Can you believe it? Termed out Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever,a Republican, is actually trying to shut down the soup kitchens in his city. He “says the idea is a first step in fighting Costa Mesa’s homeless problem: “My belief is that if we manage to put the soup kitchen out of business that would go a long way toward addressing the attractive nuisance we have in our city that’s creating a huge negative impact,” according to ABC News.
According to the OC Weekly, “Not everyone is laughing at their cartoon character of a mayor. Councilwoman Wendy Leece, liaison to the city’s Homeless Task Force, tells the Times of the people the charities help, “They are Costa Mesa families, and I think that’s where the mayor needs to step back. They are Costa Mesa residents who have fallen on hard times.”
OJ blog commenter Gericault summed up this mess fairly well in an OC Weekly comment:
Eric Bever is termed out and running for a seat on the Mesa Consolidated Water Board. He is running against the current incumbent President Fred Bockmiller. Bockmiller is the Facilities director at UCI and has overseen water and drainage projects that have resulted in billions of infrastructure upgrades. His knowledge and experience are unparalleled. Insiders from the Costa Mesa political machine have basically made a stand to have Bever take the place of Bockmiller on the Water board. Bever is an antique dealer. The reason stated in whispers is that Eric NEEDS the medical for a bad back and if he is termed out he will lose his medical insurance. The justification is that Bockmiller can get insurance through the College so he is expendable. Ironic, isn’t? The Mayor is running for another elected position for the government provided health insurance but before he leaves he attacks charities that provide health insurance for those that need it. Costa Mesa needs to drain this swamp…….
What can I say? Vote for Bockmiller!