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.