Costa Mesa Mayor’s Bar Attacked By Vandals

Mayor Gary Monahan's Bar, Skosh Monahans in Costa Mesa

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?

Nick Berardino

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.”

  8 comments for “Costa Mesa Mayor’s Bar Attacked By Vandals

  1. April 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    This is just wrong. There is no need to resort to vandalism or physical violence.

  2. Jim Bieber
    April 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Great job mocking Monahan. If/when the OC Liberal’s offices gets a brink thrown through there window with a note attached telling you to stop posting we can all dismiss it as “vandalism.” It’s just like if someone spray painted a “killroy” cartoon on your garage door.

    I have no doubt that you would have made fun of those whiners in 1938 who has their shop windows smashed by “vandals” and pumping up rhetoric when it is no big deal.

    This is a terrorist threat against an elected official – plan and simple.

    • April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Vandalism is not being condoned here Jim. But the police are not considering this anything more than that. Monahan seems to be demanding special treatment because he is Mayor.

  3. Liberals Rule
    April 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    Are you seriously comparing this incident to Kristalnacht, and accusing us Liberals of being on Hitler’s side. Seriously, you want to through the master race argument around, point the finger at yourself you typical ignorant Republican. Marilyn Davenport sending racist e-mails, GOP Central committee member. Councilwoman Pauley, who hates Mexicans, Gays and Muslims, GOP Central Committee Member. Martin Millard, a supporter of the Costa Mesa City Council Majority, admitted holocaust denier and Mexican hater, A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN. I am starting to see a pattern here. If there was any Kristalnacht in the USA, it would come from your side of the political aisle.

  4. April 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Wow Jim, your definition of what constitutes a terrorist threat is just a tad scary. But here’s the difference. The act of vandalism was denounced by Liberals and Union leaders immediately, whereas using language like “don’t retreat, reload” is defended and applauded.

  5. Jim Bieber
    April 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm


    If you or the CM police chief had a brink with a note attached to it telling you to stop (whatever)thrown through your window would that be vandalism or a terrorist threat? Simple question.

    When a Swastika is painted on a synagogue that is what? An act of vandalism? Its just paint right? It was just a brick with a paper attached with letters on it.

    Why aren’t you denoucing it as a threat against an elected official and not as a low level crime.

    “don’t retreat, reload” Palin used that How? directed at who?? It was when she was shooting doves or something with her daughter.

  6. Liberals Rule
    April 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Ignorant Jim,

    Ask Gabrielle Giffords about Palin’s comment.

  7. sku
    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Sounds like typical union messaging. Some people text, union thugs throw bricks to get their message out. Problem for them is everyone knows it is them even without finding the perp.

    Fire them all!!!!!!!

Comments are closed.