Thursday, December 13, 2012

McEvoy Begins Righeimer Recall Effort

On a dark and sometimes drizzly evening, in a modest Westside Costa Mesa home, school teacher and former City Council candidate Chris McEvoy began the long uphill climb to qualify his effort to recall Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer next year.  You can read Bradley Zint's report in the Daily Pilot, HERE.

For a couple hours last night a dozen or so supporters made their way to McEvoy's home to sign recall petitions and to pick up a few with which to gather more signatures over the next few months.  The City Clerk indicates he will need just under 9,100 valid signatures, so McEvoy is aiming at 12,000 by the May 15, 2013 deadline.

Much like McEvoy's council campaigns, when he and his father cobbled together signs of plywood and 2X2 lumber, this is the purest of grass roots efforts.  There were no signs of the opulence of a well-funded campaign.  No flashy hors d'oeuvres served on expensive china plates and bottles of vintage wine in crystal glasses, consumed while overlooking a golf course fairway.  McEvoy greeted visitors through the unscreened open door to his home as he stood in his kitchen, slicing cheese chunks and salami and dumping crackers on paper plates for his guests. 

There was no snappy banter by well-connected political power brokers over cigars on the patio here, only quiet conversation by a determined young man who greeted his guests as they wandered into his home singly and in pairs and gave them instructions on how to gather the signatures from their friends, neighbors and strangers. His dog slept peacefully in a cage in the corner of his living room and his roommate drifted through the small crowd on his way to a project in the garage.  "Low key" would be a major overstatement.

Volunteers quietly came and went, clutching handfuls of petitions as they departed, eager to begin the task before them.  McEvoy, the teacher, coached them on what the petitions represented and insured that they read both the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition and Righeimer's response on each page.  Both of those statements are shown below.  

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So, now it begins.  McEvoy hopes to recruit a few dozen volunteers to help him gather the signatures by the deadline in six months.  He plans to maintain the Facebook page he created for this event to update anyone interested in this effort, HERE, and the web site, Friends Of Costa Mesa's FutureHERE, as well.

In my view, this is a long shot that will take a lot of work by a lot of people just to qualify for a ballot.  There is no financial cost to The City until and unless he actually gathers sufficient signatures.  At that point The City will contract with the Orange County Registrar of Voters to validate each signature.  That cost is estimated to be near $25,000.  A special election will cost around $200,000.

There are those within the community that are concerned that this recall effort comes at a time when Righeimer and his fellows in the majority on the City Council have indicated a willingness to work collaboratively with employee associations toward a resolution to what Righeimer perceives to be the major problems in our city - salaries and pensions of public employees.  They are afraid this action will undermine those efforts.  Well, Righeimer and his associates only took a couple hours to show their true stripes.  It is very clear that collaboration and cooperation are NOT on their agenda, so those fears are unfounded.

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Anonymous George Ponzini said...

"Grass roots" don't work well right now in Costa Mesa where OCGOP has declared it "ground zero" and all kinds of big outside money routinely comes in to fund the takeover. Pocket knives don't overwhelm machine guns, regardless of good intentions.

We'll patiently wait and see if McEvoy has learned from his past mistakes or if he will repeat the same time and money wasting strategies.

12/13/2012 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Even Righeimer's answer to the recall was arrogant. He needs to be gone. Its an uphill battle, but I hope it works.

12/13/2012 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous genis envy said...

actually, it was Genis who broke the truce during the nomination period. Yes, Genis. Don't spin it. It was Genis that decided to look tough and give em hell for ol Wendy. Thanks Sandy. This recall effort will further foul the waters. Go get em boys.No reason to be nice, they just smile and try to stab you in the back. Take charge and the taxpayers will be pleased. No treaties.

12/13/2012 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Top 10 said...

Leave it to Righeimer to somehow blame public employee unions for this. Luckily I have a list of other things public employees are responsible for, in case Riggy runs low on material:

1. Drought
2. All unintended pregnancies
3. Dog attacks
4. Obesity
5. Mosquitos
6. Rain
7. Honey Boo Boo
8. Santa Claus not being real
9. Flying monkeys
10. Toe fungus

How dare they!!!

12/13/2012 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Mesa Parent said...

For a math teacher, McEvoy is pretty dumb. Mensinger and Monahan voted for the Banning Ranch deal and they got reelected. Guess it didn't bother folks too much.

I don't pay much mention to a one bedroom apartment guy with no kids, and no stake in the future of our City! Yawn. Go Riggy!!

12/13/2012 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Mesa Parent,
Speaking of dumb... McEvoy owns a home on the Westside - did you actually read this entry? Mensinger was not "re-elected", he was elected for the first, and hopefully last, time on November 6th. Neither of them are eligible for recall - yet. Too soon after the election. McEvoy has demonstrated his concern for the city in many ways, including running for City Council and staying involved. How about you?

