Mansoor aims to improve all of Costa Mesa, not just Westside
This is in response to the recent election and Geoff West's
surprise that another unknown, underfunded improvement candidate got
elected (Mailbag, "Time to get down to business on Westside,"
Friday). How could it happen? Again?
Addressing his advice to Westsiders, West suggested they "tighten
their focus and make some real progress on those issues they feel are
critical to the improvement of their part of town."
In case there is anyone left in Costa Mesa who has not noticed, we
have been trying to do just that for some time. The addition of Allan
Mansoor to the Costa Mesa City Council will not change that focus.
As a group, we have had to concentrate on our own particular
potholes due the fact that we find ourselves bumping along on them
daily. If you follow City Council meetings, and read any of the
letters to the editor in the Pilot, I think that you will find that
we Westsiders are interested in a myriad of city issues, from El Toro
airport to the arts. However, I would like to emphasize why I and
others I know chose to vote for Mansoor: because he is for improving
all of Costa Mesa. That's it.
Newport hasn't handled Mormon temple's steeple height well
This is a response to letters from J. Donald Turner (Letter to the
Editor, "Temple decision was well done," Nov. 3) and Richard A.
Fuller (Mailbag, "Planning Commission did right by Mormon temple,"
Obviously, Turner's powers of observation are somewhat impaired,
or else he was not present at the Oct. 3 Planning Commission meeting.
It is beyond me just how he can question Councilman Steve Bromberg's
statement that the approval process of the Mormon temple was
"tainted" when, in fact, two of the planning commissioners stated
essentially the same thing during the meeting.
He raises another interesting point that the lower-than-stated
height of the stake center steeple, which I first determined, was
"not significant as it pertained to the project." At the Oct. 3
meeting, a city staff member did state that the height of the stake
center steeple was not significant in determining the height
recommended for the temple steeple.
In the staff report to the Planning Commission on Sept. 5, it said
that lowering the height of the project will reduce its visibility
and visual impact, but lowering it below 86 feet, in staff's opinion,
is questionable, as the structure would be lower than the adjacent
stake center, which is a subordinate building within the religious
practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is
very interesting, since the same staff member wrote the report for
the Sept. 5 meeting.
It is also interesting to note from June Casagrande's article on
the real height of the stake center steeple the comment from
Assistant City Manager Sharon Wood ("Height of Mormon steeple
contradicted," Oct. 2). Wood said that, in light of the new
information, staff may change its recommendation to an even lower
height. Obviously, we have heard nothing but "double talk" out of
Just how Fuller can compliment Chairman Steven Kiser and the
Planning Commission for taking the time to listen to all of the
testimony is beyond me. Kiser terminated testimony before all those
wishing to speak were heard and then he had the audacity to read a
statement that he had obviously written before the meeting. The whole
Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 3 was a sham. Fuller's letter is
nothing more than cronyism and public back-patting, since he is a
former member of the Planning Commission. Anyone who thinks there are
no railroads in Newport Beach obviously has not listened to the train
whistles in City Hall.
The way the city handled this whole issue of the temple is nothing
more than a political game. The undercurrent is that they didn't want
to be too harsh on the Mormons because several politically prominent
people are involved with the plans for Our Lady Queen of Angels to
try to get permission to build a 110-foot dome in Eastbluff.
It really doesn't matter if it is St. Andrews with the 97-foot
cross, St. Matthews with the approved 75-foot steeple and cross, the
Mormon temple with a steeple approved to be 99 feet 9 inches, or Our
Lady Queen of Angels with a 110-foot dome; it is nothing more than a
game. Here we have a bunch of churches in town getting into a mine's
bigger or taller than yours competition. Quite frankly, I find this
whole competition thoroughly disgusting.
ALLEN K. MURRAY
State bond victories will lead to
tax increases ... No duh
I find it astounding that despite the recession, and groaning
under a huge deficit, California voters, seemingly oblivious to that
dismal state of affairs, and apparently gripped in a condition of
lunacy, approved ill-advised statewide ballot measures that can only
add to California's budget woes.
If queried, those same voters would no doubt answer a resounding
no if asked whether they would like to pay more taxes. Exactly what
is it that causes voters to take leave of their senses when
considering bond issues? Do they not know that bonds floated by the
state incur debt and must be paid back? Who exactly do they imagine
pays back that debt? Some of those voters, of course, pay little or
no taxes anyway, so maybe they do know who pays back the debt.
Look for upcoming tax increase and a rollback on vehicle license
fees reduction. There now, aren't you glad those bond issues sailed
easily to victory?
Enforce laws to deal with housing problems, don't add new laws
I think what should be done about the substandard housing is, we
should enforce the codes that already exist for the city of Costa
Mesa and the laws that exist for the state of California regarding
housing ("Politics at play as planners debate rental housing
program," Oct. 30). We have the authority and the power to do that.
I have lived in Costa Mesa for 30-plus years, and my husband and I
have been property owners in the city of Costa Mesa for more than 30
The idea of modeling Costa Mesa after Santa Ana is absurd. We
don't have the same kinds of problems. We don't want to be like Santa
Ana. I think that the idea of a citywide ordinance certainly
penalizes landlords who are pride-of-ownership landlords and does not
target the slumlords. I'm completely against a citywide ordinance. It
doesn't address the issues properly.
Resurface 17th Street, fill in potholes, for safety's sake
The roads on East 17th Street require resurfacing. The safety of
drivers and passengers are at risk when potholes and crevices must be
avoided. This should be attended to.