Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Scrooge Alive In Costa Mesa

I was just listening to the Bill Carroll Show on KFI 640 AM where new Mayor Jim Righeimer has become the darling of Carroll's show and that of John and Ken later in the afternoon.
Today, near the end of the segment just before 2:30, Righeimer was lamenting the "unsustainable pensions" and saying that he's held out an olive branch to the employees and hopes to negotiate a solution without layoffs.  As he talked about how employees could retire at "90% or 98%" for the rest of their lives, he said, "You almost hope there's not some new medical breakthrough that lets people live another 10 years because your gonna go bankrupt.  It's kinda scary, but that's what happened here."  Carroll picked up on it and, in a rush to end the segment, told Righeimer that he had the perfect headline for this story - "The new mayor of Costa Mesa is hoping retired employees die young".  Righeimer laughed nervously and tried to back-peddle out of that quicksand, but it was too late.

There you have it, folks.  Yep, that's the new spirit of cooperation being broadcast throughout the sounthland and further via IHeart Radio.  Those of us who were hoping for the opportunity to actually make some headway working collaboratively with Righeimer and his smaller (no offense, Gary) majority on the city council have had a cold splash of reality hit us in the face.  Last night, during the comments preceding the selection of Righeimer as mayor, highly respected and successful Estancia High School football coach Mike Bargas - referring to Righeimer and Steve Mensinger -  told the audience "I want those two studs there to lead me into war.  I'd go with them into the trenches."  Well, coach, strap on that helmet - the game is afoot.

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Anonymous Mesa Mustang said...

BC, are you upset with what Righeimer said, or the fact that he's right. If we cure a major disease tomorrow, we are screwed. We will be paying guys like crooked Clay Epperson $300k a year into their 90's and beyond. Every City will go bankrupt. It's simple math. Wendy Leece can't solve that problem by having everyone hug each other and get along. It has to be fixed. I'm happy that guys like Righeimer and Mensinger take the bullets and stand out to try and fix what will be their kids future and their kids debt. Someone has to stand up to fix this mess What about your kids debt?? Oh, yeah!

12/05/2012 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Toy Soldiers said...

Did Bargas mean following Riggy and Mensy into the trenches or Hometown Buffet?

12/05/2012 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

YIKES! Maybe they should get a room.

12/05/2012 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

That man is attracted to microphones like a moth to a flame, except the City of Costa Mesa is what gets burned repeatedly.

12/05/2012 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Sam Grady said...

The only people who listen to KFI are angry white men who whine and moan about how California is today and they can do nothing about it. The only one worth listening too is Bill Handel because his show can be somewhat funny. It is only a matter of time before the OC becomes more and more liberal and KFI changes its format. I like KFWB because instead of whining, their shows give practical advice in investing, saving, getting out of debt and growing your business. Much more useful than bitching and moaning.

12/05/2012 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Costa Mesa Mom said...

Ewww! Bargas gives me the creeps. What kind of man crush is that? I would keep my sons far away from someone like that. Besides what kind of a role model looks like Jabba the Hutt?

12/05/2012 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Righeimer to City: DROP DEAD

12/05/2012 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Mike H. wrote:
"Righeimer to City: DROP DEAD"

haha! A classic from the paper I grew up reading:

And if you believe in a "New Righeimer," there's a certain structure connecting Manahattan and Brooklyn I'm willing to sell to you cheap.

12/05/2012 08:54:00 PM  
Anonymous CMresident said...

-->Costa Mesa Mom...
And you are supposed to be a role model? It's funny cause you likely resemble jar jar binks! It's too bad that the old saying "Apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is often so true. It is parenting such as yours that poses a threat to our society. Children without discipline and respect are "raised" by parents such as you. With your dense comment and lack of having anything intelligent to say, I feel sorry for your sons (unfortunately for them they couldn't choose who birthed them). It is very apparent that it is your sons that lack a good role model, cause you surely are not one. And the last time I checked, being a role model didn't have prerequisites in terms of looks or size (if you need to know what a prerequisite means, you should search it on So before you go and make asinine statements that make you sound like a fool, think. Its always a good idea to think before you speak, if not for the right reasons, at the very least for your sons. Give them GOOD leadership and teach them to be good citizens of our community. And to Coach Bargas, Thank you for ALL of your hard work and community service that you and your players do and sacrifice your time for. It's a crying shame that most of the people that leave comments on here or anywhere for that matter have a lot to say but don't bother to put "there money where there mouth is". I wonder when the last time this "lady" did some community service. She could use some... being humble goes a long way. In case anyone cares, my child goes to Costa Mesa not Estancia. No favoritism here, just simply the right thing.

12/08/2012 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Costa Mesa Mom said...

CMresident, I stand by my statement and yes I want positive role models for my kids. Too bad you think differently.

12/10/2012 01:18:00 PM  

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