Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Righeimer Recall Campaign Launched

Former City Council candidate Chris McEvoy has officially launched his recall effort of Mayor Jim Righeimer.  He apparently met the preliminary requirements for this effort and will hold a meeting at his home Wednesday evening to begin gathering signatures and to sign up volunteers to help him with that effort.  

According to the Facebook Event page he formed - Righeimer Recall - McEvoy's meeting Wednesday will be held at 898 Towne Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.  McEvoy has also created a website, http://friendsofcostamesasfuture.com/, where information relative to the recall effort will be posted.

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I inquired of the Interim City Clerk, Brenda Green, earlier this week to clarify some points.  She told me:

  • McEvoy will be required to gather at least 9,086 valid signatures, which actually means he will probably need to produce over 10,000 to be sure he has enough.
  • The names on the signatures are NOT public record.  Petitions cannot be viewed nor copied.  They are only open to the Election Official, and if the petition is not found to be sufficient, by the proponents of the petition and their representatives.
  • The deadline for the signatures to be delivered to the City Clerk is May 15, 2013.
  • The City would contract with the Registrar of Voters to validate the signatures.  It is anticipated that the validation process will probably cost The City in the area of $25,000.
  • Once the signatures are presented to the City Clerk they will be delivered to the Registrar of Voters for validation.  He has 30 working days to complete that job, which would put his completion date at June 27th or thereabouts.
  • Following the validation of the signatures, and assuming there are sufficient numbers validated, the Registrar returns the petitions to the Costa Mesa City Clerk and the City Council has fourteen (14) days to certify them.  Assuming that 6/27 date, the council would likely certify them at their meeting on July 2nd.
  • Once the petitions are certified by the City Council an election will be held between 88 and 125 days from that date.  Again, assuming those dates above are accurate, that means the election would be held between the middle of October and the middle of November.
  • The City would pay for the special election.  The Registrar of Voters estimates it would cost roughly $200,000.
  • The election would have two questions: 1) Should Jim Righeimer be recalled and, 2) If "yes", who should be elected to replace him?  A list of qualified candidates would be included.  Those candidates would have to go through the same process the candidates did for the recent election.
  • Once the Registrar of Voters counts the votes and certifies the results of the election the City Council will vote on a resolution accepting the results, Righeimer will step down and a new council member will be seated.  A new mayor and, possibly, mayor pro tem would be elected.  The person elected to replace Righeimer would serve out the remainder of his term, which expires in 2014 - which would likely be around a year by the time this process plays out.
There are many variables in this timetable.  If McEvoy returns the signatures sooner then the process is moved ahead.  Regardless, IF - and it's a VERY BIG "IF", McEvoy is able to secure enough valid signatures to qualify for a recall election and IF - another VERY BIG "IF" - Righeimer were to be recalled, his replacement would not be seated for approximately a year from now, and would serve only the unexpired portion of Righeimer's term - a year.


The question many are asking themselves is, "Is this really worth the effort?"  I suppose it depends on one's viewpoint.  We've seen the damage he has done to our city in two years on the City Council and we have a pretty good idea of where he's heading into the last half of his term now.  Righeimer has given us no reason to be optimistic about the future under his reign, so maybe another year of turmoil with a recall campaign is worth trimming his tour to 3 years, not four.  And then there's the question of him running for re-election in 2014...


Don't get me wrong - I think Jim Righeimer has been a very divisive influence on our city almost since the day he arrived and his approach to problem-solving has proven to be disastrous.  I'd be a happy guy if he stepped aside.  However, the reason for the recall expressed on the petition is for his vote on the Banning Ranch traffic mitigation agreement, which has never been signed by The City and is now moot.  The developers have failed to respond to the modifications The City requested so the fact is - we have no Banning Ranch Traffic Mitigation Agreement, period.

This is going to be very interesting.  The clock is ticking on this effort.  Gathering 10,000 valid signatures from registered Costa Mesa voters is going to be a real challenge, especially when many of them are exhausted from the recent election.  It's going to be very interesting to see what kind of community response McEvoy receives as he begins this process.

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Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

When/where will the petition be available to sign?

