Friday, December 31, 2010

CM PRESS # 364

A GOOD YEAR FOR US

Except for a few errant mentions, we were able to stay out of the local media for most of the year, and we were thus able to focus more attention on improvement.

As we go into 2011, we have high hopes that the Westside will finally reach the tipping point toward improvement.

As we've written before, we live in a world of no certainties; only probabilities.

And, in this vein, we think it more probable than not that Jim Righeimer may be the spark plug on the City Council to bring in real improvement.   We think it's in his DNA.

We also think it more probable than not that Steve Mensinger will be appointed to take Katrina Foley's seat on the Council, and that it is more probable than not that Mensinger will also be a mover and shaker for improvement.

There is a synergy that can exist among people when the right other people are added to the mix.

We think it is more probable than not that such a synergy for improvement will exist on the Council and that the addition of Righeimer and Mensinger will take what has sometimes been a pansy, weak sister council over the years and make it more robust.

Or, in more mundane terms, we think it is probable that the new Council may be more activist and do more than just show up for meetings to rubber stamp whatever staff has put in front of them. 

We think it is probable that the new Council will grab the steering wheel and take over the gas pedal from staff, and drive this city in the direction that will be better for all citizens who live here.

[Watch now as a local pansy, who lacks all vigor and virility, purses his blogger lips and writes something such as "Yeah, they'll drive the city off a cliff."  Ho hum.]
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Those are our opinions.  You know they're right.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CM PRESS # 363

LOFTS THAT WOULD HELP THE WESTSIDE IMPROVE AND FIT RIGHT INTO THE BLUFFS INDUSTRIAL AREA

The only problem with the lofts in the photo is that they're in Santa Ana.

These are the Santiago Street Lofts near the train station.

Here's the website of the developer of these and other lofts, just in case anyone on the City Council wants to contact them about some possibilities on the Westside of Costa Mesa, say, like on Monrovia.
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WESTERNIZED JEWS IN ISRAEL OPPOSE EXCLUDING ARABS
Link
However, more orthodox and traditional Jews uphold the Biblical definition of a Jew as one who is born of a Jewish woman (i.e., that genes matter) and want Jews to remain separate from Arabs so that there is no gene transfer (yup, that's the real nub of the matter). 

As you might expect, the above is playing out with the usual cries of "racism," being thrown at the orthodox and traditional Jews.
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RUSSIAN FRAUDSTER GETS SIX MORE YEARS IN PRISON
Link
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OMSK, RUSSIA--NO SISSIES, NO GIRLY-MEN, NO METRO-SEXUALS WANTED
Link
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AT LEAST SEVEN STATES ARE LIKELY TO PASS A MEASURE SIMILAR TO ARIZONA'S
Link
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HAITI COULD DEVOLVE INTO CIVIL WAR SAYS EX-LEADER
Link
Haiti should be a paradise on Earth.  Instead, it's a sewer.  Can you figure out why?
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CM PRESS # 362

COSTA MESA TO RECONSIDER USING FIRM THAT AUDITED BELL?
Link

State says the firm that audited Bell just rubber stamped Bell's books. Costa Mesa uses that same firm.

As you probably know (and you'll see this again in our column below this one), the CM PRESS has constantly railed against the rubber stamping that we see going on in Costa Mesa government, so we're all in favor of the City starting with a new auditing firm that hasn't been accused of rubber stamping books.

You may have heard this joke about a company president (CP) interviewing accountants.

CP to first applicant: How much is two plus two?
FA:  Four.
CP to second applicant: How much is two plus two?
SA:  Four.
CP to third applicant: How much is two plus two?
TA: How much do you want it to be?
CP to third applicant:  You're hired.
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COMMERCIAL FUNDRAISERS POCKET MILLIONS MEANT FOR CHARITIES

Things are even worse than reported in the above linked OC REGISTER article. 

As a former member of Costa Mesa's 3R Committee (I'm the one who got the committee to start looking at the tax returns of the charities--something the committee had never done before), I saw huge salaries of some involved with the charities receiving our tax money laundered through the City Council.

And, in other documents I saw what appeared to be racial/ethnic discrimination from some of the charities and hints that our money was going to make illegal aliens feel wanted and comfortable in Costa Mesa.

In addition, as I recently reported, I saw how money given to some charities was actually going to overhead, but which was disguised as "services."

Here's the frustrating part of this.  I told the City Council repeatedly that many 3R Committee members were acting as pals of the charities instead of like junkyard dog protecting our money and making sure it was spent wisely and in ways to most benefit Costa Mesa.

My whistle blowing fell on deaf ears, and various Councils then just rubber stamped the recommendations from the 3R Committee.

The closest any Councilmember came to questioning the charities was when Allan Mansoor asked some of them if they could provide evidence that their efforts had helped Costa Mesa.

The usual answer was always something along the lines of there being no way to quantify the help given to make a difference in a "child's" life.

