Monday, June 24, 2013

The Packed Week Ahead (Amended)**

Last week I mentioned that this week was going to be packed with important meetings.  Well, it begins today.  Here's the current roster of meetings scheduled in the City of Costa Mesa this week.

Planning Commission Meeting
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission, led by the "dynamic" chairman, Jim Fitzpatrick (shown here at the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Picnic Sunday) will meet this evening in City Council chambers beginning at 6:00 for its final meeting of the month.  You can find the full agenda report HERE.  You can also watch it live on CMTV, Channel 3 on Time Warner Cable or Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse.  It will also be taped for later viewing.  Although the agenda appears to be a little thin, there are a couple issues that should get your attention.

Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the plan to construct an 8-unit, two-story detached single-family residential development in the 2500 block of Santa Ana Avenue.  As is sometimes the case, this project requires at least 10 variances and/or other modifications or deviations from our standards.

Public Hearing #2, HERE, is the proposed development of almost 12 acres on the Fairview Developmental Center site next to the golf course that will require changing the zoning from Public/Institutional to High Density Residential.  The plans call for a 242-unit residential development that will be 100% "affordable" units.

Public Hearing #3, HERE, is the Proposed 2013-2014 Housing Element Update to the 2000 General Plan.  Some might consider this to be pretty dry reading, but it sets the plan for how our city may grow over the next several years.

Finance Advisory Committee
This committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1A at City Hall.  The agenda for that meeting is HERE.  According to that agenda the committee will discuss the recently-passed 2013-2014 municipal budget and, under New Business, will discuss a Business License Tax Information/Study; PERS Prepay and other Revenue Sources.  Their next meeting will be scheduled for July 30th.  These meetings are not televised nor recorded for later viewing, so if you want to know what they're up to you have to hunker down in the cheap seats in Conference Room 1A and watch.

Pension Oversight Committee
This group will meet in Conference Room 1A beginning at 4:30 p.m.  The agenda is HERE.  Perhaps the most interesting item on that agenda is part 2 of Rick Kapko's Municipal Bankruptcy presentation.  Again, this meeting is not televised nor recorded, so you have to show up to know what they're up to.

Charter Committee 
This new committee will hold its first meeting beginning Wednesday at 6:00 at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), adjacent to the Police Department Headquarters.  The agenda can be viewed HERE.  This one is going to be VERY interesting.  It should set the tone for how this process is going to play out and give us a good idea just how much influence facilitators Kirk Bauermeister and Mike Decker will have over the agenda.  I have no idea how long this meeting might last, but the agenda certainly is provocative.  And, unfortunately, this meeting also will NOT be televised nor recorded.  If you want to know what's going on you'll just have to do what I'm going to do - find a seat at the EOC and watch.

Parks and Recreation Commission 
The Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission will meet again beginning at 6:00 in City Council chambers.  No agenda is yet available for this meeting, but I'll post it when it becomes available.  It will be televised live and recorded on tape for later viewing.  I suspect it might include a discussion of the recent walkabout at Fairview Park by the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee last Saturday.  We'll see. The agenda for this meeting was posted after noon Monday.  You can read it HERE.  Interesting items include lights on the fields at Harper School, HERE, and the renewal of the permit for the Orange County Model Engineers at Fairview Park, HERE.

60th Anniversary Celebration
As I told you in an earlier post, the City of Costa Mesa will kick-off the celebration of its 60th anniversary with a three-day event at City Hall.  Fair Drive will be closed from Newport Boulevard to Fairview Avenue, there will be numerous bands and lots of family-friendly activities.  Heck, you can even chime in on the General Plan Update at a booth featuring Snoopy, if you like.  The schedule of events is HERE; the list of street closures is HERE; the map of the venue is HERE and the web site with much more information is HERE.  Y'all come...

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Anonymous Abe said...

What are the odds that this gang of bootlickers on the planning commission won't give all the developers everything they want?

Isn't that why they were seated?

Costa Mesa:
Government of the developer, by the developer, for the developer.

6/24/2013 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Proud PC Supporter said...

Hey Geoff,

Are you now a stalker? Taking a photo of Fitzpatrick in a playground probably watching his kids is a little creepy. Why don’t you stick to your usual “Shrek” photo instead? At least that one has no innocent little girls in the background.

6/24/2013 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

As a matter of fact, as a guest at the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Group picnic yesterday, at their request I took lots of photos for them - including many of young children. You may see some of them posted on their web site.

I actually thought that photo of Fitzy, looking for a friendly face, was appropriate. Thought the caption in the sign was appropriate, too. Thanks for writing.

