Costa Mesa: Oh, Those Angry Birds!

I am tempted to call the Costa City Council meeting this evening an on going soap opera, but that would be minimizing the horror of the destruction of our city by council members Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan. The gall of these men knows no bounds. This evening, as usual, speaker after speaker requested that they rescind the layoffs as well as questioned their obvious waste of the city monies on multiple law firms to fight the layoffs of the city workers and outsource city services.

As usual, nays to yays on this issue were massively outnumbered. In fact, there was only one speaker who presented in favor of outsourcing, the publisher of the blog, The Costa Mesa Press, Martin Millard. The rest made pleas to the Councilmen to rescind the layoffs and to go the the table with the city employees to negotiate a reasonable solution with our current workers.

Councilman Jim Righeimer - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

Jim Righeimer, who doesn’t even try and remember what he says from one minute to the next, stated that there will be no going to the table or reconsideration of outsourcing. He again, blamed the former city council for negotiating the contract with the union before they left office, there by giving the current city council no choice but to issue layoffs notices because they had lost the option for negotiations. He must have forgotten that during the Feet to the Fire forum, Nick Berardino informed him that the union and the city can renegotiate the contract at any time as long as both parties agree to do so, and the union would be happy to go the table with the council.  Jim also forgot that at the last city council meeting before their summer hiatus, he said he “would sit down with the  union any time.” At that meeting, when pressed for a commitment by Wendy Leece, her asking him directly, “So, are you saying you are willing to go back to the table with the city employees?”  He replied, “Yes.”

The council members have made no such move to negotiate with the union. Jim Righeimer then went on to blame the Union for forcing the city to hire 3 law firms to defend themselves in court in order to move forward with the outsourcing. One of the laws firms, Jones Day based in San Francisco, was frequently referred to during the meeting as “one of the most expensive law firms in the world,” Lois McCluen (forgive any misspelled names!) who spoke against outsourcing, said her son works for Jones Day and questioned why the Costa Mesa City Council needed such an expensive law firm in addition to 2 others. Jones Day will be paid $495 an hour. This figure and the claim that Jones Day is one of the most expensive law firms in the world was not disputed by any council member.  Riggy stated with great confidence that they will not stop their plan to outsource and said, “It is going to happen.” He then painted this as their noble mission to save the city.

Speaker Tom Egan put it best when he said, “It just hit me while I was sitting here. You guys just don ‘t care.” He chastised the male council members for the callous disregard for the desires of the citizens and how clear it has become that REAL people in charge are Jim Righeimer and Steven Mensinger. Mayor Monahan just sat there like a monkey. Mr. Egan actually called Righeimer a “carpet bagger.” He was my hero for the night!

Councilwoman Wendy Leece - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

My favorite moment for the night was when my #2 hero Wendy Leece said she wanted to “register a complaint” against Riggy and Mensy for texting on the dias while people were talking. She said she could look to her left and to her right and see them texting through out the meeting. This was met with a pathetic excuse by Mensinger that he wasn’t texting, it was his notebook and he was “checking his notes.” Why he would do that during public comments is quite a mystery, when that is the time during the meeting when he is supposed to LISTEN. Riggy said he was texting Monahan, who was late for the meeting due to a family emergency as to when he was going to be there.

Councilman Steve Mensinger (Appointed) - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

I have seen Mensinger texting during the meetings with my own baby greens and it is always during public comments. I have also heard several speakers call him out on it.  His only response is to roll his eyes.  Come on now Mensinger, I know what you are doing up there.  Shutting  the “voices” out with a rousing game of “Angry Birds.” I get it. It’s addictive. But now put your phone away, and listen to the people who didn’t vote you in but are stuck with you none the less.

  14 comments for “Costa Mesa: Oh, Those Angry Birds!

  1. Joe
    September 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Mr. Egan and many others are good people who care about our city. The Riggmarshal cares about getting himself a seat in Congress. Pleading with these extremists to change course is a waste of time.

    • Kathy Findley
      September 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      I still think it’s important that folks keep calling him out. Even though it means that those of us that do are subject to nasty attacks. See below. Not to mention physical attacks, threats and a noose hanging to remind us of their intentions. I am proud to see that average folks on both left and right are still fighting the good fight.

      • JFW
        September 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Agree. But unlike some others, I think the time to request has ended. These people will follow their agenda undaunted unless a judge or other lawful means stops them.

      • JFW
        September 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        One good thing I’ve seen with this struggle is that there are many “sane” Republicans like Wendy Leece, Sandy Genis, and Geoff West, who are resisting these extremists.

  2. Phil
    September 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Why wouldn’t Wendy Leece vote for her own proposal for “transparency”? Could it be that the revised motion included the unions? Could it be she doesn’t want us to know the backroom dealing of 2010 when she sold her vote for a terrible Police contract in exchange for $13k in campaign money the next day. Wendy and the unions are destroying our great City. Glad we have 4 Councilmembers who stand up to this. Kathy, you continue to represent the fringe element of our City. So glad you are in the minority.

    • Millennia
      September 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      Monahan voted for the same contract Martin. Do you forget that? You post the same tired dribble on the Daily Pilot.

  3. Kathy Findley
    September 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Really? Who ever you represent must be the quiet type. Only one speaker in favor of out sourcing. Why aren’t these droves of outsource supporters turning out in the meetings?

    • JFW
      September 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      They don’t need to- the council majority makes sure they get their giant bills paid.

  4. The Quote Minority
    September 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Karen Because WE WHO AGREE with the council have lives and work and kids. I write emails to my Councilmembers letting them know I support them. Do you even live in Costa Mesa Karen?

    • Kathy Findley
      September 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Do you even read the post carefully before you post about it, The Quirk Minority? Opps, I mean Quack.

  5. The Quote Minority
    September 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Oops I mean Kathy

  6. Kathy Findley
    September 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yes I do work, have a life and raised 3 kids in Costa Mesa where I have lived since 1978. Why do you have to be so nasty just because I disagree with you?? Where do you get the idea that I don’t work just because I write a blog. It’s called getting involved. I encourage both sides to do so. Read your peer’s blog, The Costa Mesa Press. He’s the only one at the meeting who spoke in favor of outsourcing.

    • JFW
      September 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      … And goes by “Phil” here.

      • Kathy Findley
        September 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        Why does he use a fake name? I don’t get that.

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