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Friday, December 31, 2010

Oh my--Where did the time go?

What a ride this year has been. 

I hope you had a blessed Christmas and have a safe and healthy 2011. 

High points:

The Fam-- Amy and Derek's wonderful wedding in Laguna. Everything was perfect.  I am so glad my son, Bret,  and his wife, Blithe, moved back to the US bringing my two grandchildren with them. Two years was such a long time!  Also, Emily, who turned 21 in March,  continues to excel at Gold's Gym, Pima College and now has started her Beachbodies business  Megan is exploring her options for her own business too.

The City.  So thankful and humbled for the people who re-elected me. I promise to continue to do my homework, meet with residents and business owners and come to the meetings prepared to listen to the public and staff and vote accordingly.   I tried very hard to run a low budget, "anyone can do this in Costa Mesa" campaign.  I believe we can all work together. We have a wonderful city. We are diverse, eclectic, creative, traditional, opinionated, smart and strong-willed to name a few.  As I have met and talked this week with nearly all of the Council, Planning Commision and Parks and Recreation applicants, I appreciate our diversity, talents and love for Costa Mesa even more. We have many challenges, but we have many opportunities to use the talents we each bring to the "table."

I'm always open to meet at my favorite place or yours.  Just let me know!

Be safe tonight!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

O.C. crime stats mixed as U.S. rate falls

O.C. crime stats mixed as U.S. rate falls

Costa Mesa got an early Christmas present--Costa Mesa saw 32 per cent drop in violent crime in first half of 2010.
We are down 17 officers and have other non sworn layoffs--thanks to all of our hard working employees who made this possible.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

City of Costa Mesa, California

City of Costa Mesa, California

Marine Care Package Program

Please go to our Costa Mesa link for the flyer and more information about purchasing items to donate to our Marines.
Please drop off times in the City Hall Lobby.
The City of Costa Mesa and the 1st Battalion 5th Marines (1/5) Support Group have been working together to support 1/5’s “Sister Battalion” 3/5 Marines which are part of the 5th Marine Regiment with a home base at Camp San Mateo at Camp Pendleton. 3/5 Marines are currently deployed to Afghanistan taking the fight to the Taliban. As a result they have suffered heavy casualties. While the City has adopted 1/5, the Support Group has recently raised funds and sent Care-Pacs to the 3/5 Marines. The Support Group is encouraging the community to join them in raising funds and donating items for Care-Pacs for the 3/5 during the month of December. This will allow the Care-Pacs to arrive in early January to the Marines.

Please note that all items will need to be dropped off at City Hall no later than 1 pm December 29.

A collection box is located in the first floor lobby of City Hall. Thank you.

List of Items: Financial Contributions, Tooth paste and brushes, dental floss, chewing gum, disposable razors and shaving cream, foot powder, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, Q-tips, jerky, granola bars, vienna sausages, Spam, handi-wipes, instant coffee,sunflower seeds, canned nuts, lip balm, hand lotion, sun screen, sardines, smoked oysters and tuna. We don't want to take up space with items the troops won't use.

- Support Marines and their families by making a donation payable to: City of Costa Mesa

1/5 Fund. Donations made to the City of Costa Mesa exclusively for public purposes are considered to be tax deductible in accordance with IRC 170(s)(1), as long as the donor does not receive any substantial benefit in return for the contribution. Contact Dan Baker at (714) 754-5156 for questions or comments.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Transparency In Local Government:Protecting Your Community Against Corruption - Western City - December 2010 - Sacramento

Transparency In Local Government:Protecting Your Community Against Corruption - Western City - December 2010 - Sacramento

Dear Friends,
I have decided to get back to updating my blog now that the election is over. I find this article in the California League of Cities December issue of "Western City" to be timely and insightful. The revelations and shockwaves sent from the City of Bell cause us to pause and take stock of our responsibilities as public officials/servants.

From the article, "Engaging the Public in Commuity Decision-Making:" What steps can a public official take to create external support for public service ethics and decision-making grounded in the public's interests? An active and engaged community helps, which is why former Supereme Court Justice Lous Brandeis observed that 'the most important political office is that of private citizen.'"

I hope you will take the time to read this article and share it with other Costa Mesans. There are many practical ideas, much food for thought, in the article.