Not long , soccer did some magic in the City Council. After a long debate, a majority of the council — Mayor Allan Mansoor did not want to take part of the vote — decided to allow a soccer organization to schedule games in the Westside.
It was a relief for many parents. They no longer had to travel miles away to other cities to let their kids enjoy a game that is profoundly entrenched in their culture.
Westside kids now have a big reason to celebrate, have fun and win awards.
Recently about 210 kids participated in a mini-soccer tournament at Wilson Elementary School. The event was a success. At the end, every kid who signed up received a medal for participating. For some it was their first, and for others it was another to add to their collection.
For me it was a paradise. I watched so many smiles in one place, and at the same time. What a treat.
Democratic stoops on election day
It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Yet desperation does not excuse politicians whose underhanded attempts to smear their opponents poison our electoral process. Early on the morning of election day, Democrat Beth Krom's congressional campaign hung on the front door of my Lido Isle home, a four-color, two-sided, 8-by-10-inch flier that falsely but viciously attacks Congressman John Campbell for supposedly not supporting veterans. By distributing these on election day, Krom ensured that Campbell could not respond, but that didn't matter. Campbell still won in a landslide.
The problem is that Krom is still a sitting elected official as an Irvine councilwoman. The First Amendment protects her from liability for her disreputable and underhanded tactics. However, the public now knows what she has done, and if Krom ever tries to seek office again, this ugly incident will be remembered.
Paul Rolf Jensen
Many months ago, a Newport Beach resident "popped off" in the Daily Pilot that the Republicans would be licking their wounds after this election and the Democrats would still be in total control. Well, how do you like your crow? Rare, medium or well?