Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wendy Leece Asks DA For Brown Act Violation Investigation

Wendy Leece, former Costa Mesa Councilwoman and member of the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees, yesterday asked Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to investigate a possible open meeting violation by the Costa Mesa City Council at the July 5th city council meeting.
In her complaint to Rackauckas she described the violation - neither the agenda nor the full agenda report mentioned that the council would be discussing putting an elected-at-large mayor on the November ballot - and more.  She points out that it is a violation of Government Code 54954.2(e).  You can find the Brown Act HERE.
She went into great detail in her complaint, mentioning specifics of the perceived violations.  She has been informed that a representative of the Orange County District Attorney Office said her request would be given to the Special Assignment Investigation Department to determine if an investigation is warranted.
This, again, is a result of Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's dictatorial posturing on the council.  He calls the shots and Mayor Steve Mensinger and lamest of lame duck councilman Gary Monahan just go along.
This is the second time in the past few days when Righeimer's actions have been given official legal challenges.  The other one was Eleanor Egan's lawsuit challenging the rebuttal on the Smart Growth Initiative, mentioned in an earlier post.
Righeimer is a cancer in our city.  He plays fast and loose with the truth and many times he just seems to be making things up as he goes along, assuming nobody will investigate and/or call him on it.  Nearly every move he makes results in legal action - apparently he just views this as a cost of doing business.  Sadly, the voters and taxpayers of this city are paying the price.  He has attempted to micro-manage every element of City government and his limited intellectual capacity and marginal managerial skills have not proven up to the task.  All that is left to him is to bully those who challenge him.   Fortunately, the November election provides an opportunity for the residents of this city to make a change and remove Righeimer's control over the agenda of this town.  By changing the majority on the city council there is an opportunity to not only stop this madness, but to actually undo some of the damage inflicted on the city over the past 5 years.

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Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Those people do whatever they feel like doing. They think the rules don't apply to them.

7/12/2016 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous breaking bad said...

What's up with Bunyan. Ask yourself why?

I feel compelled to stand up and advocate for a much more reasonable approach to development. Costa Mesa deserves a strong voice that will defend it from developers. I am running for Costa Mesa City Council so that I can be that voice.

Costa Mesa resident CHRIS BUNYAN is a candidate for Costa Mesa City Council.

There's so much more Bunyan from Weitberg.
Bunyan opposes a city charter. He wants to ensure that Banning Ranch and Fairview Park remain natural and undeveloped. He wants to improve our neighborhoods, stop high-density development, aid people living on the streets and control the growth of group homes.

And still more Bunyan from Bunyan himself.
We have been continually told that Costa Mesa is "built out" and will have to look at other development options, such as building up and increasing lot density.

Why do we have to build?

The criterion for progress isn't just development. A city that doesn't have a traffic problem is progress. A city with clean, quiet neighborhoods is progress. A city with an adequate police force is progress.

A city can be improved by means other than more high-density development. For example, the city could be improved by eliminating cut-through traffic, creating clean and safe parks, adding bike lanes and community gardens, and making sure streets are safe to cross.

Bunyan asks why do we have to build? I would ask Chris why did you sell out?

7/13/2016 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

Just one Brown violation that may have merit? Always an interesting read for me. Wendy Leece is the specific reason that the council public comments got split into 10 people up front and all the rest trailed to the end...same reason the consent calendar pulled items are also trailed to the end of the meeting...How does Nyquist know you ask? Have the DA contact me directly Ms. Leece and I will be happy to explain how I know! The Pot Stirrer can give my email address to Ms. Leece or the DA to contact me...

7/13/2016 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Too bad there isn't some sort of psychological screening to run for public office similar to the screening to become a police officer or firefighter. How would Jim do?

7/13/2016 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Righeimer would flunk. Classic paranoiac (NOT paranoid), delusions of grandeur and a fixed idea; the paranoiac is called "the reasoning insane".

Geoff, are you OK? Nothing posted yet on last night's circus... P'r'aps you are waiting for the Granicus.

It looks like the gloves are coming off, right about in time for the campaign season. 'Heimer is ranting (nothing unusual about that), but Wendy, Eleanor, and most of the rest of us are getting ready for a real fight. Interestingly, Dog Vogel was there last night, but made no snarky remarks. He left, though, after the districting proposal was passed.

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation! Gary Monahan, though, got a round of applause when he defected from the Soviet Three and voted with Katrina and Sandy.

7/13/2016 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous who are you kidding? said...

The information provided by the city was woefully misinterpreted, College Park was not split, it just encompassed a larger area. So the mpt who doesn't give a squirrel's poop about College Park, when he asked College Park resident' WHAT DO YOU WANT? and further accused them of shaking down a car dealer...fast forward he is now wiping tears with his hanky, because they have been separated from an area separated by FAIRVIEW a natural boundary. And the whinny woman, who said kept saying she was confused and didn't understand, I don't understand Mr. Eli was unlimited amount of time, so I suspicion, this ditz dIdn't attend any meeting or attempt to get UNCONFUSED. Maybe some straight forward info would help, the helpless, so help yourself, with some time and research about this city. Interesting no one who went to these (many) meetings, saw any of the majority council supporters at any meeting. guess they got the memo the fix was in a d not waste their time....

7/14/2016 12:21:00 PM  

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