Leprechaun Mayor Monahan: It’s Good to Be The Mayor

Leprechaun Mayor Gary Monahan

Costa Mesa "Leprechaun" Mayor Gary Monahan

City officials have been claiming for the past year that Costa Mesa is in the midst of a financial crisis, requiring the layoff of hundreds of city employees, requiring the outsourcing of hundreds of city jobs. But that didn’t stop our favorite little Leprechaun Mayor Gary Monahan from getting a little strip of green laid out in front of his pub.

Nick Gerda of Voice of OC reports this morning on Mayor Monahan’s Landscaping Job.

… as Mayor Gary Monahan and other top city leaders were painting a picture of fiscal crisis last year, Costa Mesa opted to spend thousands of dollars installing new vegetation for a roughly block-long section of just one side of the street across from the mayor’s restaurant — Skosh Monahan’s Steakhouse & Irish Pub — at his request, according to city officials and invoices.

Beyond the questions of favoritism, however, Monahan’s requests to Naghavi might have violated city law. A section of Costa Mesa’s municipal code prohibits council members from dealing directly with all staff – except the city manager – other than to seek information.

But it gets worse, the city appears to have tried to cover up some of the details by leaving out some records that Voice of OC had requested through public records requests regarding the $6,400 special project.

Additionally, in response to a public records request for invoices documenting the cost of the improvements, the city falsely claimed that some of those records never existed. But after Voice of OC explained details of the records’ contents, which were obtained from a confidential source, city spokesman Bill Lobdell apologized for a “breakdown” in responding to the records request.

Leprechauns are known to be tricky little fellas, but sometimes just being the Mayor makes it easier to get what you want to enhance your business environment.


  8 comments for “Leprechaun Mayor Monahan: It’s Good to Be The Mayor

  1. threebeers
    February 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    like putting lipstick on a pig… landscaping will not help that dive

  2. February 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    March 17, 2012 will be one year since Huy Pham died at City Hall and Monahan opted to stay at his bar and sell beer instead of going down there.

    Pham jumped after getting a layoff notice. Monahan supported the layoffs. Maybe the strip in front of his bar should be redone in red..

  3. February 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    As the California State Board Secretary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, the largest Irish Catholic lay charity organization in the United States, I am greatly offended by your caricature of the Irish. To depict that diminutivee, knock-kneed skinny little kilted midget as a true Irishman is offensive to true Irishmen and Irish Americans. And, of course, no reputable Irishman would be caught dead lifting a pint in that fake dive bar of Monahan’s.

    I trust a suitable apology to the Irish American public is forthcoming. I’ll be waiting for it at Ron Schwartz’ Muldoons at fashion Island.

    • Sam
      February 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I agree Jeff. I have the same opinion of McCarthy and Fitzpatrick. They are a disgrace to Irish men and women on both sides of the pond. Another thing, true Irish men rarely wear kilts. If they do they are of solid fabric. Tartans are worn by the Scots to represent clan affiliation.

      • February 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Monahan’s ancestors probably sold out their fellows to the English king..

      • Mearl Hinckley
        February 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        Gobshites all, the hoors. Their ancestors probably were soup Protestants.

        • February 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          Monahan will be remembered as the Dermot MacMurrough of Costa Mesa..

    • February 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      not the Auld Dubliner in Tustin at The District?

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