Bye bye, Boylan
Costa Mesa suffered a big loss this week when longtime police Sgt. Tom
Boylan hung up his gun. Boylan has been a uniting presence in the
department, whether it was pulling pranks or pulling the troops together.
Thankfully, he plans to return a few days a month to help with the
department's unsolved murder cases. We'll miss his famous shaved head.
A walk on the West Side
Costa Mesa planning commissioners this week looked ready to halt
developments on the city's West Side until a revitalization plan for the
area can be approved by the City Council. Unfortunately, three of them
suddenly realized they might have conflicts of interest because they
either live in or own property in the area. This oversight has led to
another unnecessary delay in establishing a moratorium on building. They
should have checked their addresses a little earlier.
Red light, green light
Still no word on how the Dover Shores Community Assn. accidentally
allowed propaganda for the "green light" initiative to get into its
newsletter. But the whole story, including the mysterious letter and the
politics involved, needs more investigation. The association's board does
not plan, at this point, to pursue any sort of legal punishment if
someone is attached to the incident, which violated laws prohibiting such
associations from taking political stands. At this point, for what
amounts to a minor infraction, that's fine. But as the the campaign to
get the initiative, which would require a majority of voters to approve
major general-plan amendments, on the March ballot heats up, eyes should
be kept wide open.