Jim Righeimer Has Earned the Hate of the Unions

[Moxley Confidential] The conservative Costa Mesa city councilman insists his pension-slashing plans are about pragmatism, not politics

California union leaders' opinion of James Martin Righeimer, a wealthy, 52-year-old, Newport Beach real-estate developer and one of the state's most vociferously anti-labor union activists, is pretty much what you'd expect.

"Jim Righeimer is a right-wing nut," says a high-ranking Orange County union official who asked to remain anonymous. "He's against fair wages, he's against the working class, and his motives are political. He is the quintessential Republican operative."

That sentiment isn't surprising. Righeimer's efforts to damage public-employee unions, a primary funding source for Democrats, predates by 17 years the newfound fame for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who wants to end collective bargaining for public-sector unions in his state. In 1993, Righeimer helped to write Proposition 174, a failed school-voucher law that threatened the California Teachers Association. Five years later, he was involved in creating Proposition 226, which, had it been successful, would have outlawed the lifeblood of union power: automatic deductions from members' paychecks for dues. At one point, Righeimer admitted he'd been "kicking sand" in the faces of union bosses, who've spent at least $42 million to defeat his statewide initiatives and campaigns for public office.

Yet, despite that history of success, tired-looking union officers forced smiles when they recently emerged from a lengthy meeting in Righeimer's private Newport Beach office—the one that's decorated with photographs of him embracing the likes of Newt Gingrich, John Thune and Dana Rohrabacher, a former roommate. The union leaders had come in hopes of converting their old nemesis, at least temporarily, into an ally. Were they out of their minds?

"Hey, you've got to talk stuff out with people," replies Righeimer, who makes it no secret that he loathes pretty much everything that could be defined as liberalism. "But I'm not going to be pushed around by emotional pleas. I want to see facts. If somebody brings me information that I didn't know, I'll consider it. That's only fair."

If Righeimer weren't a gentleman, he could have simply declined to meet with them—and no one would have been surprised. After all, in the November election for Costa Mesa City Council, unions spent $200,000 on negative mailers against him. (They called him a "deadbeat" based on old, settled financial woes.) Police officers, members of the union with the most generous city contract, tailed and photographed his volunteers on the campaign trail.

Says Righeimer, "Tell me that wasn't intimidation."

Then, city employees watched in horror as he won.

From a union perspective, the election couldn't have been worse. The Christian conservative was the top vote-getter, became mayor pro tem, and was named co-chairman of a committee overseeing union contracts and all city spending.

"Go back two years, and the public wasn't yet with me on the issues," says Righeimer, referring to his losing 2008 council bid. "Now people understand we've got to do something. We can't keep kicking the can down the road. We can't keep spending money we don't have."

The national economic collapse rocked Costa Mesa, a suburban city of 116,000 people. City officials, who'd gone on a spending spree for more than a decade, found themselves staring at a $16 million deficit at the beginning of this fiscal year, even after having already depleted $35 million in reserves.

Also alarming to Righeimer is this projection: In five years, one-fourth of the city's budget will be devoted to retired-employee pensions, some of which top $250,000 or more annually. Many city employees are "paid way too much," he believes, noting that city staff have been reluctant to share complete numbers with the public.

"It's crazy," says Righeimer, who claims he is determined to stop "the bleeding." To execute his ideas, he joined a four-person alliance on the five-member, all-Republican city council. Councilwoman Wendy Leece, a recipient of generous union financial support, is alone in arguing that taxpayers can't pay police and fire employees enough. Mayor Gary Monahan and councilmen Eric Bever and Stephen Mensinger have consistently sided with Righeimer to do what previous councils avoided: confront budget woes head on, though Righeimer cringes at the suggestion he has played a more important role in that effort than have his allies.

This month, the council notified 203 city employees—about 40 percent of the staff—that they face layoffs. Companies can submit competitive bids in coming weeks to take over certain services. Outside consultants are being asked to help find more than $1.4 million in additional emergency cuts. Righeimer says that other municipalities in California are recognizing the need for such moves and contacting him for advice— because Costa Mesa "came out of the gate first."

"For far too long, we didn't downsize when we needed to," says Righeimer, a pal of Orange County Republican Party boss Scott Baugh, a corporate lobbyist who has equated any union political activity with corruption. "Therefore, the cuts that are now unavoidable are more painful. That's sad for everyone, including me."

Even a sacred-cow subject—police-department spending—isn't spared. Working closely with Monahan, Righeimer successfully championed the end of an expensive police-helicopter program called Airborne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE) that was "clearly an unnecessary luxury" because, he says, it never produced results to justify its costs.

"You hear the argument that spending more on police reduces crime," says Righeimer, who calls himself pro-law enforcement. "I don't think that's true. You could double the number of cops, and it wouldn't change the crime rate. We'd just have more speeding tickets being written on Harbor Boulevard."

