Saturday, November 03, 2012

Fitzpatrick Judgment In Question

I had intended to let my last post percolate over the weekend, but this issue came up and needs to be addressed.

It has come to my attention that the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association, under the leadership of President Jim Fitzpatrick, has chosen to publish what they present as the official record of a criminal offense by the person they identified as the man captured on film destroying $5.00 worth of campaign signs a couple weeks ago.  Here's what their post looks like:

This record shows that the person in question was arrested earlier this year, charged with four offenses, three of which were dismissed.  He plead guilty to "fighting" and apparently is on probation for that offense.

This is troublesome from many standpoints.  First, I think it crosses a line that should not be even approached.  The man in question has NOT been charged by the District Attorney on the "sign" issue.  His privacy has been violated several times by this group and the issue has been mishandled by city officials, who announced they had a personnel/administrative investigation going on prematurely. 

The Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association, particularly since Fitzpatrick took the helm, has been a venue for vicious attacks on individuals, purveyors of half-truths and flat out lies, some perpetuated by their former president, Colin McCarthy, in his campaign literature.  Some of their attacks have skirted the edges of libel.  I'm concerned that folks might view this kind of behavior as acceptable and utilize the same techniques to make public similar records or others for members of CM TAX and their supporters.  In my opinion, this is unacceptable behavior and should not be tolerated.

In my view, this is just another example of terrible judgment by Fitzpatrick, and others within the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association by extension.  It should make the voters take pause as they consider the people involved and the issues they support.

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Anonymous FatsPatrick said...

As you know by now, Fitzy can't think his way out of a wet paper sack. He is lead by the OCGOP because he is too stupid to do this on his own. Too bad the CM folks can't find someone with more brains to do the heavy lifting!

11/03/2012 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Judgment Day said...

The leader of the flying monkeys may find himself at the losing end of a lawsuit.
While this particular employee may not be the model that Costa Mesa would like to brag about, he does have some legal rights that our most active little fluffer obviously is too stupid to have considered.
Do you suppose that Riggy and Mensinger just say to go ahead with this stuff, figuring that someday he'll write that check his dumbass can't cash, and then they'll just write him off as one of those expendable little foot soldiers who get sent to the front to never return?
No doubt he thinks Riggy's got his back. His "six" as Mensinger would put it.

11/03/2012 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Antonio said...

I hear Fitzy is about to be sued. He crossed the line from comic, village idiot to a vindictive, defamatory punk. It's no wonder that his personal life has taken the turn that it has.

The only thugs in this town are members of the Righeimer gang. We will remember who sold out Costa Mesa long after their master has moved on.

The Fisler boycott is only the beginning. Take your real estate deals elsewhere. Thanks to less sworn at CMPD, crime is up. Let these creeps know you can't support them when they're helping to undermining public safety.

11/03/2012 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Fitzpatrick is scum said...

Geoff, it's even more disturbing than that.Jim Fitzpatrick is such a sleaze bag he posted a response to this on their facebook page. I have pasted the disgusting response below implying all city employees are like this. Jim Fitzpatrick is the SCUM of the earth to even suggest this says anything about other employees.

Costa Mesa Taxpayers As Wendy says, we have the "bestest" employees, private sector workers couldn't do what they do.
9 hours ago · Like

11/03/2012 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

I agree wit you, Fitzpatrick over steps boundaries alll the time. It all goes back to character and he doesn't have any. Everyone finds out who he really is with a little time but is is unfortunate for those people who come into his line of fire.

11/03/2012 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Fitzpatrick is scum said...

The city employee action has nothing to do with any of the candidates personally. However Mr. Mensinger's past has everything to do with himself.

Falsely portraying himself as an OC Sheriff
Part of a sexual harassment claim.
The bankruptcy of the division of Arnel he ran.
If the CMTAX people want a last minute mud fight they should remember the ammunition also against their side.

11/03/2012 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

There have been many opponent signs stolen and EVERYONE would be surprised at who is involved. We opted not to stoop to their level. It will come out after the election though.

11/03/2012 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous My party suffers said...

Thanks to Scott Baugh, John Moorlach, Jim Fitzpatrick, Steve Mensinger, Jim Righeimer and the tactics of other extreme right wing nut jobs we are losing our hold on OC and have been devastated in the State of California.

State's GOP registration falls below 30 percent

11/03/2012 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNutt said...

Karma's a bitch, Fitzy... you might end up regretting this one.

11/03/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Just Barfed in My Mouth said...

Wow! What an new all time low. Stay fellow Costa Mesa model-citizen?

Well, at least Mr. White will have an opportunity to respond to your character-assassination attempt, hopefully in court. Unfortunately, another publicly attacked City Employee, Huy Pham (RIP), will never have that opportunity.

