Monday, October 08, 2012

Halecrest Chili Cook-Off and Bogus Signs

After my visits to the fire stations I headed on up to the Halecrest part of our community to take in the annual chili cook-of.  It was a perfect day for this event and a sizable crowd had gathered by the time I arrived.

There were plenty of tubs of chili bubbling on stoves, ready for the tasting.

There were more than enough politicians milling around, trying to convince folks that THEY were the ones to pick on November 6th.

This shot is of Costa Mesa City CEO Tom Hatch, a recent recruit as a judge for the chili, bracketed by Phil D'Agostino, principal of Costa Mesa High School and Kirk Bauermeister, principal of Estancia High School.  All were still buzzing about the fantastic Battle of the Bell game the previous night, where the Estancia Eagles squeaked out it's third straight victory over the Costa Mesa Mustangs.

When I arrived home I found what looked like an abandoned golf cart full of offensive political signs parked squarely in front of my house.  As I contemplated whether to call the police department to report an abandoned vehicle my friend, Planning Commissioner Rob Dickson, came wandering up.  Seems he was with the cart and had been attempting to convince my neighbors of the wisdom of electing 3Ms and passing Measure V.  We chatted and he showed me photos of his brand new baby boy when I turned and saw, much to my surprise, soon-to-be-defrocked Sanitary District Board Director Jim Fitzpatrick waddling toward the cart!  He was with Dickson.

JimmyFitzy just moved on past the cart and headed to the home of one of my neighbors - a wonderful gent of some 84 years who is suffering from early onset dementia.  Fitzy stood on his porch, chatting with my neighbor who eventually invited him into the house.  Shortly thereafter out comes JimmyFitzy with a big smirk on his face.  He retreated to the cart, retrieved a sign and placed it in my neighbors yard - facing directly across the street at my house.  I'm sure he felt quite smug about his coup - that's sure how the expression on his face looked as he and Dickson motored away.

This morning I spoke with my neighbor.  I asked him about the sign and he wondered where it had come from.  He didn't remember any conversation with JimmyFitzy and said he didn't like the sign in his yard.  I suggested that he remove it, which he did.  I was sure to steer clear of it, since I sure didn't want to be accused of removing or defacing signs. ;-)  Of course, I'm not surprised that JimmyFitzy apparently convinced my neighbor to place the sign in his yard - briefly.  It seems to me that the slate of 3Ms and Measure V might appeal to folks with dementia.

That dynamic duo were successful in having one more sign placed in my neighborhood.  I suspect that those folks will also reconsider once I explain to them how ill-advised it will be for them to vote for 3Ms and the Charter.  We'll see.  I'll report back on that later.

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Blogger just wondering... said...

Great shots of the cook off. Looks like everyone had a good time. Funny about your neighbor!

10/08/2012 05:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Only CM4RG said...

Geoff, we were wondering where you had to run off to when your wife called you. Now we know.

Some will accuse you of considering a call to police that would limit a person's free speach a bad act.

We know that we need work even harder to defeat these guys.

On Sunday I was out walking with fellow teachers. Where do these guys live. We can wall their neighborhood.

10/08/2012 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Colonoscopy said...

Word is that Mensy ate 3X the normal portion of chili and started "spouting" "new ideas" about the charter and his own "leadership."

10/08/2012 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous overinOctober said...

fitzy is not soon to be drfrocked. he will have won re election by the time this case could hit the court. Of course, it won't since Harper and Mathews will end the waste of ratepayer money being used by San District to sue Fitz for nothing more than a "personal grudge". Fitz is not on Planning Commission anymore, there is NO POSSIBLE conflict of interest. It is a Perry/Ferryman grudge. Facts can be friends. Perry/Ferryman stand a good chance of being defrocked themselves within a month due to this unwise lawsuit and refusal to bid out trash contract. Aren't you agaist "no bid" contracts? LOL. Perry/Ferryman could have cruised to victory w/o these issues. Stupid moves. Remember, Fitz took out Arlene Schafer last election so don't laugh off the possibility of Mathews/Harper winning. Arlene was a tougher foe and better director than those two. Will be close race.

10/08/2012 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous James Rivera said...

Geoff, what's your point regarding the sign story? Can you let us know what you had for breakfast too?

10/08/2012 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

1-They chose to park their rented cart full of offensive signs in front of my house.

