COSTA MESA — I watched The Costa Mesa City Council Meeting on Channel 24 this evening. My work schedule did not permit for me to be there on time. It was, in a word, depressing. At the beginning of the meeting, City CEO Tom Hatch thanked the police and fire department for keeping order and a smooth execution of the marathon on May 1st. Wow. The was big of him. “Thanks guys, now bu bye.”
I did learn something watching this evening’s meeting. Maybe lots of people knew this, but I may not be privy to this kind of buzz. There is a REWARD being offered for anyonewho can find the person or persons who threw the brick in the window of the Mayor’s bar. In fact, one pro city council speaker actually brought an envelope with an undisclosed amount of cash to contribute to the “find that brick thrower” fund. And yes, the mayor took her money. I guess that video tape of the offending brick tossing thug never came through as Monahan had promised. I can’t imagine he’ll ever reveal the what the “threatening note” said. Now, I am totally against brick throwing and threats of any kind, but a reward?
Speakers calling for the council to rescind the layoffs, transparency, stop lying, smirking, texting during the meeting and bullying citizens were, and I counted, at 3 to 15. Yet, even as they spoke, Mensinger smirked and texted away. Or maybe he was smirking and emailing. For all we know he was playing “Angry Birds.” Anyhoo, the council continues to display a bold disregard for what the citizens are asking them to do and not to do.
Amy Leece-Fox summed it up best when she said to the city council that if the council can’t be trusted, what good is transparency? “Transparency does not equal trust.”