Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor will be stepping down from his position on January 2nd according to the Daily Pilot and a post by Tomahawk on Red County. Mansoor, who has used the villification of undocumented immigrants to raise his political stature among the right-wing, said he wants to “give someone else the opportunity to be mayor”. Mansoor, a year into his second two-year term as mayor, will remain on the city council.
Costa Mesa does not have a directly elected mayor so Mansoor’s successor will be selected by his council colleagues at the January 2nd city council meeting. Councilman Eric Bever currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem and is the likely successor for the seat.
In my opinion Mansoor’s stepping down will help improve Costa Mesa’s image, though it will likely do little towards changing its racist policies that target Latino’s. Mansoor is just the face of the immigrant bashing pro-Minuteman Project forces within Costa Mesa politics and the problems will remain regardless of who is sitting in the mayor’s seat until we can elect city councilmembers that will change the vile policies put in place by Mansoor and company.