And, when Mansoor pointed out the rising crime rate around the neighborhoods where some of the charities were located, the charity bosses would say things such as: "That's not our fault, and if we weren't there, the crime rate would be higher."  Proof of this assertion?  There was none.

However, neighborhoods just a little further away from the charities had lower crime rates.
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Those are our opinions.  Thanks for reading them.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CM PRESS # 361

PUERTO RICO BAFFLED BY HIGH ASTHMA RATE
Link

Well, not really baffled, just trying to deny that genes matter. 

Genes are us.
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ALABAMA TOWN'S FAILED PENSION SENDS A WARNING
Link

Read deep into the story and you'll see "White flight" getting part of the blame for the decline of this town.

Whites left and  then the retailers also left.
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Rep. Peter King to be the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
Link
He has a reputation for being tough on illegal immigration.

The fictionalized Marquis De Sade from Marat/Sade could not be making better choices in casting parts in the new congress to stick it to the establishment.  Elections matter, and so far, and for the most part, the Republicans seem to be on the right track.

Now, if the GOP can just get that ninny Newt Gingrich and similar phonies to go away, we may have a GOP that doesn't backslide as it has in the past.
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IRAQ WANTS THE U.S. OUT
Link

What did we accomplish besides killing a lot of people including our own kids? Less than nothing. 

Give it some time--maybe months, maybe years--and Iraq will become what we predicted before the war: An Islamic Republic similar to Iran. 

This means Iraq will be more of a problem for us than it was under Saddam Hussein.

And, remember, it wasn't George Bush's kids who were dying.  It was the kids of average Americans who were manipulated into a senseless war.
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GOP SENATOR RAND PAUL (son of Ron) WANTS SPENDING CUTS IN ALL MAJOR SPENDING BILLS
Link

Fiscal conservative isn't backing down on wanting government to be right sized and frugal with our money. 
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GAZAN GRIEF BEYOND BELIEF
Link
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IS SOMETHING AFOOT?

Comes word [HERE]that Marc Puckett, Costa Mesa's former Finance Director, has now quit his new job after just three months as Finance Director of Petaluma.

This follows on the heels of the announcement that Costa Mesa's former Asst. City Manager Donn Lamm is also leaving his job after a short stint as the City Manager of Westminster [HERE].

And, it also follows the announcement that Costa Mesa's City Manager Allan Roeder is also leaving his job[HERE].

After Roeder announced his retirement from Costa Mesa, the CM PRESS had a short conversation with him in which he said that he wasn't really retiring [as in sitting around and doing nothing but fishing], but was going to do something else.  Hmmm.  Something else? What could that be?

Is it possible that these three are planning on opening a consulting firm to advise cities on various matters?

Sort of an A-Team of city experts that can parachute in to troubled cities as consultants on a contract basis?

Of course, we're just making a wild guess here. 

In the world we inhabit there are no certainties, just probabilities.
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MICHIGAN TOWN PLEADS FOR BANKRUPTCY
This may be a growing trend.  May even happen in Costa Mesa if more cuts aren't made to a bloated local nanny government.

You think all those freebies given to illegal aliens in this city are really free?  You're paying for them.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

CM PRESS # 360

NMUSD SUPERINTENDENT SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED TODAY
Link
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AZ. STATE REPRESENTATIVE BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS BY INVISIBLE ATTACKER
Link
Attacker also stole the Rep's truck.  Some commenters suggest looking for the truck in Mexico.
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A QUESTION WE HAVE: WILL THE NEW COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL CONTINUE WITH NANNY STATE PROGRAMS OR WILL IT RETURN GOVERNMENT TO ITS PROPER JOB OF PROVIDING NECESSARY SERVICES TO CITIZENS OF COSTA MESA?

Will we hear the usual numbnuts telling us that we must give our tax money to illegal aliens because it's for the kids?

Will we hear the usual dimwits tell us that if we don't give our tax money to illegal aliens, our streets will be taken over by criminals?

Will we hear the usual know nothings tell us that we must house, feed, medicate, recreate illegal aliens in Costa Mesa by picking the pockets of citizens and laundering their money through the City Council in such a way that the phonies can whine (if they're ever called to task) "We didn't know the money was going to criminals, and we didn't know that some of the charity bosses are making huge salaries"?

Will we keep giving free use of our sports fields to out of town teams and charge Costa Mesa citizens for their use, when these out of town teams charge their players money that goes into the pockets of the out of town bosses of the teams?
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ONCE ONE OF RUSSIA'S RICHEST MEN, MIKHAIL KHODORKOVSKY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING $ 27 BILLION (Dollars or Rubles is not made clear)
Link

Fraudster has been compared to Bernie Madoff.
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OBAMA EMBRACES DEATH PANELS
Link
Get the Soylent Green tanks ready for Grandma.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

CM PRESS # 359

NEW CONGRESS TO BE TOUGHER ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
So says this article.

