The California Fourth District Court of Appeals has upheld last week’s decision by Superior Court Judge Franz Miller, rejecting the city’s argument that it should be granted an exception to the rules regarding filing deadlines.
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.
Monday was a bad day in court for the for the City of Costa Mesa in its effort to rush to the ballot Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer’s City Charter Initiative. Judge Franz Miller’s preliminary ruling rejects the city’s attempt to use the City Clerk as the petitioner in the suit since she is not a Costa Mesa resident…
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.
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.