Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tom Egan Hits Them Where It Hurts

You Daily Pilot readers out there awakened yesterday and found a biting commentary penned by Tom Egan, long time Westside Costa Mesa activist and part of the very effective husband and wife tag team of Tom and Eleanor Egan.  You can read in it's entirety HERE.

Egan, who jokingly refers to himself of a "man of few words" and occasionally posts prescient comments here, provides the readers with a summary of his views of actions taken over the past couple years by the Costa Mesa City Council - the majority of which is still in control.  In this essay he surgically dissects the many, many missteps made by this council majority including preferential treatment by a favored lobbyist; the use of expensive but ineffective lawyers; questionable contracts for consultants and the ill-fated charter scheme that was eventually overwhelmingly defeated at the ballot box last November.

Lest you think the essay is just the ravings of some disgruntled gadfly, understand that Egan - a retired engineer - served our community as an elected trustee of the Newport Mesa Unified School District, and that he and his wife have been founding activists bent on improving the Westside of our city.  This tome is worth a read by ANY resident of this city, to remind them of what's been going on here lately.  I suspect there have been some angry conversations in Mesa Verde this weekend.

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Anonymous just curious said...

Tom Egan - isn't this the same guy that recommends shooting at crows to cause them to migrate to other neighborhoods in our city and save his own area from their impact?

He seems to be willing to suggest solutions to his own problems and just move them off to afflict someone else.

I wish he would take the long view on our problems – you know the big picture -- and not just shoot for the ones that fixes his personal situation.

3/10/2013 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

GW: "I suspect there have been some angry conversations in Mesa Verde this weekend."

Righeimer and friends were last seen heading south on Placentia toward the West Side:,_1812.jpg

3/10/2013 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

HC, was there a film crew spotted in the area?

3/10/2013 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Ron K. said...

just curious aka a certain race-obsessed blogger:
"Tom Egan - isn't this the same guy that recommends shooting at crows"

Unlike some people, they're apparently the only black beings he doesn't like..

The piece was spot on.
Thank the man.

3/10/2013 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Another attempt at hiding the truth: said...

@1-2 of 2:

Typical tactic- if you don't like the message, attack the messenger. I haven't read the article yet, but it must be good to already get this response.

3/10/2013 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous froggy lies said...

just some good laughs here inMesa Verde and the crow hunters diatribe. An easy rebuttalmand exposure of egan is coming.

3/10/2013 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Froggie, you can try to attack the author, but the facts, which are the important issue here, you will not be able to refute. Lies, trickery and cronyism have consequences...

3/10/2013 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

To: just curious - talk about missing the big picture! Mr. Egan must have struck a few nerves though for you to post such a feeble attempt at deflection. Especially at 3:47 AM.
To: History Channel - I don't really get the comparision to Napoleon, other than it seems insulting to Napoleon. Righeimer reminds me more of a constipated Jimmy Kimmel.

3/10/2013 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Pen Mightier Than the Football said...

froggy lies wrote:
"just some good laughs here inMesa Verde and the crow hunters diatribe. An easy rebuttalmand exposure of egan is coming."

Quick! Get Lobdell to write the rebuttal and put your name on it again. If only you had graduated.

3/10/2013 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

There have been a number of threats of exposure from the RIGmeister and his RIGheads on any number of topics and people and now this one against Tom Egan. We are still waiting for all your big bombshells that have never materialized, nor ever will!

3/10/2013 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Tom's commentary is excellent.
He nails the issues we have faced and are
facing in our city government with concise,
factual writing.
Oh yes, he ruffles a lot of feathers in the OC GOP
nest. None of his critics can dispute the facts he brought up. They can make up their own- but we know better.
Keep up the good work, Tom.
You and Eleanor are treasures!

3/10/2013 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

It is refreshing to read literate commentary that was well researched and steeped in the lessons of history (Tammany Hall). No wonder it is drawing so much ire. Facts can be so annoying.

3/10/2013 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

Eileen wrote:
"..I don't really get the comparision to Napoleon.."

