Friday, August 10, 2012

For Your Viewing "Pleasure"

Just a short note to help you with your weekend viewing.

The replay of the Special Emergency City Council meeting on August 9th, described in my previous post, is available for viewing.

As is usually the case, you can watch it be streaming video HERE.

And, if you wish to watch it tonight and over the weekend you can view it on Costa Mesa Television, Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable or Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse.  The schedule for this weekend beginning tonight follows:

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Anonymous Sue Lester said...

Katrina had something important to say that people needed to hear and she didn't allow Mr. Bever to steam roll her or silence her before she was finished. Good for her. Thanks Katrina!

8/10/2012 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous half full said...

Thanks for the link. I was surprised at what I saw in that this was basically just a minor cleanup of language, there were hardly any speakers and those who did speak droned on and on about a very minor thing. Foley was entertaining though but better theatre would have been seeing her dragged out by the cops. Council voted the way Mr. Stephens asked them to so they listened to him! Righeimer listened too and asked pertinent questions to have items clarified by attorney and staff. Apparently those in the audience did not want to hear the clarifications. Of course if Mr. Righeimer had not asked questions then he would be accused of not listening. Looks like the charter is headed to victory if it makes it on the ballot but perhaps a lawsuit is forthcoming and then the council can be blamed for spending money on atttorneys. I too am a proud resident of CM and love my City, just see things a whole lot different than the complainers. Off with my head the "tolerant" ones will demand. I wish the whole city could see this tape and expose the complainers.

8/11/2012 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous might rain today said...

Good questions by audience and good answers by staff concerning bids. There seems to be no problem there unless we have crooked council members and then they can be prosecuted for steering contracts. But they are not automatically guilty. There are some crooks everywhere but scarce. In fact, the opponents sure seem to spend time thinking of ways to game the system. Bever correctly pointed this out, that they sure focus on cheating. Of course that got a chorus of boos from the same audience that accuses the councilmen. Maybe that can give them some perspective and make them think before accusing fine family men with a heart for CM of illegalities. Please present a vision and stop being the party of speculation of illegalities. It is really getting old. and no, i am not mensinger or fitz or colin. just a supporter. Hope that is still allowed in CM.

8/11/2012 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger valan2 said...

Seems as if some people were only half listening to what went on the other day. The important point they missed is that the changes in the ballot description were designed to hide the fact - the fact that was included in the Council's original approval of the description - that the charter would allow 3 Council members to uncap the limit on contracts and purchases that can be agreed to without competitive bidding (commonly referred to as "no-bid" contracts and purchases).

Even Steve Mensinger speculated that the opposing candidates, if elected, would mis-use the power. But, he still voted to hide the fact from voters.

Another missed point was the question of why the ballot description originally submitted to the Registrar of Voters was NOT the one the Council approved on July 31.

So many questions, so few answers. What's left but to speculate? Especially when there's a pattern of these kinds of activities.

8/11/2012 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Valan, trying to explain that to people goes right over their heads, as the two commenters above. Either that, or they don't care until it finally hits them. They are the quintessential "giraffe with its head in the ground".

Oh well, I don't think these two would have the sense to care one way or the other. They are council worshippers.

8/11/2012 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

It seems to me that charter provisions allowing no-bid contracts up to any amount the Council decides to set is a Very Big Deal. That is probably why the Councilmen wanted so badly to take it out. If the public knew about it, they would be more inclined to vote against the charter, rather than take a chance on the honesty and trustworthiness of this and all future Councils.

8/11/2012 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Beaver Pelts For Sale said...

The funny thing about the soon-to-be retired Mr. Bever telling Katrina that she would be escorted out of the chambers by the Sgt. At Arms, was that the Sgt. At Arms would have loved to have Katrina stay and have her moment, but would have given Katrina an at-aboy on the way out.

The appointed Mayor seems so big and tough when he warns people about the Sgt. At Arms, but he doesn't realize that these PD Officers are there because they have to, and are more on the side of the people getting up there to speak against these dumb ideas coming from the Council.

8/11/2012 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Eleanor is correct. There is absolutely no reason to have the ability to issue no bid contracts unless that is what they are going to do. This is how City of Bell got in trouble. And, we have reason to they've done it already.

8/12/2012 04:12:00 PM  

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