Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jimmy Fitzy Finally Gets A Gig!

A friend provided this link to me yesterday - HERE - announcing that former Costa Mesa Planning Commission Chairman and de-frocked Costa Mesa Sanitary District Director, Jim Fitzpatrick - Mister Solutioneer himself -  has finally gotten a job.  Well, maybe not a "job", but some kind of a consulting gig with an outfit called Signal Bay, HERE.

UH, HUH...
As you will see when you go to the announcement link, Jimmy Fitzy is described as a "Southern California Land Planner and Land Use Expert".  (Have you heard this definition of "expert"?  "Ex" is a has-been, and "spert" is a drip under pressure.  Sounds about right...)

Apparently Jimmy Fitzy will bring his "expertise" into play by helping these guys "identify and secure the best locality to operate an approved analytical testing facility" for medical marijuana in Southern California.  Want to guess where he'll begin his search?

You may recall that earlier debates on medical marijuana in Costa Mesa included the fact that the "products" lacked any kind of consistency normally established by a testing process, like that in the drug or alcohol businesses.  These folks apparently spent 40 grand for an interest in an Oregon testing lab and now plan to transplant that kind of operation south.

And, this announcement comes shortly before Jimmy Fitzy will host a mixer at Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan's pub on Friday, July 17th, sponsored by the San Diego-based Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group of which he is a member of the Board.  Read about that organization HERE.  Apparently pro-pot congressman Dana Rohrabacher will attend this event, which begins at 5:30.  It doesn't surprise me that Monahan is letting his place be used for this event - he's already in the addiction business.  How nice it will be for my Eastside neighbors to have so many pot mongers all in one place Friday night.  Sounds like a GREAT place for a DUI checkpoint to me.

So, on one hand, I guess I'm happy for Fitzpatrick's family now that he apparently finally has a job.  On the other hand, I find myself wondering, "What the heck is he thinking?!"  Here we are in Costa Mesa - with a crime rate dramatically rising and sober living homes sprouting up all over town like mushrooms - and some of our elected leaders and former city officials are actively supporting the pot industry!  The oft-repeated words of Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer keep ringing in my ears  - "Crime is caused by the people living in our city."  

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Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

We're happy for the Fitzy family too. At age 50, it's good that this boy is apparently stepping up. But why the big emphasis on pot and alcohol in Costa Mesa? Aren't there other industries and businesses that can thrive here? Do we want to be more like South Central, or Brentwood? How about just something in the middle?

7/16/2015 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Compassionate Monahan in the middle of the medical marijuana issue. Compassion for those who suffer. Compassion for those who need legal weed. Let's never forget his compassion.

7/16/2015 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Perhaps the theory behind "land banking", where the developers/owners leave a piece of land to languish, paint it ugly colors, put up an uber ugly fence, etc. in order to make the residents grateful for any development that pops up. The corner of Hamilton and Harbor comes to mind. Picture this on a citywide level. High crime rates, no police want to work here, suffering fire department, extremely high drugs, 400 plus sober living homes, now this. And the "not so bright" that go along with it. Could this be the way a handful of radicals and their followers take over a town known as "ground zero" for the OCGOP extremists?

7/16/2015 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous It has to be said...

remember Monahan's compassion for the people that harbor pedophile fugitives who try to kill our peace officers. You know, by selling drinks to support the widow and kid. But I didn't see that he actually contributed $ to the gofundme.

7/16/2015 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

@It has to be said: A cynic would probably say Monahan only has compassion for himself.

7/16/2015 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Joe, true. Does Monahan feel sorry for himself? He should.

Crime is up 60% in most cases, 400 PLUS recover/sober living homes, depleted police force, over abundance of liquor stores, Costa Mesa is the "go to" city for black tar heroine because there is no one to stop them, sure, let's bring marijuana to the city. Why not? What have we got left to lose? Just our property values.

I believe Righeimer won't let us use the paramedic units we OWN because to eliminate that contract with CARE Ambulance, would cause him to lose his foothold on outsourcing. He is one step closer this way. However, I doubt he's doing it for a mere $1,000 campaign contribution. I suspect his hand is out further in the other direction than we'll ever see. Same with the high density. He's got too many people bending over backwards to grant variances in order to get his friends' developments built. They are "driven" to get it in and built. Rig isn't the type to grant "favors" unless there is something in it for him.

7/19/2015 10:26:00 AM  

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