Friday, January 31, 2014

Mensinger To Meet With Feds On DG Trail!

Just when you think a week couldn't possibly get more bizarre, another curious missive is propelled out from the 5th floor of City Hall.

In a press release today, HERE, titled, "Statement from Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger on Fairview Park Trail", Mensinger tells us that, through the City Attorney's Office, he's requested a meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to talk with their agents about what he knows about the incident.  Yikes!

You will recall from the released public records that it appears that Mensinger requested Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz to do something about the trail along the fence separating the Waldorf School/Parsons Field and Fairview Park.  What happened as a result of that request was a scraping of weeds and application of herbicide on a swath at least six feet wide.  And, later, mysteriously that area was found covered with decomposed granite to the depth in some places of at least six inches and wide enough to drive a tandem-axle truck on it.

That path encroached significantly on Federally-protected vernal pools - habitat for San Diego Fairy Shrimp.

The decomposed granite has been removed under the guidance of the U.S Department of Fish and Wildlife at a very significant cost to the city.  Word on further possible sanctions by the government due to our poor stewardship of that site is still pending.
It's not clear what Mensinger hopes to accomplish with his conversation with representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  One more thing for us to speculate about.  Maybe he will finally fess up to playing a bigger part in the debacle and take personal responsibility for it.  Or, maybe he'll tell them he didn't do anything.  Or, maybe he'll tell them who did it... I guess we'll find out.

In my opinion, if it is the former - and he's consistently denied any knowledge of the installation of the DG path for more than six months - that's a serious breach of his fiduciary responsibility as a councilman and the number two elected official in our city.  If that's the case he should immediately resign from his office and pay whatever costs and penalties that act has caused the city to incur.  We'll see.

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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Things have been well documented to the feds. Two witnesses met Mr. Harper out there, so there isn't much he can say, except lie. I wonder if he got wind of sanctions.

1/31/2014 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Something makes me think Mr. Munoz might watch out for the bus that might be ready to run over him. I hope that's not the case, though. Fingers crossed it 'bumps' somebody else.

This on the same day as Chris 'I Know Nothing' Christie seems to be getting it too. Go figure.

1/31/2014 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Dollars to donuts this meeting is being arranged at the demand of the Feds. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting?

1/31/2014 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

My prediction - Steve will admit nothing, defend the path as "for the children" and say that a big parking lot and lights will enhance the area.

1/31/2014 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Maybe Stevie will blame recently "resigned" 5th floor flunky Bob Knapp! A sociopath never takes - or accepts - responsibility for what he's done - unless he thinks he can benefit from it in some way and look like a poor victim just "doing it for the kids". He'll probably claim he was terrified for his and his family's lives to admit his involvement otherwise he would have come forward immediately! He just doesn't have the conscience to actually tell the truth and take responsibility. I'm certain the OCGOP damage control handlers have given Stevie a script/story to follow..."deny, deny,deny and that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!" But what makes it so darn obvious as to his being involved in this illegal action is that not one of the cc majority has had the slightest bit of interest in finding the culprit(s). Why? Because they already know who was involved - one of them. The way they went after the campaign sign stealing issue, you'd think they'd be all over this like flies on excrement, and they would have if they thought this was done by someone/group who speaks out against them. They'd be falling over themselves to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of this crime!! Inaction and silence from them make it very evident they already know - and have all along - that Mensinger 100% drove the installation of this illegal path.

1/31/2014 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Hold 'em Accountable said...

Steve's ego won't allow him to say he's wrong.

Man up Steve! Be an example for your boys for a change.

Ya, ya,,,I know he does a lot for the kids.. He always has to prove it by having cameras around. Charity should be done quietly and not for political gain.

And Riggy goes Bat Crap Crazy for a stupid campaign sign....Hahahahahah

1/31/2014 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

That's the best chuckle I've had all day. Thanks.

1/31/2014 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Eleanor - how does one find out if the Feds are the ones who actually arranged this meeting? Is it possible Mensinger got wind that this meeting request from the Feds was about to happen and, by beating them to it, he thinks he'll come across as open and above board saying he's requested to meet with them? (Although, he's already had pa-lenty of time to do just that - maybe he's been working on his story all this time.) Otherwise, if this meeting really is at the request of the Feds, Mensinger has just told a big fat outright lie. (Not really surprising!.). Just like the truth about Christie's actual involvement in the bridge scandal, so will the truth of Mensinger's involvement in this illegal activity come to light. And when it does, Mensinger needs to resign.

1/31/2014 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Stevie will say all the creatures in the park are part of a union that's out to get him.

He will sue the gravel, saying it jumped out of someone's truck and created a path all on its own.

Then he'll pull out his toy sheriff badge and try to bully the Fish and Game guy.

1/31/2014 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

Although I can't wait to see him finally swinging from the yard arm, we must all remember what a sensitive state he's been in since that terrible encounter with those police union thugs. Please keep all the high fives, grins, snickers, smiles and all other signs of joy behind closed doors. For his sake and of course, for the kids! :0

1/31/2014 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Hey, do you guys really think our city councilmen would tell a lie? Naw, naw, not in a million years. Neither do they fib, dissimulate, speak disingenuously, prevaricate, or stretch the truth. BUT they might, on occasion, MISSPEAK. It would, of course, be awfully rare. I put up a list of Hizzonner's misspeakings here a while ago -- I had a dozen, but I think a couple more might have come to light. But since Hizzonner has been in office for, let's see, three years and some, or roughly 1155 days, gosh, that's really only .01039 misspeakings a day, or one every ninety-six days. Well, maybe some fewer days, now that the 60th anniversary accounting has come out. We'll have to wait and see.

Once again, let me (mis)quote George Washington: "I cannot tell a misspeaking, father. It was I." Maybe somebody'll step up to the football and just snap it back, and not misspeak this time.

1/31/2014 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor said...

Disgusted Republican - We'll probably never know for sure whose idea this meeting was. But why all of a sudden does Mensinger feel impelled speak up? (But not in public, of course!)

If Mensinger really wanted to tell what he knows, surely he would have done so publicly long ago. That's why I think Fish & Wildlife demanded an interview, and Duarte's "arranging" it is nothing more than setting the place, date and time. It's not a lie that he asked Duarte to arrange the meeting. He just didn't mention at whose instance the meeting was "requested," leaving the impression that it was his idea.

2/01/2014 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Thanks, Eleanor. Just another underhanded tactic from a sleazy politician. Costa Mesa deserves so much better!!

2/01/2014 01:33:00 PM  

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