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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.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Leece Backhands Byron
In the on-going drama that is Costa Mesa politics, Wednesday night's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting became a sidebar to the run-up to the November 7th elections.

Early in the proceedings, during the Public Comments section, a speaker addressed the commission regarding the use of The Farm fields for training youth soccer officials. Commissioner Byron de Arakal posed questions of the speaker and was leading the discussion when, with a crisp backhand, Chair Wendy Leece told him, "You've been speaking - now it's somebody else's turn." That "somebody else" turned out to be Leece - candidate for City Council.

Ms. Leece, mother of five and grandma of one, sure seems to be attempting to flex her muscles and exercise "parental control" on the dais. I guess while she's been riding along on the coattails of our young jailer/mayor, some of his hockey mentality "style" has rubbed off. You'll recall his tactic of attempting to body-check speakers with opposing views out of the game by cutting off their comments before they had finished, right? Well, Ms. Leece seems to have picked up that trait, too.

Of course, de Arakal has been an outspoken critic of the Mansoor/Leece ticket and is a member of Return to Reason. These facts will make the parasitic Ms. Leece look for ways to try to dilute his effectiveness - as she did last night.

Her antics last night make me wonder about her candidacy - even more. I mean, she's obviously a good student, so I find myself wondering about others who might be "mentoring" her. For example, our old buddy, Your Neighbor, has been a frequent speaker before the Parks and Recreation Commission. During those forays at the speaker's podium, in which he attempts to provide enlightenment and guidance to the commission, Ms. Leece treats him with deference - almost reverence.

Now, we know Ms. Leece used to drive her school board peers nuts when she would attempt to overlay her religious values on decisions being made by the board. She appears to be a willing student of Your Neighbor, so might she be absorbing some of his philosophy, too? Might she share his views on societal "blending", in which he bemoans the dilution of the American gene pool by the evolution of what he refers to as "Tan Everyman", the result of interracial breeding? Might Ms. Leece also join his attempts to expunge the Latino population from Costa Mesa? Or, has she already joined his band of not-so-merry malcontents?

These are questions that deserve some contemplation with an election only weeks away.
9:38 pm pdt

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Misguided Campaign Tactics & Slumping Sickos
I've heard reports from around Costa Mesa about vandalism to campaign signs, particularly to those of Mayor Allan Mansoor and his running pal, Wendy Leece.

Here's a message for those knuckleheads doing the vandalism...STOP! What you are doing is stupid and childish.

Do I want Mansoor to win in November? Heck, no! I think his ideas and approach to municipal governance are misguided, dictatorial and just plain wrong for our city. That doesn't mean I think "anything goes" in this election!

Those who are doing this kind of stuff should use their energies walking precincts or otherwise supporting their chosen candidates, whomever they might be. Stealing and/or defacing campaign signs is the wrong way to go. The mayor can be defeated by focusing on his short-comings - of which there are many - and supporting candidates who are clearly better choices for the future of Costa Mesa.

If Mansoor and his mob resort to questionable tactics, that's on them. Those of us who support others in this race should hold ourselves to a much higher standard of behavior - not a difficult task, all things considered.

So, if you know some of those who are defacing or stealing campaign signs, please ask them to STOP!

***

Looks like Your Neighbor is in a mid-week slump. He's had to resort to simply using pictures on his blog to denigrate candidates opposing his slate of Mansoor/Leece for a change, instead of drowning us in his rhetoric. Nice touch... loved the images. Really loved the absence of his literary effluent. I guess he must be too busy staking out Paularino Park, looking for those darn marauding soccer players. The guy needs to get a life!
5:03 pm pdt

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Opening Worm Cans & The Sauce Stirrer
Well, that didn't take long! I direct your attention to Byron de Arakal's blog, Itchingpost.com. He, too, saw the entry on our old pal, Your Neighbor's blog questioning Bruce Garlich's campaign finance donors and dove right into Mayor Mansoor's campaign finance file. You can view his report by going to the link on my Useful Links page. I won't attempt to paraphrase his entry - it's a lot more fun if you read if for yourselves.

Suffice it to say, the hypocrite that runs the CM Press opened a can of worms for his acolyte, our young jailer/mayor. The review of the campaign finance documents at the end of the next mandatory reporting period in ten days is going to be very enlightening! Don't be surprised if the entire roster of the Minutemen appears as donors for Mansoor's campaign, and perhaps Leece's, too.

***

All the pre-election fun isn't reserved for Costa Mesa these days. Over on the OC Blog Jubal (Matt Cunningham) reports that Newport Beach City Council candidate - and John Crean's favorite sauce stirrer - Barbara Venezia, may not be eligible for a seat on the council because of conflict of interest allegations involving her husband's ownership interests in Rainbow Disposal - a contractor for Newport Beach. If you're interested, copy and paste this link: http://www.ocblog.net/.

9:52 pm pdt

Monday, September 25, 2006

Comments, Pro and Con & Scrutinizing Bucks
One of the interesting sidebars in the fourteen months since I began publishing A Bubbling Cauldron has been the opportunity to hear from readers, pro and con.

As you might expect, people write with critical comments more frequently than those who like what they read. Oh, yes, there are those loyal readers who occasionally write about something they've read with which they agree. Sometimes those same folks will fire off a comment when they think I might have stepped "over the line" with remarks that are stronger than they prefer. I'm grateful for their attempts to kick me back into line. I take every one of them seriously.

