Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mensinger Assails Goldmann

On June 21st Tamar Goldmann - long-time Costa Mesa resident and renowned Orange Coast College instructor, HERE - published a letter in the Daily Pilot, HERE, in which she criticized the current Costa Mesa City Council for decisions they've been making.  It is not the first such criticism offered by Mrs. Goldmann, who has become a frequent speaker before City Council meetings over the past couple years, nor do I expect it to be the last.

Consistent with her personality and training, Mrs. Goldmann delivers her message - whether in person or in writing - with respect, courtesy and clarity.  And, for her trouble, she is frequently interrupted and/or chided by members of the council simply because she disagrees with them.  Her most recent commentary evoked precisely that kind of a response from non-elected councilman and presumed council candidate Steve Mensinger in the pages of the Daily Pilot today, HERE.

Mensinger, is also "renowned" by those of us who watch council proceedings - for not paying attention to issues at hand, for his inability to grasp and use the English language and for the difficulty he sometimes has adding numbers like 5+2, for example.  He IS also renowned for tinkering with his cell phone or his Ipad, sending and receiving text messages or emails and surfing the web, while business is being conducted.

Back to the business at hand, Mensinger's criticism of Mrs. Goldmann's criticism.  In his first paragraph he identifies Mrs. Goldmann as his "friend", then consistently misspells her name throughout the piece.


In his second paragraph he quotes Mrs. Goldmann as saying crime is up in Costa Mesa, but doesn't refute her allegation and confirms that "property crimes are up 11%" after saying "violent crime is actually down".  Well, old Steve has not been paying attention, as indicated in the recent rash of violent crimes described HERE.  I'm not sure the older couple on Baker Street who were attacked recently or the young man who was shot in the chest coming to the aid of his father on Cabrillo Street or the jewelers who were robbed at gunpoint a week ago would see things his way.

Later he attempts to justify the recent decision by the City Council to squirrel away a half-million dollars "just in case" one of the "problem properties" (motels) should come available for purchase.  I guess, based on the comments made from the dais recently, the plan would be to buy a motel, then sell it at a loss to a developer.  Did I mention that Mensinger and his buddy, Jim Righeimer, are developers?

That $500,000 would be enough to fund hiring a few more police officers at a time when we sorely need them.  Councilwoman Wendy Leece outlined this from the dais and on her blog OC Public Square, HERE.  Mensinger and his majority on the council have refused to permit Police Chief Tom Gazsi to hire replacements for departed officers or for those officers who will be retiring in the very near future.  It takes at least fifteen months to identify, qualify and train a new police officer and it's becoming VERY difficult to attract "lateral" officers to our department because of the uncertainty of our compensation plans and the hostile work environment this council - including Mensinger - have created.  Despite that, Gazsi has launched a three-part recruitment effort that includes some "hedge" language, just to get the ball rolling.

Mensinger, in response to Mrs. Goldmann's comments, tells us that he and the council are "repairing the crumbling infrastructure, repaving pot-hole-laced streets and replanting barren sports fields.", indicating that "These are the type of things that will continue to attract more young families who want to make Costa Mesa their home."  Well, that may be true, but any family - young or old - FIRST wants the city to be SAFE.  Costa Mesa is NOT a safe city today - a fact supported by the numbers.  But then, unless Mensinger takes his shoes off to aid counting, he may not understand those numbers.

Near the end of his letter Mensinger says, "Tamar makes her living as a teacher, where precession and clarity are essential.  I believe her commentary misses the mark in these areas."  That emphasis is mine and demonstrates precisely what I said at the beginning of this post.  I suspect Mensinger meant "precision", but we'll probably never know.

In his final paragraph Mensinger tells us the council majority will "address the needs of all the residents, not just the wishes of organized labor."  What he fails to tell you is that this council majority has focused on meeting the partisan political aspirations of the Orange County Republican Party as orchestrated by Scott Baugh and implemented by his pal, Righeimer.  In this effort Mensinger has become a willing dupe - a term I don't use lightly.  His comments are "disingenuous" (see HERE) at best.

As I've observed in the past, when Mensinger begins a comment with glowing praise of an individual - as he did in his letter in the Daily Pilot - that person had better be careful of what's coming next.  That friendly arm on your shoulder is only used to pull you closer so he can slide the stiletto in between your ribs and twist it over and over again.  Beware of the big, sappy grin - that's how it begins.

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Anonymous Mike M said...

I believe that's called a compliment sandwich - start and end with one, and in between rip them up. You stay classy, Mensy.

6/27/2012 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Dislikes Disingenuous said...

Mensinger is a punk and a poser. He should move back to his hometown of Stockton and take his anger out on a plow instead of good citizens here in Costa Mesa.

6/27/2012 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous SQUAD51 said...

