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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Snide remarks hide lack of understanding A few commenters posted about a perceived conflict they saw in interviews with the Mayor and the Chief of Police. They want to see one as “right” and the other “wrong.” Review of the use of statistics is in order. Two models: Two Paradigms First, a new grad is offered two jobs, one in ... Read More »

Quotes of note for today Three verses from Psalm 37 (New International Version (NIV)) of David seem appropriate today. 1 Do not fret because of those who are evil    or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither,    like green plants they will soon die away. 7 Be still before the Lord    and wait patiently for him;do not fret when people succeed in ... Read More »

Uninformed but loud — as usual There was a lot of fuss about Hoag’s decision to stop conducting abortions, but some of it was misinformed. Hoag has not decided to “deny the Constitutional Rights of Woman” as some assert.* Let’s review. The Roe decision was the beginning The Supreme Court issued its decision about abortion on January 22, 1973, with ... Read More »

Flaming in Costa Mesa Let’s look at why people “flame: hostile and insulting interaction often involving the use of profanity or obscenity.” (The range of insults and the number of those insulted have decreased in Costa Mesa since the election.) Three major influences could apply to local flaming. First, it may be attempts at propaganda; repeating a lie often enough to make ... Read More »

Lighting opposition; some rational, some . . . Another example of “it’s not always what it seems.” Criticism of the proposed parking lot lighting for Fairview Park at the last Council meeting included rational argument. The Daily Pilot carried a summary of the arguments (Lighting article ). One could reasonably argue that the money could add more safety to the Park ... Read More »

It’s not always what it seems. The Sanitary District received a seemingly impressive transparency award. According to its press release June 17th,  the award was from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). This turned out to be a lobbying association with appointed (not elected) directors, including some from other similar associations, and some from an insurance company that sells risk ... Read More »

What’s in a Charter Costa Mesa’s Charter Committee is about to meet. Let’s see what they’ll write into our charter.  A charter sets the governing process: it is the template for the specific rules that guide the organization. Costa Mesa governance is controlled by federal and state laws and by City laws, called ordinances. Some aspects of operations are presently ... Read More »

Information sources There’s a lot of information available to anyone who looks. There’s even more misinformation available.   Sometimes there’s a shortcut to the needed information, such as a link from a newspaper article. Sometimes using exact words from an article in the browser may help. Whose ox is being gored  The major caveat about news sources, such as newspapers, is credibility. ... Read More »

Are we being manipulated?   Discussionand persuasion are critical in business and politics.  Sales are made and opinions are changed and votes are promised when people are persuaded. Citing facts in a logical argument is persuasion. But, most of us have fallen into the clutches of a stereotypical used car dealer. Or, we’ve been subjected to persistent, annoying attention from ... Read More »

Against everything especially the Mayor The focus of the anti-everything folks is: personalities. (They’re anti- lots, including Huntington Beach desalination and Newport Beach’s cooperation with Costa Mesa, and they’re anti– the charter and most Costa Mesa committee appointments and City projects.) Things worth opposing There are unsavory aspects about Costa Mesa agencies that deserve some anger. The Sanitary District has an “evergreen” contract, ... Read More »