We can hope.
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CLOSING THE BOOKS ON THE WORST CONGRESS
Link to Washington Examiner editorial.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

CM PRESS # 358

FLORIDA'S NEW CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WANTS THE STATE TO BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Link
Promises to shake things up.
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CHRISTMAS PHOBIA IN ISRAEL
Link
Bunch of Rabbis threaten to call for a boycott of  a shopping mall for looking too Christmasy.
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BLACK RACISTS HOLD ANTI-WHITE HATE FEST IN OKLAHOMA CITY
Link to video.

Many self-hating White lefties probably agree with these White haters.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

CM PRESS # 357

AZ SHERIFF AUTHORIZES DEADLY FORCE AGAINST CARTELS, BANDITS
Link to BLAZE article.
Link to Sheriff Babeu's website. 
Sheriff Babeu is getting serious.  No more sending people out to protect the border with bean bag guns. No more sneaking up on the bad guys and taking them peacefully.  They'll be ordered to drop their guns and give themselves up or the Sheriff and his men will open fire.

Commenters are volunteering to be part of the effort and say they'll bring their own guns.
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SEATTLE MIDEAST AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Link to SMAC's website.

SMAC's ads on buses in Seattle accusing Israel of war crimes have been cancelled after pressure from Jewish groups. LINK to Jerusalem Post.
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WHILE ALL EYES ARE ON AFGHANISTAN, THE REAL DANGER IS IN PAKISTAN
Link to article about recent attacks.

Pakistan used to be part of India.  It didn't fit because it was Muslim, so it broke away. Now, it has a weak government with a bunch of nukes coveted by the Taliban and others.
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COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL, PLEASE DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL

As the new City Council starts business in the new year with new members Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger (yes, we expect him to be picked for Foley's seat), we hope the Council will use the West Side Plans that already exist to guide their actions on Westside improvement.

The one member of the Council who has the institutional memory of these plans is Eric Bever, so we hope that Mr. Bever will take the time to dust off the plans and give copies to the two new members.
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WORLD'S BIGGEST NEUTRINO DETECTOR FINISHED AT SOUTH POLE
Link
Tracking neutrinos back to where they came from and looking for answers.
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NEW PRO-BUSINESS GOP WAVE SET TO ROLL IN WITH THE NEW YEAR
Link
Putting America back to work again. Hopefully.
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SLAIN BORDER AGENT'S FAMILY SLAMS BIG SISTER
Link with video.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

CM PRESS # 356

WHITES MOVE INTO LATINO NEIGHBORHOOD, LATINOS  MOVE AWAY
Link to a story from NY.
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JURY POOL IN MARIJUANA CASE STAGES 'MUTINY'
Link
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LATEST FROM THE A3P
Link
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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION TRAINING COMING TO U.S. MILITARY

If you think there will be widespread protests in the military about gays serving openly, [buy Millard's books, they're for smart, good looking people] you don't know how the human subconscious works and how easy it is to manipulate people with proper conditioning techniques. 
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STATE SAYS THAT THE FIRM THAT AUDITS COSTA MESA'S BOOKS RUBBER STAMPED BELL'S CROOKED BOOKS
Link to OC REGISTER story.
                                       Link to DAILY PILOT story.

Speaking of rubber stamping things, the CM PRESS has constantly asked the City Council to stop rubber stamping the giving of our tax money to charities that are acting as magnets and which in some cases appear to be racially/ethnically discriminating.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

CM PRESS # 355

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR JANUARY 4, 2011
Link

The most important items are under New Business and are a replacement for Katrina Foley on the City Council and appointments to the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Frankly, we'd like to see the Parks and Recreation Commission be done away with and its functions be taken over by the Planning Commission which doesn't have enough to do in this down economy.

As you may know, state law requires that we have a Planning Commission, but it does not require that we have a Parks and Recreation Commission.

We'd like to see our local government get right-sized, and the elimination of the Parks and Recreation Commission would be a step in the right direction.
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HISPANIC WITH GUN ROBS PREGNANT WOMAN NEAR BRISTOL/BAKER
Link  (Link fixed)
We're seeing too many violent crimes in this small area.  Report anyone who looks suspicious to the CMPD at (714) 754-5252.

You'll be asked your name, but you can say you want to remain anonymous, if you wish. If you're mistaken, no harm, no foul.
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TOP SHRINK SAYS LEFTIES ARE NUTS
Link

This guy's late to the game.  We've been writing for years about what we call Great White Mothers, Great White Fathers, the Lord Jim Complex and similar things.
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WE GET AN ANSWER, OF SORTS, FROM WENDY LEECE
(Yes, the picture is still fuzzy, but we'll be watching and listening to try to bring Wendy into sharper focus.)

