Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mensinger Claims He Was Electronically Tracked

The BIG news tonight is the claim by Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger that he was tracked by representatives of the now-defunct law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir using a GPS device attached to his personal vehicle.

You can read the local news reports from Gustavo Arellano in the OC Weekly, HERE, Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register, HERE and Jeremiah Dobruck the Daily Pilot, HERE.

If this claim is proven to be true it is an unacceptable and chilling event and those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.  According to the news reports, the FBI is now involved in this case with rumors of racketeering charges being floated around.

Apparently a news conference is scheduled for some time Thursday to more fully expand on this story.  That should be interesting.  Stay tuned.

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Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Is it true he visited the McDonald's on Harbor 137 times within a 30 day period?

11/14/2013 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

We all know the DA is a close friend of he and Riggy. He would certainly have no problem helping them to bolster their claims for the sake of that assinine complaint. Especially since they know there is no way to prove any of it. Why would the opponents even care where he goes? One has to ask who would have any interest in where he goes? I don't think the political opponents is the answer.

11/14/2013 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Costa Mayberry indeed!

11/14/2013 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

I can't help but wonder if this was the work of that alleged mysterious UNION THUG who supposedly painted up Mr. Meningers truck?

11/14/2013 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Isn't there an "ongoing investigation" into the Lanzillo,DUI incident?
So why is information being released (some information) without a conclusion to the investigation?

11/14/2013 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I do not believe there was/is a GPS. I think its a lie. First, what is the first thing an attorney tells his client? "DO NOT DISCUSS THIS CASE WITH ANYONE". So here they are in front of the press.(Is that really their attorney?) For whose benefit?

Steve has a precarious position in this lawsuit to begin with. This is merely to bolster his position so he won't be dismissed out as having no cause of action. I believe he is lying.

Why play it in the press? So that he can create more drama, gain sympathy from the voters, and try to turn the residents against the police and POA. Does anyone really think that the FBI, the DA, and any decent attorney would try a case in the press? Of course not.

I hope the rest of the city sees through this BS

11/14/2013 09:45:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Ah yes, let the pro-association forces be dismissive because we couldn't possibly be complicit with such tawdry tactics.

Read the playbook people. it is clear that the POA was in the mode of the ends justifies the means.

As a bit of illumination, I had a conversation with a NMUSD school board member about the teachers union and the "contract" that regulates school operations.

I think this school board member's observations are probably relevant to the CMPD in that you have dedicated individuals that are passionate about their jobs. Then you have the union... or association in the CMPD case, that is passionate about their... well... I guess it is a job because they get handsomely paid for it... In any case, their role seems to be to maximize benefits for the members of the union/association in exchange for the tax they enjoy.

It is an interesting dichotomy. People that want to do their job, and those that will do anything to justify the tithe they extract.

And who do they hire to get the results they promise for that tithe? An unscrupulous law firm? Sure seems so.

11/15/2013 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Who would even care where the farm boy goes? Did they get fingerprints off the device? My guess is that if they did, Stevie's would show up and be only ones on the device! Don't you think a neighbor would notice a stranger messing with his truck in his driveway, especially if was done "frequently" (charging the device)? Plus I'll bet Stevie has video cameras around his property. What would they show? In the DP front page photo today, Stevie's wife looks like she does not want to be there ( maybe she attached the device thinking he was fooling around on her). And it's good to see they've got Chris Farley's brother on the job. What a farce. Unfortunately though, looks like another costly farce for our city and us.

11/15/2013 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Don't be fooled. These people - our cc majority - have their own play book on how to screw anyone who stands up to their unethical, immoral, and illegal actions. We are seeing it in action yet again.

11/15/2013 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

IF there was a device how much would you like to bet that it would show Mr. Meningers vehicle spending alot of time around a certain newly formed, illegal DG path?

11/15/2013 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Some time back, Gary Monahan suggested putting GPS tracking devices on the vehicles of all city employees.

11/15/2013 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...


Sometimes fleet tracking is useful.

According to the WSJ:
A 2012 report from research firm Aberdeen Group found that 37% of companies that send employees out on service calls track the real-time location of workers via their hand-held devices or vehicles.

High-tech monitoring feels like a violation of privacy to some workers, but employers say such measures improve workplace safety and productivity while also helping to reduce theft, protect secrets and investigate harassment or discrimination claims, among other things.

11/15/2013 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Ronald Reagan: Trust, but verify...

11/15/2013 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Didn't I hear that Mensinger hired a PI to follow the city employees around on their off time? How come its okay for him to do that, no problem, but whines like a little girl when the worm turns?

11/15/2013 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Volo Pro Veritas said...

Krochman, you are so off the mark it's laughable. "I guess it's a job because they get handsomely paid for it" for serving on the POA? It's unpaid sir. That's the image you want to perpetuate that the "union" is some outside group hired to do the bidding of the members/body of the association at-large (the officers). The board is made up of members (officers) nominated by their peers. It is non-compensated. There are no "union bosses" sitting in a cigar smoke filled room, wringing their hands. I know that doesn't fit the image you NEED the public to believe, but it's true. The guys/gals handling calls for service ARE the "union".

11/15/2013 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

I know a good number of the hard working, caring and professional CMPD officers. I don't believe for one second ANY of them would risk careers, family or the trust of CM citizens for these two. Those who suggest otherwise proves to me, they know nothing of the quality of our officers. king jim, and little man (and their attorney) are just grandstanding to get a few more minutes of fame before they look to higher office and leave CM in ruins.

11/15/2013 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Friendly Neighbor said...

Another prime example of parking issues in our town. Why wasn't his truck parked in his garage?
Also, rumor has it that if you ever get lost, call your alumni association because they always know where you are. Maybe this is how they keep track of you.

11/15/2013 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Just as a reminder, I don't respond to anonymous posts. If you would like to engage in a rational conversation, you need to disclose who your are.

All my best!

11/15/2013 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

I can't resist anonymously posting:

Bruce, a little hoity-toity, are you?

You can make up "facts", as you just did about association officers, but you are ever so noble because you did it under your own name.

I'd respect you more if you admitted your mistake.

BTW. Maybe someone tagged Steve's truck, maybe not. I can't tell from here, but I can plainly spot a downright lie- No one tresspassed on his driveway because he cant fit that big ol truck into his driveway. It is always on the street.

11/15/2013 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Funny how Krochman and his pals are all over the alleged wrongs committed against Jimbo and little Stevie, but nary a word about the damage to Fairview Park and the unaccounted for possible quarter million dollars spent on the 60th celebration.

Houdini called it misdirection.

11/16/2013 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Volo Pro Veritas said...

Krochman, facts are facts. If you wish not to discuss it because you don't know my name so be it. Even if you knew my name what would it matter? You don't know me anyway, so I might just as we'll be anonymous. Seems like a lame excuse not to admit your mistake or at least refute what I said and back your position with fact.


11/16/2013 10:50:00 PM  

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