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Costa Mesa councilman blames union backers for vandalism, racist graffiti

182878920-11215944 A Costa Mesa councilman said on his Facebook page that he believes union supporters vandalized his home.

But a city spokesman later said Steve Mensinger does not plan to file a police report on the incident, which comes as the councilman and other city officials are making controversial cutbacks and layoffs at City Hall, according to the Daily Pilot.

"On a sad note of story that will not appear in the L.A. Times, our family was visited by a group of union supporters sometime last night," Mensinger wrote in a status update. "After they put a 'Cancel the layoff' sign in my yard they applied paint to my car and proceeded over to the Pop Warner bins where they scribbled the words 'KKK' along with an assortment of other painted designs."

The n-word was also sprayed at Estancia High School's Pop Warner facility, city spokesman William Lobdell said Monday. City spokesman Bill Lobdell also confirmed that the councilman's truck and property had been targeted.  Mensinger has long been involved with and is a champion of Pop Warner football.

Jennifer Muir, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Employees Assn., responded to Mensinger's Facebook post by denying that the OCEA had anything to do with the vandalism of Mensinger's property "These accusations are ludicrous," Muir wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Pilot. "We would never do such a thing, and we would never condone it."

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--Lauren Williams, Times Community News

Photo: Steve Mensinger. Credit: Times Community News.

 
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