Wendy writes: "I will be brief. Regarding the improvement of the Westside of Costa Mesa, where I have lived for nearly 40 years, I believe in the overlay and hope to bring the highest quality developments with the lowest density possible."

So there you have it.

We'll be watching how Wendy (and the others) vote on issues that are important to improvement.

Unfortunately, we're afraid that Wendy is leaning too heavily towards supporting charities that are acting as magnets to keep the Westside down.

We'll be giving full attention to what the various Councilmembers (including Wendy) say and do when the CDBG charity bonanza is discussed.

As we wrote yesterday, we think the Council should use ALL the CDBG funds to fix actual things on the Westside (by law, the money must be used in downscale areas) and that none of it should go to any charities.

We've written many times in the past that we have no friends in politics. We look at what politicians actually do to improve Costa Mesa. If we get a bunch of BS or if we see squishy actions that go against improvement, we'll let you know.

And, here's our simple way of looking at every issue that goes before the Council or the two Commissions:
Is this good for Costa Mesa's improvement?  Is it neutral?  Is it bad for Costa Mesa's improvement?

We also see the Westside as the key to improving all of Costa Mesa. Fix the Westside and all of Costa Mesa improves. Keep the status quo and the rot will spread.

To be clear, things that keep the present down scale status quo on the Westside or which reward magnet charities, illegal aliens, transients, or slum like conditions will always be opposed by the CM PRESS.

And, we don't care about good intentions or the whiny misplaced compassion crap that it's for the "kids."

By artificially subsidizing a large population on the Westside that can't afford to live in Costa Mesa, the lefties are hurting the city as a whole and are preventing the natural correction that happens when people find they're living in a place that is too expensive for them--they move to a place where they can afford to live.

And, remember, Santa Ana is a lot cheaper than Costa Mesa.

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LOBDELL STATES THE OBVIOUS: MENSINGER HAS THE INSIDE (WAY INSIDE) TRACK TO BE APPOINTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL
Link

Lobdell then shows his lefty leanings when he writes: "I personally would love to see Heather Somers back on the council."

Back when Somers was running for reelection to the Council, the CM PRESS spoke at the podium about the problem of illegal aliens in Costa Mesa and how the job center should be shut down.

After we spoke, Somers, while on the dais, said  (paraphrasing slightly): I'm tired of seeing Mr. Millard come down to the City Council all the time to talk about illegal aliens.

We then told observers that Somers wouldn't have to hear us talk about that anymore, because she was now certain to be defeated.  And, she was.
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Those are our opinions. Thanks for reading them.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CM PRESS # 354

ARCTIC ICE MELT MAY PROMOTE CROSS-BREEDING AND EXTINCTION OF SOME ANIMALS
Link
Yup, mating like with unlike can have that result.
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CITY COUNCIL USE OUR TAX MONEY WISELY, PLEASE

Well, we're close to that  time of year when the City Council gives some of our tax money to charities.

Here's the important thing to know:  THE CITY COUNCIL DOES NOT HAVE TO GIVE OUR TAX MONEY TO CHARITIES.  It can use that money to fix streets and do other infra-structure repairs on the Westside.

We believe that some Councilmembers aren't aware that they don't have to give the money to charities, but can use it for better purposes to improve Costa Mesa.

Here's how this all goes down.

HUD returns some tax money to Costa Mesa each year.  This money is called Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The money is to be used to help improve communities.

Because Costa Mesa had lefties on the City Council in the past, a "tradition" was started to give a certain portion (15%) of the money received to various charities that apply for it.

To screen the charity requests, the City Council appointed 3R Committee interviews the charity bosses and looks at their paperwork and then makes recommendations to the City Council which usually rubber stamps the requests.

Then, the charities use the money--sometimes to help illegal aliens and other transients in the city.  Some of the charites just seem to help Hispanics.

The benefit to the stable citizens of Costa Mesa is pretty near zero.

WHAT SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL DO WITH THE CDBG MONEY THIS YEAR?

The City Council should use ALL the money to fix infra-structure on the Westside and not give any money to the charities.

Start a new tradition, City Council:  Work to improve the Westside in meaningful concrete ways instead of throwing our money away. Fix actual things with the money. Pave streets. Fix sidewalks. Fix walls.

 Help all the citizens of Costa Mesa by doing this instead of giving it to charities that will be back again and again asking for more money.
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WE'RE STILL HOPING FOR ANSWERS FROM WENDY LEECE
[Yup, we know the photo is blurry. We're trying to bring Ms. Leece into sharp focus.]

