Monday, October 11, 2010

Chris McEvoy Drive-by Victim

Did I get your attention with that headline? Costa Mesa City Council candidate Chris McEvoy, a 31-year-old math teacher who has lived in Costa Mesa most of his life and has run for City Council previously, has been caught in the crossfire between carpetbagger candidate Jim Righeimer and the Costa Mesa Police Association. His reputation and standing in the community - not to mention his city council campaign aspirations - are starting to take hits.

Righeimer and the police association have been trading barbs and
threats for a couple months, apparently precipitated by Righeimer's head-long attack on their salaries and benefits. The fight has gotten very nasty, as we've written about recently in previous posts. A web site bearing Righeimer's name,, was acquired by another person after Righeimer forgot to make a payment on it and it is now the repository of negative information about Righeimer. The police association has created a sign trailer which is on display around town encouraging folks not to vote for Righeimer on November 2nd, and contains snippets of the information from the web site. And, Saturday, a clever glossy mailer appeared in my mailbox. On the front side it says, "City Council Candidate Jim Righeimer's Favorite Song", and is accompanied with a photo of Righeimer and musical notes. On the flip side, at the top, it says, "Lien On Me". It goes on to describe various liens and judgments purportedly recorded against Righeimer in the past.

All this apparently makes Righeimer very nervous about losing yet another political campaign - he's never been successful yet, despite running many times. We've heard that he's planning to spend upwards of $75,000 on his campaign. It is widely assumed that Wendy Leece is a shoo-in to retain her seat and her performance during this campaign, except for giving a few members of the OC GOP some heartburn because she actually takes a reasonable approach to dealing with employee unions, has done nothing to negatively affect that assumption.

So, someon
e has decided to attack the only person in the race that might stand a chance of keeping Righeimer from the other seat being contested - Chris McEvoy. If this move is backed by Righeimer it won't surprise me. The list of "little guys" - contractors and the like - that he stiffed in the past is an example of his attitude and his willingness to mistreat folks for his own gain. Yeah, Righeimer says he paid all those debts off - didn't declare bankruptcy - but it took him 9 years to do it. What happened to those "little guys" in the meantime? They had payroll to make, families to feed and other bills to pay. Bullying is not new to Righeimer.

ts have been made on this blog and elsewhere that, at the next candidate forum on Thursday, October 14th, a cadre of hooligans will show up with a poster made from a booking photo taken more than 4 years ago when McEvoy was pulled over by the Costa Mesa police on suspicion of drunk driving and reckless driving. They apparently will proclaim that McEvoy is a convicted drunk driver - a lie of huge magnitude. Chris McEvoy has NEVER been convicted of drunk driving. The record of that event is available to anyone with a computer at the Orange County Superior Court web site.

Whomever is responsible for this malicious attack needs to read a few lines from the letter Righeimer's lawyer/brother-in-law sent to me and some others in the community in an attempt to intimidate us - to keep us from exercising our rights of free speech protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. He "warned" me that knowingly making false statements is defamation and is actionable. Well, fellas, if you tell the world that Chris McEvoy has been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) you will be lying and, as such, will be subject to legal action for defamation. And, trust me, although McEvoy is not a man of means by any stretch of the imagination, he will have absolutely no trouble finding someone to represent him in this matter. The world is full of eager, hungry lawyers just waiting for a case like this.

NOT SURPRISED BY THE ATTACKI guess I'm not surprised that Righeimer supporters appear to be going after McEvoy. With all the negative publicity Righeimer's been getting lately, perhaps they feel that about the only chance he has to gain a seat on the city council is to discredit his only real opposition. Two years ago, when Righeimer and McEvoy both ran for one of the three seats available, Righeimer - a seasoned campaigner (Dana Rohrabacher's campaign manager) and a wealthy member of the Orange County GOP hierarchy - spent a ton of money and finished 4th, almost doubling McEvoy's total votes. McEvoy finished 6th - not bad for a first-time candidate who spent almost no money on his campaign, had no political instincts and had no political support from any established party or group.

