On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council directed the city manager to rescind the remaining 70 layoff notices which were issued on March 17, 2011. The council’s decision made that earlier decision extinct. That decision, almost two years ago, launched a pitched battle between the Costa Mesa Employees Association, represented by Orange County Employees Association, and the council majority led by council member Jim Righeimer.
by Kathy Findley • • 1 Comment
I watched the Feet to the Fire forum with Katrina Foley and Jim Righeimer discussing Measure V, the proposed Costa Mesa city charter. A proposal that has taken the city from an already hostile living environment due to the hamfisted…
by Joe Hill • • 4 Comments
On Thursday the Costa Mesa City Council held an “Emergency Meeting” to “correct” the language of their Charter Ballot Summary. While Righeimer (Little Ceasar) characterized the change as correcting a clerical error, their action is more likely a slight-of-hand move to change the summary after reviewing opposing ballot arguments.
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Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG.org) has endorsed Sandra (Sandy) Genis, John Stephens, and Harold Weitzberg for Costa Mesa City Council in the upcoming November 2012 election.
by Chris Prevatt • • 2 Comments
After two public hearings and a couple of town halls, the Costa Mesa City Council has thus far failed to yield to overwhelming public comment opposing the rush to place an initiative to make Costa Mesa a charter city on the June ballot. The final vote to place Righeimer’s Charter Folly before the voters happens tonight.
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According to open government expert Terry Francke, the Costa Mesa City Council violated California’s open meetings law last year when it authorized behind closed doors a letter seeking federal law enforcement assistance in shutting down the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries.
Well, 2011 is just about behind us and a presidential election year is just ahead – time flies. Let’s look back at some of the 2011 stories we covered here in no particular order. We can debate which one is…