Thursday, July 21, 2005
Daily Pilot Plug
Thanks to the Daily Pilot today for their plug for this blog. The following note appeared below the "Politics and Government"
banner in the "Political Landscape" column:
10:51 am pdt
"West's taking it to the Web
When you're politically minded and writing to the local newspaper is not enough, you can always start your own blog. Geoff
West, a Costa Mesa resident and frequent Daily Pilot contributor, announced last week that he's taken the electronic plunge
and created A Bubbling Cauldron, a web log about Costa Mesa and Newport Beach politics.
West also reserves the right, according to the site, to "launch off into some philosophical rant" -- which may well
be considered a blogger's inalienable right. Readers will learn he began the blog partly to free himself from the shackles
of the print media's editing process.
"I realize this is a dangerous move, because editors do perform a valuable service. This will become very apparent as
you read my thoughts -- typos, punctuation errors, malaprops and all. I fully intend to blame such transgressions on my advancing
years -- I'm told that we old fellas can get away with it," West writes.
We should all be so lucky.
West's blog can be found at http://home.earthlink .net/~ thepotstirer."
On related note, I've made it a little easier for you to tell friends about this blog. Just refer them to www.abubblingcauldron.com
- that's a lot easier than the actual URL.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Human Relations Committee - R.I.P
Well, the deed is done. As predicted, the Human Relations Committee is history.
12:19 pm pdt
When, during the council meeting July 19th, Mayor Mansoor used as part of his smokescreen for disbanding the committee the
fact that no council member had volunteered to be the liaison to the group, up jumped councilwoman Linda Dixon, who called
his bluff. She volunteered not only to be the liaison, but to use her discretionary budget to fund the committee's activities
if the council was reluctant to restore the funding it cut in June.
There was no stopping the male majority on the council, though. After councilwoman Dixon made a motion to not disband the
Human Relations Committee and for the council to restore funding in the amount of $4,000 per year - a motion that was seconded
by councilwoman Foley - Mansoor made a substitute motion to disband the committee. That motion passed, 3-2, with Foley and
Dixon voting no.
So, after almost two decades of serving this city, the Human Relations Committee is gone. The Mansoor-led council, in the
same callous style they used when they de-funded the committee in June without any advance notice to the members, cut this
group loose without any kind of acknowledgment of their service - no "Thank You", no nothing. It was like they
were trying to shake dog poop off their shoe.
This is just another example of where this council, under Mansoor's leadership, is taking this city. It looks like they are
intent on extracting from government any element that does not involve fixing potholes or public safety. It seems to me that
they are methodically draining the heart out of this town. Don't be surprised if we next see a full-on attack on other, in
their view, questionable functions - the Recreation Division, for example. They have already shown their attitude about that
organization by chopping $100,000 from it's budget last spring.