2-Fitzy thought he had some kind of grand coup by convincing me neighbor - who's suffering from dementia - to place a sign in his lawn, which he faced toward my house.

3-Said sign is now gone, much to my delight.

10/08/2012 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Occupy West said...

That is hilarious. I bet if you talk to Fitzy he will tell you that Geoff West’s neighbors dislike him as much as Katrina Foley’s neighbors dislike Katrina.

I bet if you go back to the neighbor and ask him about Geoff West he will say that he does not remember Geoff telling him to take down the sign and that he dislikes Geoff so much that he wants the sign back up.

If anyone knows where Geoff lives watch and let us know if the other neighbor’s sign stays up. We can see that Geoff made a point to put the Union No on V sign in his pictures. We can also bet that Geoff West has the No on V sign that was produced by the UNIONS with the UNION Bug and the Unions paid for sponsorship.

What a loser of a guy.

10/08/2012 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Riggy Occupies Jimmy said...

I bet if you talk to Fitzy's neighbors they'll confirm that he's underemployed and that it's Mrs. Fitzy who keeps everything going.

10/08/2012 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Oh, please, please take that little poll - and report back the results. I suspect you'll find exactly the opposite is the case, unlike JimmyFitzy's neighbors, where one so detested living near him and his nosey interference in their lives that they actually moved because of it. Please conduct your poll of my neighbors... please.

10/08/2012 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Bushwood said...

What's the law say about golf carts on public streets or public sidewalks, especially not in the vicinity of a golf course?

10/08/2012 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Great photos, Geoff!
The Chili Cook-Off was a lot of fun.
I only sampled one chili that required me
to eat six saltine crackers ASAP to douse
the fire. It wasn't from our tables, either.
Billy's chili and the Triple Threat chili were great!

The sign story cracks me up.
My neighbors directly across the street have their
son in Pop Warner football. Mensy's, Colin's and Gary's signs stare back at me everyday. They have a couple of 'Yes on V' signs too.
I asked them if they read the charter- they haven't.
I suggested they read it before supporting it and they replied, " We support Steve". ( because of Pop Warner football)That's the only reason they had- sigh.
I am talking to the rest of my neighbors who ask me about my signs. Slowly but surely, we are making progress.

10/08/2012 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous honeyman said...

There are 3M/Yes on V signs all along the median on East 17th Street. Is that kosher? Can we post alternative siigns there as well?

10/08/2012 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

So who won the cookoff?

10/08/2012 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

How many entries were there for chili, and who won?

10/08/2012 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Geoff lives near me. I couldn't ask for a better neighbor. That should start the poll for you.

10/08/2012 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Just wondering,
The answers to your question about the cook-off are here:,0,497574.story

10/08/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

No, they are not legal and no, don't put opposition signs up to counter them. They just demonstrate how little regard the 3Ms and those in favor of the charter have for rules.

The City has hired a contractor to remove inproperly placed signs. He's screwed up a couple times, but his job is to remove the offending signs.

10/08/2012 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

I was laughing today because the closer I got to Fitzy's street the more No on "V" signs I saw,...and yes I am sure there is a direct correlation.

10/08/2012 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

Bushwood...any golf cart operating on a public sidewalk or street is subject to the same laws as a regular motor vehicle, ie, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, license plates issued by the DMV, stop at stop signs/traffic signals, speeding, etc.

10/08/2012 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Bushwood said...

I would hope that any person that is out campaigning for the 3 morons would be doing so in a lawfull way, i.e. driving a properly licensed golf cart around neighborhoods.

10/09/2012 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Old Cop said...

Technically, under the Ca. veh. Code, that is a low speed motorized vehicle, not a golf cart. As defined in the code, a golf cart has seating for two people, with a provision to hold golf bags on the rear of the cart. The vehicle in the picture has seating in the rear and thus does not qualify as a golf cart. It is therefore required to have: lights, registration, seat belts, and of course insurance.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this vehicle is not in compliance. It has of course been seen all over with Mensinger, Fitz et al operating it. So what's that say about the "union thug" cops? Surely they know its a violation, but they choose to let it go. If they were to be cited (rightfully so), there would be a press conference and it would be "stink eye" 2012.

So the question now is, will they continue to operate it?