As you may recall, back in CM PRESS # 349 we wrote how we had emailed Ms. Leece and asked two simple questions which we will state in a slightly different way here so there's no confusion:

1.  How do you define "I'll continue to do what's best for Costa Mesa"?

2. If you  don't like the plan that the Improvers are using to improve Costa Mesa, then what is your alternative plan?

We don't really mean to badger Ms. Leece, and she doesn't have to answer, but we think readers would like to know where she stands on making our city a better place, and how she plans on helping accomplish this during her second term on the Council.
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INVISIBLE MAN ON BIKE ASSAULTS CLERK STEALS BUTTS
Link
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HEY HOLLYWOOD--STOP GIVING US WEAK, TOOTH PICK ARM ACTRESSES LIKE ANGELINA JOLIE AS TOUGH SPIES, IT'S NOT BELIEVABLE

Instead, take a look at Natalia Ragozina from Russia in this video.LINK
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Monday, December 20, 2010

CM PRESS # 353

ANOTHER ARTICLE ABOUT THE SPLC TAKING A DRUBBING FROM 22 CONGRESSMEN
Link
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MASS. STATE POLICE TO CHECK IMMIGRATION STATUS
Link
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BRUCE WILLIS BECOMES ADVERTISING STAR IN RUSSIA
Link
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BIG SISTER IS WATCHING AND LISTENING
Link
Federal government is setting up vast network to spy on U.S. citizens.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

CM PRESS # 352

SCIENTISTS FIND GENE CLUE TO 130 BRAIN DISEASES
Link

Genes Are Us.
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DEFEAT OF ANTI-AMERICAN DREAM ACT PUTS OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION POLICY IN DISARRAY
Link to NY TIMES article.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

CM PRESS # 351

TWENTY-TWO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN SIGN LETTER DENOUNCING SPLC
Link
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BLACK GIRLS VICIOUSLY ATTACK PREGNANT WHITE GIRL ON BUS--BLACK PASSENGERS DON'T INTERVENE--NO HATE CRIME CHARGES LODGED
Link with video.

Had White girls attacked a Black girl you'd be seeing this all over the news instead of just here at the CM PRESS.  And, had it been White girls as the attackers, you can be sure there would be hate crime charges.

Are you getting tired of the double standard yet?
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STEVE SMITH AT THE DAILY PILOT GETS IT RIGHT ABOUT TRANSPARENCY
Link

But, he uses a lot of words to get to what we want to know locally (yes, we know, one has to fill column space and come up with 800 words or so). 

At any rate, scan down to the last few paragraphs of Smith's above linked column for the nub of the matter.

Why the secrecy about Chief Shawkey and Capt. Smith?  And, what about Hubbard?

And, to add to Smith's request for information, how about the Stinkeye incident and the investigation of the cops who spoke to the press when Jim Righeimer questioned them about a misplaced DUI checkpoint?

Why aren't we being told what's going on?  These people are all OUR employees.  We have a right to know.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

CM PRESS # 350

APPLICANTS FOR CITY COUNCIL AND THE TWO COMMISSIONS
Link
Alternate Link
We may comment on some or all of the applicants later.

Appointing the right people to these positions--people who just naturally have similar philosophical positions and world views on improving Costa Mesa as the Councilmembers--is extremely important for improvement to continue.

Also, we don't need any more deadwood on these bodies.  We need active people with the right ideas who do more than just show up at meetings and collect their checks.
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BREAKING NEWS--Assistant City Manager Tom Hatch has been selected by the Costa Mesa City Council to replace retiring City Manager Allan Roeder in March.

Many Improvers and others have been impressed by Mr.Hatch since he came to the City in 2006. He obviously takes his job as more than a job.

Hatch could constantly be seen all around the City both when he was working and most impressively after the work day was done as he got involved in all aspects of  improving our community.

Mr. Roeder has big shoes to fill, but Hatch may just be the guy to fill them.
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WHAT THE...KATRINA FOLEY A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE?
Link

At her first school board meeting, Foley tried to save the district some money...but was out voted by the rest of the big spending board.

Interestingly, at one of the last City Council meetings when both Foley and Allan Mansoor were on the dais, the CM PRESS noted from the podium that Mansoor was about to vote to spend more tax money to buy what we believed to be unneeded new cars for City staff and Foley was against buying the cars.

At that time we asked if there had been a brain transfer between Mansoor and Foley, such that Foley was now the fiscal conservative and Mansoor the tax and spend liberal.

The Council finally did decide to vote against buying the cars.
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ANTI-ILLEGAL ALIEN ACTIVIST KRIS KOBACH TO TARGET VOTER FRAUD
Link
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ISRAEL GIVING THE BOOT TO AFRICANS
Link w/ video
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AMERICAN REDNECK SOCIETY FORMED
Link
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

CM PRESS # 349

PAT BUCHANAN ASKS: 'IS THIS OUR AMERICA ANYMORE'
LINK
Nope, it's not.  The recipe has changed.
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 COMING SOON....WE HOPE

We recently wrote Councilmember Wendy Leece and asked her to define what she means when she says "I'll continue to do what's best for Costa Mesa."  

We also gave her a quick synopsis of the plan that the Improvers have been using to try to improve the city.  

