Monday, June 26, 2017

Costa Mesa Politics

Only the names have been changed

". . . they are obsessed with hate . . .can see only conspiracy . . ."

Volume 1412  Number 11 Playbook still used The CMPD union’s now-defunct law firm published a “playbook” to help police unions pressure government officials. “Keep in mind that most of these tools are not to deliver your message to the public but are designed to simply get the decision makers into giving in to your position.” (CMPD’s union announced that they had fired ... Read More »

Need integrity not assault

cat mad

Volume 1412, Number 10 Do lies make a difference — really We’ve noticed that the Frogs ( term explained ) and their acolytes haven’t made major position statements about the PD union recently. They and Bubbles are probably waiting for the union to tell them the correct position. Here’s a guess; the position will be “The rogue PIs that the ... Read More »

Plywood and the First Amendment

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Volume 1412 Number 9  Free speech or freebies? An article in the Daily Pilot notes that a sheet of plywood might be trash, or it might be a political sign. Either could be subject to the wrath of Code Enforcement (CE). Oops, no, turns out it’s an expression protected by the First Amendment as interpreted by controversy-averse City employees. (Read, ... Read More »

They won’t play nice — regardless

Brown Bear

Volume 1412, Number 8 The last 10% Marketing Guru Seth Godin writes In a competitive market, if you do the work to lower your price by 10%, your market share grows. If you dig in deep, analyze, reengineer and make thoughtful changes, you can lower your price another 10%. This leads to an even bigger jump in market share. (Soon you ... Read More »

“Harassment” Lawsuit — Inaccurate

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Volume 1412, Number 4 Misguided Advocacy We read an interesting observation from a journalist. Barbara Venezia has done some good and some great work for the Daily Pilot and the OC Register. So we don’t know what drove this drivel: “And what about the much-publicized, ongoing lawsuit initiated by Mayor Steve Mensinger and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer against the ... Read More »

Power Gauntlet Thrown

Lion Yawning

Volume 1412, number 2 Who will win the duel Power is defined, in academic circles, as the ability to influence the behavior of people. We will define it here as “the ability to get things done by influencing people.” We observed a subtle and interesting challenge for power during the installation of Costa Mesa’s new Council members. Incoming Councilwoman Katrina ... Read More »

Sounds good — but wrong

Whispering cats

Volume 1412, number 1 It ain’t necessarily so In-training doctors exhibit “Intern Syndrome” in which they jump to conclusions and start treatment before they have a real diagnosis. One example is the intern who orders an appendectomy for a female, 16 year-old patient with increasing abdominal (right lower quadrant) pain, a mild fever and local tenderness, including rebound tenderness. It’s ... Read More »

Back in Operation

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Nov 29 The hiatus is over CM Conserve will resume publishing on Monday, the first of December. There will be a few changes: 1. Names will be used when needed for clarity. We have tried to avoid calling attention to specific people for their errors of fact or lack of reasoning so we could concentrate on the errors. After all, ... Read More »

Hears the message, doesn’t agree

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Pay attention — I’m making noise  Oct 13 This study found that: Students distracted by electronic devices perform at the same level as those who are focused on the lecture Conclusions. Every class member felt that they acquired the important learning points during the lecture. Those who were distracted by electronic devices during the lecture performed similarly to those who were ... Read More »

If good cops exist . . .

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Oct 6 “I’ll believe good cops exist when they start turning in the bad.” Justin King said With all of the negative attention given to police officers lately, the public is left wondering if there are any good cops left. The bad apples seem to have spoiled the cart, but in Broward County several cops stepped forward to break the ... Read More »