On Monday night, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and his merry band of thieves robbed the citizens of Costa Mesa of their right to be considered in what could be one of the most important political actions taken by city leaders since incorporation in 1953. After a four-hour long public hearing, Righeimer rammed through his city charter proposal on a 3-1 vote. Conveniently, Mayor Gary Monahan was unable to attend the charade to add his vote to the record.
Geoff West described the meeting this way in his post about the meeting:
The meeting, which ran more than four hours if you include the break that was taken right around 8:00 when a near-riot broke out, turned out about as I expected it would. The council took comments from 41 people – nearly 80% of which spoke against the Charter – haggled among themselves about which phrases would be added or deleted, stiff-armed Wendy Leece at virtually every turn and adjourned the meeting shortly before 11:15 with Jim Righeimer’s Charter virtually intact. All that remains now is for them to vote to place it on the June ballot at their meeting on March 6th.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the meeting was the presentation by a fellow named Kevin Dayton, who told us he represented the Dayton Public Policy Institute. This outfit, according to Dayton after he was jeered away from the speaker’s podium, is brand new – he had no web site nor business cards – and is apparently just him. You can read Joe Serna‘s account in the Daily Pilot, HERE. Before he began speaking it was clear that he had pre-arranged for an extended stay at the podium, acknowledged by Righeimer, who was running the show because Mayor Gary Monahan was, again absent
One of the most telling signs of Righeimer’s resolve to ignore the public will at public expense was his revelation of what he planned if the proposed charter fails to pass in June.
Again from Geoff West:
Last night speaker after speaker rose to either oppose Jim Righeimer’s Charter flat out or to request the council to slow the process down and place the Charter on the November ballot instead of jamming it down our throats. At one point, during his response to that suggestion, Righeimer told the audience that if the Charter failed at the June election it would simply be placed on the November ballot. So, not only is he willing to spend between $97,500 and $123,500 to place it on the June ballot, but he’s willing to virtually double-down and spend another $78,500 to $97,500 in November.
If there was any remaining doubt that the charter initiative is nothing more than a political scheme to support Righeimer’s politically motivated destruction of city government in Costa Mesa, his comments Monday night should clear things up.
Tyranny of the Majority is defined on Wikipedia as “the scenario in which decisions made by a majority under that system would place that majority’s interests so far above a dissenting individual’s interest that the minority would be actively oppressed, just like the oppression by tyrants and despots.”
I think that pretty much covers what happened on Monday night.