On Tuesday night the Costa Mesa City Council got an ear-full on priorities. They didn’t want to listen. Residents would get their three minutes to speak their minds, and then the Council members would take unlimited time firing back like a bunch of “Angry Birds.”
The most thoughtful analysis of the Counil’s behavior comes from Geoff West, author of the blog A Bubbling Cauldron. He has two posts regarding Tuesday’s meeting that provide far better detail than I could ever provide.
West writes in his most recent Update on Tuesday’s Council Meeting:
Righeimer and Mensinger demonstrated their disdain for those residents who take the time to study issues and then step to the speaker’s podium to present their views to the council – a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. It is one of the great ironies from last night’s meeting that Mensinger griped about too few residents getting involved in municipal business, then chides and dismisses those who do.
In his earlier post, If You Thought It Was Bad Before…, West comments:
Righeimer began his rant with this question: “What have we gotten to here?” That’s a great question, Jim! What HAVE we gotten to? He then dismissed the $10,000 that was being discussed for “hours” and diverted the discussion to pensions! He looked directly at Helen Nenadal, the President of the Costa Mesa City Employee’s Association who had spoken earlier and, shaking his pen at her, said, ” Ms. Nenadal, we have enough money to run our city, we just can’t afford the cost of your employees.” He then launched into a tirade about vacation days, sick pay and on and on. He complained about the council chambers being the only place he gets “beat up” – his words, not mine. He told the audience that “everywhere else he goes” people tell him “don’t stop!” He may have misunderstood those comments. It’s very possible they meant “Don’t stop until you’re across the city limits.” That’s what I’d be saying…
Just another night of Four Boys “Wasted Away In Costa Mesaville” playing Angry Birds.