Is The Circus In Town?
If I had known the circus was coming to town I wouldn't have planned a vacation this weekend! "What circus?", you ask. Well, the circus must be in town because a car-load of clowns held a press conference in an empty lot yesterday morning!
FIRST TWO OUT OF THE CAR
At the time Jim Righeimer and John Moorlach held their presser in the weed patch at the corner of Superior and 17th Street Saturday I was a couple hundred miles away, heading north for what I thought would be a nice, relaxing, peaceful vacation. Wrong! My cell phone has been ringing it's little bell off and my email in box is clogging up.
"STINK EYE", MY FANNY!
I read the Daily Pilot article on the event and got more than a little upset. So, Eric Bever and Christian Eric felt "intimidated" by members of the CMPD when they were observed placing signs on the fence at that very same lot, huh? Bever said they were given the "stink eye" by the cops. Geez!
RIGGY'S PIT BULL
Among those clowns at the press conference was Righeimer's pit bull/lawyer/brother-in-law, Mark Bucher. If that name sounds familiar, it should. He's the guy who sent me, and some members of the CMPD, a letter recently demanding that I not mention three forbidden topics about his client/relative. I was threatened with legal action if I did. You will also recall that Righeimer, just a few hours later, mentioned one of them during a candidate forum. He has subsequently mentioned the other two, too.
INTIMIDATION? OH, REALLY?
"Intimidation"? I can tell you about that word. Intimidation is being told that if I exercise my right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution I will be sued... that's "intimidation".
ONCE A BULLY, ALWAYS...
Now that the candidate forums are over and Righeimer will not have a formal venue from which to spout his anti-union venom, he and his strategists apparently have decided to create these opportunities with bogus claims like this one. I guess it doesn't surprise me - that's what a bully does, after all.
So, now we have Righeimer involved in yet another "investigation" involving the Costa Mesa Police Department. I find myself wondering just how many of the voters are being fooled by these tactics? This kind of mud-slinging maneuvering are the acts of a desperate man - one who sees his almost-guaranteed seat on the city council slipping away. One can almost hear his thoughts, "How can I, after spending all this cash and laying the groundwork for this victory, lose to THAT guy?"
"That guy", of course, would be Chris McEvoy - Costa Mesa's Everyman - who seems to be gaining steam in his campaign despite being defamed with bogus reports of a DUI conviction. Righeimer and his supporters continue to spread that false story, but no lawyer has yet braced them with threats of a lawsuit, even though those false claims are every bit as egregious as those Righeimer seems so worried about. No, McEvoy continues taking the high road, addressing only Righeimer's points on issues, not his behavior, family or tactics. Sounds "statesman-like" to me.
It will be very interesting, indeed, to see just what kind of an investigation Chief Chris Shawkey completes with this complaint. And, when will we hear about it, since the clock is ticking and absentee ballots will be mailed during the next week or so. I certainly hope the voters can see through this smoke screen and consider just what kind of a man you'll be placing in a seat of power in our city if they vote for Jim Righeimer. As has been said many times, Character Counts...
COUNCIL FIREWORKS LIKELY ON TUESDAY
Just a little reminder... the Costa Mesa City Council will hold their regularly schedule meeting on Tuesday, October 19th. This one promises to be full of fireworks and might be a long one. Besides having a half-dozen items to be discussed in Closed Session (including several law suits), they will address the Garcia Recycling issue that was pushed out a few meetings ago. The staff report on that one alone is formidable.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., but the Closed Session will likely push that out at least a half-hour - probably more.
So, I'm still on vacation, so the responses to comments will be slow... be patient and your thoughts will eventually be posted.