Saturday, November 20, 2010

Final Vote Counts, Del Mar Fairgrounds & The Mouth

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters web site, all the votes have now been counted, but not yet certified. Assuming that the final numbers - there are "0" left to be counted - will be certified, here's how the races of local interest ended up.

As you can see, nothing has changed since the last numbers I gave you. Jim Fisler holds a 66 vote lead over Dan Worthington in one of the Mesa Consolidated Water District races and Mike Scheafer defeated Arlene Schafer by over 400 votes for the final seat on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District.

None of the percentages changed in the Costa Mesa City Council race. Jim Righeimer and Wendy Leece won the two available seats and Chris McEvoy tallied 10,846 votes (26.4%) to finish 3rd. There are more than a few people in the community that think his strong showing should qualify him to replace Katrina Foley if, and when, she resigns next month.

Costa Mesa Measure L, the 2% increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax was passed with 5
2% of the votes.

Newport Beach Measure V, the controversial charter amendment issue, won handily, with 61.5% of the voters voting Yes.

The races should be certified before the end of the month. I know from conversations with folks in the Registrar's office that their goal is to have them certified before Thanksgiving.

As the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds continues to be filled with high drama I thought you'd like to know that we are not alone. The Del Mar Fairgrounds is in
play - the City of Del Mar is trying to buy it from the State for $120,000 and every bit as much turmoil surrounds this deal as has been the case with the Orange County Fairgrounds. You can read all about it in an article from the North County Times, HERE.


Finally, a
t the risk of giving you an upset stomach just before Thanksgiving, I must address some misinformation being presented by our municipal horses fanny and racist laureate, The Mouth From Mesa North. In his pathetic blog today he addresses a letter of mine that appeared in the Daily Pilot in print today (online yesterday), making light of the fact that Jim Righeimer's brother-in-law, Mark Bucher, threatened me and members of the Costa Mesa Police Association with legal action if we mentioned three items in connection with his client/brother-in-law. You can read my letter HERE - fortunately, it's the very first one in a long string of letters in the paper so you don't have to go wading very far to read it. The Mouth, who tells us from time to time that he's a lawyer and a whole bunch of other things, pretends to understand this issue, even though he admits to not having seen the letter in question. Of course, ignorance of an issue has never stopped him from blathering on and on about it in the past, so we shouldn't be surprised when he does so now.


The fact is, Bucher threatened me in writing with legal action if I discussed bankruptcy, being drunk in public and foreclosure when writing about hi
s client. I had written about the rumors of Righeimer's bankruptcy a couple years ago, following a long conversation with him. The upshot of that conversation was that I heard Righeimer out, believed what he said and had not written about it since. I had no intention of writing about him or anyone else being drunk in public, nor had I plans to write about any foreclosure that may or may not have occurred.


However, Righeimer, within a couple days of that letter being delivered, openly spoke about the bankruptcy issue himself. So, I figure all bets are off. If I knew anything factual about that or the other issues I felt compl
etely comfortable about writing about them.


The Mouth, and other Righeimer boosters, then proceeded to spread lies and innuendo about Chris McEvoy involving his driving record in which they consistently lied about the facts. The Mouth never lets truth be an impediment to his goals.

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Blogger Gericault said...

The difference between the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board and the OC Fairgrounds Board in this case , couldn't be more stark.

While the latest meetings with the OC Fairboard had the Pirateers FMW cozying up to the board with promises of generous fee compensations to serve as their "advisors".That's right....they are paying off the Fairboard. Swish that around for awhile and see what taste it leaves in your mouth...
The Del Mar Fairboard is meanwhile, is fighting a familiar battle.

The lawsuit against the sale should be very enlightening ........

11/21/2010 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

as far as cmpress' repudiation (refudiation?) of you goes, you get published in the pilot often, and the only time ive seen him mention you is when he can zing you on the strictest definition of censorship in relation to the first amendment. it doesnt address weather the lawyer's threats had legals legs and certainly doesnt mention that lawyers often send such letters strictly for intimidation purposes knowing their clients do not have the law on their side. so, he tags you on a definition, not the substance of what you said. also, his (only) argument against what you said (that only government can trample ones first amendment rights) dissipates when one considers that the lawyers werent just threatening you to shut up, they were threatening to make the judiciary (a branch of government) shut you up.

for a guy that claims so much intellectual credibility (must be in his "superior" genes!), he sure comes off as a dumb-ass.

11/21/2010 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

folkinhippy, thanks for the concise, accurate description of our pal over at the CM Press. A truly sad, sad person - so much unfulfilled potential...:-)

11/21/2010 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous happyincm said...

I was not able to attend the last city council meeting but read about Foley waffling on leaving. To save me some time, can you please tell me approximately when this appears in the archived video? Thank you very much.

11/22/2010 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

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11/22/2010 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

happyincm, I don't have high speed internet at my current location so cannot view the streaming video to give you precise coordinates. However, it was discussed twice. First during council member comments near the start of the meeting and again at the very end.

11/22/2010 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

wait... i just caught that half of the newport city council districts were won in uncontested races. WHAT? one of my dreams is to see costa mesa districted, but not if no competition is the result.

11/22/2010 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous happyincm said...

OK - thank you. Just curious, though - are you using a dial-up?

11/22/2010 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Haha said...

It's official that James Righeimer is our next city councilmember. This is a best-case scenario for the city of Costa Mesa. We got happy feet over here. It wasn't even close. Your boy mcevoy got beat badly by Rigeimer. Funny how you continue to deny that McEvoy was arrested for a DUI. Even funnier how you use an old photo. How about you used the one over that the CMPress has. You cannot miss it. Just look for the one where McEvoy looks like Charles Manson where it was taken Eric Bever's press conference. Andddd, here is a link to Righeimer's official victory speech enjoy it

11/22/2010 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

folkinhippy, election by districts gets discussed at every election because that's how Newport does it.

happyincm, yeah, dial-up it is until after Thanksgiving... like watching sap run! :-( Can't watch YouTube, streaming video on the city site, etc. Bummer.

Haha, nice classy comment. Per the above, guess I'll have to put off the "pleasure" of watching Righeimer's victory speech until the end of the week... That photo at the bogus, contrived press conference - the stink-eye press conference - was taken after Chris came directly from surfing. He doesn't care what you think about it and neither do I. By the way, you anonymous coward, when I return home I'll keep an eye out for a front half of a horse that's looking for you, trying to re-connect. I'll be thinking about you and the rest of the turkeys on Thursday.

11/22/2010 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Go Trojans said...

hey Jeff, you need to silence HaHa like you silenced Vicki!!! that's how Hitler got control of Germany. all dissenting voices should be silenced, whenever possible. you can do the talking for the rest of us. it's OK with me.

11/23/2010 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Actually, Steve, er Go Trojans, I don't mind dissenting voices here - we tolerate almost anyone and provide a forum for discussion. As in life, or football, there is a line beyond which we won't permit transgression... Vicki passed it long ago. In fact, Haha might just be Vicki in a new dress! Your reference to Hitler was interesting... if we don't have some diverse views on our soon-to-be-seated city council we'll end up with a virtual dictatorship.

11/23/2010 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Perick said...

Um, gericault, I believe the "generous fee compensations" you refer to will be going to the 32nd DAA regardless of who sits on the board. Remember, with a new governor in January, it looks like there are at least 5 places up for grabs on the board.

So are you going to criticize those who aren't even on the board yet for this deal simply because the DAA gets money from this deal?

11/23/2010 04:22:00 PM  

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