WHY WE NEED TO ELECT THREE IMPROVEMENT CANDIDATES IN COSTA MESA THIS YEAR
Here are some of the statistics (without the numbers this time) that the CM PRESS has published before. If you want the numbers, just do a search of our site:
--Costa Mesa has more of its land zoned industrial than any surrounding city except Santa Ana, and much of Costa Mesa's industrial zoning is on the best land in the city--the Westside Bluffs.
--Costa Mesa's violent crime rate, as reported by the FBI, is higher than any surrounding city except Santa Ana.
--Costa Mesa's home prices are lower than any surrounding city except Santa Ana.
--Costa Mesa has a higher rental vs. owner occupied residence rate than any city that surrounds us.
--Costa Mesa's average student school scores are lower than any similar student school scores in any city that surrounds us except Santa Ana.
If you think it's desirable for Costa Mesa to be like Santa Ana, then vote for Flopsy Katrina Foley or others who are helping create the negative conditions in this city.
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WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR A STRAIGHT IMPROVEMENT SUGGESTED SLATE
Costa Mesa needs all five Councilmembers to be on the same page as far as improving our city.
We can no longer afford improvement obstructionists. Also, by electing three improvement suggested candidates, we'll create some desirable chemistry on the Council that can only benefit citizens.
So, this year, while you'll have three votes, it's probably not wise to treat the ballot like a Chinese restaurant Menu. Instead, if you want an improved Costa Mesa, vote for the three candidates who can do the job.
So far, it looks to us as though the best candidates for a safer and nicer Costa Mesa will be Bever, Monahan and Righeimer, but we'll be watching and listening to all the candidates, and if we change our mind, we'll let you know.
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WHAT PART DOES THE CM PRESS PLAY IN THE ELECTION?
We speak out and we vote. That's about it. We're not part of any candidate's election team. We don't sign nomination papers. We don't donate money. We don't endorse candidates.We just pay attention and try to determine who we think will be best for Costa Mesa and then we publish that information.
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ARTICLE ABOUT BLOGS AND THE ELECTION IN COSTA MESA
Here's an article from the October 28, 2006 edition of the almost daily Daily Pilot about blogs and the election. LINK
Back then, we were hoping that the almost daily Daily Pilot would do a follow-up article after the election to see if blogs really did have an effect on the outcome, but the ADDP didn't run one.
Maybe some lefty bloggers and their fellow travelers at the ADDP were upset that their two favored candidates (Garlich & Schaefer) lost, and that the CM PRESS was right again--as we have been since 2000 when we first began publishing.
We recall that back before the 2006 election, there was a poll taken by the ADDP that showed Chris Bunyan winning the election. One of the columnists for the paper even jumped on that and treated that poll result as though it would really happen.
We knew that the result was wrong and we predicted that Bunyan would come in dead last--which is what actually happened. We weren't fooled by the poll and figured that Bunyan's friends were simply stuffing the poll.
The same thing happened over at the OC Register about a month ago with a poll that also showed Bunyan far ahead of all other candidates in Costa Mesa in the 2008 election. Again, this is not a good poll result.
As of this writing, our prediction is that there is a high probability that Bunyan will finish third from the bottom.
However, it's still early, and we're still collecting data and factoring in variables. We'll adjust our predictions throughout the election season.
We'll have a much clearer idea of the election after the next candidates' forum and when we look at some data in October that we're tracking.
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Those are our opinions. Thanks for reading them.