I've gotten to know Chris M
cEvoy during the intervening two years. As he promised following the last election, he has stayed engaged in local matters, attending most City Council, Planning Commission and occasional Parks & Recreation Commission meetings. He's taken the time to research issues and speak before those bodies to ask good questions and make suggestions. He NEVER was disrespectful to the folks on those bodies, although that civility was not universally reciprocated.

McEvoy entered his first race in the spring of 2008 dragging a huge anchor. In March of that year he was afflicted with Dystonia, a
neurological malady that, in his case, affects his mouth and tongue. He had a heck of a time learning to work with that problem, but has done so. We all had to learn to listen a little more carefully to him back then. As you might expect, this created problems for him as a math teacher, but he's learned to work with it. Folks who work with him describe him as an outstanding teacher.

I've heard folks chide him behind has back because of his long hair. Perhaps folks wouldn't be so quick to make that judgment if they knew that his hair length is
part of a commitment he made long ago to let it grow until after the first of the year, at which time he will be shorn and his hair will be donated to "Locks of Love", a charity that uses donated hair for hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

To say that Chris McEvoy runs a bare-bones campaign would be the understatement of the year. He and his father make his campaign signs by hand instead of purchasing them from vendors. You have no doubt about that when you see them - but they do stand out in the crowd. He's a hard-working young man - working as a full time high school math instructor during the school year and working at the recently-imperiled Frog House in Newport Beach during the summers for more than a decade. On nice days he will sometimes ride a motorcycle to work. Otherwise he motors around town in a well-worn old Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck. He's a kind of Costa Mesa "everyman" - just trying to get along and contribute to his city.

I'm very disappointed with the way this campaign is shaking out. I'm disappointed that Righeimer and the police association are at each others throats. I understand the animosity between the
m, but that doesn't mean it should continue. I'm most disappointed that Righeimer supporters - I don't know if Righeimer himself is involved - have decided that defaming Chris McEvoy is appropriate behavior. He has never uttered a negative statement about Righeimer - he only questioned his views on issues, but has never gotten personal. He's a respectful, hard-working, dedicated, smart young man of great character - just the kind of man you want teaching your kids and helping to govern our city.

I don't know what tack Chris McEvoy will take defending himself and his reputation during this campaign. I hope he continues to take the high road and I also hope he gets some good legal advice. In the meantime, shame on those who would spread lies about him for political gain. This tactic, targeting an innocent bystander, is certainly very much akin to a drive-by shooting. Those holding those proverbial smoking guns are the lowest form of scum and deserve to be called out and held accountable.

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Blogger Gericault said...

Hear Hear, Geoff!

Obviously I support Chris and therefore appreciate your great post.
The second part is , I appreciate your fairness and support your efforts in providing this community a proper forum.
Yeah, you have a constant opinion but you've rarely, if ever, stopped those from sharing thiers.

One of the best blog posts you've written.....means you really mean it

Greg Ridge

10/11/2010 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Geoff, it's rather ironic that you should be concerned about people defaming Chris McEvoy. He has now aligned himself with the derailer crowd that openly defamed and defiled the Orange County Fairgrounds Board members, non stop, for over a year. In addition, it is Chris himself who advocates for medical marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa on his own political website. It looks to me like he's already shot himself in both feet; he doesn't need a drive by shooting.

If those two facts don't attest to his character, nothing will. Be careful what you wish for.

10/11/2010 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Gericault, thanks...

10/11/2010 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Why, Ms. Vicki, are you back from your foray over at the CM Press? I thought you'd never return, feeling all comfortable over there as you apparently did.

And, I'd have thought your spleen had been fully vented by now, but I guess not.

Please continue to entertain us all with your fantasies and fabrications...

10/12/2010 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous MikeK said...

from your September 25, 2010 post

"Righeimer apparently said "last Thursday" in his submission and the Associated Press Style Book requires them to use the actual date, so the editor got it wrong. I apologize to Righeimer for saying he lied about this date."