And then there are the others. One gentleman (I'm giving him the benefit of doubt here) wrote a very concise assessment of one recent posting. His message was one word - "Bah!". Now, it's tough to argue with that one, so I wrote back to him - twice, as a matter of fact - and asked for a little more information. I'm willing to hear opposing viewpoints on any issue. So far, he's not replied. Heck, for all I know that one word may have been his entire vocabulary.

Of course, there have been comments from defenders of our young jailer/mayor - a couple of which took exception to the use of that term. Well, I tried tinkering with it - using the term "young mayor/jailer", but it didn't seem right. That one implied that he was a guy who put mayors in jail. I could delete the "young" part, but he's a lot younger than I am, so I think I'll keep it the way it is.

Many of the mayor's defenders just don't seem to understand why I "don't like him". As you read through the postings here you will not find one where I said I didn't like him - I don't know him well enough personally to like or dislike him. I'm critical of his ideas, tactics, leadership and apparent motives. For all I know, he might be a swell fella who is just misguided and easily-led. The fact that he comes off as dictatorial is apparently inconsequential. I don't much care for the philosophy of one activist that seems to have a good deal of influence on the mayor, particularly since that philosophy seems to be rubbing off on him.

I suspect I'll be receiving a few more notes from the mayor's friends in the next couple months, regardless of how the election turns out. It looks to me as though he's not likely to change his mind on issues where our views differ and, although I'm always willing to listen to another position, I'm comfortable with my views right now. And, since I think his ideas are bad for Costa Mesa, I'm just going to keep on expressing those views.

***

In his "little newsletter" (now blog) our old pal who very much resembles my theoretical character, Your Neighbor, has made a feeble attempt to cast suspicion of the sources of campaign funding for Planning Commissioner Bruce Garlich. What a joke! These guys must be starting to panic because, with only six weeks until the election, it's clear that Garlich and Mike Scheafer have the support of a very broad spectrum of Costa Mesa voters as well as the endorsement of public safety organizations. They're really scratching for issues.

Of course, two can play that game. Don't be surprised if you read on these pages and others an analysis of just where the bucks for our young jailer/mayor and his running mate are coming from. We know that at least half of his dollars come from sources outside this city, while 92% of Garlich's campaign dollars have been contributed by Costa Mesa residents and businesses. It will be very interesting to see just how many of the Minuteman mob have contributed to Mansoor's campaign. We'll take a little peek at the numbers and let you know soon.
10:56 pm pdt

Comments, Pro and Con & Scrutinizing Bucks
One of the interesting sidebars in the fourteen months since I began publishing A Bubbling Cauldron has been the opportunity to hear from readers, pro and con.

As you might expect, people write with critical comments more frequently than those who like what they read. Oh, yes, there are those loyal readers who occasionally write about something they've read with which they agree. Sometimes those same folks will fire off a comment when they think I might have stepped "over the line" with remarks that are stronger than they prefer. I'm grateful for their attempts to kick me back into line. I take every one of them seriously.

And then there are the others. One gentleman (I'm giving him the benefit of doubt here) wrote a very concise assessment of one recent posting. His message was one word - "Bah!". Now, it's tough to argue with that one, so I wrote back to him - twice, as a matter of fact - and asked for a little more information. I'm willing to hear opposing viewpoints on any issue. So far, he's not replied. Heck, for all I know that one word may have been his entire vocabulary.

Of course, there have been comments from defenders of our young jailer/mayor - a couple of which took exception to the use of that term. Well, I tried tinkering with it - using the term "young mayor/jailer", but it didn't seem right. That one implied that he was a guy who put mayors in jail. I could delete the "young" part, but he's a lot younger than I am, so I think I'll keep it the way it is.

Many of the mayor's defenders just don't seem to understand why I "don't like him". As you read through the postings here you will not find one where I said I didn't like him - I don't know him well enough personally to like or dislike him. I'm critical of his ideas, tactics, leadership and apparent motives. For all I know, he might be a swell fella who is just misguided and easily-led. The fact that he comes off as dictatorial is apparently inconsequential. I don't much care for the philosophy of one activist that seems to have a good deal of influence on the mayor, particularly since that philosophy seems to be rubbing off on him.

I suspect I'll be receiving a few more notes from the mayor's friends in the next couple months, regardless of how the election turns out. It looks to me as though he's not likely to change his mind on issues where our views differ and, although I'm always willing to listen to another position, I'm comfortable with my views right now. And, since I think his ideas are bad for Costa Mesa, I'm just going to keep on expressing those views.

***

In his "little newsletter" (now blog) our old pal who very much resembles my theoretical character, Your Neighbor, has made a feeble attempt to cast suspicion of the sources of campaign funding for Planning Commissioner Bruce Garlich. What a joke! These guys must be starting to panic because, with only six weeks until the election, it's clear that Garlich and Mike Scheafer have the support of a very broad spectrum of Costa Mesa voters as well as the endorsement of public safety organizations. They're really scratching for issues.

Of course, two can play that game. Don't be surprised if you read on these pages and others an analysis of just where the bucks for our young jailer/mayor and his running mate are coming from. We know that at least half of his dollars come from sources outside this city, while 92% of Garlich's campaign dollars have been contributed by Costa Mesa residents and businesses. It will be very interesting to see just how many of the Minuteman mob have contributed to Mansoor's campaign. We'll take a little peek at the numbers and let you know soon.
10:54 pm pdt

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