12/11/2012 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

At his home tonight and throughout the community for the next few months.

12/11/2012 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

I think it is important to follow through with the recall to confirm the residents of Costa Mesa are not going to settle for Righeimer's (or any other council member's) poor attitude, character and self serving interest and they are not going to take it anymore. What is $200,000 to the millions he has already costs the residents and the possible millions he will cost as he continues his destructive path.


12/11/2012 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Not Ready for Prime Time? said...

We voted for McEvoy in the past but his skills and methods are in question right now.


1) Did his lack of a proper campaign in 2010 actually help elect Righeimer?

2) When Jeff Harlan wrote a recent DP piece saying recall wasn't a great idea right now, we didn't like McEvoy's reply blast at someone (Harlan) who has consistently been an ally of political sanity in this town.

3) We didn't see a lot of McEvoy during the last election. If he's the leader he purports to be, maybe an extra effort by him would have given John Stephens the 156 votes he needed.

We are not inclined to devote time and money to this effort, however well-intentioned it might be. Now if Stephens or Weitzberg or Foley spearheads, then we're immediately in.

12/11/2012 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Not Ready: me too. For the want of 150 votes, we could have had a different outcome. He could have helped largely with that effort and this would be unnecessary. I'll sign the petition gladly, but I'm not interested in anyone besides Stephens and Weitzberg. Those are the only two I'd like to see in office.

12/11/2012 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous robutto said...

ready fire aim Mr. McEvoy!

12/12/2012 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Captain Caveman said...

All passion, no plan. We have many more important things to work on.

12/12/2012 06:04:00 AM  
Anonymous No Docks in the Mesa said...

I hear Mayor Riggy is trying to figure out how to start charging for dock fees here in Costa Mesa. He'll try anything to screw the people over.

12/12/2012 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Jello-Boy said...

I guess this will be a good measuring stick to see how the people of Costa Mesa like our new Mayor. Whether he gets 1 signature or the required 9000, this will be interesting to see how the people react.

@ Caveman-such as what? How about a few examples of where you would right the City.

12/12/2012 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous NOTICE said...

No Docks in the Mesa wrote:
"I hear Mayor Riggy is trying to figure out how to start charging for dock fees here in Costa Mesa. He'll try anything to screw the people over."

By Imperial decree, I, Jimbo The First, Emperor of all Costa Mesa, hereby declare that from this day forward, all Starbucks coffee stores, all 7-11 stores, all liquor stores, and all gas stations within the city limits, are to be known as "docks."

A dock fee shall be collected on each transaction at one of these establishments, and shall be forwarded to themperial Treasury forthwith.

12/12/2012 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

NOTICE...I don't think RIGheimer would included the Starbucks in this fee because it would hurt him personally in the wallet since his squawk box systems are used by Starbucks drive thrus (think new starbucks on 17th). He'd hate to loose that contract. No matter that the RIGmeister recused himself on that vote, because he just ordered his puppets on the cc (the other 3 bMs)to vote to allow that drive thru (and his squawk box system in the deal!) I think that a recall is justified if for nothing else than the complete lack of integrity this "man" has when it comes to making decisions for the city and its citizens vs his own personal gain and political agenda and that of his developer and ocgop cohorts. The latter has won out EVERY time! Accepting the Banning Ranch Traffic Mitigation Agreement DRAFT is but only one example of this.

12/12/2012 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous 12-12-12 said...

If Riggy is involved in those squawk boxes, that makes complete sense why those things suck so bad and you can't understand a thing the person on the other end says.

The fact that people can't get out of their cars for cup of coffee is still stupid to me, but where there is stupidity, there is $$$, and where there is $$$, you will find people that will lie, cheat & steal to get it.

12/12/2012 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Robut... You are the kettle calling the pot black (and incorrectly so)!

12/12/2012 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous YourPlatform said...

Despite the fact that Riggy called this recall a stunt, the moment is approaching fast. More importantly than McEvoy's plans and leadership qualities is that a vote for McEvoy counts as a vote against Riggy.

12/13/2012 12:07:00 AM  

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