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Welcome to A Bubbling Cauldron, a blog dedicated to the observations and opinions of this writer. Most of the time the subject
will be local politics and politicians - those issues and/or people affecting the lives of those of us in Costa Mesa and Newport
Beach. Occasionally, I might write about something obscure that interests me. Or, I may just launch off into some philosophical
rant if the urge moves me. I might even include comments by others from time to time.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Enough is Enough!
OK, that's it! Enough is enough! When is Mayor Allan Mansoor going to realize that he is tearing this city apart?
6:51 pm pdt
Late this afternoon Police Chief John Hensley announced his retirement! The press release from the city doesn't provide us
with a reason, but it doesn't surprise me that he's deciding to leave at his particular time. How can we expect any top-flight
law enforcement leader to put up with the manure Hensley's had to deal with since Mansoor announced his plan to cross-designate
Costa Mesa police officers in December?
Since that time Hensley and his senior staff have been out in the community, trying to douse the flames of discontent ignited
by Mansoor's plan, only to have our young jailer/mayor follow in their wake, lighting more fires. For the chief, it must
have been like following an elephant train in a parade with a bucket and shovel. There's only so much of that stuff you can
take! I wish the chief well as he leaves the turmoil behind.
While Hensley's departure is bad enough, I'm more worried about how City Manager Allan Roeder will find a suitable replacement
for him. It's going to be like trying to find a swimmer willing to dive into a whirlpool and hope that he's strong enough
to make it to the edge before being sucked down into the abyss. Even though our city has been at the center of a firestorm
for the past four months and Mansoor's mug has been splattered all over the news from coast to coast, will any viable candidate
really understand what kind of a mess he will be jumping into?
Hensley's departure may rekindle the calls for a recall of Mansoor and Mayor Pro Tem Eric Bever that I've heard off and on
over the past few months. Back then I just dismissed those rumors as wishful thinking on the part of some very frustrated
residents. Today I will have to give them some serious consideration. How long do we wait? Will we just stand silently
as Mansoor steers this city over the falls?
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