Wendy then replied that there is more than one way to skin a cat.  We took that to mean that she must have a plan of her own. 

So, we then asked her if she had such a plan or whether, as some have suggested, she is just winging it and treating each vote she makes or thing she does as a Councilperson as though these exist in a vacuum and are unconnected to any plan or bigger picture to make Costa Mesa nicer?

Wendy replied that she was busy with work right now, but that she'd try to get back to us soon.

We were very early supporters of Wendy and we want to give her a fair shake, so we hope that she really will take the time to give us an answer.


We'd like to think that our Councilmembers all have some plan or vision that they're working on to make Costa Mesa a nicer city, and if it's different from what the Improvers have been working on, we'd sure like to know what it is.  Maybe it's a better one.  But we can't know unless we see what it is.
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 MAN STRUCK WITH BASEBALL BAT AND ROBBED ON WESTSIDE
Happened on the 600 Block of Plumer Street, Wednesday night.Note that there's no description of the perps. You know what that usually means.


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IN-N-OUT OPENS FRIDAY--KNOW NOTHINGS PROVEN WRONG AGAIN
Link
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UPDATE: Below in blue is an anti-white racist comment that is now appearing in the DAILY PILOT (as of 10:27 12/16) after the above linked article.

Maybe someone at the PILOT will realize that this is a hate comment and that "gringos" is an equivalent hate term to "beaners," "niggers," "gooks," 'kikes,"etc.

"cartwright at 9:05 PM December 15, 2010
great, more fat gringos stuffing their fat faces"
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Remember about a year ago when Jim Righeimer and some other Planning Commissioners put conditions on their approval for the In-N-Out on Harbor that is opening this Friday?

The Planning Commissioners wouldn't approve a sign that was too tall and they wanted a nice looking fence and they also wanted In-N-Out to work with Caltrans to ensure that the area adjacent to the restaurant looked nice.

The usual gadfly know nothings, acting the part of Chicken Little,as they so often do, then quickly commented on their blogs and in the Daily Pilot that In-N-Out would now go elsewhere and Costa Mesa would lose a good business.  "The sky is falling, cluck, cluck, cluck, the sky is falling, cluck, cluck."

We knew the gadfly know nothings were wrong and we wrote about it and we said that In-N-Out would, in fact, open at that location.  We were right. 

What surprises us is that anyone even bothers to read what some of these gadfly know nothings write.  They really are usually wrong.

Most of them were wrong about the just past election and all the previous ones going back to 2000. They're now wrong in many of their comments about the Fairgrounds sale.

One of them was even whining recently that Righeimer tried to limit his First Amendment rights.  Of course, that's just stupid, and we pointed out that the First Amendment applies to citizens and government, not citizens and citizens. Only the government can try to limit such rights, and the First Amendment is what stops them from doing so.

Frankly, if you want to understand about Costa Mesa, you'd do better to read scrawls on the wall someplace than what some of these low I.Q. gadfly know nothings write.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CM PRESS # 348

ASIAN UCLA PROFESSOR MAKES ANTI-WHITE RACIST COMMENTS AND SAYS HISPANICS SHOULD REPLACE OLD WHITE MEN
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 ENDING AID TO ISRAEL
Link
America needs a foreign policy that serves the U.S.
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INTELLIGENCE REPORTS OFFER DIM VIEWS OF OBAMA'S WAR
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CM PRESS # 347

PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES FORMATION OF A HOMELESS TASK FORCE

Lefties will probably say that we need more charities to provide freebies to homeless people and illegal aliens who are flocking to Costa Mesa. 

Righties will point out that if you stop feeding them and if you stop making Costa Mesa a comfortable place for them, that most will leave for greener pastures.

You, of course, see the basic difference in the two views. 

Lefties look at ways to help individual homeless people and individual illegal aliens with no regard for how this impacts others in the community.

Righties look at ways to help the community improve.

Lefties say they're successful if they've helped this or that person, even though their help just acts as a magnet pulling more people here who need their help.

Righties say they're successful if the community starts improving as shown in the statistics that reflect an increase in the quality of life of citizens.

Or to use our pigeon analogy. 

Lefties say they're successful when they are able to feed many pigeons.

Righties say they're successful when there are fewer pigeons flocking to the area.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

CM PRESS # 346

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LAWSUIT OVER THE SALE OF THE FAIRGROUNDS
 Here's what we see in our crystal ball: In the end, this will all be for naught.  The center of gravity has moved to South County, and we expect the Orange County Fair to be held at the Great Park in the near future.  

So, with no county fair, what will become of the Costa Mesa fairgrounds?  We expect that whoever ends up with it will say that they want to keep it as it is right now.  Then, when some time passes, they'll announce that they need to sell some of the land because they're losing money.
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LA TIMES EXPLAINS WHY IT GIVES THE RACE OF PERPS AND VICTIMS IN ITS CRIME STATISTICS
Link

What caught our eye in the above linked article is the fact that some readers complained about race/ethnicity being shown in the statistics. They seem to think it's not relevant.

