In the wee hours of the morning on Independence Day, the Costa Mesa City Council, once again, demonstrated their meetings can be high drama.
At five minutes before midnight Tuesday — the time when their rules call for them to cease deliberations for fear of making boneheaded decisions — Mayor Mansoor had the city clerk read into the proceedings the issue of whether or not to place the question of a directly elected mayor on the ballot.
As some will recall, this subject was requested recently by former 12-year councilman and multiple-term mayor, Gary Monahan.
He asked for it to be agendized, and Mansoor leapt at the opportunity to have it placed before the council at the earliest possible meeting — last Tuesday night. Cynics might postulate Monahan and Mansoor thought this move would ensure them a place at the municipal trough for a long time. The debate among the four council members (Linda Dixon was absent) went on for half an hour and even at that early hour included some very cogent public comments by experienced, respected members of the community.