Bloggers have to say three (3) nice things about each of the men on the city council. I know it will be tough for you to find something kind to say but I have confidence in you.

I will start:
1. Thank you to each of the men on City Council for standing up for what is the right medicine for our city.

2. Thank you to each of the men on City Council for saving our city from bankruptcy and looking out for us tax payers.

3. Thank you to each of the men on City Council for doing what is needed to honor our past agreements with our city employees so they can someday retire with their pensions.

Extra credit:

4. Thank you for putting up with the nonsense, clear disrespect and verbal abuse you must endure every time you do your job.

3/11/2012 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous almostdone said...

And thank you "Sigmond" for starting my day out with a laugh. The picture of a certain council suck-up, frantically patting them on the back in an effort to distract attention away from the employees who are actually doing something commendable is great theater. Keep up the good work Fizz!

3/11/2012 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Maryanne said...

Ok Siggy, I'll bite:

1. Thanks Gary for finally resigning your post and showing us that you were never really the mayor in the first place.

2. Thanks Steve for not being publicly condescending to your constituents or chest bumping anyone today.

3. Thanks Eric for showing up

I'm still working on something nice to say about Jim. It's tough though.

3/11/2012 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Texts on the Dais said...

"Gary, don't forget to give Eric the "mayor kneepads." Hoho! Steve- your DP commentary was great! Ten 6th graders used it in their English class. Hatchy- give Colon and Ethan 10 bucks each from the "legal fund" hahaha for thinking up the 'Council Appreciation Day'!

3/11/2012 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Interesting that Sigmond hijacks a post praising the police and turns it into yet another diversion from reality.

In the spirit of reciprocity, here's a challenge in kind: In honor of Truth-Telling Day, all drinkers of Kouncil Kool-Aid should admit the truth of at least three negatives that have been written and said about the actions of the men on the council.

Note that I said "actions," not physical appearances or personality. It's their ACTIONS that so outrage the public.

Shouldn't be too hard, once you sober up from your venom-laced Kouncil Kool-Aid.

And when, you might wonder, is Truth-Telling Day? It's every day.

3/11/2012 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Stop Overtime! said...

I'm here to tell you that Jim and Steve practice what they preach!

Recently, some people broke into our house and set it on fire. Instead of letting the Fire Dept and CMPD waste money on OT, the Dynamic Duo showed up themselves! Yes, Riggy showed up in "relaxed" Batman tights, and Mensy sported a big "S" for Steve over his Pop Warner jersey!

I am pleased to report that everything is fine. Steve chest-bumped the burglars into submission and drove them to jail himself.

Unfortunately, the house burned down because there was a short hose and no fire truck.

But then Riggy fixed everything! He made us understand that we never needed a house in the first place! Now there are 200 lovely apartments where it once stood, with a cool bridge connecting them to HB. We got $5000 and free drink coupons for Monahan's bar.

Life is good again!

3/11/2012 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Eff Riggy said...

To Sigmond....

# 4 could also be directed and City Employees too!

(Read it again in that context)

3/11/2012 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Harriet said...

Maryanne, you are right on. Sigmond has head in the sand along with Riggy, Bever, Monahan and Mensy. I will thank them when they all step down off our council and take first bus/train out of town.

3/11/2012 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Stop Overtime wrote:
"Unfortunately, the house burned down because there was a short hose.."


Ah, Fitzpatrick was assisting?

3/11/2012 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Joe re "Ah, Fitzpatrick was assisting?"

Clever, funny!

3/11/2012 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Your lunch sucks said...

Sigmond is either the male Jimmy Fitzy or the skippy the mole from the video crew.

Either way, VERY funny!

3/11/2012 11:40:00 PM  
Anonymous This too shall pass said...

All these Haters should be thankful they have solid leaders in this City to hate on. Otherwise they would all be talking about their latest trip to the doctor and troubles with their gas.

Change is hard for Haters. Once they were able to line up at a podium, make some comments, and get their way. Now they complain leaders are not listening.

Everywhere you look the old guard is being pushed out. And they are mad as hornets.

3/12/2012 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Thank you CMPD! said...

Congrats to CMPD! Geoff, part of the reason CM gets so many DUIs is because of the concentration of drinking establishments, but also due to the pass through from all of the drinking in Newport beach and on the Peninsula. I know of several DUI arrests on Newport Blvd where the drunk drivers were coming from Newport Beach bars or private parties.

We are truly fortunate to have such a top-notch DUI team in Costa mesa. I know that it keeps some off the roads when they've been drinking - all of my friends take cabs or have designated drivers when they go out and drink in Costa Mesa.

3/12/2012 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob Marlowe said...

A concept that is normally ignored is "responsible alcohol service". When an alcohol seller allows a person they whom they have been paid to leave their establishment and head for a parking lot, they need to be held liable for the results. Let's begin by publicizing the name of the bar or restaurant where the impaired driver was drinking when a DUI crash/injury/death occurs. It's a start. Lawsuits by the victims are the next step. Revoking an alcohol license for irresponsible service would get some attention.

4/24/2012 11:53:00 AM  

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