underground, decreasing crime and basically improving Costa Mesa --
all laudable goals.
He would also like to see the job center become limited in scope
and eventually shut down, and he has stated that charities should be
privately funded, prompting the question of whether he will try to
block any Community Development Block Grant funding that goes to
local relief agencies like Share Our Selves.
To be sure, we are not in favor of the closing the job center or
cutting off money to charities. And we do see reason to be concerned
that the hot rhetoric used to target the job center and Westside
issues has proved to be a lightning rod for intolerance and
Take, for example, an experience one of our reporters had on
election day. As the reporter questioned a Costa Mesa voter who said
she supported Mansoor, the woman offered her reason. Candidates Linda
Dixon and Katrina Foley, she said, were "trying to bring all the
Mexicans here from Santa Ana."
We don't believe for one minute that Mansoor or Steel would
condone such commentary. That's where responsibility comes in.
Mansoor was elected by a block of Costa Mesa constituents who will
expect him to keep his campaign pledges. Some of the debate will
probably get ugly.
What we ask of Mansoor, Steel and the other council members is be
leaders for all residents of Costa Mesa.
Just as they are forceful in their condemnation of city policies
and programs, they should be quick to condemn bigoted and
mean-spirited comments and scapegoating.
For the most part, Costa Mesa is a wonderful town filled with
hard-working, dedicated people. Can it get better? Of course it can,
and it will.
But it can get worse, too, if it becomes a town that allows its
leaders to castigate and target one segment of the population.
It's up to Mansoor and those leaders of the improvement crowd to
ensure that doesn't happen.