It is relevant.  Violent crime is not an equal opportunity employer and if you know this you can better play the odds and perhaps avoid being a victim.
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SCHOOLBOARD TO DISCUSS CHARGES AGAINST SUPERINTENDENT IN CLOSED SESSION TONIGHT--FOLEY WILL BE SWORN IN BEFORE THE CLOSED SESSION
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MOORLACH ON PENSION REFORM AND THE UNIONS
Link to Moorlach's OC Register article.
The above is worth a read because the problems for the county that Moorlach writes about apply in similar measure to the City of Costa Mesa, and the options for a solution are also similar. As above, so below.
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HUNDREDS MORE ISRAELI RABBIS DEMAND 'NO HOUSING FOR ARABS'
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Many of the Rabbis are mainstream and are paid by the government.  Will America ask Israel to stop the discrimination against Arabs and other non-Jews?
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MORE ON LOCAL NON-PROFITS

The CM PRESS has repeatedly said that there are non-profits in Costa Mesa that are not using money they receive in the best way for the improvement of Costa Mesa and that some are just magnets.

We're now calling on the City Council to conduct its own independent investigation of all the non-profits that receive our tax money that is funneled through the City Council to the non-profits.

One thing that the Council should determine is whether our tax money is being spent to improve Costa Mesa or is it just being spent to bring more people to Costa Mesa who need even more freebies to continue to stay here so that the non-profits can ask for even more money in the following year because their client rolls have grown?

The Council should also ask for accountability and evidence that the non-profits are doing what they say they're doing.  For example, the Westside has many non-profits that are supposedly helping kids be better students.  If they are using our money wisely, then why are so many schools on the Westside doing so poorly, year after year?

We have other things that we think the Council should look at, but we'll hold them for now.

The way to proceed with such an investigation is to first look at the records submitted by the non-profits to HUD as required when the non-profits receive CDBG funds. These records are on the fifth floor of City Hall. [CDBG=Community Development Block Grants=Your tax money]

At the same time, the City Council should work to make the 3R Committee do what it should be doing: be junk yard dogs carefully watching over our money. 

The 3R Committee is the committee that has the responsibility of interviewing the non-profits and looking at their records when the non-profits submit applications for CDBG funds. 

The 3R Committee submits its recommendations to the City Council which usually just rubber stamps what the 3R Committee submits.

Here's the problem.  The 3R Committee has too many friends of the non-profits on it and it even had one head of one of the non-profits sitting on the committee.  And, there are too many people on the 3R Committee who just want to go along to get along.

How do we know these things about the 3R Committee?  We served on it.  When we were on the committee we were surprised that the committee wasn't even getting the public 990's (annual tax forms) of the non-profits.  So, we made a request that these 990's be supplied.  And, they were. 

We were also surprised that few members of the committee ever actually visited any of the non-profits.  We made it a point to do so.

Will the City Council investigate the non-profits as we request?  Probably not.  But, if you, dear reader, care about Costa Mesa and want to see your money spent wisely to make this a nicer city, you might also email the City Council and ask that they look at the non-profits.

Here's the link to City Hall.  The contact information is on the right side of the page.

By the way, the CDBG records are all public documents and you as a citizen can also view them.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

CM PRESS # 345

TWENTY WORST CHARITIES IN AMERICA
Link
The charities on this list are called worst because of their high overheads.  Actually, these charities simply haven't learned to play the game and hide their overheads.

The CM PRESS has looked at some of the tricks used by some local charities to hide overhead. 

One way is to just count the overhead of the main office as overhead and then have various programs within the charity that all have their own staffs. The staffs of these programs are not counted as overhead of the charity because they are often listed as providing "services."  Some of the services they provide are simple commonsense lessons on health or cooking.

We saw one charity that fed the hungry. Out of every dollar it received, it spent (in round numbers) 20 cents on food, 20 cents on overhead, 60 cents on teaching clients on how to wash their hands before touching food and how to open cans and cook food to a safe temperature.
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WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO K.O.'s PETER
Link
Peter has now lost to both Klitschko brothers.  Big fight in the spring will be David Haye against Wladimir (if it happens).
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RESULTS OF LAST NIGHT'S DUI CHECKPOINT--HARBOR/VICTORIA

The Costa Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, December 11, 2010. The location of Saturday’s checkpoint was on Harbor Boulevard, south of Victoria Street.

806 Vehicles went through the checkpoint
733 Drivers were screened
7 DUI investigations
2 DUI suspects arrested
1 Other arrest
35 Driver’s license investigations
21 Citations issued
10 Vehicles towed
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O.C. CITIES CREATING THEIR OWN STIMULUS PLANS
Link
Some good ideas in the above linked article.
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WE'VE BEEN GETTING RUDE MESSAGES FROM ONE OF LEECE'S SUPPORTERS WHO DOESN'T LIKE US COMMENTING ON LEECE

This supporter tells us that Leece is doing a good job. This supporter is also bitter that Leece wasn't named Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem. 

