Wednesday Letters to the Editor

Wednesday Letters to the Editor

There are 8 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Dec 18, 2007, titled Wednesday Letters to the Editor. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

So, our governor has run out of blank checks! Perhaps he needs a new set of advisers who recommend: Prison farms instead of expensive buildings.

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Gary Osterhout

New York, NY

#1 Dec 19, 2007
I concur with Gerry O'Connor on the Manhattan Beach "special meeting" issue, from many perspectives. This facilities plan initiative is supposed to be "community driven," not "city hall driven," and an 11 a.m. meeting on a weekday is hardly designed for maximum community participation. Further, it is hardly informative as to "the business to be transacted" as required by Sec. 54656 of the Brown Act, when the notice is limited to the description "Discussion Regarding Facility Strategic Plan (FSP) Issues," which could mean anything.

Certainly nothing is voted on during a "discussion," but such meetings easily work to crafting a "done deal" formally voted on at a regular business meeting. Note also that Manhattan Council has just cancelled two regular Tuesday business meetings within a six-month period (August 2007 and January 2008). City Hall control over the consultants also makes one wonder if residents are being "acted with" or "acted upon."

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LONG TIME MB RESIDENT

Long Beach, CA

#2 Dec 19, 2007
If Gary and Gerry [twins or same person?] could step away from thier OLIVER STONE CONSPIRACY THEORIES and look at the facts: 1 - MB COUNCIL POSTED THE MEETING TIMES SO THAT CITY STAFF AND COUNCIL COULD ATTEND ALONG WITH INTERESTED RESIDENTS!! Yes, it was during the day but just because you both FAILED to attend a public meeting [while other residents did attend] does not a conspiracy make!! 2 - NO VOTING BY COUNCIL MEMBERS IS DONE at these OPEN MEETINGS. Just conversations and questions regarding the new polling status of the FSP. It makes perfect sense to the RATIONAL and EMPLOYED MB Residents that city leaders would undertake a poll by professionals before embarking on a possible bond initiative. You think? 3 - QUIT READING THE MB SCHOOL BOARD ISSUES AND FOLLOWING YOUR NEW LEADER BILL EISEN!! There are no Brown Act Violations with this council! IF you believe there are, have the guts to come down to a city council meeting and SAY IT ON LIVE TV! 4 - IF YOU BOTH HATE THE CITY COUNCIL SO MUCH - WHY DONT YOU RUN FOR COUNCIL YOURSELVES and FIX IT instead of COMPLAINING AND WHINING ALL THE TIME!! Oh, I forget, GERRY DID AND LOST!! GO BACK TO YOUR CAVE!

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Gerry OConnor

AOL

#3 Dec 19, 2007
Skipping over the ad hominem attacks and misrepresentations called "facts" from one who chooses to hide under the cloak of anonymity, I'll simply ask:

Is it not the obvious and infinitely better choice to hold any such discussions during a 'Regular' Council Meeting?

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Concerned MB Resident

Glendale, CA

#5 Dec 20, 2007
So which "LONG TIME MB RESIDENT" wrote the ignorant, untruthful response below -- MB Mayor Jim Aldinger, an MB City Councilmember or MB City Manager Geoff Dolan??? Shame on you! This is not representative government, but "below-board, smoked-filled almost-closed door" politics designed to circumvent the rules of honesty/integrity/decency. That is not done in America; only communist countries run by dictatorial governments! Come on City Council; stop compromising the public trust that got you elected and be forthright, honest and above board. Or, are you really afraid of the truth or what the public thinks about your over-ambitious plans for taj majhall facilities that the residents don't need, don't want and can't afford!!! Apparently your parents didn't teach you that honesty is the best policy or that you can only fool people some of the time (you will quickly learn that the residents of MB are not as stupid as you obviously think). Treat your constituents with respect!

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Jess R

Glendale, CA

#6 Dec 20, 2007
Face it, the mayor and the manhattan city council people are all corrupt and there's not much that can be done except to vote/recall them out of office! They're going to ignore the residents just like they favor the McMansion developers and the undergrounding.
DCM

Glendale, CA

#7 Dec 20, 2007
We all know that at least 2 of them are conflicted and one of them is clueless. Put them on the school board and leave the taxpayers alone.

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Torrance, CA

#8 Dec 26, 2007
DCM...I agree 100%!!!
Measure A

Santa Monica, CA

#9 Mar 11, 2013
Gerry O'Connor blew it on this Redondo Beach measure. Wrong again!

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