Oh, yes... I'll continue to use the Shrek image, too. Glad you like it.

6/24/2013 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Rev. John said...

@Proud PC Supporter,
I had the same initial response as you did. Don't worry, Geoff thinks all his cyber bullying won't ever catch up to him.

6/24/2013 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Playground Pat said...

I think the picture of Fitzy is both appropriate and funny.

Appropriate because as Geoff stated he was invited to take pictures and everybody is fair game especially a low level member of the Planning Commision.

Funny because it seems Fitzy's mental capacity falls within the age perameters of 5-12 and his adult supervision(his handler) Riggy must have been near.

6/24/2013 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous George Ponzini said...

"Geoff thinks all his cyber bullying won't ever catch up to him."

Cyber bully:

Anyone in Costa Mesa who won't obey the Developer.

Real bully:


6/24/2013 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Golf Carts R 4 Golf said...

@ Proud But Dumb PC Supprter-- you nailed that one on the head, "probably watching his kids", just like he probably didn't make his kids wear seat belts when he took his propaganda golf cart out for a spin on the busy and crowded East side streets.

6/24/2013 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Discovery Channel said...

Dear Rig-clones,

Nice try attempting to make West the bad guy, but you failed again.

Fitzpatrick is a public figure and a well-known puppet for developer interests. It is proper to publish his photo. Citizens need to know what he's up to.

6/24/2013 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous giving alf fitz said...

I love the PC!

6/24/2013 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Pround PC Supporter said...

West Clones, Union Thugs and General Purpose Haters, all your sucking up to West is quite nauseating. You make us “bootlickers” look good.

Discovery Channel said: “…citizens need to know what he’s up to”. Looks like he is at the park with his kids. Duh!!

West, you are really ill in need of some help. You can’t even allow this man a little time to spend with his little girls without being stalked. Why not choose some nice picnic photos instead? Always having to make your point of how much you dislike him? Give it a rest for a day. You are most pathetic. Sad thing is you really get off on this attention.

6/24/2013 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous CM Pessimist said...

Between this latest blog entry, and the one related to the Sanitation District's transparency award, anything related to Fitzpatrick certainly seems to generate a lot of comments. I am not really sure if that is good, or bad.

Since most of these remarks have centered on Fitzpatrick's photo, I find I must weigh in as well. I would say I am partial to Fitzy's photo on CMTA's home page. Although, his bio needs to be updated. It still proclaims that he is a member of the San. Board. Well, we all know that is no longer true. Seeing how he was railroaded and out-maneuvered by his former, fellow, board members and forced to resign. I guess that just goes to show how relevant and up-to-date CMTA's website is.

6/24/2013 09:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Huge fan said...

Rob R, loved your posts to Geoff’s San Board article, specially your defense of the beloved Chairman. Gotta love the PC, right? .

Rob R = robber: I get it, funny guy! Awesome reference to the robber baron era. Variances for sale? We got 'em! GP amendments, 2 for the price of one! Hurry Hurry Hurry! Step right up and get your little slice of Costa Mesa while it lasts! Limited supply, easy terms. Buy now, pay later….2014….or slip a little into Honored Chairman’s private retirement fund…remember who loves ya, baby.

6/24/2013 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous do tell, do tell, did u hear that........ said...

bootlicker, troll, colon, messy, pigheimer, corruption, kickbacks, donations, shrek, puppets, sycophants, minions....
Thanks, I have learned so much here. That is, basically, there are a LOT of jealous complainers who have no evidence of anything and spend their days coming up with insults. pathetic, sad actually. at least I know bb's get rid of crows, seat belts are required on golf carts and frogs cause warts. This is truly an alternate universe here. losers, complainers, fear of change, and basic lyers leading apparently miserable lives because someone else is successful.

6/25/2013 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Plumbing Development said...

"basic lyers leading apparently miserable lives because someone else is successful."

Hey Mabel! Bring some of that basic lye here to the bathroom- the bowl is stopped up again and I wanna get it to flush.

Bye bye Riggy and minions!

6/25/2013 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

"bootlicker, troll, colon, messy, pigheimer, corruption, kickbacks, donations, shrek, puppets, sycophants, minions...."

"Know thyself."
-Socrates (469-399 BC)

6/25/2013 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Mesa Mom said...

@Proud but moronic PC Supporter

What a disgusting post. Those who make comments and accuse others of such are more than likely guilty of the actions they accuse others of. It's a shame that's where your mind went. The choice of words you chose to describe the girls sends a flag...

Would be interesting to see what's on your hard drive.