It's remarkable that Righeimer, a longtime member of the county's warped Republican establishment and an unrepentant backer of corrupt ex-sheriff Mike Carona, is emerging as an agent of change. A place dominated by conservatives, OC has rarely been a successful incubator of government reform. Indeed, the county's Board of Supervisors often presides over cesspools of incompetence and corruption. The modern world's first municipal bankruptcy occurred here in 1994, when county supervisors, all Ronald Reagan disciples, lost $1.6 billion in public funds almost overnight because of gross negligence.

But, like it or not, Righeimer—also a proud Reaganite—isn't likely to sleepwalk through his term in office. He's establishing that he's detail-oriented, willing to question all spending and fearless. Despite the parade of angry city employees and residents who line up at meetings to protest cuts, he's aiming to cut $15 million more from the next fiscal-year budget.

If he also finds it satisfying that those cuts are likely to politically neuter an old enemy, Righeimer won't say so.

"Ideology doesn't really matter at the city level," he says. "It's all about delivering services."

Given past bad blood with unions, I pressed him on the point.

"I'm not trying to beat up anybody," he replies. "I know people—good, hard-working people—are upset, but I'm trying to keep the rhetoric down. The bottom line is that we don't have the money to sustain our spending in the short, middle or long term. That's my focus."

This column appeared in print as "The Hate of the Unions: Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer finally has union bosses where he wants them."

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tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Jim Righiemer has lied to you and you didn't call him on it. He said he was 'appointed to a commission'. Baloney. He appointed himself and Gary Monahan to a commission they created. The two of them without any public input decided they could layoff half the cities work force".

How do you appoint yourself to a commission that you created? Why is this man in the mayorship when the voters voted against him. And now he wants to continue on to Allan Monsoor's Assembly Seat.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"In the VOICE of OC they published a list of retired county employees receiving pensions of over $8333 a Month, former Sheriff Carona was the 7th highest at something like $20,000 a MONTH! not one of those on that list were lowly union working stiffs, all were upper management! THATS who is bleeding the taxpayers MANAGEMENT!"

And in this very story Righeimer says that he still supports corrupt ex-OC Sheriff Mike Carona that is still currently recieving a $20,000 pension even though he sits in a federal prison for corruption.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Ideology doesn't really matter at the city level," Righeimer says. "It's all about delivering services."

Uh, How do you deliver services when you're laying people off and closing businesses down and locking thier doors and putting people out of work? Republinut Idiot!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Somewhere I saw a comment about some city employees collecting $120,000 pension a year. I wonder when the tea party drinkers make such comments they never say WHO is collection that pension, in the VOICE of OC they published a list of retired county employees receiving pensions of over $8333 a Month, former Sheriff Carona was the 7th highest at something like $20,000 a MONTH! not one of those on that list were lowly union working stiffs, all were upper management! THATS who is bleeding the taxpayers MANAGEMENT!

Someone also mentioned that Reagan started the assault on Labor Unions, not exactly true. Labor unions before, during and after the great depression were called Socialists, Communists, by the corporate owners...

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Jim Righiemer has lied to you and you didn't call him on it. He said he was 'appointed to a commission'. Baloney. He appointed himself and Gary Monahan to a commission they created. The two of them without any public input decided they could layoff half the cities work force.

The other huge flaw that the OC Weekly, and Righiemer, never discussed is why the city owes CALPERS money for pensions. The reason is - during the early 2000s the city of Costa Mesa, along with other cities, asked their unions to 'not collect' the city portion of the payments to be made into retirement funds. The unions agreed to the deal with the provision that the city would have to make up their portion of the contribution in later years. Now, Jim Righeimer doesn't want to honor 'the deal' the city made.

What would Mr. Righiemer do if the residents of Costa Mesa decided the city government just wasn't worth paying for and withheld that portion of the property tax that goes to pay their healthcare, car allowance, and meeting expenses? It seems the only thing that has ever kept Mr. Righeimer honest, when it comes to paying a bill, is to take him to court.

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ace

think I just threw up in my mouth looking at the photo

Carrie O'Connell
Carrie O'Connell

If Righeimer is so detail oriented and fiscally conservative - perhaps he should explain why he can't be bothered to pay his own state taxes:

http://righeimer.com/didyoukno...

You don't hold pensioners accountable because city officials mismanage their funds. Or, maybe that was the plan all along: tax cuts here, deplete the pension fund to cover the costs there, blame the pensioners in the end.

How's that Reaganomic surf-spending working our for you now, Costa Mesa?

Carrie O'Connell
Carrie O'Connell

Also - interesting point from I learned from the Daily Pilot article:

"Clearly, there is a lot of misunderstanding of the issues here. First, Costa Mesa DOES NOT have a $15m budget gap. Righeimer, Mensinger and Monahan are using the pension issue to further their own political aspirations. The whole mess is revolting.

Costa Mesa's budget gap is about $1.4 million. During the recession, Costa Mesa's sales tax revenues dropped over $10 million per year (from $48m to under $38m). Now, six quarters into an economic recovery, Costa Mesa's sales tax revenues are growing again. In fact, the entire budget gap may be eliminated on sales tax revenue growth alone.

The funded status of Costa Mesa's PERS plan is very healthy. The faulty notion put forward that the City needs to cut expenditures now to fund all future liabilities in pension costs is just ridiculous and shows a general lack of understanding of the actuarial assumptions used to develop an actuarial report to determine the funded status of the pension plan.