Bending the truth is something that might produce the desired results for these guys but such blatently obvious lies as he states in this published commentary could work against them.
I guess these politicians know that a percentage of the PILOT's readers will get that from the paper and accept it as fact without seeing the commentary that is sure to follow on-line.
I guess we'll find out in november if using the local media to just blatently lie to the voters will work.

6/27/2012 07:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

It's been a long time since I've seen a councilman try to beat up a private citizen in the press like that. Dress rehearsal for October, my friends.

Oh, and by the way... us CM4RGers are a LOT tougher than that.

6/27/2012 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Mulva said...

Mr. Mensinger's letter gives us many reasons to vote to re elect him to council. But the main reason is VISION.

"There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction" President John F.Kennedy

Mr. Mensinger points out how we saved on our airborne program yet are spending over a half million dollars more on police. He has the vision to get rid of the motel breeding grounds of crime. He does not say to buy high, sell low on these properties. You made that up.
Tamar and cm4rg are great at complaining, I will give them that. Vision, eh , not so much. This guy Weitzberg complains about inaction on part of council(in his press release)? What rock did he climb out from under? This is a council of action, this year actually paying down some of the unfunded pension liability. They have had their missteps along the way, they have lowered themselves into arguing with the usual whiners at public comments but this is minor in regard to the VISION they bring. Great letter by Councilman Mensinger. Now get ready for the complaints that he is "campaigning" by informing us of some facts. Of course, if he didn't respond, he would be accused of not listening! Wow. Just more whine and no solutions coming from cm4rg, an organization doomed to fail as did Return to Reason. The reason: no vision, just comfortable inaction.

6/27/2012 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous sting like a bee said...

Mike H. is a wimp apparently. He thinks Tamar got "beat up" by the pen of Mensinger? cm4lol Toughen up guys, this is a softball. Uncle Charlie will be coming at you in November. This is just a chestbump.

6/27/2012 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

As a matter of fact (and public record) "Mulva", Jim Righeimer stated from the dais in AT LEAST two public meetings that the motels might have to be sold at a loss! Careful when you accuse me of lying - that's your sides modus operandi!

And, of course, Mensinger IS campaigning with his not-so-great letter, just as he's been doing from the dais for a month or so.

6/27/2012 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Central Valley Farm Animals said...

We've been campaigning for Steve from up here and want him back! He can milk our friends just like he's been milking your city!

6/27/2012 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous mulva said...

Geoff, not accusing you of lying, just spin. Upon reading your article closer you did actually say you were "guessing" the motels would be sold at a loss and in your answer to my post said they "might" be sold at a loss. Still, that is taking a negative spin on something that is n ot fact. I just don't like "guessing and maybes" , too much of that coming from council critics. You say Mensinger "assailed" Tamar but that Tamar was just being "courteous" in her letter. more bias spin. it's your blog so spin away, I love reading it no matter how much you spin. all good stuff. Mike H talks tough but I agree with "bee", he is soft. This latest complaint of campaigning from the dais is absurd. If you demand to know what council is up to you must let them speak about it. Wendy never loses a chance at self promotion about her activities and Mensinger has a lot of good work to be proud of.

6/27/2012 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

mulva, not spin, facts! Righeimer said very clearly that the motels, once purchased by the city, would likely be sold at a loss. Just reporting what he said and assuming that he meant it.
Tamar WAS courteous - a fact.
I'm glad you read the blog and your comments are welcome here, but don't expect to post falsehoods without challenge.

6/27/2012 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Quit fibbing said...

The Pilot has since correct the buffoons errors.

More cops patrolling CM than ever before? Just another flat out bold faced lie!

6/27/2012 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous AYSO Dad said...

Love this piece. Mensinger speaks for a lot us in this City who are tired of the Tammar Goldman's and Wendy Leece's who yell at kids for baseballs on their lawns. They are not connected to this town or where we need to be. The usual weirdos will say we're not safe unless we pay our cops $250k per year and neglect our City. We've had it. Families are our future. Glad Mensinger gets it. Most of the City does also.

6/27/2012 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Priorities said...


Your statement below is patently absurd, asinine and makes YOU look like a dupe for organized labor.

In his final paragraph Mensinger tells us the council majority will "address the needs of all the residents, not just the wishes of organized labor." What he fails to tell you is that this council majority has focused on meeting the partisan political aspirations of the Orange County Republican Party as orchestrated by Scott Baugh and implemented by his pal, Righeimer. In this effort Mensinger has become a willing dupe - a term I don't use lightly."

Lets be clear - the City Council's loyalty and duty is to the 110,000 residents of Costa Mesa, not 500 Costa Mesa employees.

It does not matter who else champions ANY "partisan political agenda," what Righeimer is doing is what he was elected to do.

Furthermore - that "partisan political agenda" is the exact same as the one being championed by the Democratic Governor of California, the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, and the Democratic Public Defender in San Franscisco - among many others.