I see that you corrected an error after discovering another version of your report. I guess you could have just forgotten about this item and let your remarks stand, but you took the initiative and appropriately publicly made known these new facts and apologized for your comments.

I respect you for that ethical standard.

Let’s hope these same standards will apply in Mr. McEvoy’s situation, by those assuring everyone of a DUI conviction.

10/12/2010 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...


Uh-Oh, you've discovered I'm not perfect! Drat! :-) Yeah, I corrected the record on that one, even though I had a good time with it originally. Glad you noticed. We'll see how this thread goes now... Thanks for commenting.

10/12/2010 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Phillip said...

Geoff, you are WRONG. McEvoy was convicted of a "wet/reckless" which is a drunk driving arrest. Why hasn't he explained his lies to us about not taking money. He clearly is--evidenced by the "Costa Mesa First" PAC that is secretly funneling him money. My distaste for McEvoy is not his politics but his lack of doing ANYTHING positive in this community. What does he do besides attend meetings? Name one Costa Mesa group he is associated with? One event he has been at? Leece and Righeimer will win this election because they are involved in this community and do positive things for the families and kids that live here. McEvoy does nothing but attend meetings. I guess that qualifies you to be on City Council!

10/12/2010 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Phillip, read the record. The DUI charge was dismissed. He pled guilty to reckless driving, period! And, yes, "attending meetings" is a good start. Ask Gary Monahan... McEvoy had NO knowledge of the flier produced by that PAC until it was being handed out at the last forum. He has no control over that.

10/12/2010 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Geoff, at least you publicly admit to reading the CM PRESS. That should make Martin proud.

For your information, I deal only in actual facts; you are the fantasy department. You obviously don't deal in facts anymore, nor have you bothered to even visit McEvoy's website. His website clearly express his desire to have medical marijuana sold in Costa Mesa. He also believes Costa Mesa's Rule of Law resolution is silly. That remark, alone, gives one a feel for how much respect he has for the law.

McEvoy is an attention seeker. That's why you can always count on him speaking at every city council meeting. He knew he would be running for office again so he has been keeping his face in front of the cameras. All he ever does is make inconsequential comments that serve no purpose, other than making the meetings last longer.

I have absolutely nothing against Chris McEvoy on a personal level. I'm sure he is a very nice person. However, his advocacy for medical marijuana makes him a poor choice, in my opinion. For instance, it makes me wonder if he and Susan Lester might be seeking council seats so they can be in a position to overwhelm Costa Mesa with even more pot dispensaries. A majority of "pot minded" individuals can do a lot of harm to one small city, and our children.

Incidentally, Geoff, your obsession with Righeimer is really getting old. If you will look over years of your past entries, you will see the common thread. You have yet to tell us a single, solitary thing he has done wrong. All we get is constant innuendo. That's not nice.

10/12/2010 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Ah, Ms. Vicki, you came back - again. I'm glad you didn't spend too much time over at that other site - the stench will rub off on you. :-)

I know McEvoy's position on those issues. I don't agree with him on the medical marijuana issue, but do agree about the "Rule of Law" resolution. That was pure politics by Allan Mansoor to fan the flames of discontent to get votes for his Assembly race. Only the most uninformed voter would not know that. Only the lock-step lemmings who support him would deny it.

I doubt Lester and McEvoy are in cahoots to "overwhelm" Costa Mesa and make it a pot haven.. puhleeze! Sure, Lester moved to town to run for council because she sees her business threatened. Gary Monahan ran the first time for the same reason. Hard as she tries, she's still a one-note-samba in this campaign and will be until she gets more time under her belt and is more up to speed on the real issues in town.