10/09/2012 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Cartgate Solved said...

Cartgate is alive and well in Costa Mesa. Actually, we compare this to the same lunatic fringe making arguments against the Charter. They state moronic inflammatory rants as if they were fact. It is obvious that the cops commenting here are not detectives. And obviously those that challenge this cart and the riders are as kooky as when these same people challenge the Charter.

With the same investigative eyes looked at the latest City employee compensation report, we also took a look at the cart picture.

Here is what we see on the employee compensation report so you can test our powers of observation. We see Fireman Kershaw @ $346,167.60 , then Diamond, Dominic and Noceti down to $ 283,752,79 rounding out the Fireman with Gogerty the top earning cop @ $279,011.76. Outrageous with our eyes. The only eyes that looks good to are the recipients and UNION bosses.

Now let’s carefully study the Cartgate picture. We had it blown up where one can see that it is lawfully parked. Let’s look to see if it has a license plate? CHECK. Seatbelts? CHECK. Lights on the front? Check. With those facts we then assume that thing on the steering column is the turn signal. CHECK.
Conclusion. That thing is parked like a duck. Seat belted like a duck. Licensed like a duck. Cartgate is no more. That is a legal duck.

But don’t go away disappointed all you Haters. Whoever’s house that is has a sign in the corner. The CM4RG Charter signs are shorter and wider, like Weitzberg. That is not a CM4RG Charter sign. Well if it is not a CM4RG sign, then we ask the Colmbo question of who’s sign is it? Who paid to have that sign made? After good ole gumshoe investigations we have determined that it is in fact a UNION sign. That’s right folks, the UNIONS bought and paid for that sign. Even has the UNION bug printed right on it. That is how UNION supporters like Stephens and Genis do it. They also buy from UNION print shops.

There can be only one conclusion drawn. Whoever owns that house is a UNION lover! Why else have a UNION sign? News at 11.

10/09/2012 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Signs of the Times said...

Just wanted to give a shout out to my 420 bro Greg Ridge. Me and the misses was just talkin about how we could figure out where all them cops, firemen and school teachers live in our neighborhood. No we know. Just look for the UNION signs. That will tell us. Thanks. I owe you one. Your misses must have you one the short leash. Don’t see you round these parts much no more.

10/09/2012 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous multicarts said...

Ridge a 420 bro? that explains it!! all this time i thought it was a handicap or mental disorder.
we have a second cart coming from a business that doesn'tneed it in weekends. will be in del mar area by Foleys, just a few MILES from where she sends her kid to school. many homeowners here use illegal carts on weekends. come chech em all out. ours is legal.

10/09/2012 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Hopless Bromantic said...

@ cartgate solved--thanks for all that useless info, hope it didn't take too much time away from your romantic glances with puppy dog eyes at the big old picture of Riggy above your fireplace.

10/10/2012 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Taxpayer said...

Re: Fitzy

I haven't seen such a clueless person, with a deer-in-the-headlights mentality since Jim Fisler.

Who could forget years ago when Fisler ran for city council--- ouch last place. Fisler would just blab about things outside his intelligence level just as Fitzy does. Fitzy suffers from the same demented state as Fisler which is they think people care what they have to say. Fitzy and Fisler, ha, sounds like a gay revue in San Francisco.

10/10/2012 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Referral said...

We actually like Valerie, but sent two listings to another agency because of Fisler's sell-out.

You're either pro-Napoleon Righeimer, or pro-Costa Mesa.

10/11/2012 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Refer This said...

Referral, nice try my angry friend. Who are you going to refer to, Larry Weichman? Sorry, he is a supporter of this group and Measure V. He wrote a letter to the editor in support of McCarthy.

So let us just say that you did what you said you did. Dumb decision to give it to bottom feeders. Torelli & Weichman are the leaders. Like it or lump it. Your decision is either fabricated or a bad one. Just like you referring your friends to some lame challenge to Measure V. Oh, we are all going to die with Measure V. The big bad council can make contracts not to go out to bid below $10 million dollars.

I hope you are not my friend or even a friend of my friends. Who needs friends like you?

10/11/2012 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Referral said...

"I hope you are not my friend or even a friend of my friends. Who needs friends like you?"

Oh Colon, time to go get coffee for the partners! bahaha!

10/11/2012 12:57:00 PM  

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