Here is another roundup of some of the most thought-provoking reader comments of the week. Comments are selected by our editors and subject to editing for grammar, spelling, clarity and length.
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[City Councilman Jim] Righeimer thought he could defeat labor. In two years he not only screwed up on every scheme he tried in Costa Mesa, he now has given more power to public employee unions. [County Republican Party Chairman] Scott Baugh must be so proud of his boy. Ha!
— Sam Grady / Nov. 28
I'm wondering why, after such a Measure V defeat, is Righeimer still trying to shove this charter back at us? The residents spoke against a charter in previous years and loud and clear against his charter. Does he still assume one is even wanted? Or do we have a choice in the matter?
I'm glad residents are waking up to see what a freak show we have on our council right now. Watching these guys very carefully is to their benefit.
— Merelyashadow / Nov. 25
I can't take Righeimer at his word for anything nor at this point The Orange County Register. All I read is labor and unions defeated Measure V.
I belong to Costa Mesans for Responsible Government. We had no union funding. We are a nonpartisan group who helped to defeat the measure.
We hear how Scott Baugh of the local Central Republican Committee assisted Righeimer initially into office but not of the money they spent to pass Measure V. Believe me, I recieved abundant mailers equally pro and con on Measure V at my home.
After what Righeimer put our city through, to assume he is earnest in his newfound diplomacy is shortsighted and dangerous. I believe there are still many tricks up those sleeves.
— CM Citizen / Nov. 25
I believe the input coming to the city officials from the parents of underage kids supersedes the financial necessities of the businesses in question.
I as a parent would not want my underage children to have access to a concert venue of this type that is conducive to exposure to alcohol to minors. Raves fall into this genre of music.
Music, I believe, is generational, so why are mid-20s and late-20s and older individuals interested in the same type of music as teenagers? This is odd.
If these concert businesses are dependent on alcohol sales to make a profit, why then are they interested in a group that does not buy alcohol mingling with those that do? Minors at the venues will not add to the alcohol sales but will have already bought a ticket to enter.
Parents would appreciate their children being escorted out when alcohol sales start.
— Art Lomeli / Nov. 28
The city lured these businesses in. The businesses spent over $100,000 developing their properties and businesses under the rules existing. And now the city is pulling the rug out from under them.
The message from the city is don't do business in Santa Ana.
— Junior / Nov. 27-28
Thank you for doing more than a cursory review of the [Planning Commission] meeting. For me, what was troubling is that there were a large number of folks who don't normally show up to meetings, most of whom were Latinos. For some reason four of the commissioners were hostile to these folks' request.
I just got the sense that race played a factor in some of the commissioners' minds not to allow a delay of the public hearing. Very sad for these folks to see government not responding to their requests.
— Truthiness / Nov. 27
Let me tell you how this will go down.
HF&H Consultants has already been provided with the study results the City Council wants. HF&H will go out and cherry-pick data to support those results.
Next the city will sell their fleet of equipment, thereby making it cost prohibitive to re-enter the trash collection service again.
There will be some cost savings at first, but in a few years those savings will evaporate due to service cost increases provided in the contract.
Finally, the rate payers of Newport Beach will be paying more than they do now for less service, and the city will be unable to provide the service themselves.
The smart thing to do would be to issue a five- or 10-year contract, and require the contractor to lease the city’s equipment during the contract term. When the cost savings disappear in a few years, the city will be in a position to go back to their former, cheaper service model.
— OC Bureaucrat / Nov. 29
First of all, thank you for sharing your life story with us. It's never easy to write about yourself without a sense of precaution because of the judgment associated with doing so.
I am glad that we live in different times in a country that continues to evolve despite the ignorance, prejudices, biases and closed-mindedness that reflects from some of the comments written and exists in some individuals around the United States.
Bless you for being brave and becoming educated to give voice to those who are unable to stand up for their rights, not as U.S. citizens or residents but as human beings of this world.
— Humblebeing / Nov. 27
People do come despite the risks. It's a shame there were so many children to support or maybe they could have made it to homeownership that lasted. Foreclosure after one late payment? Wow, what lender was that?
I wish there were more groups who taught and helped with family planning and budgeting for those in low-wage jobs and undesirable living conditions.
It's a shame the boss who probably benefited a lot financially from paying lower wages and not paying taxes, worker's compensation etc. didn't try to help sponsor the family after all that time.
It's a shame so many families and even singles, legal or not, have to live this way in unsafe and crowded, shared conditions.
I hope Marilyn and the other children can get help to do family planning, go to college first, to be able to save and have security and a better life. These children, legal or undocumented, are surely not at any fault.
I've been homeless, so I'm sure there are many stories. Too many stories.
— Macdoodle / Nov. 27
State prisoners get better free health care than many law-abiding citzens get. The best health care that our taxdollars can buy. Prison really wouldn't be a bad place for someone to go without a career if it wasn't for all the jerks housed there. Free food, free health care, free education, free job placement counseling. In Orange County they even assign a "life coach" to paroled prisoners to help them find jobs, housing, free money (welfare), etc.
If you obey the laws, go to your local state or county government building and tell them you want a free government "life coach" like the paroled prisoners get, they'll look at you like you've got two heads.
— Beelzebub / Nov. 26