As far as Righeimer is concerned - yep, I've written a lot about him because I don't like the way he just conveniently moved over from Fountain Valley while managing Rohrabacher's campaign, which was helping Mansoor's campaign, then got appointed to THE plum assignment - the Planning Commission - even though he applied after the deadline. To appoint him Mansoor had to stiff-arm his long-time supporter and Westside Improver, Paul Bunney not once, not twice, but three times in a row. Once on the commission Righeimer has demonstrated a heavy-handed approach, trying to micro-manage projects that appear before them. This continues, as witnessed by the meeting last night.

I think Righeimer is a well-connected political opportunist who has FAILED every other time he's run for public office. This election is demonstrating some of the reasons why he's failed in the past. In my opinion, I think he's intent on taking over our city and making it over in the image he wants. If you paid the slightest bit of attention to Planning Commission meetings you would understand that. So, I'll keep writing about him.. If you don't like it, don't read it.

10/12/2010 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOL Vicki "Rule of Law" is ridiculous. It does nothing, means nothing, and is worth less than nothing. It is Monssor grandstanding as usual. Do the businesses in Costa Mesa use E-Verify yet? Nope. If Monsoor was really tough on immigration we would... but then Monahan would have to find a new cook and a new bus boy, so that won't work. all rule of law has done is to make hispanics fearful of law enforcement which makes them more likely to be vicitmized by criminals. Don't get me wrong, illegal immigration is a huge issue and reform is needed because it hurts California, but three little words does nothing to fix the problem.
Righeimer's slogan will be a few more words. "My law is law."

10/12/2010 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Geoff, you're not honestly saying that McEvoy didn't have anything to do with that mailer? If so, "Costa Mesa First" which again, is Greg Ridge, Sandy Genis and Kyle Johnson, have broken campaign laws and should be arrested. Where did all of the family photos come from? Give me a break!

10/12/2010 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Pot Stirrer:

I'm trying to stay out of this political nonsense, however, someone needs to explain the rules to you.

Read my lips, ....... a person cannot be opposed to medical marijuana dispensaries and also be in favor of Chris McEvoy. You have to pick one or the other. Hello! If you are opposed to medical marijuana you will have no choice but to vote for Righeimer. A vote for McEvoy is a vote for medical marijuana.

Enough fence straddling, .... which do you prefer? Let's get it out there so we know your position.

10/12/2010 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Enough drama West, cite some facts. What proof do you have that Righeimer is doing anything negative to McEvoy? Is there a mail piece? Does his website say anything negative about McEvoy? The people posting on here about McEvoy simply don't like him; he's a bad candidate, period. That's their right. If you think McEvoy is a victim, cite some evidence. Personally, I think the guy is awful. That's my opinion, not that of any campaign. There's a difference.

10/12/2010 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Not that I owe you any explanation, but I am saying that Chris McEvoy told me he didn't know about the flier until it was being distributed at the forum that evening. And, as you may know but apparently choose to obfuscate about, it is NOT illegal for a third party to produce campaign endorsement literature for a candidate, just as it's not illegal for someone to produce literature opposing a candidate. And, oh yes, did I hear you say "Thank You" to me for publishing your lie? No? Well, you're welcome anyhow.

What "rules" are you referring to - yours? To quote the liar, Phil, above, "Give me a break!" As is the case with many candidates for whom I've voted in the past, I don't agree with every plank on Chris McEvoy's campaign platform. That doesn't mean he won't be an effective member of the city council. Just because you conduct your life following a rigid, inflexible dogma requiring no thought on your part doesn't mean that others must do the same. The marijuana laws are in a state of flux - federal and state laws are at opposition, which leaves local law enforcement in a tough spot. I'm voting "NO" on Prop. 19 because it's bad legislation. If the federal government decrees that marijuana all of a sudden is legal, but must be regulated like alcohol, I suspect we'll see a drop in the drug-related violence. I also suspect we'll see more marijuana-impaired drivers, which the cops on the road will have to deal with to keep us all safe.

