Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, we made it to another turkey day but I can't say the same for that little bird in my refrigerator.  For the first time in more than 3 decades my sweet, lovely and VERY patient wife and I will be home for Thanksgiving.  Yep, we're actually going to cook the smallest turkey we could find tomorrow and just relax and enjoy the holiday.  We hope you all do the same.

During the last city council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer sounded like he was offering up an olive branch.  He implied that he had seen the error of his ways over the past two years and wanted to take a mulligan and start over.  Well, in the spirit of the season, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt until he demonstrates, once again, that he is not to be trusted.

I just checked the Registrar of Voters site and it looks like the counting is finished.  At the top of the page it says "Official Cumulative Results".  None of the local numbers have changed since yesterday, so we'll just have to assume (dangerous practice) that what we saw yesterday is the final tally.  If the numbers do change later tonight I'll update you.  So, congratulations to Sandra Genis, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan for their victory.  And congratulations to John Stephens and Harold Weitzberg for running a clean, professional campaign.

I have many things for which I'm thankful again this year.  First, of course, is the woman who has been at my side for 45 years.  Without her love and support over all these years my life would have been much, much less enjoyable.  She, and our cadre of wonderful family and friends, make our lives full every day.

I'm thankful that my grandnephew, Nathan, made it back from his first deployment in Afghanistan this fall without physical injury.  I'm thankful for him and all the other young men and women who have volunteered to serve this country and do it proudly even though many back home feel this conflict is not worth the loss of any of our young folks.  This has a very familiar ring to it - that was the attitude many people had about MY war - the Vietnam conflict - more than a generation ago.

I'm thankful for all the employees of our fine city who have had to endure so much over the past two years.  Many have departed, but the more than 450 who remain continue to soldier on, working hard and completing their jobs that keep our city safe, secure and a wonderful place to live.
I'm thankful to the folks who formed Costa Mesans For Responsible Government to fight the good fight on our behalf to keep our city from being overrun by the barbarians.  Thanks to Robin Leffler and her merry band of hard-working folks for all they've done for this city.

I'm thankful for Wendy Leece for enduring the barbs, epithets and general disrespect and unpleasantness as the lone voice representing ALL the people of the city on the dais for the past two years.  Despite being outnumbered she held her ground and did her very best for us. 

And, finally, I'm thankful for all of you out there who read this blog.  Even though many of you don't agree with what you read here, you just keep coming back.  I appreciate every one of you for your interest and participation.  I don't always like the comments you write, but I try to post most of them to keep the debate spirited.  Those of you who attempt to post just plain nastiness have found out that they don't make the cut.  To the rest of you, please just keep those comments coming and try to enhance the discussion.

Back by popular demand, one of my favorite Thanksgiving video clips to put a smile on your faces.


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Anonymous Robin said...

A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to you Geoff!

Keep on stirrin'!

I'm wishing you and your wife a blessed , special day.

11/21/2012 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband, a city worker,and myself,a teacher, want to thank you for all of your hard work and support. Your blog is a joy to read and has helped us get through many difficult times. Have a wonderful holiday!

11/22/2012 07:11:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Happy Thanksgiving Geoff.....Hope you have a great Turkey "Coma" and an enjoyable football afternoon.

11/22/2012 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Ocpublicsquare said...

Thank you Geoff for sitting in the back row (unless someone takes your seat)until the council meetings end, sometimes past midnight. Thank you for recapping the meeting so Costa Mesans can get the whole truth and understand what is happening. Thank you for helping to Wake Up Costa Mesa! Thank you too for always appreciating our employees.
I am humbled and proud to sit up there and be a voice for residents. The insults, etc. don't bother me. But it has been a team effort to get to this point. This is the hill to die on so to speak, the cause of a lifetime--pushing back, speaking the truth, voting NO NO NO because it's WRONG WRONG WRONG.
Seeing you, Cindy, Robin, Eleanor and Tom, Tamar, Jay,Pam and Perry, Sandy, Greg, Helen, Jennifer and the CM4RG Family in the chambers and watching them speak up to the City Council week after week, has been a BIG encouragement to me to hang in there. We ALL have worked together to stop this charter and "welcome back Sandy" to the dais. (And keep Fred, Jim and Art on their boards too). John nearly made it too.
The friendships we have made through this ordeal are priceless and long lasting and would not have happened had we just given up and not tried to save our city from a takeover by outsiders who have the nerve to think they can cause a "revolution" in Costa Mesa for other US cities to model. Not here!
I have great hope for the future. We have drawn the line in the sand--that will do, no further. Don't mess with us. Costa Mesans are intelligent, strong willed and persistent and will not be bullied, coerced or decieved.
We need to wake up a few more souls and continue to speak to the Council majority on all issues for as long as it takes to "right size" our city the "right" way. God Bless Costa Mesa and every resident and thank God He gave us the strength to get this far. The best is yet to come. We will be a better city having gone through this.

11/22/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Thankful said...

On this day, I am thankful that Gary Monahan won the election.

11/22/2012 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous 5150 said...

wendy is delusional.

11/22/2012 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Geoff, you deserve a huge Thank You from all Costa Mesans for keeping us informed and encouraging our efforts to preserve and restore the Costa Mesa we love.

So -- Thank You, and may you always have lots to be thankful for!

11/22/2012 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thanks, Eleanor.. Right back at you... Happy Thanksgiving to you and the old fella...

11/22/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous George Zipp said...

I am very thankful for my family & friends, our servicemen/women, the Charter not passing and Eric Bever being termed-out. Happy Thanksgiving.

11/22/2012 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

To 5150 - you are just that, not mention a hater.
"Thankful" is the delusional one and a hater too.
Mona[I just want my insurance]SHAM is a gigantic major waste on our city council. (These are all just friendly facts.)

Thank you, Geoff, for always telling it like it is - and in such a well written venue.
Thank you, Wendy, for your perseverance and tenacity. And, most of all, thank you for listening to, representing, and fighting for CM and the citizens of our great city. (More friendly facts!)

And I just have to say that the Miltards dragging our city down (which include Miltard's friends/candidates that he endorsed this past election)) would be well advised to take their white trash bigotry/racism/misogyny back to the swampland and leave us and our city alone. Some day soon, I hope.

11/22/2012 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous 5150 said...

disgusted: "facts"? or fancies in your head? you sound like fuqua. make it up and it is a "fact".
Fact: ((certified) Gary won, Mensinger won. 2 out of three. Scoreboard !

11/23/2012 05:42:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Its true, we have much to be thankful for.

Thank you Wendy, for your post, that sums things up perfectly. Thank you Geoff for all your work and the enormous amount of time you put in to keep us in the loop.

I am thankful for a town full of people such as Wendy mentioned. Costa Mesa is a great place, and now, thankfully, will continue to be.

I'm looking forward to a new year of moving forward.

11/23/2012 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

5150: its a shame you have to be so nasty and negative this time of year. Maybe you could do something constructive with your time and feel better? Why don't you go try to sell some houses?

11/24/2012 07:36:00 AM  

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