Wendy Leece Asks DA For Brown Act Violation Investigation
Wendy Leece, former Costa Mesa Councilwoman and member of the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees, yesterday asked Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to investigate a possible open meeting violation by the Costa Mesa City Council at the July 5th city council meeting.
AGENDA NOT ADEQUATE
In her complaint to Rackauckas she described the violation - neither the agenda nor the full agenda report mentioned that the council would be discussing putting an elected-at-large mayor on the November ballot - and more. She points out that it is a violation of Government Code 54954.2(e). You can find the Brown Act HERE.
DETAILS PROVIDED - INVESTIGATION DECISION PENDING
She went into great detail in her complaint, mentioning specifics of the perceived violations. She has been informed that a representative of the Orange County District Attorney Office said her request would be given to the Special Assignment Investigation Department to determine if an investigation is warranted.
THE RESULT OF RIGHEIMER'S ACTIONS
This, again, is a result of Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's dictatorial posturing on the council. He calls the shots and Mayor Steve Mensinger and lamest of lame duck councilman Gary Monahan just go along.
This is the second time in the past few days when Righeimer's actions have been given official legal challenges. The other one was Eleanor Egan's lawsuit challenging the rebuttal on the Smart Growth Initiative, mentioned in an earlier post.
RIGHEIMER IS A MALIGNANT PRESENCE
Righeimer is a cancer in our city. He plays fast and loose with the truth and many times he just seems to be making things up as he goes along, assuming nobody will investigate and/or call him on it. Nearly every move he makes results in legal action - apparently he just views this as a cost of doing business. Sadly, the voters and taxpayers of this city are paying the price. He has attempted to micro-manage every element of City government and his limited intellectual capacity and marginal managerial skills have not proven up to the task. All that is left to him is to bully those who challenge him. Fortunately, the November election provides an opportunity for the residents of this city to make a change and remove Righeimer's control over the agenda of this town. By changing the majority on the city council there is an opportunity to not only stop this madness, but to actually undo some of the damage inflicted on the city over the past 5 years.