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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Leaders do the job — through people

Where do you get your Leadership Advice? “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked: leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” — Peter Drucker “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford One way of learning about a subject is exploring the opinions of others. How usefulthis method is depends on which expert you choose for advice. We’ll explore leadership ... Read More »

Ad hominem ad nauseum

Enemies Define the Man “Judge a man by the quality of his enemies.”(Arabian proverb) And, musician Wicasta Lovelace elaborated, “. . . A good man will never have enemies who are anything but petty and childish. . . Who it is that dislikes a man reveals much about the man himself.”  There’s been a “commenting kerfuffle” in the remarks about ... Read More »

How Highly Do They Value Truth

Low price integrity “’Every man has his price.’ This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.” – Friedrich Nietzsche A server in the London Pub1 (an eclectic addition to the Westside) mentioned that people steal a lot of the copper cups used to serve their signature drinks. (The drinks are called “Mules” which ... Read More »

It’s Not Healthy to Rage and Hate

Negotiation vs. invective “Probe with bayonets. If you encounter steel, withdraw. If you encounter mush, continue.” Vladimir Lenin. Let’s explore normal and stupid in negotiation. Say you’re interested in moving into a house you like on the East side of Costa Mesa. You think you can afford to buy it for $425,000, but the asking price is $465,000. You offer $400,000 through ... Read More »

Battalion Chief Tim Vasin

Persisted, learned, promoted Sometimes it takes repetition and persistence to make things happen. Or, as Matt Leinart a former USC quarterback said in a Daily Pilot article: “To achieve your dreams … you have to put in the time. You’re always going to go through ups and downs, but that’s what makes life so special. It’s when you encounter those ... Read More »

The Less They Know the Louder They Scream

No decorum, no manners  The “Rowdy Rudedudes” that used to scream and sing at City Council meetings didn’t disappear; they went dormant. They awakened for the Thursday meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission just in time to demonstrate their ignorance and lack of courtesy. The usual agitation-leaders were there to dispense instructions to some new faces, as well as to some ... Read More »

Creeping Charter progress

Showing respect – or not. The Charter Committee meeting Wednesday evening featured as the main course an outstanding presentation by our Public Services Director and offered some heated resistance to discussion as a side dish. It was seasoned with a touch of rudeness. The Director teaches well Ernesto Munoz outlined the procedures the City uses in issuing public works’ contracts. ... Read More »

Who benefits from canards?

Cui bono: who benefits? Here’s a comment after an article about police recruiting: “. . . the lack of concern Righeimer and Mensignger (sic) have for the safety of the citizens . . . They only care about development and lining their friends(sic) pockets with the tax dollars of the Costa Mesa tax payers “(Pilot comment) Commentabout parking lot lighting: ... Read More »

Don’t understand the question

Informed or incensed but not both Anonymous sources (Pilot article) suggested that it was difficult to recruit police for Costa Mesabecause of the “Political Climate.” This climate seemed to be defined as the efforts of the majority of the City Council to decrease spending on police wages and benefits to amounts the City can afford. The sources’ stated expertise was ... Read More »

Participate in your rescue

Tips from a street cop apply to the City No. 1: You Must Be an Active Participant in Your Own Rescue No, the cavalry isn’t going to arrive in time. Police response times are measured in minutes while crimes in progress are measured in seconds. Stopping a crime in progress is highly unlikely, regardless of how many police are on duty at the ... Read More »