Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Costa Mesa Crime Up!

In an article by Eric Hartley in the Orange County Register, HERE (if you subscribe), we are advised that the crime statistics released by the FBI on June 3rd indicate that Costa Mesa had huge increases in property crime during the 2012 year.  Hartley indicates that members of the Costa Mesa Police Department think the double-digit increase may be linked to the state prison "realignment" program.

According to the article, property crime - burglary, larceny/theft, vehicle theft and arson - saw increases for the 2012 year of 15%.

By contrast, Hartley reports that Newport Beach property crime decreased more than 3% during the same period, and violent crimes remained level with the previous year.  I'll leave it to you to glean the other relevant data from Hartley's article.

Actually, rising crime in our city comes as no surprise to me.  We'd heard about those numbers and reported on them before.  The previous and current city councils gutted the Costa Mesa Police Department, including the dissolution of the A.B.L.E. AirBorne Law Enforcement Program - the 40-year-old prototype for all municipal airborne law enforcement programs throughout the country.  Despite the best advice from their own consultants paid to assess the CMPD operations and input from then-interim Police Chief Steve Staveley - a man with more than four decades of law enforcement leadership under his belt and renowned in law enforcement leadership circles throughout Southern California - the councils chose to arbitrarily reduce the authorized staffing levels by more than 20%.

Those cuts resulted in significant hours of overtime by the CMPD to keep our streets safe, for which the council strongly criticized them.

Finally, under the leadership of new chief Tom Gazsi and some very hard work by members of the command staff and their troops on the ground, the CMPD has begun to nibble away at the staffing deficiencies, but is still very far from the previous high water mark of 164 sworn officers and even the recommended staffing levels by the consultants and Staveley of 136 - 144.

With a new budget staring us in the face - there's a budget study session scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th - it will be interesting to see if the current city council takes these new FBI numbers into account as they prepare to finalize spending priorities for the next twelve months.  Don't be surprised if they vote for filling potholes instead of fighting crime.

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Anonymous down by the river said...

thanks for the early morning laugh: Stavely ! LOL epic meltdown, will never work in this town again.

6/04/2013 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Just the Facts.. said...

Of course crime is up. As political payback, Riggy had ABLE disbanded and allowed CMPD sworn to decrease.

He has to prove to the Lincoln Club and Fashion Island that he will push the extremist agenda and that he deserves to be promoted.

6/04/2013 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous James Rivera said...

Very good, Crazy Talk.

6/04/2013 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous WHAT! said...

Crazy Talk.... What you say is just that.
CM and NB did not "both" remove the expense of ABLE.
Riggy forced CM to bail, and Santa Ana needing to have a ongoing air support contract, was forced to go with the OCSD. That put the entire cost of supporting ABLE on Newport and due to the fact that they were spending a $150 mil on their new civic palace, decided to go with what you call the "more cost effective option".
That option lets them tell the tax payers that they still have that service when in fact it is now "as needed" instead of proactive. What that really means is the helicopter generally shows up at reported crime in progress calls some time after the patrol officers have arrived. With ABLE it was the other way around, which was the whole point of having that resource.
While HB may be cheaper than ABLE, cheap and cost effective are two different things.

6/04/2013 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Grow up, BC said...

These numbers correspond with realignment, which is what CMPD states as well. We have an overconcentration of motels which house this population - Newport does not.

Grow up, think for yourself, and stop with the crap. A.B.L.E. was a shadow of its former self, up for a fraction of each day and hardly a deterrent to these types of proerty crimes. It was an expensive luxury which we could no longer afford.

6/04/2013 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous CMPD wrong according to BC said...

"Costa Mesa police said they suspect, but are not sure, the city's 15 percent increase is linked to the state's prison "realignment" program, which shifted responsibility for some lower-level offenders from the state to counties."

Hey CMPD folks reading and posting here, West doesn't trust or believe you. He knows better.

6/04/2013 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous CM Motel Children Are People Too said...

Fortunately, Newps doesn't have the prevalent "nuisance" motels that have secured very lucrative State of CA Parole Board contracts that pay all these unscrupulous CM Motel Owners to house their "Mandated Parolees" which btw only pays for a very short stay then abruptly cuts them off.

So, then these jobless opportunists openly roam our pot-hole free streets stealing whatever they can get their filthy hands on, as well as, habitually utilizing all the CM charitable organizations "freebies" within a short walking distance which only anchors them to our once-safe city. And only encourages them to stick around and commit more crimes.

FYI: The City of Cypress recently passed a very strict "Sex Offender Ordinance" in March 2012. Could Riggy please ask City Atty. Duarte to "cut and paste" Ordinance No. 1132 ? Just so we could at least protect our voiceless & vulnerable CM Motel Children from these prolific pedophiles temporarily "residing" in our "nuisance" motels. Who knows? Maybe, the City's crime rate will even decrease, instead of continuing to significantly increase every year!

6/04/2013 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Wabbit George said...

As a citizen, I am OUTRAGED. Righeimer needs to go and so do his pals on the coucil. This is what happens when you cut police as payback for their towing around a trailer with your fat face.

Campaign is over. Protect our streets!

6/04/2013 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Plybook still being played. said...

Wabbit George,

Citizen? Doubtful. More like a follower of the playbook.


6/04/2013 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Stavely is my hero. Honest, and prophetic. course he had the luxury of not needing the job, so he didn't have to beat around the bush. The second-best chief we've ever had, he did a dang fine job, and turns out everything he said was spot on.

6/05/2013 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Stavely is the man! said...


You are 1000% right on. Stavely did what any one of the employees would do if they didnt need the money. He put pigslimer in his place and did what any professional would do. Leave the sinking ship being ran by chest bumpers and diet coke receipt keepers who play fast and loose with the law and cares nothing about anything else besides their political careers.

6/05/2013 05:31:00 PM  

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