Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: Bootlicker is back!
- Tinker Bell Plot: Reporter Dave McKibben visits the turf war in Anaheim and discovers “The Disney-supported initiative, which supporters say has gathered enough signatures for the ballot, seeks to bar new housing in the resort district unless voters approve it. [But the] measure wouldn't require voter approval for Disney's commercial ventures.” That's evenhanded in a Tinker Bell sort of way. Disney folks want to block SunCal's 1,500-residential-unit plans across the street from their third planned theme park in the area. Almost laughed taking a sip of coffee when I read that Annette McCluskey, spokesperson for Disney's Save Our Anaheim Resort, told the Times reporter that opponents of Disney's shenanigans are “a little disingenuous.” Ballsy, babe.
- Now they're protesting casinos: Little Saigon is a place where counterfeit products, prostitution, violent gangs and gambling rings thrive, but some Vietnamese Americans are now saying that a proposed Indian casino in Garden Grove would lower community standards. Deepa Barath of the Register quoted from a letter to the city by five elected officials opposing the project. They said a casino “brings about social problems such as addicted gambling, family breakdown, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect [and] financial bankruptcies.” In case the point was missed, Truong Diep — one of the fabulous five — told Barath, “It's a proven fact that casinos attract a variety of criminal activities.” Jonathan Stein, CEO of the Santa Monica-based but federally unrecognized Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe, was pissed. Earlier this month, he met with Vietnamese community leaders and thought he had explained the massive windfalls he projects for everyone — including $70 million-per-year for city coffers. City Councilman Mark Rosen, a Democrat who backs a casino project perhaps because union bosses are drooling at the idea of new turf, called the letter “disgraceful.” Two to one odds this feud gets better.
- Hot dogs, peanuts, Crackerjacks! The Daily Pilot reports today that the state is looking for a concessions-stand operator at Corona del Mar State Beach. The beautiful spot hasn't had a concessionaire for two years during renovations. The paper notes that Kilmer Enterprises, which had the contract, offered “hot dogs and hamburgers, drinks and other picnic-type food.”
Proposals will be accepted at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, through 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. Please run your ideas by Gustavo first.
- Speaking of sauerkraut: Gordon Dillow must have rested his head on his Reg desk, dreamed of sweaty men in uniform and wrestled with his important weekly decision: Should I spin for a questionable cop or questionable soldier? I don't know if a coin toss settled it, but Dillow picked this week's hero as Marine Lieutenant General James Mattis. Here's Gordo on Mattis: “An honorable, courageous and widely admired officer who isn't afraid to forgo political correctness and speak his mind.” What deserved this plug in Gordo's mind? Last week, Mattis overruled charges against two Marines who had been accused by military police of murdering three Iraqi men in Haditha. To explain his decision, Mattis said, “I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4,000 Cubans who are trained to kill me, so don't think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge and make me nervous.” Oh, sorry. That was Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men. Hey, guess what: That's essentially what Mattis wrote in a statement that must have had Gordo praisin' the Lord and thinking of flashbacks to gory black-and-white war movies. I suspect that what really pleasured the Reg columnist were recent public comments Mattis made to the laughter of soldiers: “Actually, it's quite fun to fight [Middle East folks], you know. It's a hell of a hoot. . . . It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling. . . . You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left, anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." F-yeah, shooting people proves you're a real man!
- OC GOP “principles” fight: Steven Greenhut thinks fellow conservative Jubal at OCBlog went too far in his praise for Senate Majority Leader Dick Ackerman leading the effort to stall the Democrat's budget bill. I think Jubal (a.k.a. Matt Cunningham, a political/corporate PR strategist) said Ackerman is “pride-inspiring” for Orange County conservatives. Greenhut (pictured) attempts to dismantle the notion by pointing out Ackerman's support of budget-busting pension gifts to public employee unions, opposition to property rights and attempts to put a liberal Republican (Lynn Daucher) in the state senate over an ultra-conservative Democrat (Lou Correa). Jubal responded in the comment section: “Ever heard of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good?”
- Local Dems are quiet, but the other side isn't: Congressman John Campbell brings acclaimed cable TV and Wall Street Journal journalist John Fund to the Balboa Bay Club today at 5. The two Republicans will discuss "current political events and legislative issues" followed by a Q&A. If you attend, you'll have to drink each time they utter the word “illegal.” Call (949) 232-8882, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.