11/03/2012 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous George Zipp said...

What do you people expect? This comes from a guy who will put his young daughter in a golf cart without seatblets and parade her through the Eastside of the City's busy streets.

Fitzy-"Come on honey, were going to take a drive in the cart to show support for uncle Riggy"

Daughter-" dad, I don't want to go,it's not safe to drive around in that thing without seatbelts, and uncle Riggy is really creepy"

11/03/2012 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Choices we make! said...

Bob Ooten said Fitzpatrick tried to "BRIBE" him and he said he has threatened him and residents.

Bob Ooten is a District Official and if Fitzpatrick tried to "BRIBE" an official he could be facing FEDERAL charges.

Fitzpatrick's rap sheet mint look a lot worse than the city employee. So does this then according to the CMTAX supporters indicate and reflect on Mensinger and McCarthy?

Well it does say something about their judgement. Just like making Bever the mayor screams of their BAD JUDGEMENT.

11/03/2012 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Fitz means nothing. said...

My bigger concern is Mensinger if elected how he tried to forcibly intimidate and coerce the Harbor Soaring guys into asking for a paved area at Fairview Park so they could have more parking for Pop Warner. It backfired and guess what? Yepp they only received a year deal this time.

Now what happens once the charter passes. What pressure and what deals get made with so many powers given to the council! SCARY stuff for all residents!

11/03/2012 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Vote NO on V said...

Publishing the criminal record of a person with the clear intent harming the reputation is not protected under the SLAPP statute. Since the OCDA's office has yet to press charges then it does not meet the three pronged criteria of CCP 425.16. What is the intent of posting the alleged's criminal record? If no charges are brought against the alleged then Fitzpatrick and the CMTA is open to a lawsuit. Again Fitzpatrick and company do not know when to stop.

11/03/2012 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous WTF said...

Fitzpatrick is someone who should be looked at as a represenative of the 3Ms for anybody searching for the big picture of who's who and what's what in Costa Mesa politics.
Is he your kinda guy? You know who he's representing, so you decide if that's who you want running your city.

As far as the city employee who is responsible for damaging a couple dollars worth of signs goes, he used bad judgment, that's for sure. I think it would be safe to say he's probably not a Righeimer fan.
But for all anybody knows, he's simply sick of all the signs blighting his neighborhood.
He hasn't been charged (let alone tried) so who knows?

Along comes Fitzpatrick representing Righeimers team and "decries" that this is a violent crime against those who are brave enough to stand against the thug employees with their dirty tricks and stinky eyes.

He states this guy in fact represents the class of the city employees and was sent out on his mission to destroy property by his union bosses.

Are voters really that stupid?

Righeimer thinks they are and I guess we'll find out in a couple days.

11/03/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Fitz the birberer said...

Pretty serious charge...

The General Federal Bribery Statute punishes the offence of bribery in the U.S[iii].  According to 18 USCS prec § 201(b), whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official with intent to influence that person’s official act will be fined for the offence of bribery.  The punishment prescribed by the statue is a fine of an amount not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisonment for not more than fifteen years, or both.  Additionally he/she can be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the U.S government.

11/03/2012 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous OCGOP losing it. said...

Scott Baugh and his Republican Nazi Party of OC have disgusted this Republicanmso much I am taking their OCGOP recommendations into the voting ooh and voting the opposite of everything they endorse.

I am appalled that they and our local candidates, Mensinger, Monahan, McCarthy, Mansoor, Fisler and the others approve of the things Jim Fitzpatrick is doing.

To imply that all city employees are dirty or somehow flawed in character because one or maybe two or 3 of 450 employees has had some civil or criminal record is disgusting.

The private sector has their share of criminals too. I am appalled at this attempt to smear City worker and I hold my Republican OCGOP leaders and Mensinger, Monahan and McCarthy responsible as we all know Fitpatrick is doing this for their benefit.

Can this guy get any slimier?

11/03/2012 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Hypocrites amongst us said...

Tim Sessler and the other supporters of V are total hypocrites. Hes crying on the Daily Pilot about the hate and vitriol from the other side while he started out his comment calling the other side criminals using bullying and intimidation.

Sounds like Mr Sessler has some hate of his own going on.

11/03/2012 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Flip flop said...

Byron deArkal the once Return to Reason dude now a developers friend. Some people switch for their own benefits.

To answer his posed question, the top 3 have said over and over you sit down with your associations and negotiate with them. Everyone knows and supports we need reforms and yet I guess people like Byron are too dense or too dishonest to accept that both support reforms.

The question is what is the best way to do it?

What reforms. Pay more of the share of the retirement, implement a 2nd tier and let's find out what other things we can work on.

