within city government. All are ostensibly responsible to the people.
As we recall, Mayor Steve Bromberg served on the Civil Service Board
of the city for many years and we would find it not improper for the
mayor to give public testimony or ask questions of that body, should
the need arise -- or, for that matter, any member of our elected City
Selich's finding it an affront to be questioned by anyone seemed
overbearing at best. We might make reference to the city of Los
Angeles, where almost on a daily basis council members address
various committees and commissions (assigned or not) regarding their
actions or future policy considerations unfettered by the sensitivity
of the appointed members. Councilman Dick Nichols had every right and
perhaps duty to follow his own conscience and ask whether he needed
to ask to address the long-term needs of the residents of Newport
Selich needs to put his ego aside and get with the program.
RON and ANNA WINSHIP
Residents lose out in
Costa Mesa -- again
I read with amusement the article of May 24 ("Second-story deal
something of a success") describing how Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan
came to the rescue to mediate a deal between two neighbors concern a
It's just one more paradox in this city of paradoxical development
decisions. That is, how the city can shoot down one development,
Kohl's, and approve another, 1901 Newport Plaza condos (there's that
Newport cachet, by the way).
Yes, the Rices were definitely penalized for being the first on
their block with a second-story addition even though it ultimately
met all the guidelines set forth. On the other hand, if they had been
a developer wanting to build four-story condos across the street from
one-story houses and for all the rules had to be twisted, they would
have had the city lapping at their door.
We on Bernard street have had our pleas fall on deaf ears. We will
receive no mitigation, financial or otherwise (check out the deal
some of the residents behind Home Depot received). And Monahan, far
from stepping in to help, has pushed the condo project all along. We,
the residents of Bernard Street, have become a sacrificial lamb for
the ultimate good of downtown Costa Mesa. Finally, I want to thank
Councilman Allan Mansoor and those good citizens of Costa Mesa who
have spoken out against this irrational development.