Friday, November 21, 2014

The Grinch's Even More Evil Twin

Well, it certainly didn't take long for recently re-elected Mayor Jim Righeimer to rip off that uncomfortable, ill-fitting facade of the conciliator, did it?  It only took a few minutes at the last council meeting for us to see the seams beginning to burst on that outfit.  Then comes today...

As described in a Facebook message to her "friends", recently re-elected council woman Katrina Foley - who will officially take the dais on December 2nd - told us the following:

"On 11/13/14 in the OC Register Righeimer pledged: "You want to find out what issues are important to them [me, the new council member] and see how you can get those things done.” First attempt: Kill Katrina's Annual Kids Coat Drive! BaHumbug! Due to his complaint, after 5 years, we can no longer place a collection bin in the lobby of the CMPD. I wish we could move beyond petty politics! Please let me know if your business or organization will host a bin."

That's correct!  This week Righeimer - who barely retained a place on the dais by 47 votes and who told us from the dais last Tuesday evening that he was meeting with Foley soon to find common ground - complained to CEO Tom Hatch that the collection barrels for the 6th annual Kids Coat Drive were political statements and should be banned from City buildings.  So - poof! - no more collection barrels!  

As several commentors have observed on the thread that accompanied Foley's Facebook post, there are many other "collections" done on city sites and wondered if they, too, will be banned as "political statements".  I'm told that the official city position on the Kids Coat Drive collection was that it was not an official city-endorsed program.  What a steaming pile of manure!

This is what we have to look forward to under the regime of now-lame duck Mayor Jim Righeimer!  He's termed out in 2018, so has nothing to lose by letting us see the real guy behind that pudgy, poorly-coiffed facade.  Now we'll see him at his worst - something that's pretty hard to imagine when we reflect on his first four years on the dais, when, among other things, we saw him attempt to layoff half the miscellaneous employees (Remember Huy Pham?); disembowel the police department; create such a hostile work environment that many staffers have departed and recruitment becomes very difficult; turn the city into a virtual dictatorship by changing the core form of government - twice! - to make it easier for him to rule;  take such capricious actions that our city has become a retirement annuity for many local law firms and on and on and on.  Now he puts a roadblock in front of one of the very positive events that has happened each year for half a decade and leave needy children shivering in the night!

If he thought for one second that his Cheshire Cat grin and phony attempt to convince us that he's turned over a new leaf and has become a conciliatory member of a council team had us fooled, he's sorely mistaken.  Those of us who pay attention recognize what a dictatorial, self-serving political opportunist he really is and will continue to speak out.  This latest move is beyhond despicable and will be long-remembered.

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Blogger kwahlf said...

I've said it many, many times and will say it again as long as people think he is worth one vote ( he isn't).
The guy is unfit for office- always was- always will be.
Those who voted for him-
What in the heck were you thinking??

11/22/2014 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

bah f/ing humbug....what a complete a/hole...what about his syrupy reply to Eleanor Egan's commentary, what a flaming, two faced liar...thanks thanks to all the egomaniacal spoilers and their friends that unleashed another term of this jackass on our city ...Sorry Geoff, I don't expect this to be published because Im so flippin angry and want to scream every f/n word I know...and thank you dipshit for the SLH lawsuit that2 was filed today...I assume you have stock in Jones Mayer....son of a biscuit eater!!!!!!!

11/22/2014 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Maybe it's time to update the analogy from Mussolini to "Hunger Games" President Snow..

The Bosses' offices in Newport can be "The Capitol."

11/22/2014 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ocpublicsquare said...

Jim is in for a big surprise with the Katrina and Sandy (Team Costa Mesa). I may write a book about my experiences. Jim has to have spotlight on him all the time, but we don't have a "strong mayor" type of city or a directly elected mayor (which many people don't understand). Jim has made us into a General Law city where the mayor calls all the shots and beware if you don't get his approval first. I learned to pick my battles, not rock his boat and work on things that mattered especially an abundance of controversial upcoming agenda items that took a lot of preparation.