Byron leaves me to wonder what kind of deal was he promised or what does he stand to benefit if thenother side wins?

What I really am intriqued about is how can the 3 M's pay all these people off. Many are gonna find out how Fake Mensinger etc. are when it's over.

Just ask Galitzski and Brumbaugh.

11/03/2012 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Well Mensinger won't say anything about stealing signs, I know that for a fact.

11/03/2012 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Weitzberg BIG YES! said...

#1 stated goal on Weitzberg's page is PENSION REFORM. Yet we all we hear from the lying Fitzpatrick and other Sessler, Mora, Ploop and Krocthman types is how the TOP 3 are bought and paid for by unions.

And now out of the development woodwork comes Byron deArkal posing in a subtle deceptive way a question implying the top 3 don't have a plan on pension reform.

Come clean Byron. What development project is in works that will benefit you?

We have seen Genera City Employees 2 years ago approve a decent reform agreement and what did they get. layoff notices for trying to do the right thing. Fire just approved a great package too. All of this even police would have implemented a plan a long time ago saving the city huge costs , plus savings by not having a lawsuit had the been done the right way, the way Weitzberg wants to do it.

With the right council we can negotiate for even more concessions.

From Weitzberg's page...
My measurable goals for Costa Mesa:
1. Obtain sustainable agreements for pension reform with all city employees, including Police and Fire.
2. Eliminate questionable spending practices.
3. Improve and increase the business categories that can thrive in this city and add to the city’s growth and positive image.

11/03/2012 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Weitzberg BIG YES said...

Done the right way maybe
1) no suicide
2) 2'years of savings in the bank
3) no expensive lawsuit
4) happy residents
5) happy city
6) pension reforms in place
7) sad OCGOP

11/03/2012 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Judge Wopner said...

You can look up Fitzpatrick, Mensinger & Righeimer on the court website too. Funny that these upscale gentlemen would be listed.

11/03/2012 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Crazy and Grumpy said...

Ooten makes a pension of over $200,000 a year. What could Fitzy possibly bribe him with? Ooten is as crazy as Geoff West has become Both should retire before their wives have to start changing their diapers.

11/03/2012 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Isn't it a criminal offense for an unauthorized person to even possess summary criminal history information, much less to publish it? (Penal Code Section 13304.) How and from whom did Fitzpatrick get this information?

11/03/2012 08:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Loser Patrol said...

Geoff, I don't think you should be using Fitzpatrick and judgment in the same sentence. It’s a contradiction.

Look at what an idiot he is posting about Bob's pension again. If only he had worked more than a few months in his life....what a jealous little whiney boy.


11/03/2012 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Inquiring minds want to know? said...

And who will be there to change your diapers Fitzy?

Your boyfriends at the bar?

11/03/2012 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous fitzy makes my butt pucker said...

I was standing behind a family with two younger girls, so I thought. I was in line for tickets for the battle of the bell for a good 10 minutes thinking the parents would control the kids. Then up walks Fitzpatrick, and it was his kids. 10 minutes ALONE!!! He didnt talk to anyone, so I know he didnt ask someone to watch them.
I cant wait for the election and watch him yap on the CM Tax site about how the election was rigged.

I cant wait for none of the M's to get a seat and measure V go down in flames. Then, Leece will be appointed mayor and Genis Pro tem. Riggy will then be told to sit between Leece and Genis (I know the seating assignment is wrong, but Wendy can do what she wants). The first order of business will be setting up a commission to draw up a charter. And, instead of jeers at council meetings we get cheers!

11/03/2012 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Right or wrong, that information is readily available to anyone with a computer. It requires only that you agree to the "terms" of use.

11/03/2012 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous I shouold use my own name. said...

Petty power politics and cronyism have disgusted many Republicans. Some of us who are closest are the most disgusted. OCGOP has wrecked the brand and are about to get wrecked. Pretty dumb to declare war on Costa Mesa to prove a personal political point. They undermined their own house in the process.

What a big mistake to commission Fitzpatrick as official hit-man and court fool. I saw the writing on the wall, but the “power-brokers” went ahead anyway.

Voters of Costa Mesa PLEASE connect the dots. Take a charter that has a few anti union tidbits to titillate the gullible, wrapped around what is essentially a land- and power-grab. Link it to a Planning commissioner hungry for more power who has become Mensingers little sidekick.

Draw the line to Steve Mensinger, who was not elected and who doesn’t know when to stop bullying and betraying people who could be allies, stabs people in the back and then complains how hurt his family is when people call him on unethical behavior. Among other deals he’s cut, he was a prime motivator in the sweetheart deal for the developers of Banning ranch. He’s proud of it too.

Draw the line to Monahan, good ole weathervane Gary; Mr. Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. He’s been endorsed by the union almost as many times as he’s run for office, just not lately.