I do agree with your statement, "Go Riggy!" It should actually be "Go Away, Riggy! Far, far away!"

12/13/2012 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

"Gross root don't work well in CM" - Really? CM4RG is grass roots and was instrumental in bringing the charter initiative to its knees, getting Sandy Genis elected and coming within a whisker of defeating Monahan. I think the "grass roots" movement is indicative on the Costa Mesa spirit and very much alive here.

I admire Mr McEvoy's determination and the only sure thing is that nothing will change if nothing is done.

12/13/2012 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous slacker said...

grass and mcevoy go together, just not the roots part

12/13/2012 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Will the true Mesa Parent, please stand up. said...

Mesa Parent, why do you support Riggy? Riggy has no vested interest in Costa Mesa. He only has lived here a short time. He does not own his home. His kids go to private school and are not involved in any city recreation or sports programs. He went from city to city trying to get elected somewhere. Once he is voted or recalled off the council, he will move on. At least Monahan and Mensinger have a vested interest in the community. Riggy has not fixed anything while on the council and has in fact cost the city a ton of money. If just baffles me that Riggy has supporters such as Mesa Parent who may or may not live in Costa Mesa.

12/13/2012 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Randall said...

"CM4RG is grass roots and was instrumental in bringing the charter initiative to its knees, getting Sandy Genis elected and coming within a whisker of defeating Monahan"

This along with about half a million dollars of union money.

12/13/2012 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Randall said...

"Riggy has no vested interest in Costa Mesa. He only has lived here a short time. He does not own his home."

According to public records, Riggy has owned his home in Mesa Verde since 2006. McEvoy purchased his home this year.

12/13/2012 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Big News said...

Actually that is a good thing. I did not know Chris moved out of his parents house. That is a big step. It will be more difficult to hold onto his views once the bills roll in .

12/13/2012 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Randall 1) the unions wasted their money then because the citizens of Costa Mesa didn't need it to know to vote down that one man's "charter"...2) so RIGheimer has lived in CM for a whole 6 years!! He only landed here for his own and the ocgop's political agenda. (Like Hilary Clinton landing in NY to run for senator- purely political, no vested interest in NY whatsoever, just best bet for a state in which to get elected.) If he could have gotten elected in Fountain Valley, he'd still be there bringing that city down. The only vested interest that "man" has is in himself. When his time on our cc is done, either by recall or not getting re-elected, he will move on because he is not here to be a part of the CM community.

12/13/2012 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Very Bad Strategy said...

This is a very bad move. Just after Righeimer was elected, Unions spent big money in an effort to smear him. But then the polls showed that Recall support was not there. Sono Recall occurred.

The Union with all the Union money to create a grassroots effort knew the numbers were not there.

McEvoy will lose. This will help Righeimer get reelected. Another example of bad decisions and lack of good leadership.

12/14/2012 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous The American Way said...

Whether McEvoy wins or loses, it's his God given American right to try. Good luck Mr. McEvoy.

12/14/2012 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Polls showed the charter passing too. So your point is what exactly?

12/14/2012 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous talk about damaging the brand said...

What a nut job. Looks like a kook, sounds like a kook, dresses like a kook, acts and thinks like a kook.

It is my American right to declare McEvoy a kook and an embarrassment to Costa Mesa.

12/14/2012 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous The American Way said...

What a couple of nut jobs. Look like crooks, sounds like a crooks, dress like crooks, act and think like crooks.

It is my American right to declare Riggy and Mensinger crooks and a couple of big embarrassments to Costa Mesa.

12/14/2012 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous judgment coming said...

calling someone a racist in the Pilot could be an expensive free speech lesson. I would expect a lawsuit soon.

12/15/2012 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

The definition of "racist" from - a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.

There is a body of work for which he takes full credit and pride that supports that definition of him. For starters, just visit this site and scroll down through the decade of essays he's published on it:

Bring it on!

12/15/2012 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous F Racists said...

Mr. West has plenty of lawyer friends in this town. We even wear clothes that are laundered, dry cleaned, or purchased in the last year instead of the 20th Century.

Come on in, the water's fine in our little gene pool..

12/15/2012 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous solarpoweredmudhut said...

sounds like a nice gathering at his home which was built by...a developer! They served crackers, bought at a store built by a....developer! They will all take their petitions to their homes which were built by....developers. Many probably used cars, crowding our roads. Maybe they will get signatures at shopping centers built by....developers! Yes, recall Riggy for supporting develpers. Makes sense in their universe.

