Tuesday, July 12, 2016

City Clerk and Registrar of Voters Sued!

The drama never stops in Costa Mesa!  Late last week Costa Mesa resident Eleanor Egan sued Brenda Green, Costa Mesa City Clerk, and Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar of Voters, to have purported "objectively false and misleading information" removed from the rebuttal argument on Costa Mesa First's so-called Smart Growth Initiative.
Egan, a long-time lawyer in the Costa Mesa City Attorney's office back when we actually had a City Attorney and not a contract firm handling our legal affairs, and also a Planning Commissioner not too long ago, took strong legal exception to much of the rebuttal signed by Julie Fowler, Chuck Perry, Lee Ramos, Christopher Bunyan and Jim Righeimer.
I've read through the legal paperwork, which includes a record of those statements Egan feels are false and/or misleading and must agree with her.  In fact, it seems like that rebuttal was written as though they were writing one of those stream-of-consciousness screeds seen so often on the Costa Mesa Public Square - the juvenile pontifications encouraged by Righeimer's example.

Keep in mind that Righeimer has appointed himself to write arguments on several other initiatives.  It's likely that his handiwork could result in even more legal challenges.  Since he's come to town Costa Mesa has become an annuity for lawyers.

The clock is ticking on this process.  The case has been assigned to a judge who, as of last night, had not yet considered it.  The judge will tell the parties what they must do, or not do, quickly.  The deadline for completion of all the information for the numerous initiatives that will be placed on the ballot is August 12th.  I'll try to stay abreast of this situation and keep you informed.

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Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

This legal action is not so much against the City Clerk and the Registrar of Voters, who have no stake in the outcome, as against the false and misleading statements, to keep them out of the Voter Information Pamphlet. The City Clerk will forward the Arguments and Rebuttals to the Registrar, and the Registrar will prepare the Voter Information Pamphlet that is mailed to all registered voters with the sample ballot. So if the Court agrees with me, the judge will issue a writ of mandate to the Clerk and the Registrar ordering them to delete those statements from the Voter Information Pamphlet.

This is not going to happen immediately, but it must be expedited in order to meet the Registrar’s deadline. Stay tuned!

7/12/2016 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Gay said...

Love you Eleanor!

7/12/2016 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Let's see if the judge sees through Rig's convoluted lies. I'm sure they will. Voters beware! The Smart Growth Initiative must pass or we will simply have Righeimer's next attempt at Charter No. 3

7/12/2016 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Jim's motto - when facts won't do, make stuff up!

7/12/2016 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Ocpublicsquare said...

Thank you Eleanor! We appreciate your hard work on this. It's about time someone called them out for sloppy, inaccurate statements meant to fool the voters.

7/12/2016 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous who are you kidding? said...

Eleanor Eagan, my hero! She has integrity, honesty and can't stand by and see our city destroyed by inept and just downright
stupid wannabe politicians, lead by our bumbling mayor, who can't control My oghrimer's antics nor the council meeting. It is time to throw the bums OUT....

7/12/2016 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Thank you Mrs. Egan.

The little dicktator and his gang are playing defense.

7/12/2016 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Is there a cult where you have to spread a certain number of lies each week?

7/12/2016 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Brava, Eleanor! Thank you for stepping up for the citizens of Costa Mesa. I admire you for standing up even though you know the vitriol will be prolific.

7/12/2016 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

When I saw the rebuttal to the argument for the "smart growth" initiative I could not believe ANYONE would sign that pack of lies, because that's what it was, a mess of totally unfounded, ridiculous fictions of what would happen if voters approve the voter qualified Initiative. I question whether some of the signers had even seen the rebuttal because signatures were submitted on a separate page and the claims were over the top outrageous. Some of the signers had discussed the initiative on Facebook pages and had a fair understanding of what the initiative would or would not allow, they just didn't like it. Fair enough. But to sign a document that so misrepresents language that these people once seemed to understand and to attest by their signature that they believe that pack of lies to be true, that is something I can't understand.

7/12/2016 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger mesa verde madman said...

Julie Fowler, Chuck Perry, Lee Ramos, Christopher Bunyan and Jim Righeimer... sounds like such a fun group of people to hang out with.

7/13/2016 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Robin, what did you expect? Anyone with any integrity wouldn't sign Righeimer's counter initiative. He used Bunyan, Fowler, Ramos, etc. People of less than dubious character. Even my wife started laughing.

7/13/2016 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...


"Let's hang out!"

"OK! Who wants to pull wings off flies?"

"Nah, we did that last week. Instead, let's drive down Placentia in white vans and scream out 'La Migra!"

"Yeah, then it's off to Smart and Final for a light snack!"

7/13/2016 08:03:00 AM  

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