Last night the Costa Mesa City Council voted to place Righeimer’s Folly, a Charter Initiative to grant unrestrained power to the current Council majority, on the ballot in June. Immediately following the council meeting, the opposition launched its campaign to fight back for the residents of Costa Mesa.
Costa Mesa resident Tom Egan told the Council, “Giving you the power in this charter would be like giving a teenager the keys to the liquor cabinet and the keys to the car at the same time. You people without any grown up supervisor scares me.”
The first of two planned public hearings regarding Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer’s proposed City Charter Initiative is scheduled for Tuesday in the City Council chambers. But in their rush to get it on the June election ballot important details, as simple as meeting starting times, are falling through the cracks.
The informational meeting regarding the male members of the city council’s scheme to turn Costa Mesa into a Charter City felt like a sales meeting for their proposal. The agenda stated that the presenter would be Interim Communications Director, Bill Lobdell, but Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch did the presentation for the crowd. Bill did…