11/22/2014 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Its a new low that this miserable excuse for a mayor finds collecting coats for children as political. Its a move to try to put Katrina in her place. It won't work for him. He's going to have a very long, miserable two years. I say two years because we are going to silence him next election with a win. And no amount of "Bunyans" will be loaded onto the ballot to siphon votes. We will be wise to that next time.

11/22/2014 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Good. Another chance for the people to show him up again.

11/22/2014 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...


It's Rigmarshall 101:

Don't allow something good to be associated with the police he wants to vilify.

11/22/2014 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Hold em accountable said...

Man, Rig-Himmler is a Whack-a-doodle! Gonna be a long 4 years folks.

11/22/2014 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

Please, let's make something dispicable into a plus...everyone please donate a coat or two...lets present them to Katrina at council...fill that flippen council with coats....who is in? Ill pick them up, ill haul them, ill do whatever it takes to bury his flippen ass in coats...

11/22/2014 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Does this mean the collection trunk for the Camp Pendleton 1/5 Marines in the City Hall Lobby has to go too?

11/22/2014 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

May the RIGmeister ROT IN HELL where he belongs!

11/22/2014 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Zenny, I'm in. Shopping as we speak.

No child will go without a coat because of Righeimer's pettiness. But as I said, this is really just an attempt to slap Katrina into place. He's like a dog pissing on his territory. I hope she doesn't allow that. Bad god! Bad dog!

11/22/2014 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

I have a somewhat different interpretation of Righeimer's latest outrage. I think it's not mainly about Katrina nor the Police Department. It's racism. Everyone knows many of the poor kids in this town are not white, and there are plenty of racists who don't want to do anything that could possibly help people who are of another color - such as allowing them to live in a motel. Righeimer's move will please the racists.

11/22/2014 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

You bring up a very good point.
The racists, particularly MM will be
very happy with this sub-human

I'll be looking for coats,also.

11/22/2014 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

What a fantastic idea Zenny! Let's bury him in coats December 2.

Maybe he will try to bar anyone carrying a coat from the Council Chambers!

11/22/2014 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

He's just pissed that she blew him out of the water with her first place finish and that he barely kept his seat on the City Council.

This will be a record year for the coat collection, all thanks to the Mayor trying to ruin it.

11/23/2014 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Did you see in the Daily Pilot, how Righeimer tries to shift the issue by bringing up a completely different event and different issue that have nothing to do with the coat drive? Didn't work well for him. Complaining about an id missing on a flyer for a separate event? What a completely petty and downright divisive stunt.

I imagine all those people that voted for him are now feeling a bit foolish. They should.

11/23/2014 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

To call a spade a spade, I really wish Katrina had not referred to it as "MY" coat drive. I'm sure she realizes many people are involved. Had she you just said "OUR" it would not have become a political issue.

11/23/2014 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Why do I think racism is behind the latest outrage? I've seen Millard at Council praising the Righeimer triumvirate, and I think Millard has been quietly in communication with Righeimer. How else to explain the war on the motels, the kinds of projects being approved with no provision for affordable housing, the utter lack of parks and lighted playing fields for Westside kids, the mothballing (before Righeimer but with Monahan) of the rec van, and the latest outrage. Let's see whether Righeimer thinks supporting Katrina's brother's Marines unit is "political."

11/23/2014 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous breaking bad said...

I have to say I love the idea of bringing coats to the City Council Meeting. Just like in the movie Miracle on 34th Street with the postal letters to Santa Claus brought into the court room. The only problem is Mayor Jim Righeimer would tell the Daily Pilot that was his plan all along to stimulate greater coat donations. And the De Arakals, Sesslers, Smiths and Dicksens would say yeah that's the ticket.

11/23/2014 07:36:00 PM  

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