Mensinger's commentary, like it or not, reminds us that the interests of the 110,000 residents of Costa Mesa are paramount. We should do the best we can for the 500 employees but, as with nearly every other city, the time for employees demanding totally unsustainable pensions and benefits is over. The public safety associations have yet to figure that out and are hoping for a council change so they can resume "negotiating" for months and months resulting in small concessions with many strings attached with people like Weitzberg.

Ms. Goldmann's commentary, and the tired arguments and statements of Wendy Leece and others, assumes that prioritizing public safety equals paying public safety personnel whatever they want -regardless of sustainability and no questions asked. That is absurd. It doesn't matter who approved the 3%@50 or paying the employee's share - that was in the past, during much different and artificially inflated economic times.

Before 3@50, our pension payments were negligible. Now they threaten basic public services and solvency.

The council opponents are on message, all right, but their message makes sense only to them.

That message is clear - prioritze pensions over potholes. You tell me who really has the public's interest at heart?

6/27/2012 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Hidden Stevie said...

AYSO Dad said...
"Love this piece. Mensinger speaks for a lot us in this City who are tired of the Tammar Goldman's"

Pipe down there Biff Mensinger. We saw your poor grammar and spelling a mile away.

6/27/2012 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger CM Resident said...

@ Priorities:
What the CC doesn’t understand is that many residents DO want pension reform and they WOULD consider a Charter. However, Righeimer has proven time and again he is not to be trusted. Therefore, most that I know in city (and I’m not a Union member and neither are any of the people I’m referring to) will not support anything spearheaded by Righeimer (and that includes Mensinger, McCarthy, etc.)

The method and approach he’s leading for pension reform is resulting in NOTHING positive – and way too many wasted and hard earned RESIDENTS dollars on legal fees. Fighting for pension reform by bankrupting the city, increasing crime rates, etc. is NOT helping.

Righeimer and his wrecking crew have become lightening rods. We need a Council that CAN negotiate on our behalf.

6/27/2012 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Hotshots are heroes. said...

I have to wonder while watching those true firefighters in Colorado fighting a ranging inferno in 100+ degree heat, if our fire personal could do what they do. Those are the men and women who deserve a great salary and pension. Many of the crews are federal and state crews who don't nearly command salaries and pensions anything close to what fire personal do here in most cities and counties of California. They are the true firefighters and heroes.

6/27/2012 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Judy Lindsay said...

"the City Council's loyalty and duty is to the 110,000 residents of Costa Mesa" As soon as I stop laughing at this absurb statement I will write my thoughts. Wonder if the author has looked into the stats of age groups in this city. We love our youth, provide opportunites for our youth, sports fields, lightening, fathers who volunteer, Mom's who transport. But folks, our city also includes the Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles who through the years have gained wisdom and experience, and have survived the trauma's of life but ate totally being disrepected, frowned on, and made fun of. Lets not forget all generations in our city. Many have served their country and their children have given up their lives for each of us. Many have served this community to make it was it was before the current Men's hit squad stepped in. Except for Wendy, this council does not want to hear this majority, they have their own agenda and continue to destroy our city. Today's news, now they want to sue OCTA, how many salaries, or pot holes would those legal fees pay for.

6/27/2012 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

So they have internet now at the City Hall, huh? Stevie, wouldn't you be better served by staying off the internet, and getting something positive done, for a change?

6/27/2012 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous SQUAD51 said...

Hey "hotshots"... City firefighters here in OC have always responded in organised task forces to fight along side your hotshots when wildland fires threaten homes and developed areas.
Fires like Laguna, Yorba and Malibu are examples and some of the people you are putting down lost their lives fighting those fires so crawl back in your hole.

6/28/2012 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike M said...

Hey 'Hotshots,' what heroic acts have you performed lately? Tool...

6/28/2012 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous HB1 is unavailable said...

Funny it seems like every time the Huntington Beach helicopter is needed it is MIA. I am yet to see it actually show up to a call, on time, at the right location, and help. Instead, it is always unable to assist officers on the ground with too little too late. That helicopter is one big giant useless waste of money. Yes Steve, this was another wonderful "cost saving" measure you guys took up. Here is my question... how much has the property stolen, cars stolen, and suspects getting away (who are then able to go on committing crimes) cost us in real dollars? The answer will be considerably more than what was saved. A penny wise and a pound foolish... what is new...

6/28/2012 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Just Facts said...

Dear HB1, aka Cop Whiner,

Cops have plenty of facts. Instead of coming to this blog and complaining, why not get the cop leadership to present the facts to council.

I am a Council supporter. And I support the action to disable ABLE. However, if I were shown non emotional facts, then I would support a change.

Until then, back to the River for you. Don't come back until you change your attitude.

6/30/2012 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous lack of facts said...

Just facts:

I gave you all facts. No emotion. i'm sorry you are incapable of any analysis on your own. Typical of your kind.

6/30/2012 12:22:00 PM  

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