Righeimer’s Charter Won’t Be On The June Ballot

I just learned a little while ago that Judge Franz Miller ruled today against the City of Costa Mesa in their effort to force the OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley to place Righeimer’s Charter on the ballot in June. As outlined in his preliminary ruling released yesterday, Miller found that the City had not established any irreparable harm if the measure were delayed until the November election. That is of course in addition to the fact that there are no provisions in election law to allow for the filing deadlines to be waived.

While we still have a big fight to prepare for in November, at least my fellow Costa Mesan’s will have a chance to thoughtfully consider the ramifications of this rushed initiative that does nothing but serve the political interests of Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and his sycophants. Time is one thing that isn’t on Righeimer’s side.


In the matter of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association suit against the city to stop Righeimer’s illegal layoff scheme, according to a story from A Bubbling Cauldron blog, it looks like the trial date of April 9th is going to be pushed back until after the city’s appeal of the temporary injunction preventing layoffs until after trial is heard. As Geoff reports, “According to sources on both sides of the issue, this move was agreed to by both parties and Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann and means that it is very possible that this trial may not be heard until sometime late in the late fall – near the November elections.”

Tonight the City Council did approve an appeal of Judge Miller’s ruling (no surprise there) on a 4-1 vote. It seems these guys are bound and determined to bankrupt this city with legal fees to support Righeimer’s Quest for ultimate and unregulated POWER. Geoff has a rundown on tonight’s special meeting here.

  8 comments for “Righeimer’s Charter Won’t Be On The June Ballot

  1. March 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    It is amazing what tin gods like Righeimer and Tustin Mayor Amante are willing to spend in taxpayer money to fight their windmills. Is it something in the special bottled water of OC politicos that causes such delusional behavior at our expense?

  2. March 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    It’s all about power, Jeff. Righeimer campaigned as a budget crusader yet spends legal fees like a drunken sailer! And, in an ironic move, last week – in a fit of pique – he voted AGAINST transferring funds from the General Fund to the Self Insurance Fund, from which the litigation bills (Jones Day) are paid. Unless somebody wakes him up and another vote is taken next Tuesday it is very possible that Finance Director Bobby Young won’t be able to pay Jones Day! How delicious is that?

    • Tar and Feather
      March 28, 2012 at 5:50 am

      Is not paying bills when due something new for Napoleon Righeimer?

    • March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Let’s see, then Jones Day will have to sue for recompense. I wonder who Riggie can get to represent them. Maybe Tustin’s old mayor, Doug Davert.

  3. Flaming Realist
    March 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I think it’s Kool Aid in those water bottles. OCGOP Kool Aid.
    The right wing complains that unions give money to politicians’ campaigns who then get elected and give generous contracts to employees.
    How is that any different from businesses donating to politicians’ campaigns who then get elected and give generous contracts to the businesses?
    I guess if I drank the same Kool Aid I’d think it was OK for businesses but not unions.

  4. flomartin
    March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I attended both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s hearing in Judge Miller’s courtroom. One of his comments had me figuratevly pumping my fist in the air.

    Miller stated that Richard Grabowski, attorney for the City Council, was confusing the citizens of Costa Mesa with its City Council. Grabowski responded that he saw no distinction.

    Here’s the best line of the day:
    “Oh, I do, [see the distinction]” Miller retorted. “That’s why sometimes City Council majorities turn into minorities.”

    Folks in the courtroom, except for the Jones Day “suits,” were grinning from ear to ear!

    Let’s keep our fingers, toes, legs, arms, eyes…whatever…crossed that Judge Miller has some special insight into the future of our current Costa Mesa City Council.

  5. Costa Mesa Observer
    March 30, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Thanks for keeping us informed.

    It sounds like the lawyers for the city will recommend appealing this. Word has it that they have a boat payment due. Appeals are expensive but Righeimer has lots of taxpayer money to spend.

  6. Jay Litvak
    March 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    There is really no need for all of this wrangling by the Costa Mesa City Council, is there? After all, if they really believe that their proposed charter is good for the City of Costa Mesa–that is, Costa Mesans–it seems as though they would want the charter initiative to appear on the November ballot when there will be a more representative electorate at the ballot box. I am willing to live with the results of a fair election; are they?

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