Monday, June 6, 2011

Steve Lopez: In Costa Mesa, are extremists playing politics with people's lives? - latimes.com

Steve Lopez: In Costa Mesa, are extremists playing politics with people's lives? - latimes.com

"If this were about dollars and cents, we'd have no problem," said Billy Folsom, who got a layoff notice after 30 years as a city mechanic.

Folsom told me he's a Republican with friends in the "tea party," but he thinks Costa Mesa is actually ground zero for the anti-government movement run amok and that privatizing will cost more in the long run. If the city could save money by going private, he said, why hasn't it produced a shred of evidence?

Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh told tea party supporters that Costa Mesa is "ground zero" in the GOP's next big movement.

"I find it frustrating," former Mayor Genis said of recent developments in the seaside burg.

We were strolling through Costa Mesa's lovely Fairview Park when I asked what she meant.

"We seem to attract a certain kind of Republican," she said.

What kind is that? I asked.

"Intolerant," said Genis.

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