Thanks for asking! :)

While Napoleon did a lot to help France, he also had many failures that cost the country much in lives and treasure. He and Riggy kinda look alike; the latter's ideas are also 1800s rather than 21st Century. Both fancied themselves "conquerers"; Napoleon, as would Riggy, had himself crowned emperor. Like Riggy, Napoleon used religion to further his political goals.

See if any of this reminds you of the last couple years in Costa Mesa:

Napoleon's Failures

*He was the main reason for chaos in Europe.

*He destroyed democratic institutions in France, and betrayed the people who supported him all over Europe because he convinced them he believed in democracy.

*His unnecessary wars so damaged the French economy that the French nearly starved in 1804.

*Despite his great abilities as a tactician, he was a moron when it came to strategy. His continental blockade backfired. He completely missed out on Sung Su's dictum that one should never get involved in a protracted war or it will sap your military and economic strength. His wars did nothing good for France. He began an invasion of Russia in June, which was too late to allow him to destroy the Russian army before the winter paralyzed his own army. Thanks to his wars, France gained no permanent territory, but lost her vast and wealthy Louisiana Territory.

*His invasion of Russian was a mistake and a disaster! He didn't count on the severity of the Russian winter, and he couldn't believe the Russian people would burn their own towns rather than let him capture them. It was that campaign that really ended his career. The Hundred Days campaign (ending in Waterloo) was simply an unsuccessful comeback attempt.

3/10/2013 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Tom Egan, who humorously calls himself a man of few words, is also a man of impeccable in-depth research. His words may be few, or many, but are always carefully chosen and appropriately applied. He has more than enough “chapter and verse” to back up anything he says. Very unlike our mayor and some of his associates who just make stuff up that they would like people to believe.

I was amazed at one of the most recent examples during the last Council Meeting when Jim unequivocally announced, (I quote Geoff West’s report from this blog) “that the Costa Mesa Police Department is the "highest paid" - a statement that rocked those of us who actually follow this stuff. Why? Because it's not true, and it represents his willingness to disregard facts and present fabrications from his lofty perch on the "big chair" that are politically self-serving.” Then Geoff went on to provide his readers with the true facts and numbers.

Why I appreciate Tom and Geoff so much is they don’t let the mis-leaders untruths go unchallenged, and they can always demonstrate the factual support for what they say.

3/10/2013 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous barb otch said...

robin, go for the bigger picture, not the minutia. you are being distracted by meaningless items and statements. get a vision. all u do is attack and/or weep for the past. move forward woman. egans piece is half lies and very partisan but who cares? he and it are meaningless.

3/11/2013 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous ricco crowe said...

when exactly did righeimer invade russia? tell us Tom

3/11/2013 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous step up ur game said...

i will wrap up the opposition side: frogs lost 2 of 3 council seats. scoreboard baby!

3/11/2013 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous bob otch said...

Robin, the queen of the untruth comments herein? gee Robin, look in the mirror. you misreport most things. you are a walking mistruth.

3/11/2013 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

The weird, infantile posts here continue with baseless attacks, threats and accusations.
Little Froggy needs to take a break so he can chair tonight's CM Planning Commission meeting.

3/11/2013 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

To barb otch

You say Tom's article is filled with lies; please elaborate and cite references.

You accuse Robin of living in past. Would you prefer she look at this week's agenda and guess the new lies? That could be a very fun drinking game.

3/11/2013 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

Troll ricco crowe said:
"when exactly did righeimer invade russia?"

Right around the time school officials gave your folks the bad news..

3/11/2013 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Missed Opps said...

Tell us again Geoff how upstanding and not in the pocket of the Costa Mesa City Council the Daily Pilot isn't?

Explain to me how it's possible that Tom Egan's excellent and riveting commentary with over 100 recommends and higher number of comments than other recently written pieces is not on their most viewed list.

They don't want this commentary on the radar or as easily accessible.

The local newspaper became just a rag a few years ago. The reporters are pathetic and have been for awhile now. Who is calling them shots there and what is their contact with the Righeimer, Baugh, Rorbacher cadre.

It's a shame because Costa Mesa has provided all the material for a journalist or reporter with any talent the opportunity to really make a name for him or herself.
Failed miserably has the Pilot and their revolving door of reporters. .

3/12/2013 09:17:00 AM  

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