6/25/2013 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous MV said...


6/25/2013 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous shame on you said...

We stand with Halle Berry and seek to rid our city of individuals like this blogger who stalk individuals and allow comments about family and kids.

Sad state of affairs when this is allowed.

Very disruptive at meetings to see and hear flash going off. How inconsiderate is this behavior?

6/25/2013 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Proud PC Supporter said...

@Mesa Mom (yeah right),

How would like someone to take your photo and post in on a website, a website that historically is out to destroy you? I call that stalking. Don’t like that word, pick your own. Fitzpatrick was out enjoying that day with his family, you being a Mom (right) can at least understand everyone is entitled to live their lives free of intimidation. You apparently have a blind allegiance to this blogger who is using you to post his venom.

Ask yourself why he allows such negative posts about himself coming from me? Is it to provide a fair and balanced debate on the topic or some perverse desire for verbal abuse?

6/25/2013 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Flashdance said...

We stand with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and freedom of the press, even if it's through a blog.

There's no comparison between movie people/paparazzi and elected/appointed government officials.

Nice try though. Assure the Developer you'll try harder tomorrow.

6/25/2013 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

So, let's get this straight... Proud PC Supporter is actually complaining because I post his comments criticizing me? Curious. I wonder where else you might get such inane comments posted...

As to the photos, as I said before, the hosts of the picnic specifically asked me to take photos of the event, which they will use on their web site. The fact that you don't like that photo of Fitzy is irrelevant. And, oh, yes - there are no identifiable children in that photo.

As to the photos taken at meetings - get over it! It's perfectly acceptable - and legal - for anyone to do so. You're just looking for something to gripe about.. and it makes you look like a fool by doing so. I'll continue to give you the chance to show that side of yourself... makes me smile.

6/25/2013 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Rev. John said...

Mesa Mom,

You are really stretching it.
Bullying is wrong. You know that.

6/25/2013 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Mesa Dad said...

@Shame on you,

Good article. A Quote- "It's what journalists do, .. they take pictures."

Mr. West is not a journalist. He is a Bully.

6/25/2013 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous MV said...

If Geoff West is a 'bully,' that would seem to imply those he's 'bullying' see him as some sort of a threat. Taking pictures and writing about other grownups hardly falls into bullying in my book, but that's just how I roll.

Now, chest bumping... that's anothe story.

Keep up the good work, Cauldron

6/25/2013 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Mesa Dad said...


Let me get this straight. A single incident of alleged chest bumping that occurred several years ago somehow compares to a daily regimen of cyber bullying by one man against a group of city officials.

Sorry, it does not work. Try something else.

6/25/2013 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous 42 ghetto bird said...

@moronic camp pigslimer supporters

its hilarious to see you guys on here. if it werent for the cauldron, none of us wouldve known about bagger diet coke receipt bearer and his sidekick chestbumper who not only chest bump teachers but also flashes wanna-be sheriff badges at airports.

Theres no defending the scumbag councilmen we have on council.

Shame on all of you camp piggy supporters.

6/25/2013 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Bully Tracker said...

"A single incident of alleged chest bumping that occurred several years ago"

The subject is Mensy of course.

Not a "single incident," and,
coupled with bullying an airline baggage clerk and allegedly flashing a phony badge, there's a pattern.

Not to mention that the person "chest-bumped" was a local school teacher and Bumper here was a high school parent.

People like this have no place on the city council or in any elected capacity.

6/25/2013 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous MV said...

Ooooh no, cyberbullying... really? Did somebody post naked pics of Mensy passed out on the couch with his hand in a bowl of hot water? Geez, that's absolutely pathetic, Mesa Dad. You can do better than that.

If those in elected office and their appointed cronies don't have thick enough skin to handle Geoff's little blog here and the commentary that follows, maybe they should just go back into the development biz. Seems to be developers are doing quite well again here in Costa Mesa, so they might wanna strike while the iron's hot.

Or better yet, stop reading it if it gets their panties into such a tight wad.

6/25/2013 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Quality of councilman said...

So camp piggys word of the day is bully...

So chest bumping teachers and yelling at a poor airline enployee while flashing a badge...thats not only bullying but a battery against a teacher. The badge flash incident borders on an assault under the color of authority had he chest bumped her.

This is the quality of person we have as a city councilmen soon to be mayor.

6/25/2013 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Fearless Leader said...


To: All Sycophants
From: The Newport Bosses
Re: Use of "Bully" label
Against G. West

Stop. You're just calling attention to the real bully in town- Stevie. Next they'll be bringing up his time at Arnel again..