And, you are wrong. I have a choice of NOT voting for Righeimer, regardless what you say. If there were only three candidates running for two seats and I didn't like two of them - Righeimer being one of those - I would simply cast one vote and let the chips fall where they may. That, after all, is how the Westside Improvers gave us Chris Steel - by bullet voting. I'm not "wrong" because you disagree with me. What's that old phrase, "You're not the boss of me"? You, too, are welcome - I'm happy to publish most opposing views here - no matter how wrong they are.

I specifically did not say Righeimer is doing anything negative about McEvoy - pay attention. I suggested that his supporters - you, perhaps - are, though. The "evidence" you seek can be found in those lies and innuendo about him having a DUI - which he doesn't. That makes him a victim in my book. I published your view, although I disagree with it. You're entitled to it, just as I'm entitled to mine. However, I've given you a platform to state it - would you do the same? Since you, Gail and Phil (the liar) choose to post anonymously, I suspect none of you would afford me the same opportunity to present a view different than yours in a public forum you controlled. Am I wrong? Nope - that's just my opinion.. :-)

10/12/2010 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Last time I checked, I don't have to believe in every plank of a candidates campaign to think he is the best candidate. Oh, but that means I am not a good republican because I don't just blindly vote with the party like they tell me to. Well I am sorry but I have a brain and I also understand that the republican party in Orange County is out of control. I do not agree with McEvoy's support of Marijuana clinics not because they are illegal (because they aren't illegal) but because I think the law was poorly written and it is abused.
I watched my grandmother die of breast cancer. A cancer that she beat once but it then came back with a vengence. She was a wonderful woman and she spent her last months in unbelievable pain. Maybe marijuana would have eased that pain for her, because nothing else worked. My grandfather takes Oxy for his gout and cancer. It is a terrible medication and I would argue it is almost worse than the cancer itself. Does he not deserve the opportunity to live the rest of his life pain free as a WWII vet with a purple heart who fought Kamikazis? The current law is hopelessly abused by POS 18 year olds who have "insomnia" I understand that. It needs to be rewritten that is for sure. It needs to have better enforcement measures, that is for sure. I don't like the law, but I understand its original purpose and I am willing to follow the opinion of the majority.
McEvoy understands that because he is not forced to toe the party line and he can think for himself. He is independent and willing to listen to citizens. That is why he deserves our vote. Righeimer is the opposite of that, and that is why he does not deserve our vote.

10/12/2010 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thanks for that painfully personal comment. You captured my thoughts much better than I did earlier. My father, who died from pancreatic cancer following a brief, but very painful, time following his diagnosis was provided some marijuana by a cousin in attempt to give him some relief. Unfortunately, it didn't work for him - it only made him sicker. I understand that it can and does provide some folks with painful medical conditions a significant measure of relief. You're correct about the current laws and the abuse. That seems to be the point Susan Lester frequently makes when she speaks out about it. If we can get a law that actually works, I'm with you.. I'm willing to follow that law. Thanks, again...

10/12/2010 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

"They apparently will proclaim that McEvoy is a convicted drunk driver - a lie of huge magnitude. Chris McEvoy has NEVER been convicted of drunk driving. The record of that event is available to anyone with a computer at the Orange County Superior Court web site." by Geoff West

But... Did he drive drunk? Yes or no? You are supporting a bad candidate my friend.

10/12/2010 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Tom, the law says he didn't. Blood alcohol level was below the legal maximum. He admits to having had a drink, then driving. He also admits it was a mistake. I disagree with you - he's a good guy and I'm happy to support him.

10/12/2010 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Wow, what a dog pile, or pile of something...

Righeimer's supporters must be really worried about McEvoy the way they are swarming out of the woodwork.

10/12/2010 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill V. said...

Rumors that the Costa Mesa Police Assn. might be endorsing McEvoy are not true, said Allen Rieckhof, the association's president.

10/12/2010 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill V. said...

For instance, it makes me wonder if he and Susan Lester might be seeking council seats so they can be in a position to overwhelm Costa Mesa with even more pot dispensaries. A majority of "pot minded" individuals can do a lot of harm to one small city, and our children.

Do you ever bother to research things before you type?

