On Thursday the Costa Mesa City Council held an “Emergency Meeting” to “correct” the language of their Charter Ballot Summary that was approved at a prior hearing. While Righeimer (Little Ceasar) and his drones characterized the change as correcting a clerical error, their action seems to more likely be a slight-of-hand move to change the summary after reviewing the ballot arguments submitted by the Charter Initiative opponents.
Geoff West, over at A Bubbling Cauldron, has a detailed review of what happened at the meeting last night. Here is a highlight from his commentary.
It was VERY clear to the 35 people in the audience what was going on. Righeimer was using his position of authority to stifle dissent of his Charter and to deceive the voters, once again. I doubt if anyone in the audience this afternoon actually believed Barlow’s protestation that she didn’t know a thing about the arguments. With the exception of the subterfuge to hide the reference to no-bid contracts, the other changes could have been as an administrative modification without the need for a council meeting.
Read West’s entire commentary here.
This is just another example of how Jim Righeimer is willing to do anything to fool the voters of Costa Mesa into buying his B.S. about the benefits of his Charter Initiative. I wouldn’t be surprised if their slight-of-hand maneuver will end up in court, costing Costa Mesa taxpayers even more money in legal fees. Why isn’t the Costa Mesa Taxpayer’s Association outraged over this? The answer is simple, they are not a group formed to protect the Costa Mesa taxpayers, their sole purpose is to advance the political careers of Jim Righeimer and Colin McCarthy.
While the story of the photo below is unrelated, the image is very appropriate as a descriptor of Righeimer’s attempt to line through and rewrite the dead Raccoon that is his Charter Initiative.