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A View From The Mesa: Matthew 6 reminds us that we all count

March 09, 2011|By Crissy Brooks

After two hours of listening to one another, and many people exercising their privilege to speak out, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer basically told us in his closing remarks that the wrong people were in the room. We didn't count.

And then he said to us collectively, "I know that you did not mean what you said." What you say and do and know doesn't matter.

Undoubtedly, I disagree, and here's what I'm proposing: Let's write a note of appreciation to our city employees.

This talk of massive layoffs is affecting all the city employees, not just those in the targeted departments. It is around 400 people, so it will take a group effort.


Employees' names are not listed individually, so if you know someone write to him or her directly. If you do not know someone personally, write a general note of appreciation and e-mail it to me at I will compile them all and send them to individual employees.

If you don't know what to say, simply tell them, "You count. What you do matters."

Let's be the kind of community that respects each other's work and honors our dignity as human beings. I am going to start with the Animal Control team. They have picked up my crazy dog on numerous occasions, and I appreciate them.

I am a big fan of the handwritten note, so I am going to go that route. How great would it be if we get enough people writing to thank all of our city staff! Will you show your appreciation?

Fellow Costa Mesans, you count. Your voices and work matters. It matters that we live in a place where bright residents with knowledge, experience and expertise bring that forth to serve our city. Whether we agree or not, you count, and your work for our community matters.

Someone does notice.

CRISSY BROOKS, a lifelong Costa Mesa resident, is the executive director and co-founder of MIKA. She lives on the city's Westside and is active in community service. She can be reached at

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