Thursday, September 20, 2012

Small Crowd But New Converts

At a small gathering of mostly true believers Thursday night at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, city council candidates Sandra Genis, John Stephens and Harold Weitzberg listened intently to the questions about their views on important issues and answered every one crisply and with conviction.  You can read Mike Reicher's coverage from the Daily Pilot HERE.
Because the late cancellation of the Costa Mesa United Forum left a big hole in their schedules, the three candidates decided very late to hold a small, casual gathering and hoped to attract some new folks to their campaign.  Even though they didn't really advertise this event - I barely got my post about it up and running yesterday, they achieved those goals.

My count showed a maximum of 30 people in the lobby of the Community Center, of which a half-dozen acknowledged they had no affiliation with either the host organization, Costa Mesan For Responsible Government (CM4RG) or any of the individual candidates.  It was my impression that each of those people left feeling strongly that Stephens, Genis and Weitzberg should be considered solid candidates and will receive their support.

Questions posed to the candidates during the nearly two-hour meeting ranged from concerns about Banning Ranch, the 19th Street Bridge, the process used to have a diseased tree removed and Jim Righeimer's Charter.  It was interesting to see some folks I would have anticipated being strongly in the 3M camp attend this meeting and expressing admiration for the candidates and their positions on issues.

And, for the small size of the group, I was impressed with the number of checks being written to candidates.  I have no idea how much money was raised, but a lot of checks were written.

The group was even entertained by the ubiquitous Terry Koken, who strummed his guitar and his banjo and sang little folk ditties appropriate to the moment.
The candidates will now busy themselves by walking precincts, visiting coffees held on their behalf and preparing themselves for the final candidate forum on October 18th.  Earlier that week, on October 15th, Jim Righeimer and former council member and current Newport Mesa Unified School Board Trustee Katrina Foley will debate his charter scheme.  The candidates will also spend time replacing campaign signs that have been stolen throughout the city.  Both sides report very significant incidences of theft - signs into the hundreds have been snatched up and/or destroyed.  It's going to be an interesting six weeks...

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Anonymous roboto said...

was Sandy's outfit the one that she sadly wore at the malt shop when her fella took another to the dance? ahh, memories.

9/21/2012 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Oh, Roboto, you slay us all with your wit.

Since it's joke time, here's another one: I saw the headline in the DP about Feisty the Cow this morning and thought it was about Righeimer. Bada bing, bada boom!

Here's another one: the only thing dropping faster and farther down the polls than Mensinger's beloved Estancia football team is the Charter. Boom!

Thank you. I'll be performing all day.

9/21/2012 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Roboto: Does it look that way to you? Looks like a very nice yellot t-shirt to me.

What is your point?

9/21/2012 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Geoff, I spoke to someone who went last night, and they had good things to say. It looks like a nice time was had by all. And new converts to boot!

Thanks for reporting.

9/21/2012 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Gail said...

Geoff, the 3M's have been have been doing community coffees around Costa Mesa since the beginning of July. We went to one in Mesa Verde a few weeks back and there were about 30 residents there. They gave a great presentation and made a lot of converts, including my husband and I.

These guys seem a bit late to the party. Judging by the photos, your guys are not really connecting to the community.

Sorry, we're voting for the M's. We had yard signs but they got stolen.

9/21/2012 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

roboto wrote:
"was Sandy's outfit..."

No work again Jimmy? Did Mrs. leave on time for her job? Are Riggy's boots shiny clean yet? Did you drink last night?

9/21/2012 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Marty's a POS said...

Why is Marty writing silly propaganda posts as "Gail?" Stick to "Barry," and "Phil," and your usual racist rants, you sick weirdo. We all see through your Pseudo-Mensa amateurism. Whatever IQ points you may have had years ago are now just a brown glop..

9/21/2012 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

I guess my first attempt at insult humor to counter Roboto might have crossed the line regarding Feisty the Cow. But I'm taking another shot at my second joke:

What's sliding down the polls faster than the Estancia football team? Measure V!

Thank you, thank you very much. I'll be performing all day.

9/21/2012 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Like her campaign and the way she will govern, Sandy had an authentic, classic, and legitimate Estancia High sweater from her time there.

Don't serve up hanging breaking balls like that, Roboto... I'm just going to knock them out.

9/21/2012 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Gail, if you're sorry for voting for the 3Ms, then why do it? Just sayin'...

There are better choices!

