COSTA MESA — Early Saturday morning, vandals threw a brick through the front door window of Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan’s bar Skosh Monahan’s. According to Monahan as quoted in press reports, a note was attached to the brick that was allegedly critical of the Mayor and his plans to lay off more than 200 city workers and outsource the services they perform.
Monahan seems to be making the most of his misfortune by pumping up his rhetoric over the incident to a Terrorism Threat Level of Orange. When told by Orange County Register’s Frank Mickadeit that the police were treating the incident as vandalism, he was having nothing of it.
“This just ratcheted everything up. This goes beyond someone sending anonymous e-mails or phone messages. This is a physical threat. … I’m not crying wolf. I’m a bar owner. I’ve thrown people out, gotten in fights, had drunks threaten me. This is not that. This is a different level.”
Mickadeit also reports that “Monahan has also asked City Manager Tom Hatch to evaluate the police response to the incident. Monahan said that his employee told him she called the police about 2:30 a.m., immediately after the brick came through the window. When police hadn’t arrived in 45 minutes, he said, the male nonemployee placed another call.”
Police records show the earliest call coming in at 3:26 a.m., and that it took police 40 minutes to respond because of a more serious incident going on in another part of the city.
I wonder how many other residents have the pull to have the response time to their police assistance calls reviewed by the City Manager/CEO? The mayor seems to think he’s better than the rest of the residents of Costa Mesa. I guess the sweet smell of power has gone to his head. I wouldn’t be surprised if once public works services are contracted out, he will have the CEO make sure his home and business are the first to be served by the contractors?
For their part, Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), the union representing Costa Mesa City Employees Association was quick to strongly denounce the act of vandalism and intimidation at Monahan’s bar.
“We abhor and do not condone such violent actions,” OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino said. “We may have differences of opinion with Mayor Monahan, and we may have different political goals, but this is America, this is our country, and we all have the right to promote our opinions and pursue our goals without fear of this kind of inexcusable repercussion.”