Riggy Calls, Katrina on TV and Another Special Council Meeting
Yesterday, following the publication of Norberto Santana's second article, and my second blog post, regarding carpetbagging Planning Commission Chairman Jim Righeimer's apparent transgression, I received a call from Righeimer.
ANGER MANAGEMENT THERAPY REQUIRED
Yep, he called me twice, actually. The first call, right around the noon hour, found him in need of anger management therapy - he was fuming about my first blog entry. He hadn't seen the second one. In fact, he hadn't even read both of Santana's, nor had he listened to the audio clip in question.
"OFF THE RECORD"
At the beginning of our "conversation" - which I put in quotes because it was more of a one-way street, with Riggy doing the sending and me doing the receiving - he told me that the conversation had to be "off the record". Reluctantly, I agreed and off we went for about 40 minutes. The second call, mid-afternoon, lasted nearly 20 minutes, so I got my ear permanently bent by Riggy for about an hour yesterday.
RIGGY BLOCKS CLARIFICATION
Sadly, because Riggy gave me the stiff arm, requiring that these conversations be "off the record", I can't really tell you what he said. I can tell you, though, that late in the first conversation I - in one of the few opportunities I had to actually talk - told Riggy that, based on what he was telling me, he probably needed to "go public" with his view of this issue. I told him that, because he had required me to keep our conversation "off the record", I would be unable to provide my readers with his perspective - and offered him the opportunity to have his views presented here. He declined. I reminded him of my agreement with him, telling him that he'd painted me into a corner. Apparently he's OK with that because, even during our second telephone conversation, he held to our agreement. That, of course, leaves you readers to speculate about what he might feel mitigates the impact of the tape recording, the context, etc. I know that's frustrating for you and probably wasn't a good decision on his part, but I tried...
FOLEY ON "INSIDE OC"
Part of what caused Mayor Allan Mansoor to throw a hissy-fit at the last council meeting apparently was Katrina Foley's appearance on "Inside OC" on March 31st. Mansoor - or the people who wrote his prepared statement - apparently felt that Foley had violated the Brown Act by talking about the Fairgrounds Sale on television. (I remind you that he didn't seem to be concerned that Gary Monahan had blurted out information about a lease/purchase proposal on radio in January) I had not seen that program, so I rummaged around the web and found the video clip and watched it today. In it Foley is a panelist along with Orange County Assistant District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Chapman Professor Pete Weitzner and was interviewed by host Rick Reiff. They discussed sex offenders living in communities, a planned development on an oil patch in Fullerton, and the Orange County Fairgrounds sale. You can view the clip - its just under 30 minutes - HERE.
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW AT 4:00
The Costa Mesa City Council will have a Special Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14th, beginning at 4:00, to discuss the Fairgrounds Sale issue. Notification of the meeting was just posted on the city web site and calls for an open and closed session. As far as I know at this time, the council study session scheduled for today is still on.