Righeimer Must Go!
THE LAST STRAW?
Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of OC, Norberto Santana, Jr., just reported an errant voice mail message left by Costa Mesa Planning Commission Chairman Jim Righeimer on Santana's machine that may put the final nail in Riggy's political coffin.
AUDIO TAPE REFERS TO BROWN ACT VIOLATION
Riggy, Dana Rohrabacher's campaign manager, Costa Mesa Planning Commission Chairman and City Councilman wannabe, called Santana thinking he was calling one of his cronies about an issue involving the Fairgrounds Sale. In that voice mail message he refers specifically to what is almost certainly a Brown Act violation. You can read Santana's complete article HERE, which includes an audio clip of the voice mail.
D.A. SHOULD INVESTIGATE
After listening to that tape it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that something illegal is afoot here. Having had several telephone conversations with Righeimer in the past, the clip certainly sounds like him. If this message is valid it should be referred to the Orange County District Attorney for investigation and Righeimer should immediately be expelled from his position on the Planning Commission.
WHO WAS HE TALKING TO?
Although we don't know just who Righeimer thought he was talking to on that voice mail clip, clearly it's someone well-connected in city business - someone who likely is also either aware of, or is personally involved in, a Brown Act violation.
THE RULES ARE FOR OTHERS
In the past Righeimer and some of his pals have had a very cavalier attitude about the "rules of the game". In his role on the Planning Commission, both as a commissioner and now as Chairman, he's played fast and loose with proper procedure, violated proper decorum, engaged in mistreatment of speakers before the commission and waltzed with Brown Act violations in the past.
RIGHEIMER MUST GO!
I've said from the very beginning, when Righeimer was chosen for the Planning Commission after living in Costa Mesa for only a few months, that he was a well-connected political opportunist - a carpetbagger in the purest sense of the word - and that he shouldn't be trusted. This is just the most recent example of his behavior. Righeimer must go!