Friday, May 11, 2012

Righeimer's Charter Revived...

Having spent the entire day gallivanting around with my sweet and very patient wife running errands and having fun on her much-deserved day off I returned to find that the Charter gremlins are back in business.

In a press release that hit my in box shortly after 2:00 p.m. today, Costa Mesa Director of Communications, Bill Lobdell, informed us that the first of two required public hearings on Jim Righeimer's Charter before it can be placed on the November ballot will be held - are you ready? - on the date of the June 5th Primary Election.  That was the ballot that the City failed to get this disaster on due to a couple of major administrative gaffes.  So, it looks like at least a few of the voters in this city will actually have a chance to "consider" it, but only if they find time after working, dealing with family matters and voting!


The scheduling of this hearing on this date is very interesting since it is VERY likely that we will still be wrestling with a budget at that time.  Who knows where THAT issue is going to go now that Righeimer has fabricated a crisis and will be expecting the staff to find dollars where there are none for projects that are much less critical than keeping our streets safe.

The unedited text of Lobdell's press release follows:


COSTA MESA, CALIF - The City of Costa Mesa has set June 5 as the date for the first required public hearing to consider a proposed City Charter, or local constitution, for the November ballot. The public hearing will be part of the regular City Council meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and will be heard at 7 p.m. or soon thereafter.

The City of Costa Mesa conducted a similar public hearing process earlier this year before the City Council voted to place a charter—which transfers ultimate authority over municipal affairs from Sacramento to the local level—on the June 5 ballot. However, the City Clerk failed to meet a filing deadline established by state statute, and Orange County Registrar of Voters was unable to place the measure on the ballot.

A required second public hearing to consider the charter for the November ballot is scheduled for July 10, and the City Council will vote on whether to put the charter measure on the Nov. 6 ballot at a special Council meeting scheduled for July 31.

Next week, the City will have a “Charter” tab on its website that will link to the Costa Mesa charter approved by the City Council in March; a nonpartisan League of California Cities primer on charters; charters from other cities; a timeline for the process in Costa Mesa; and a list of the 120 California charter cities, which include Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine. The home page will also have a “Weigh In on the Charter” button, providing an online form for charter comments that will be forwarded to Costa Mesa’s five council members, city attorney and chief executive officer.

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Anonymous Registrar said...

Isn't Bever's personality transplant scheduled for June 5th also?

5/11/2012 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous nitpick said...

this is a regularly sceduled council meeting, no conspiracy

5/11/2012 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous I bumped a chest, and I liked it said...

I love how at any moment that these nut-jobs will always throw somebody under the bus, just to try and make themselves look better. The part about the City Clerk not getting the paperwork in order was unnecessary and just a stab at a once dedicated employee. We all know why the lame-ass charter won't be on the June ballot, you don't need to keep bringing it up every chance you get.

5/11/2012 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous webster's said...

a "once dedicated" employee is a correct description.

5/11/2012 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

1-Nobody said it was a conspiracy, just miserable planning.
2-No proof yet that the City Clerk - still on leave - is actually responsible for missing the filing date. She certainly WAS NOT responsible for the improper noticing of the attempt to hold a separate, simultaneous election on the 5th.
3-The proper term should have been "once and STILL dedicated employee".

5/11/2012 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Man said...

I can't wait to see these scumbags slither off into nowhere land when they all get rejected and their corrupt charter crashes and burns in November. But what will we have to talk about? I guess we can discuss how to fix everything these morons have ruined...

5/12/2012 01:30:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

I hope Julie Folcik stays as our Clerk. God only knows what these extremists are saying or doing about her.

5/12/2012 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Las Vegas Convention Report
By Riggy and Mensy

In response to people's UNREASONABLE demand that we "document" what we did when traveling with a City stipend, here you go:

1. Even though we drove in to save money, we stopped at McCarran Airport anyway. Steve (SM) bullied 4 baggage employees;

2. Between Barstow and Vegas, Jimmy (JR) wrote a charter for Las Vegas on the back cover of this month's Penthouse;

3. We visited 17 buffets the first day. We met no potential builders for Costa Mesa but we were able to have 5 illegal food employees deported by calling Uncle Allen;

4. We went to a strip club the second night. JR lost the amateur dance contest to a cheerleader from Indiana;

5. Before meeting with potential business people, we decided to gamble with the City's stipend money. At the blackjack table, the $1,541. quickly became $541. after we paid $1,000 to Jones Day for them to look up whether gambling is legal in Vegas. Calls to Hatch for more money went unanswered;

6. On the final day, JR and SM got really drunk, got our faces painted like clowns at Circus Circus, then we each joined a union! We went back to our room and called each other thugs til it was time to leave for home.

5/12/2012 06:52:00 AM  

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