COSTA MESA — Appointed City Councilman Steve Mensinger has a problem with people who don’t live in Costa Mesa voicing their opinions about the plans he and his buddies on the Costa Mesa Junta (Council) have to outsource city services to the lowest bidder. Mensinger, has this wild notion that the unions representing city employees are not interested parties since they (I guess he means all employees) do not live in the city. Such a narrow-minded thought process is about what I would expect from Mensinger and his colleagues. But what I don’t understand is that if he has so much trouble with outside influences, why are he and his colleagues working closely with the Orange County GOP, and national GOP strategists brought in by the GOP, to further their outsourcing agenda.
Here is a portion of what Mensinger had to say on Tuesday night:
“I hear clearly a lotta people out there, some people that are employees and some people that are not employees , some are residents and some are folks just from our town. The people that live here, your opinion matters to me, clearly. OK, I wanna make that clear. The people that don’t live here, your opinion is important but it really is noise, because this is our community, and I want to make that clear to the folks from the unions, and the folks that are friends of the unions and the folks that come in here and parade their ideas on the microphone, it’s noise. You can speak every single meeting. You have a perfect right to do it, but your opinion does not really matter as much as a person that lives in our community. So, while I appreciate it, a lot of the people in my community are beginning to complain a lot about this particular issue. And that is outside interference in our internal city politics.”
Here is the link to the Council Meeting Video. If you choose to view Mensinger actually articulating these words go to the video and drag the scroll bar over to just before the 2:12:00 point. (H/T Geoff West)
Take for example this video of the OC GOP’s Chairman Scott Baugh praising and encouraging support for their outsourcing agenda.
Note to Steve: Your city workers, speaking in solidarity through their unions, are not outside influences you can ignore. They are directly interested in the outcome of your actions. The people who are telling you to change your course are not outside interests. They are residents, taxpayers, and city workers who live in and care about Costa Mesa and it’s future.
Geoff West over at Bubbling Cauldron has a great take on this HERE.