City Clerk and Registrar of Voters Sued!
The drama never stops in Costa Mesa! Late last week Costa Mesa resident Eleanor Egan sued Brenda Green, Costa Mesa City Clerk, and Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar of Voters, to have purported "objectively false and misleading information" removed from the rebuttal argument on Costa Mesa First's so-called Smart Growth Initiative.
EGAN'S LEGAL CHALLENGE
Egan, a long-time lawyer in the Costa Mesa City Attorney's office back when we actually had a City Attorney and not a contract firm handling our legal affairs, and also a Planning Commissioner not too long ago, took strong legal exception to much of the rebuttal signed by Julie Fowler, Chuck Perry, Lee Ramos, Christopher Bunyan and Jim Righeimer.
I've read through the legal paperwork, which includes a record of those statements Egan feels are false and/or misleading and must agree with her. In fact, it seems like that rebuttal was written as though they were writing one of those stream-of-consciousness screeds seen so often on the Costa Mesa Public Square - the juvenile pontifications encouraged by Righeimer's example.
IT'S RIGHEIMER'S FAULT
Keep in mind that Righeimer has appointed himself to write arguments on several other initiatives. It's likely that his handiwork could result in even more legal challenges. Since he's come to town Costa Mesa has become an annuity for lawyers.
NO TIME TO WASTE!
The clock is ticking on this process. The case has been assigned to a judge who, as of last night, had not yet considered it. The judge will tell the parties what they must do, or not do, quickly. The deadline for completion of all the information for the numerous initiatives that will be placed on the ballot is August 12th. I'll try to stay abreast of this situation and keep you informed.