Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Charter Informational Meeting Scheduled For January 4th

The City of Costa Mesa, through Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell, this morning issued a press release announcing an informational meeting on the proposed Charter City scheme being pushed by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. This will be the first - and maybe the only - such meeting as Righeimer tries to fast-track this issue to get it on the June, 2012 ballot. This meeting was originally being scheduled for June 5th, but circumstances dealing with a new 19th Street Bridge conspired to move this meeting up one day. More on that issue in a separate post.

You may remember that Righeimer, alone, created the draft Charter that is being
considered. You will also recall that he included a segment, section 603, that is the latest iteration of his failed Paycheck Protection Act. You have to give Righeimer credit, once he gets a bad idea in his teeth he just keeps chewing and chewing and chewing, apparently hoping he will eventually find a group of voters gullible enough to swallow it.

To give you some biased background, you can read an interview conducted by Dan Oney of and published today, HERE, in which Righeimer gives you his spin on this issue. He mentions a January 5th meeting - that's been changed to the 4th, per the press release, below. In his interview he says "no electeds" will attend this meeting, but I've heard the opposite. So, we don't know if Righeimer and the rest of the council will be there to intimidate potential speakers or not. He also says that there will be 8-10 public meetings, but the current schedule to get it on the June ballot shows a final vote by the City Council on March 6th - no time for those meetings BEFORE the council decides whether to spend more than $100,000 to place it on the June ballot.


Mark your calendars: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, Costa Mesa Neighborhood C
ommunity Center at Lions Park beginning at 7 p.m. If you want to hear about how Righeimer plans to hi-jack your city government, this might be your only chance.

Here's the text of Lobdell's press release issued this morning:

COSTA MESA, CALIF - City of Costa Mesa staff will hold an informational meeting on the proposed City charter, or local constitution, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center.

The meeting will provide facts about city charters, which transfer ultimate authority over municipal affairs from Sacramento to the local level; outline the differences between charter and general law cities; give details on the process to get a charter on the ballot in Costa Mesa; and encourage residents and business owners to give input on the proposed Costa Mesa charter, including suggestions for improving the first draft.

In addition, the City has created a “Weigh in on the Charter” button on its website homepage, providing an online form for charter comments that will be forwarded to Costa Mesa’s five council members, city attorney and chief executive officer. The website also features a “City Charter Info” page (, which includes information on charters from the League of California Cities; a timeline for the process in Costa Mesa; a sample charter; and a list of the 120 California charter cities, which includes Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Santa Ana.

The first official public hearing on the proposed Charter will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at a special City Council meeting.

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Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Rescheduling this meeting earlier than previously announced is convincing evidence that council and staff won't care what voters have to say on the 10th. How about the poor slobs who calendared the 5th to learn all about the council's charter but didn't learn of the change to the day before? They're out of luck.

But then, what difference will it make anyway? Why even attend the sham of an informational meeting when the despots have already decided?

Bus companies and airlines know enough to not do this to their customers. Airplanes do NOT take off before the scheduled time, for example. New! Improved! Costa Mesa is supposed to work like a business ... what business would treat its customers like city hall has been treating us?

North Korea is now looking for another dictator to replace the late Kim Jong-il. It looks like we've got four we can spare from the dais ... maybe five if you include enabler Tom Hatch.

12/21/2011 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous X said...

balderdasn egan, it proves nothing other than you run too hot

12/21/2011 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

X said...
balderdasn egan, it proves nothing other than you run too hot


LOFL! This, from the person who allegedly chest bumped a teacher in public and reportedly castigated a hapless airline employee!

12/21/2011 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

I followed the link to Jim Righeimer's interview. Thank you Geoff, that was very enlightening. Who the heck is the "we" he keeps referring to? In context it certainly sounds like himself and other Council members. Apparently he's boldly admitting to a Brown Act Violation or serial Brown Act violation. Perhaps a secret "Two man committee"? The most charitable thought I have is possibly in his grandiose way he is using the Royal "we". Anything else would be blatantly disrespectful of the laws and public process. This council wouldn't do that...

12/21/2011 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...


If he castigated an airline employee, I wonder if he also masticates in public?

12/21/2011 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Texas Tea Bagger said...

The Chestbumper needs to get a full-time job and stop patrolling the City spying on the hardworking people that still work here. I wonder if rest boy plans on running for his appointed spot?

12/21/2011 09:26:00 PM  
Anonymous sosorry said...

my dentist re scheduled my appointment!! after all these years I now find out he doesn't care about me at all. thanks egan for letting me know what it meant when he rescheduled, I almost fell for his excuse. you are wonderful man for exposing the real truths about council, my dentist, north korea , etc.

12/22/2011 07:56:00 AM  

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