As part of the evidence of the good job that Leece is doing, this supporter says that Leece is helping the non-profits.  We kid you not. No, really.  That's what she wrote us.

Actually, as most bright people know, some of the non-profits are part of the problem.  They're acting as magnets. It is partly due to a concentration of non-profits on the Westside, that the area is having a hard time improving.

There's a reason why illegal aliens and homeless people are concentrated on the Westside and it's not because they're vacationing there.  The Westside is where they can get many freebies.  Thanks, Wendy.

See the photo above with the pigeon lady and all the people in the background who are having their quality of life ruined by this woman's misplaced compassion?  Do you suppose all those pigeons would be there if the pigeon lady stopped feeding them? 

And, by the way, Leece's rude supporter doesn't live on the Westside.  Perhaps we can move some of those non-profits over to her neighborhood.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

CM PRESS # 344

A PROMISE?

We've been hearing  some lefty supporters of Wendy Leece arguing that she should have become Mayor because she was "promised," that position.

We think this is rich.

Remember, Wendy is accused by GOP insiders of breaking her promise to them about a vote on union contracts.
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AMERICA'S HUMAN RIGHTS RHETORIC TARNISHED BY ACTIONS
A Russian look at us.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

CM PRESS # 343


WE DREAM WE HAVE A FRIENDLY MARINE CONVERSATION WITH WENDY LEECE
(At Mimi's of course)

"Listen up x#$^%#@.  What is your main $%$#&* malfunction!? Get over this wimpy, whiny crap and start doing what you're supposed to be doing.

We're fed up with you running to the newspaper like a little @%#&* girl because the big kids didn't anoint you as Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem.

Grow up. Start improving this city and stop all your sissy crap of jumping in front of the cameras at ribbon cuttings and other sissy, meaningless events. 

And, start working on bringing in real improvement to the Westside.  Who the hell do you think you are?  Mother Teresa?

Get with the program.

And, finally, @#%^&*+ and #$%^%&%#.   
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SURF CITY WELCOMES HOME MARINE BATTALION
Nice video from the OC REGISTER
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RACISM IN ISRAEL: FIFTY JEWISH RABBIS WARN JEWS AGAINST RENTING OR SELLING PROPERTY IN ISRAEL TO NON-JEWS
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WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNY TO SEE WENDY LEECE'S FACE IF

...to cure some inadvertent breach of the Brown  Act (if there was one) relating to the vote that named Monahan Mayor and Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem that a new vote is taken but this time Righeimer is named Mayor and Monahan Mayor Pro Tem?
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WENDY LEECE AND PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS
In an article that's appearing in the DAILY PILOT [HERE], Wendy Leece is quoted as saying:

"This is not good for the city to allow violation of the Brown Act — or even the perception of a pre-arranged vote — and back room discussions on agenda items."

Speaking of perceptions...

As we previously reported in CM PRESS # 307 on November 4, 2010 [HERE],  Ms. Leece, in order to get local GOP support in her reelection bid, had allegedly made a promise to the local GOP that she would not approve certain contracts with government union employees such as those with the CMPD and the CMFD.

Then, before the Council meeting when the vote on the contracts was to be made, some unnamed GOP officials, according to Ms. Leece and as reported in the DAILY PILOT [HERE], pressured Ms. Leece to keep her promise and not vote in favor of the contracts.

At the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on October 26, Ms. Leece did vote in favor of the contracts and, thus, according to some, broke her promise.

Then, on October 27, the day after Ms. Leece voted in favor of the union contracts, money seemed to flow opposing Jim Righeimer and supporting Wendy Leece as follows:

On October 27, the Costa Mesa Fire Fighters P.A.C. I.D. # 930647 spent $1,087.50 on "street signs," opposing Jim Righeimer.

Also on October 27, the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association IEC, I.D. # 1322533 spent $12,122.72 for a "Mailer," supporting Wendy Leece. 

And, again on October 27, Costa Mesa First I.D. # 1332564 spent $ 1,300 on signs for Wendy Leece.
[Costa Mesa First was set up by Sandy Genis and Greg Ridge (Ridge often comments in the Daily Pilot as "Gericault").  Costa Mesa First also received money from the unions as shown in the public records.]

If you follow the link to CM PRESS # 307 [HERE IT IS AGAIN] you can see the actual 409 forms showing the above money either going to help Ms. Leece and/or to oppose Mr. Righeimer. Click or double click on those forms to make them larger.

We're not saying anything illegal was done.  We're just saying that when Ms. Leece brings up public perceptions about elected officials, that she might also want to address the above.
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