I met with Joel Flores at the Costa Mesa Coalition meeting Wednesday evening and had a chance to talk with him about how things are going since his altercation with Councilman Stephen Mensinger. Joel said he had requested a copy of his police report the day after he had filed it on Saturday, and was told that they could not release the report as yet because it “is an on going investigation.” That’s interesting because after officer D. Chingarey took the report, his supervisor, name unknown, took a copy of the report and gave it to the City CEO, Tom Hatch. Tom Hatch, of course, shared this report with Mensinger. Must be helpful for Mensinger to have someone on the inside.
The report then found it’s way to conservative columnist for The Orange County Register, Frank Mickadeit. Frank reported the story in the Sunday edition of The Register. Mr. Mickadeit claimed his attempts to reach Joel by email had gone unanswered. Given that the incident happened on Saturday, and the story was published early Sunday morning, Joel certainly wasn’t given much time to comment, Joel did not get his copy of the police report until Tuesday, and received a voice mail apology at his home from from Costa Mesa Sergeant Evert who said that it was “inappropriate that a copy had been given to the city manager.”
Have I been taking crazy pills, or did this really happen? It gets worse.
Joel told me, “The school has been getting calls from all kinds of weirdos wanting to know my address, phone number, and what kind of car I drive. One person called and said, ‘I want to talk to that Communist English teacher.’ A group of students walked by my class room during a break, a bunch of football players walked by and suddenly a big wad of gum flew into the room and hit me in the chest.” Joel said when he tried to see who actually sent the gummy message, there were too many students to tell who was responsible. Mensigner’s only “witness” to the incident at the Fun Run was Robert Murtha, father of a star running back on the Estancia football team and a good friend of Mensinger. I sure there is no connection there at all.
On the blog C M Press, lone Blogger and well know racist, Martin Millard wrote, “Estancia is having an open house this Thursday, April 28, starting at 7 pm. Maybe some folks might want to go and talk to Joel Flores about his recent confrontation with City Councilman Mensinger and try to find out whether Flores is spreading his political/social views in the classroom. HERE’S Flores’ page on the Estancia Web site. Remember, the citizens of Costa Mesa are paying for these schools and these teachers. We have a right to know what’s going on in the classrooms.”
That post followed an earlier post where he questions if students at Estancia are “being force fed third world ideologies. Are they being taught that capitalism is bad and communism is good?”
I thought the “red scare ” boogy men went out with the Zoot suit. Apparently not in the world of TEA Baggers like the male members of the city council, the O.C. Register which made references to Joel’s alleged severe leftest leanings, and our local white pride blogger, Martin Millard.
A silver lining in this horror story is that the Newport-Mesa School district dismissed Mensinger’s complaint against Joel because “at the event he was not acting as as teacher.” We have that to be grateful for.
Here’s my question for the city council members, there will be plenty of people speaking out against your current policies, can we expect the same hateful, threatening harassment?