10/12/2010 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill V. said...

A majority of "pot minded" individuals can do a lot of harm to one small city, and our children.

I'm not the only one who has repeatedly asked you for your sources.

10/12/2010 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thanks for getting the facts out Geoff. I'm not surprised our "usual suspects" are spreading their lies and fear. People like Jim, I mean Phil, will just say anything to support their political agenda. They do not care about Costa Mesa as it is, or who it is, just their desire for a controlled environment where anyone who is different or who might need help is "eradicated". Will I take an earnest, consistent, dedicated person like Chris who clearly has a vision and seeks to unite people, over someone like Riggy? I won't begin to list his deficiencies, the police already did it and every time he opens his mouth he confirms it. And all those people who are so freaked out about medical marijuana and their kids, well they might want to look into whether their kids are already smoking pot. If they are doing their job at home their kids will say "no".

10/12/2010 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I forgot to mention that I have never smoked pot, eaten pot, or done anything else with pot other than destroy it. I don't like the smell of it and I don't like how people sometimes behave under its influence. That said, I also don't like how most people behave after drinking alcohol. But I also don't like how some people behave without a drug or alcohol as their excuse. A good example of that would be Righeimer. I simply do not like his behavior one bit.

10/12/2010 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Nathan Guzman said...

According to FDA data obtained by filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, marijuana was NOT reported as a primary cause of death at all between Jan. 1st, 1997 to June 30, 2005(the time for which data was available)

8 of the 10 states that had legalized medical marijuana by 2006 saw a decrease in teen use of Marijuana from 1999 to 2006

"We've shown that the marijuana gateway effect is not the best explanation for the link between marijuana and the use of harder drugs.
An alternative, simpler and more compelling explanation accounts for the pattern of drug use you see in the country, without resort to any gateway drugs. While the gateway theory has enjoyed popular acceptance, scientists have always had their doubts. Our study shows that these doubts are justified.[...]
The people who are predisposed to use drugs and have the opportunity to use drugs are more likely than others to use both marijuana and harder drugs. Marijuana typically comes first because it is more available."
Andrew Morral, PHD
Researcher, Rand Corporation
Press release discussing his study
published in the U.K. journal Addiction
Dec. 2, 2002

"While it is not possible with existing data to determine conclusively that state medical marijuana laws caused the documented declines in adolescent marijuana use, the overwhelming downward trend stongly suggests that the effect of state medical marijuana laws on teen marijuana use has been either neutral or positive, discouraging youthful experimentation with the drug."
Mitch Earleywine,, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology,
State University of New York at Albany, Karen O'Keefe, Esq. Attorney and Legislative Analyst, Marijuana Policy Project Report, "Marijuana Use by Young People:
The Impact of State Marijuana Laws" Sep. 2005

10/12/2010 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Um, marijuana was pretty simple to obtain at Estancia High School back in the early 80s when I was there, or so people tell me (I never inhaled...cough cough)... I think it's safe to assume, dispensaries or no, that is still the case. And I couldn't help but chuckle at 'Vicki's' reference to McEvoy as an attention seeker. Every politician is, but none more so than Jim 'Do You Know Who I Am, Take This Checkpoint Down' Righeimer.

I can't read the pot, er, tea leaves, but I dread what's going to happen to this town when Riggy gets elected, and Foley moves to the school board, and then one of his cronies gets appointed to her spot. Never thought I'd see the day that Leece was the moderate thinker of the five...

10/12/2010 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger PeterMeuter said...

Eastside Costa Mesa Community Meeting, What a great coverage, I posted your link on my website
Water Board 2010
(P.S. any interest in a short blog
"Rockie" challenges Mr. Dewaine who is running for 2 Water Boards, Orange County Water District and MESA Cons Water District. Conflict of interest? You be the judge...
Keep up the good work.

10/15/2010 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger PeterMeuter said...

Great Coverage of the facts said.

10/15/2010 07:40:00 AM  

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