6/25/2013 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Rev. John said...

Such despicable behavior by a bunch of children, all of you should be ashamed of yourselves, carrying on this way. The Lord is watching each one of you. Mr. West, you are just as guilty by enabling this unChristian-like behavior. You should shut down this blog or at least require everyone to identify themselves.

Matthew 12:36
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.

6/25/2013 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Jesus Christ himself said...

Rev. John, what are you doing in here trying to convince people you are a man of intelligence? I've told you about that before....

6/25/2013 06:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

I thought the reason you posted that picture of Fitzpatrick was cause he ( or the person who writes about him here, but is not him, of course) complained about the unnatracitve photo you usually show, the one where he looks drunk and goofy. This is a nice photo, very attractive, and he's looking well. I guess he's so focused on the negatives he can't see a positive. What a whiner, poor guy. Whoever he is.

6/25/2013 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Thou art ignant said...

@"Rev John" (yeah right) about as real of a rev as the diet coke receipt from a buddys bar!

Perhaps you should be praying for the souls of the scumbag councilmen on the council who many believe have the blood of Huy Pham on their hands due to their reckless actions.

Hiding under the guise of Christianity doesn't impress anyone here.

Christians have been screwing over Christians for centuries.

Shame on camp piggy!

6/25/2013 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike 1 said...

Thanks for identifying yourself, James. That narrows your identity down to only a few million people. What cojones you have, your boldness astounds!

6/25/2013 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Enter real name here said...

It sounds like certain facts about this council has camp riggy mad today. Thanks for the link to Messy doggys airport story. Typical chestbumper attitude.

Its funny to see camp piggy cry "bully" over some posts when their own mayor pro tem is an actual bully. Really? Yelling at a female employee over lost luggage? And then flash a badge to further intimidate? Then years later we hear he chest bumped a school teacher. Are we surpised folks?

6/25/2013 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous MJ said...

Just finished reading the article about Mensinger:

I'm shocked but it explains so much. I didn't want to believe he would fight with a teacher but after reading about his actions really opens my eyes about who he is.

A civilian volunteer, like the senior volunteers are not police officers yet he identified himself as a sheriff. I'm shocked he made it on the council. We need to screen our council candidates a little better. It seems that having good character isn't a requirenent to be a councilman.

6/25/2013 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Kwahlf said...

I must admit, this is getting a bit out of hand but I must agree with the Reverend. We all need to start behaving ourselves and I believe requiring Facebook logins would be a step in the right direction.

6/25/2013 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...


The posts in this thread are a bit extreme, but so is what Costa Mesa has been experiencing in the last couple of years.

These issues need to be discussed. This blog gives a special voice to people that we don't see in the OCR or DP. Geoff West persists, despite being attacked on a daily basis for speaking the truth.

Thanks Geoff.

6/26/2013 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

The CMTAX Fanatics have posted pictures of me in a park...with my friends and family.

I'm not an elected official or have any sort of official capacity. I'm just a private citizen.

Still they posted my picture and said derogatory things about me.

Mensy publicly accused me of committing crimes, while conveniently destroying any and all evidence that could be used to exonerate me and find the REAL culprit.

Does anyone remember large red "P"s being painted a certain woman's campaign signs?

Me thinks you Council supporters doth protest much...

over 40 comments , quickly degenerating into a mud fest of which I completely forgot what the original issue was about.....this always happens when Fitzy gets mentioned.

Accusing Geoff West of being a "bully" for having an opinion is the Kettle calling the Pot black.....

6/26/2013 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous FYI said...

For those who think Geoff is a bully, you don't know how he has actually protected the "other side", by not posting comments that relate to their family, or their "sensitive" issues. He really does put a cap on it.

However, if anyone knows how to use the OC Superior Court website, and google our favorite neanderthal, you will see that the fake badge isn't all he's been flashing.

6/26/2013 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I agree with you completely.
The post you are responding to used my username without my knowledge or permission.
You know exactly what I'm talking about- the same thing happened to you here.
This childish misrepresentation narrows it down to one person - the same vile person who slandered one of our friends on his CMTA FB page. It was so bad, Facebook removed it.

6/27/2013 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Able Archer said...

The picture of Geri in the cult was of him at a labor rally posing with Sandy Genis and other Union bosses.

Nice try Geri in the cult.

Does anyone wonder why Geri in the cult never gets anything done in this city? Anything he disagrees with he disparages, calls names, acts as a front man and a pawn.

The only hope is that the vocal minority and Union bosses will continue to use him as a front man.

6/28/2013 06:17:00 AM  

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