Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Of Sunshine and COIN

The City of Costa Mesa has, for the second consecutive year, been awarded the Sunny Award by the national nonprofit organization, Sunshine Review.  The full city press release is HERE.

This award honors the most transparent government websites in the nation.  According to the press release, Costa Mesa was only one of 22 cities nationwide to earn an A+.  Huntington Park also received a similar score.

Kudos to Communications Director Bill Lobdell and the rest of the folks at City Hall for this award.  I know a few of you question the value and contributions made in this achievement, but the city website IS MUCH BETTER than it was a couple years ago.  I don't know if they've yet achieved CEO Tom Hatch's charge to Lobdell when he hired him on a short consulting contract two years ago to turn Costa Mesa into the most transparent government in the country, but things have improved dramatically in many regards.  It's not perfect yet...

There is MUCH more information easily available on the website today than ever before.  That's a mixed blessing for some.

For example, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's COIN scheme has a page on the website, HERE, that includes many other links to informative pages.  The chart they recently included is helpful, but I still have concerns about how this process is going to work, and whether it will be an anchor to the negotiating process.  We'll find out soon enough because the contract for the General Employees expires the end of this month.

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Blogger Mike H. said...

The Sunshine Review is private sector member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Michael Barnhart, the president of the organization, represents the Sunshine Review on ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.

The Sunshine Review is listed as a partner organization of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation for its associate program.

The cornerstone of responsible government is verifiable facts.

3/13/2013 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Mike, I looked into as well and find it hard to believe that being recognized by a Koch Foundation is praiseworthy. Sounds more like be rewarded for conservative conformity. First clue was the number of red states.

3/13/2013 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Mike and Eileen- Thank you for the info.
Knowing this is coming from the Koch Foundation casts a new light on this award.

3/13/2013 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Seriously, is there anything less transparent than the Koch Bros. and their Super PACs? Not to mention that the other California city garnering an A+ was Huntington Park, a neighbor of Bell.

3/13/2013 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

However, if it wasn't for the transparency and posting the salaries of the CMPD on the website, we'd never have known what a liar Righeimer is.

3/13/2013 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Read today the Kochs might be trying to buy the LA Times (and Tribune Co)...then they can control the news!

3/13/2013 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Just wondering - Possibly, though it may have been to satisfy one of the requirements for the award. You have to admit the press release was way short of transparent.

3/13/2013 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous barb otch said...

truxton alf hermanos and mcniff are the source for TRUTH JUSTICE and the AMERICAN way. look to them for leadership, vision, and solutions for our problems. We have all seen their great contributions through the years to our city, such as uh, well, uh..... well said, huh sk?

3/14/2013 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Stay classy, barb... at least I use my name, coward. What have you done beside hide behind your stupid moniker? If you are a leader, pretty petty (and stupid, really) to come on here like you do, just to get a rise out of the likes of poor, dumb old me.

But since you asked, I will counter: what have you done besides post inane comments and insults? Tell us, as that might, literally, be revealing of your true identity.

I'm just a guy who grew up here, cares about his community, volunteers at school (I even keep my kids in town, not HB or other points), coaches youth sports, etc. I've been to enough council and commission meetings to know decisions are made before the meeting even starts, and I don't want to hang out with a bunch of clowns like that. Didn't join a frat in college because I had better things to do, and I don't want to join this one, that's for sure.

But maybe if you start sucking up to the likes of the Koch Brothers, instead of just the CM power elite, they'll let you run the Daily Pilot when they do buy Tribune Co. Fair and balanced, d-bag.

3/14/2013 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Froggy- seriously, your rants here are becoming more and more irrational.
Take a break- a long break, OK?

3/14/2013 03:34:00 PM  

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