Saturday, June 13, 2009

CM PRESS # 722

YOU ARE THE LATEST LINK IN A CHAIN. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, THE CHAIN GOES ON. IF YOU DON'T, YOU'RE AN EVOLUTIONARY DEAD END.

1 You
2 parents
4 grandparents
8 great grandparents
16 gg grandparents
32 ggg grandparents
64 gggg grandparents
128 ggggg grandparents
256 gggggg grandparents
512 ggggggg grandparents
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262,144 gggggggggggggggg grandparents
524,288 ggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1,048,576 gggggggggggggggggg grandparents
2,097,152 ggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
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ANOTHER ATTEMPTED SMEAR FROM A SAD LITTLE MAN

We generally try not to respond too sharply to smears and whining from individuals who have, ah, issues, and who may not be intellectually top flight. But, from time to time we need to set the record straight.

Here's the latest attempted smear from this character Geoff West that appears in the Daily Pilot following a column we wrote this past week:

Geoff West wrote on Jun 12, 2009 3:54 PM:

" cmdude, one more time.. the issue before the Parks & Rec. Commission was NOT the Aztec Basketball League - it was the change in use of the facility. Millard made the Aztec Basketball League the issue. He wouldn't have gotten out of his easy chair at home if the applicant had been, for example, the Irish Basketball League or the Aryan Basketball League. "

WRONG. How childish. Actually, we would have had questions no matter what the name of the league was if it came from outside Costa Mesa (as does this one) and was going to replace Costa Mesa residents in a Costa Mesa owned facility built and maintained for Costa Mesa citizens with Costa Mesa citizen taxes and fees.

There are really three major issues (and some minor ones) in this that concern us and which we think should concern all Costa Mesa residents. And, again, these issues have nothing at all to do with the name of the leagues, but the fact that they're not from Costa Mesa.

1. Since Costa Mesa residents pay for facilities such as the Downtown Recreation Center, shouldn't they get to use the facilities and not be booted out so groups from other cities can use them? Aren't we always told that we need more recreation facilities and aren't we told that we have to have our fees raised and have to accept new taxes to pay for the "services"we want as Costa Mesa residents? If so, then why are we even considering renting out our facilities to people from other cities?

2. When we looked into this with just a few simple questions, we were surprised to learn that the City of Costa Mesa does not act like a responsible landlord and doesn't even require a rental application as any responsible landlord in the private sector would. Remember, this facility is owned by the citizens of Costa Mesa and the city government is supposed to be looking out for our best interests.

3. City Staff often puts various things in front of the City Council, the Planing Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission and just expects these bodies to rubber stamp whatever is put in front of them. We don't like this.

Since some of us believe in citizen oversight of local government and since we want to see a nicer Costa Mesa, we often review what is going before these bodies.

Recently, for example, and just to make the point that we ask questions about many things before City bodies, the CM PRESS discovered there were a few words buried deep in a staff report about the Westside that would have effectively stopped any improvement there. We started asking questions and brought our concerns to the attention of the City Council and the Planning Commission. Changes were then made. These few words would have reversed the intent of the recommendations made by the City Council empowered committees that had worked so hard on documents for the revitalization of the Westside.

So, those are the facts.

Maybe we have it wrong. What do you think?

Maybe Costa Mesa residents should be booted out of facilities that their taxes pay for so people who don't live in Costa Mesa can use those facilities.

Maybe the City shouldn't require prospective tenants to supply any information and just rent to anyone who says they want to rent a city owned facility if they have the money.

Maybe the City Council, the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission shouldn't ask staff questions and should just rubber stamp everything that is put in front of them.

Again, what do you think?
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TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF US...

NORTH--Santa Ana--Man carjacked and robbed.

SOUTH--Newport Beach--No one carjacked or robbed in Newport Beach again today.
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FORGET THAT RUBBERIZED ASPHALT IN FRONT OF BEVER'S JOINT
Michigan counties tearing up asphalt and replacing with gravel. Big savings.
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SWINE FLU AT VICTORIA SCHOOL ON WESTSIDE
Daily Pilot incorrectly calls Victoria a High School. It's not. It's a grade school.
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Thanks for reading the CM PRESS.

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CM PRESS # 835

BLACK SUPREMACIST ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING TWO COPS IN FLA. One cop died. #                                                                 ...