Righeimer Spreads The Big Lie
As mentioned in my earlier post, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer made an appearance on "The Squawk Box" on CNBC this morning shortly before 9:00 a.m. Considering what he had to say, I thought the name of the program seemed somehow absolutely perfect.
Righeimer, apparently in Chicago to celebrate his father's 80th birthday, used a couple minutes of valuable air time to perpetuate the myth of Costa Mesa's supposed insolvency for a national audience. Granted, it's a small audience - miniscule by national television standards - but an opportunistic politician like Righeimer doesn't care as long as his face is on the screen.
In the preamble, where the interviewer wanted to identify Righeimer for his audience, he asked him "what's mayor pro tem mean because we don't have a mayor pro tem in Chicago?" In his reply Righeimer said the following: "I was elected to the council seventeen months ago and I'm, like, appointed by the council to be the number two person." Well, that's accurate and, when I think of Righeimer, I certainly do conjure up the image of "Number Two".
When he was asked how he got elected he dove right into his "pensions are unsustainable" mantra and said, "We have arguably the number one sales tax generating, you know, shopping area, South Coast Plaza, on the planet and we can't slurry seal our streets." This lie, from a guy who lives in a section of town that just had their streets not just slurry sealed, but completely repaved! It takes giant cojones to tell such a bare-faced lie. He probably assumed that nobody back home was watching. Wrong, Jimbo!
The only positive element in his trip to Chicago is that he won't be at the City Council meeting later today. Of course, that keeps him from having to vote to send himself and his buddy, Steve Mensinger, to Las Vegas on that "economic development" boondoggle.
ELEANOR EGAN GETS IT RIGHT
As a reminder of just how pervasive lying has become for some members of the council, I present for your edification a short commentary issued by Eleanor Egan at the last council meeting. As usual, she gets it right.