October 22, 2013
I have read the Daily Pilot article "Charter could cost city funding" (Oct. 16), and because of my attendance at several Costa Mesa City Charter Committee meetings, I have some additional comments. Only two committee members have consistently opposed including a provision in the charter to exempt the city from paying prevailing wages on public works projects. Among other reasons, they did not want to risk the city's state funding by exempting the prevailing wage (wage and usual benefits paid to a majority of workers of similar skill in an area)
October 19, 2013
Re. "Commentary: Costa Mesa can easily attract police recruits," (Oct. 12): Less than a month after Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi is ordered to meet every Thursday afternoon with Mayor Jim Righeimer to discuss hiring Costa Mesa's much-needed police officers, the chief is called out by Planning Commissioner Tim Sesler, who was nominated by the mayor. It seems that in Costa Mesa, planning commissioners have a history of strong opinions regarding police activities, such as DUI checkpoints, and now their hiring procedures.
October 18, 2013
Re. "Commentary: Some truisms and falsehoods about schools," (Oct. 13): It's difficult to know where to start to address the misstatements in this commentary. A more accurate title would be "America at the bottom of the class. " How else to describe the fact that U.S. eighth-grade students badly under-performed compared to their peers from 34 countries around the world? In the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exams, our students scored 30th in math, 23rd in science and 17th in reading among the 34 nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
October 15, 2013
Re. "Mailbag: Dogs are soiling Balboa Island beaches," (Oct. 3): Writer Dariela Wilson commented on a situation I often observe, people letting their dogs do their business on Balboa Island beaches despite the signs posted every block that clearly state, "No Dogs on Beaches. " This not only creates a health hazard, especially to children playing in the sand, but it represents a disregard for regulations that encourages the breaking of others. We also see more and more dogs unleashed, in violation of leash laws.
October 11, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council's three-man majority has demonstrated a pattern of bulldozing ahead with plans, regardless of resident opposition and potential legal and financial consequences. And these people fail to learn from experience. Last year they tried to privatize a huge portion of TeWinkle Park for a commercial sports stadium. Residents' objections were ignored. But the documentation regarding the federal government's grant of the park land to the city restricted the permitted uses.
October 9, 2013
Re. "Commentary: Blog toes the official line (Sept. 26)": Local blogger Geoff West recently referred to a Daily Pilot article about local blogs with copious self-congratulation. (He uses the word "I" 16 or 17 times before the page jump.) My interest piqued, the original article was sourced and read. Two things struck me while reading the article about Dennis Popp's blog . First, the Pilot's writer surely had never read the best Costa Mesa blog ever written: former OC Weekly editor Will Swaim's tasty treat, which can be found at republicofcostamesa.com.
October 8, 2013
I keep looking for the word "advertisement" in small print with James P. Gray's columns. Must be that my eyes are getting worse, because I just can't find it. Surely the Daily Pilot would not offer all of this space for him to pitch libertarianism for free, right? If he wrote only an occasional piece on the topic, I might let it pass, but it's been two weeks in a row. First, why is it that the most vocal of the "get the government out of our business" folks seem to be those who have spent their careers earning a taxpayer-funded paycheck?
October 3, 2013
I cannot understand the reason for letting dogs on Balboa Island beaches. Very often I see dogs on the beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (and after 9 and before 5) on leashes (or not), peeing and pooping in the same sand that, a short time later, unaware children will be sitting in, digging in and using to build castles. Parents, too, seem unaware. Isn't this just plain nuts? I am trying to understand why this health hazard exists and how it might be remedied. Dariela Wilson Balboa Island * Going to press doesn't help As a resident of Costa Mesa, I am having some difficulty understanding where we are heading with regard to our local militia, or Police Department, and our city's governing body.
September 27, 2013
Re. "Mayor calls for police hiring plan," (Sept. 18): Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer's comments regarding a police hiring plan would be laughable except for the fact that he and the current City Council majority are completely responsible for the current public-safety crisis. In June 2011, interim Police Chief Steve Staveley resigned in protest over the reckless downsizing of the department. He made a plea to the council at that time to not go below a staffing level of 140 sworn officers.
September 24, 2013
Given Newport Coast Homeowners Assn. President Dan Wampole's background as having, presumably, served with Newport's elected officials on about three different committees, I have to admit I was more than slightly amused by his waxing on how "it is more eye-pleasing to look down the streets on trash day and see the uniformity of the cans. " I looked down my own street this morning and was impressed by the diversity of trash cans in our neighborhood. It was a beautiful sight. Joe Nedza Newport Beach * Cutting food stamps is wrong Trying to eliminate food stamps is the most inhumane and intolerable act of the Tea Party Republicans People, including children, will literally die without them.