Picture them getting their orders from Riggy. This is the crew that wants to take over the City.

They have made donations to and lied to good people who have gullibly put their trust in these wolves in sheep’s clothing, to the point Christian leaders have been duped into (illegally) urging their followers to support men of low character. Think about that, brothers and sisters. Pray about it.

I write with a heavy heart. I should use my own name but won’t yet. What I will do is vote against the City council incumbents and their crony, and vote for 3 decent candidates- Sandy and John, who are Christ-followers, and Harold, an Israelite in whom there is no guile.

11/04/2012 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Bubbling Anger Boils said...

Very sad what this blog has become. Bringing children into the discussion is a low point even for the posters and this blog.

Is this all that important that those would attempt a debate inside a family structure?

How very sad at the blog blinded by anger. Any moral ground any think they have has been angrily lost.

11/04/2012 06:36:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

While this is really public knowledge, so is Mensinger"s multiple lawsuits in OC Superior, as well as all of Righeimer"s. Thankfully we will not stoop to their level.

11/04/2012 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNutt said...

Please, Bubbling Anger Boils. These guys (3Ms) play the kid card all the time, whether its football players or DUI mysteries or berating debate officials in front of their own kids. Get off your high horse and forget about morals, because they can talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk. This has become civil war.

11/04/2012 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Excuse me? There is no debate against a family structure going on here. Jim Fitzpatrick abandoned his family to join a gang. That is a fact.

I am not blinded by anger at all. I'm just a concerned mom who knows the Fitzpatrick family and sees a situation that is out of control.

Don't blame Geoff or this blog Jim. Your family issues are your fault. Even though taking responsibility for your actions is not your strong suit, at some point you have to stand up a be a man. When do you think that will be?

11/04/2012 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous George Zipp said...

I wonder what is more important to Mr. Fitzpatrick? Getting the Charter passed or having the 3 Ms voted in?Interesting choice if he could only pick one.

11/04/2012 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy Leece said...

Amen to that bro! My heart is heavy too. I love this city and we are taking it back from the ocgop.

11/04/2012 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNutt said...

News Flash, Bubbling Anger - as I mentioned earlier, regarding the 'kid card' - check out CMTA Facebook page, most recent entry: a bunch of kids cheering an anti-Genis sign. I'm sure that's Fitzy's doing.

11/04/2012 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Eleanor, anyone can get that information simply by going to, and if you know how to manipulate your way through, the info is there. I found a lot of good stuff there. But, the information that we really want isn't published on the site. Just the names of the documents and hearing dates. So, its not confidential. The actual verbage of the documents would be unless you want to buy them. And even then, you can only buy some of them.

Thats how Fitz got the info in the first place. I got the same on all of them also, but not substantive enough for much.

11/04/2012 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

Aug.24,2012 at 4:00 pm Jim Fitzpatrick posted on the Daily Pilot website the following threat: "Joy. I am surprised to hear you say that when they are the only folks focused on solving your issue? Should I suggest they focus elsewhere?" As a response to a post on 8-24 at 3:26 pm of "No Incumbent Left In Office". An abuse of power, crossing the line threatening your employers customers. March 15,2011 I made a presentation to the City Council regarding the chronic flooding problems in the area of State and American Sts. Oct.11, 2011 E. Munoz emailed that the problem would be resolved in the next 12 months. As of 11-6-2012the subcontractor has not yet made the repairs. They may try to do it during the school holiday recess.

11/06/2012 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Threat not said...

Joy, where would 1 2 or 3 find the money for such a fix? Fitz tells it like it is. You guys make up stuff and fabricate stuff and believe in black helicopters.

11/06/2012 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Joy said...

Threat Not, obviously, you can't handle the truth! All of the above facts are easily independepntly verifiable and the city engineer has assured me that the money is already "in the bank" for this project.

11/07/2012 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous bob ooten said...

Last time I looked at my pension it was no where near $200,000. The pension data for OCSD was posted a few years back by court order. Fitzpatrick brought the $200,000 number up at a Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board meeting and I tolod him how to check the lastest published information. I was a department head at OCSD with over 300 unionized employees reporting to me. The unionized employees at my request developed a plan to become equivalent to privalely run regional sewerage systems reducing saving the taxpayers $6,000,000 per year. They developed and implemented the plan reducing the workforce by 100 out of 600 employees. They did it by changing shifts, reorganizing, not filling vacant positions. early retirement buyouts, two people were layed off and outsourcing gardening and janitorial. The professional consultant's report the unionized staff worked from to develop the implementation plan cost the District $11,000 and took two years to implement. The $6,000,000 per year savings have gone on for over 15 years. Go figure.

11/20/2012 10:40:00 AM  

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