Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CM PRESS # 333

NEWARK N.J. LAYS OFF 14% OF ITS POLICE FORCE TO SAVE BIG BUCKS
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Mayor says citizens won't notice any difference. 
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SCIENTISTS REVERSE AGING IN MICE
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Basic principle should be similar in humans, but has some bugs and unknowns at present including the possibility that injections to reverse aging may increase the risk of cancer.

So, a patient getting the anti-aging shots (if they're developed for humans) might hear: "Good news, we've reversed your aging, but the bad news is you now have cancer and will die sooner than if you hadn't had them."

Nevertheless, bet on much more research being done on what looks like a promising lead about why we even age at all.
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DOES CALIFORNIA REALLY NEED 50 SPECIAL DISTRICTS (AND DOES COSTA MESA NEED TWO)?
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We've written about this before but in the context of Costa Mesa which, in addition to our regular municipal government, with its five person City Council, also has two other "governments" (not counting the NMUSD) that we're paying for. Each has its own equivalent of a City Council: The Mesa Consolidated Water District and Costa Mesa Sanitary District.

We think it's an expensive duplication of effort and that the two districts in Costa Mesa could easily be part of our municipal government, watched over by the City Council.

Unfortunately, most citizens of the city aren't very aware of the duplication of effort.  Meetings of the Mesa Consolidated Water District and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District are open to the public but very few people ever attend.  So, when these districts raise our fees, they often do it with no complaints.
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LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER--WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO HAVING A NEW COUNCIL SEATED

Have no fear, as soon as we get the complete lists, resumes, and applications, the CM PRESS will let you know the names (and more) of those who want to be appointed to fill Foley's seat on the City Council and we'll also let you know the names (and more) of those who want to be appointed to the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

And, we'll let you know who we think will be good or bad for improvement.

Remember, almost every time one of these three bodies meets, important things are decided for Costa Mesa and our quality of life.

We need the right people with the right vision for Costa Mesa on these three commissions.  We don't need any squishes or lefty losers.  We need people who will vote to improve Costa Mesa for CITIZENS.

We'll also be keeping a close eye on the school board.  We're hopeful that Ms. Foley will focus on some improvements at Costa Mesa High School.
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1 comment :

  1. CM Press, another, less accurate and more dishonest blog, is reporting that the City will not release the names of those that have applied for the Council or the Commissions until after the application deadline. If this is true, it's completely undemocratic and only furthers the thinking that City Hall lacks transparency. This information is public. The City cannot hide it from the residents of Costa Mesa. We all deserve to know who is applying for these seats!

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