12/16/2012 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Solarpowered ...Your comment is idiotic. As a member of the cc, righeimer is supposed to support and represent the citizens of CM NOT his developer buddies. DUH!!! Major conflict of interest on his part, to say the least. When all but 2 people (1 of those an out of towner) get up at the cc mtg to overwhelmingly speak against accepting the Banning Ranch Traffic Mitigation Agreement (a draft no less) and he still leads his bMs to accepting it anyway with the lame excuse that if we don't accept it now, we'll get nothing, he is not representing or supporting the people he was elected to SERVE. If he chooses to support the jnterests of his out of town ABC/developer pals over the citizens of CM, he should not be serving on the cc because he is not serving the people or this city! This "man" does not support us or our city. He supports his out of town developer pals (and his own agenda). This is some one who should not be serving on our cc!! (This is but one of many reasons the RIGmeister shouldn't be on the cc.)

12/16/2012 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous solarpoweredmudhut said...

"disgusted idiot": peter naghavi worked hard on this deal. remember him? a little smarter than the average speaker. we were owed ZERO $$ and he got millions. even IF the project was in our city we would be owed around 1/3rd the amount Naghavi negotiated. Riggy added in even more terms, in effect a "counter offer" to the developers who rejected it. I would say Riggy and naghavi looked out for us. but if you think mcevoy is the smart one, follow him. banning as open space would be ideal BUT it is owned by a developer who has rights. now that you and chris have your houses, built by developers, then nothing more needs to be built. very greedy. buy out the owner of the property.

12/17/2012 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Dean Wormer said...

I'm confident that more then enough signatures will be collected. Recalls do happen. Just look at Fullerton where THREE council members were recalled. Remember that mailer the police union issued during the 2010 election on Riggy? It had all of Riggy's past baggage on it with lawsuits, arrests etc. Well add to it much more such as the astronomical legal fees that Costa Mesa has incurred because of Riggy. The legal fees alone is reason enough to recall him but yet there is so much more. How about the legal fees he owed to his own attorney? Has he paid those fees yet? I expect the recall will get on the ballot and loads of money will be poured into trying to save Riggy's butt. Riggy, of course, will try to make himself seem like the victim as he always does blah blah blah. Riggy will try to paint himself as the courageous martyr standing up against "union thugs" blah blah blah. But that's not going to work. Rigg's red herrings away from the real issues at hand will be kept on the forefront. There was speculation that Riggy would take Moorlach's supervisor seat however Michelle Steel is the favorite to become the next sup. Riggy comes across as extremely delusional. If he thinks that after he gets recalled he can run for supervisor then that says a lot about him personally.

12/17/2012 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous flounder said...

thugs will lose. speaking of thugs, whatever happened to the city employee caught on videotape tearing up signs? not one of Wendy's bestest, he should be let go.

12/18/2012 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

mudhut...If the Banning Ranch development happens, we ARE owed money by the Banning Ranch developers-they were instructed by the NB cc, as a prerequisite to getting approval by the NB cc to build, to work with CM to come up with a figure to pay us for traffic mitigation issues. RIGheimer is more interested in saving his Banning Ranch developer pals money rather than getting a fair amount of money for the city of CM to cover the cost of the traffic problems caused in our city by the building of this development as well as permanent traffic issues after it is built. Naghavi works under the direction of the RIGheimer cc majority. Originally, there were some 20 areas on our streets that were identified by Naghavi and his staff as being a part of these traffic mitigation issues, however, under the direction of the RIGheimer cc majority, that number was significantly reduced to just 7 areas. There's a red flag right there! And when the road work on Broadway Street is at a cost of $6 million, do you really thing that $4.4 million will cover much of any of the traffic mitigation issues? Who's looking out for us and our city by accepting that amount - (that would be the minimum we would be owed by the developers - total bs that we would get nothing if we didn't take that offer). Who's looking out for us and our city by not only accepting that ridiculously low amount, but also agreeing that we/CM has no further recourse, forever, in this whole thing that will bring at least 65% of the cars traveling to and from the Banning Ranch development through CM streets? RIGheimer has NEVER had the best interest of the city of CM or its residents, and this just another example of that. He's more interested in saving his special interest, out-of-town, building buddies money. That's where the greed is!

12/18/2012 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous ridethebike said...

banning ranch is in the sphere of influence of NB . it's not our land/spere/project...

12/18/2012 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Who knows the history said...

How did Newport Beach get control of Banning Ranch when it makes more sense for it to be Costa Mesa. Would have changed Costa Mesa as a sea side city.

Whoever let that happen while on City Council or other boards ... McEvoy should be mad at them.

12/18/2012 03:07:00 PM  

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