9/21/2012 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Thanks Geoff for your report.
I'm glad more people are getting to hear Sandy, Harold and John.
Unlike the 3Ms, who are directly controlled by the OC GOP, the CM4RG candidates will work for us, the residents of Costa Mesa.

9/21/2012 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

"Gail",( Marty, can't you do better than that?)
You really made a spectacle of yourself at the last CC meeting Tuesday night. You showed yourself in your truest light- a shill for the council union,the 3Ms and the OC GOP, NOT representing the residents of Costa Mesa and our city.
Many now suspect you are on the take- we shall see.

9/21/2012 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

We who attended outnumbered the Scotch Tape (3M) dispensers by twenty to zero.

The Scotch Tape dispensers didn't show for fear they'd be booed again; I guess that's why they canceled the original forum.

They are invited to our forums, but I'd caution them to bring along a little courage...

9/21/2012 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Faye said...

So what can we do to get these 3 elected? I was on the fence but after the shenanigans that they are pulling on their Costa Mesa Taxpayer Facebook page, I am decided and committed to getting a good bunch on the dais who don't have ties to people like Grover Norquist.

9/21/2012 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Faye, you are absolutely correct. Its time for some "grown ups" on the council.

9/21/2012 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous bebe said...

listened intently to the questions about their views on important issues and answered every one crisply and with conviction. wow, spot on coverage. not stooges, baboons, trolls, puppets, bootlickers? what gives?

9/21/2012 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Wake up and smell the coffee said...

Sorry, this is off topic but it's really bugging me.

Dear Jim Fitzpatrick:
Just because you change your name from roboto, wyatt earp, lonely angry meet, etc. doesn’t mean you are fooling anyone. If you're trying to post incognito then you might want to lay off your favorite buzz words like no-bid trash guys, personal grudge, WWII, facts and data, haters, hope that’s okay, etc. The most hilarious give away is how you end each post by weaving in hearty praise for yourself and all the things you want credit for! Now you’ve even gone so far as to name yourself the shot caller? Dude, are you kidding me?! You really need to have your head examined if you think writing about yourself here will impress us. You’re a joke. Clearly, you do nothing but sit on this blog all day and night. How sad for your wife and kids that you are the laughing stock of the town. I have to say, it’s getting a little scary to watch how much you get off on being a psycho two-faced infernal conspirator and schemer. Maybe you should grow up and get over yourself.

P.S. I hope you don’t have a mental breakdown after you lose your Sanitary District seat. Just try not to think about how stupid you will look when Art Perry and Jim Ferryman win. Oh well, at least you have CM Taxpayers now. Fortunately for you, they don’t realize how much you’ll be bugging the crap out of all of them soon. Btw, kudos on finally getting that “president” title you’ve been coveting. I’m sure you won’t let THAT go to your head. Lol!

9/21/2012 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Thanks Wake Up: That has been long over due. Oh forgot the favorite Jimism: "What think?"

9/21/2012 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous I Concur said...

I agree with you Wake up and smell the coffee. It's pathetic how Fitzy is addicted to this blog. To quote another one of his favorite sayings..."too bad so sad" that he can't see himself the way we do. What’s worse is that he has no desire to be a man and get a full time job to support his family. His poor wife should wake up and kick his lazy butt to the curb. The good news is you reap what you sow and I'm sure he won't be in this game much longer. I heard the OC GOP is fed up with him too. He causes way too much trouble for them and is all but washed up.

9/21/2012 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous FYI said...


Wyatt Earp is a cop. You people obviously have an overactive imagination.

9/21/2012 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Found this on the CM Taxpayers website: its a crack up!

CMTax votes in new President Jim Fitzpatrick


3 people like this..

Ethan Temianka Congrats Jim, you will do a great job!

September 12 at 4:35pm..

Steve Deck Congrats Jim, thanks for being a fighter!

September 12 at 9:31pm..

Costa Mesa Taxpayers: Jim honored to have your mind and intellect as a spokesman for the average taxpayer.

September 12 at 10:33pm

9/21/2012 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous patti c. said...

oh how you all fall for the imbedded shiny objects: "personal grudge, facts can be friends, too bad so sad, what think, no bid trash". LOL, too easy.

9/21/2012 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

He's talking to himself now:

Costa Mesa Taxpayers: Jim honored to have your mind and intellect as a spokesman for the average taxpayer.

... and patting himself on the back. How pathetic.

9/22/2012 09:12:00 AM  

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