Voice of Our Commentators

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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Tustin Officials Wary of Angels Owner’s Overture

Great question raised by a speaker [at the Tustin City Council meeting]: If [Angels owner] Arte Moreno’s Tustin overtures throw the “good faith” concept out the window, does that free Anaheim to toss the MOU [memo of understanding] and construct a “framework” that benefits both sides?

Still more questions than answers.

— BigBoxOfRedWhine

As well they should meet Moreno with skepticism.

I agree with [Tustin Councilwoman Rebecca] Gomez that no public funds be used. Pro sports are private enterprise. Building a stadium is corporate welfare.

— KenCoop

The funniest part of this is the reaction from Arte’s band of idiots for hire.

We have the [Anaheim] Chamber of Commerce masquerading as a “grass-roots” coalition trying to rally the pitchforks-and-torches crowd to storm City Hall and demand that Mayor Tom Tait stop his single-handed obstruction of the deal they insist the public wants.

If there was an ounce of public support or even a chance that the City Council could make the public forget the approval by election time, you know they would be running over Tait with the same majority bullying tactics used for the Gardenwalk, the streetcar, district elections, his staff budget — need we continue?

Yet suddenly Mayor Tait has become the most powerful man on Earth, able to use his one lonely little vote to stop the other four. Perhaps it is a magic vote like Jack’s beans, able to grow to immense proportions.

Or maybe, just maybe, the people of Anaheim are smarter than the majority gave them credit for, and they are not buying the shuck and jive from [contract consultant] Charles Black and company.

Now they are sunk. Some may be wising up and realizing they really don’t want to approve the deal as it stands, and I somehow doubt Arte won’t put any of those public dollars back on the table when the council already agreed in theory they were OK with giving them away.

But if they don’t get around to approving something, Arte sues them for bad faith. What to do, what to do?

— Cynthia Ward

Who cares about agitators and lawyers? I’d settle for a bullpen.

— Russel Serth

Toll Agency’s High-Profile Consultants

Whether it is the county, the Children and Families Commission, the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Transportation Corridor Agency, various water districts or whatever, there is a clear pattern of doling out consulting contracts to Republican operatives or former politicians, often for the intangible service of advice.

These consultants, through multiple contracts with multiple public agencies, are feeding at the public trough, and it seems to go on forever. At some point — perhaps it has to be the grand jury — someone needs to add up the public dollars being handed out this way and audit the contracts to see if multiple agencies are paying the same consultants for the same products.

At present this does not pass the giggle test.

— News Hound

Transportation Corridor Agency is the one of the least transparent agencies in the state.

They do not link to staff reports on agendas, do not show minutes, and do not keep a video or audio record of their meetings. They also do not show employee compensation.

The document that was distributed to the board which showed the contracts is a public document. How can the TCA keep that from interested parties? Even if it’s a “working document,” the public has a right to know what is going on at the TCA.

— Citizen714

No doubt much of those contract funds are kicked back to legislator campaigns.

— Junior

Protest Against Tustin’s Latest Police Shooting

Witnesses have stated Mr. [Robert] Villa did not possess a knife when confronted by “multiple officers.” However, even if Mr. Villa had been holding a knife, why would “multiple officers,” who are wearing vests that protect against knife attacks as well as bullets, need to shoot him at all?

All of the officers could have used their long clubs to subdue any person without a serious threat to the health and well-being of those police. Yes, they may have broken some of Mr. Villa’s bones, but he would still be alive.

I have watched just two officers quickly subdue a large, physically fit person trained in the martial arts, using only their clubs. “Shoot first” should not be the policy of our police force.

— Always Up Citizen

I love cop haters; they are so ignorant, yet so entertaining.

Guys, he had a lengthy record including weapons possession and several domestic violence incidents. The original call to dispatch was from a woman who identified herself as the suspect’s mother. She told dispatch that her son was armed with a knife and threatening family members.

Police quickly respond, and he comes at them with a knife, ignoring officer commands to drop the weapon. They then used deadly force.

Move to Russia, Mexico or China for a year and your opinion of law enforcement here would change drastically. In those countries, those cops are actually corrupt government agents, who will brutalize you and steal the money right out of your wallet.

Too many here are ignorant as to the justification of use of deadly force. People don’t know the facts and rapidly come to conclusions based on their own personal, negative law-enforcement contacts and anti-law enforcement sentiment.

— All American

Tait’s Conflicts of Interest

“As a member of the City Council, Tait sometimes abstains from votes that have to do with the [Orange County] Transportation Authority because of his firm’s contract.”

Sometimes? Not even close. Tait abstains every time there’s an OCTA-related item on the agenda, saying he has a conflict of interest.

How can Tait have one standard on the City Council and a different standard on the OCTA board?

— AnaheimInsider

I don’t see Tait’s routine abstentions on the City Council as being inconsistent with his selective abstentions on the OCTA Board. Why is that?

Because on the OCTA board, with the benefit of a staff report, he knows exactly what is and isn’t a conflict of interest.

On the Anaheim City Council, it may be less clear what is and isn’t a conflict, so he is erring on the side of caution.

— Greg Diamond

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