Tuesday was a bad day for the Costa Mesa City Council’s “Gang of Four.” In terms that Pop Warner booster and Councilman Stephen Mensinger might better understand, they fumbled on fourth down at the five-yard line.
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.
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…