Editorial Staff

Righeimer Punts?

Councilman Jim Righeimer - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

Just two days before the Orange County Registrar of Voters is expected to certify the results of the general election, and on the heels of his defiant proclamations after election night results showed his Charter Initiative doing down in flames, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer seems to be wanting to punt.

Showdown in Anaheim Tonight

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We’re hoping that today’s special City Council meeting in Anaheim to decide whether to place two initiative proposals to amend the city charter on the November ballot doesn’t erupt into violent protests similar to those which disrupted a council meeting earlier this month. Mayor Tom Tait has set the meeting to be held at 4 p.m. in the Anaheim High School Cook Auditorium.

Women’s Groups and OCEA ask Attorney General to investigate Bustamante Abuse

Jennifer Muir, OCEA Assistant General Manager speaks to reporters about the request for the Attorney General to investigate Bustamante Abuse allegations. (Photo: LiberalOC.com)

At noon on Tuesday a couple dozen women gathered at the Old Santa Ana Court House to call upon the California Attorney General to investigate the failures in management at the County of Orange. Specifically they want an investigation of how those failures allowed the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by former Public Works Executive Manager and Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante to go unaddressed for so long.

OC CEO Tom Mauk Resigns

Tom Mauk

Following a third closed session meeting to discuss the employment status of Orange County CEO Tom Mauk in the wake of mishandled Carlos Bustamante sexual harassment investigations, The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept Mauk’s resignation effective August 3rd. Supervisors, with the exception of Supervisor Nelson decided to appoint current CFO Robert Franz…

Provisional and Late VBM Ballot Status for 69th and 72nd Assembly Contests

Results

Neal Kelley at the Orange County Registrar of Voters has released the estimated number of Provisional and late Vote-By-Mail ballots remaining to be counted in the 69th and 72nd Assembly district contests. As we reported yesterday, these races have a significant number of outstanding ballots remaining to be counted which may effect the final placement of candidates in the top-two primary election.

Primary Election Analysis

Results

The first top-two primary election in California has concluded. The results show some clear winners, some losers, and some nail-biter contests whose results will not be final for days. There are a total of 113,199 remaining Vote-By-Mail, Provisional, and Paper ballots left to count. With numbers this large it is possible that some of the contests, with narrow margins between the second and third place finishers, will flip.