McEvoy's Recall Effort Fails
As reported by Bradley Zint in the Daily Pilot last night, HERE, the recall effort to unseat Mayor Jim Righeimer launched by former City Council candidate Chris McEvoy has failed.
TOO MANY NUMBERS NEEDED
McEvoy needed to collect more than 9,000 valid signatures by May 15th to force an election on this issue. In actuality, that means he needed somewhere north of 11,000 total signatures to be sure he had enough qualified signatures to qualify.
I'm not surprised this effort failed. McEvoy, long on enthusiasm, but short on funds and organization, ran the barest of bare bones efforts - just as he did when he ran for city council. The reason he gave for launching this campaign against Righeimer - his vote on the Banning Ranch Transportation agreement - was weak. There is NO agreement between The City and principals of the Banning Ranch development.
BANNING RANCH STILL A PROBLEM
We don't disagree with McEvoy's concern about the proposed Banning Ranch development - it will create a tremendous traffic impact on the Westside of Costa Mesa. That battle is far from over. We hope McEvoy will continue to be engaged in issues in our city and speak out when he feels it appropriate.