As to public employee salaries and benefits, I would urge you to read Robert Reich's article on his website related to Public Employee compensation as compared to the private sector. If you don't know, over the years Robert Reich has been an economic expert used by both Republican and Democratic Presidents alike."

Carrie O'Connell
Carrie O'Connell

So - the man who's had tens of thousands of dollars worth of personal tax liens against him wants to cut public sector jobs to save money because pensions that public employees contribute an average of 10% of their own salaries to while saving the government 6.2% each because they do not participate in social security is the "real problem." Awesome.

http://righeimer.com/didyoukno...

Perhaps if Righeimer and his ilk would simply do their duty as patriotic citizens and pay their taxes, these issues wouldn't keep coming up.

shank_black
shank_black

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Freedom4all
Freedom4all

Jim Righeimer is the 'john boy' for Mark Bucher and Jon Fleishman. Bucher and Righeimer are brother-in-laws and Righeimer can't think without getting a nod from Bucher. There must not be any Grass Roots people in Costa Mesa because that City keeps electing all these idiots that do more harm than good. Righeimer is not a successful developer, if he was he wouldn't be living in Costa Mesa, Please. Righeimer is a real estate agent, check his Department of Real Estate file and see his ethics.

Jublesballs
Jublesballs

Jim Righeimer is related to Mark Bucher of the Lincoln Club. Ck Righeimers records with the Department of Real Estate. His RE Broker bailed him out of losing his license when he took part in an illegal real estate LLC charade with Bucher.

Righeimer is another puppet. He has no backbone. He is friends with Jon Fleishman, you know the guy who tells you who to 'support'. Yea, support for 'his personal cause'. Trained by none the less Tom Fuentes and worked for who else? Good ole Sheriff Mike Carona who is now in Federal Prison. Tom Fuentes the former OC Republican Party Chairman that finally got kicked out, and who is one of the SPECIAL APPOINTEES to a Full Time Paid job under who else? John Williams, the apparantly soon to be indicted County Administrator and tight friends with T-Rack, Mike and Susan Schroeder, etc. Link, link, link. And guess what? All the Republican Groups told you to VOTE for these people.

Righeimer, Fleishman, Fuentes, Carona, T-Rack, Schroeder(s), Bucher, Williams, J Lewis, P Anthony (indicted, stepped down from the Bof Sups and is appointed to a Water Board Seat in 1980's), S Sheldon, D Bilodeau, .....and the linking attorney.....Phil Greer.

Oh how the link of badness connects in the OC Republican Party.

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I bet other municipalities are breaking down Righeimer's door (as the article states) for tips on how to dismantle their cities/unions now that a distraught city employee has jumped off the roof of the building where Righeimer has plied his craft. A friend of mine in Germany emailed me about this, obviously this story has resonated internationally. A human life was not a good trade but hopefully this is the final straw for Righeimer and his ilk!

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Sunshine4848

Another biased conservative bashing article by a big liberal "journalist". Can't you liberal guys just report the facts without your liberal spin on everything? You must be a product of the liberal universities. Moxley, it's obvious who your rich liberal heroes are...those wealthy Sacramento liberal Democrat pigs (one spin deserves another) who have bankrupted California spending my tax dollars to pay the liberal union mobsters. Their pockets are stuffed with liberal mob money which, in reality, is my tax money. You said Righeimer is "detail oriented and willing to question all spending". What an awful conservative thing to do! Until you liberals don't mind being taxed to death to support those liberal pirates in Sacramento, who never question liberal spending as long as it gets them reelected, we here in California will continue our liberal journey down the toilet of no return. Moxley, again, thanks for your liberal article, your liberal spin, and your liberal ideas. We are living your liberal dream in California!

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meatpocolypse
meatpocolypse

Fuck the Unions. I was forced to join one and all I ever saw was lazy people who's favoite line was "that's not my job". Theres no team work only finger pointing and covering for each other when someone screws up. No responsibility or leadership at all.

And where did our dues go . . . . to some schmuck in an office somewhere that none of us ever met.

Mitchell
Mitchell

"The entire war against the Worker Class is nothing but Tea Bagger nutjob bullshit!"

A lot of that war against the American born, particularly white, working class in conducted by ethnoracial activists (see Gustavo Arellano) and Casper Milquetoast white aging hipsters for open borders (see any white man at the OC Weakly).

Albert Barlow
Albert Barlow

Many people confuse hate of the private sector unions with hate of the public sector unions.

I think private unions are a great concept; if only it were possible to be able to charge enough money to allow for health and retirement benefits. The sad reality is that private companies that run union shops can only survive by doing government contracts at prevailing wages. Private union shops cannot compete in a world where there are illegal aliens everywhere, not just working for wages, but running illegal businesses and driving illegally.Before the crash my business would occasionally do state contracts and what I witnessed was horrifying.I saw layers upon layers of corruption and waste. I saw awful quality and safety violations that passed inspection as long as the large companies greased the right state union hands. That was my niche; I was a non union shop hired to come in and finish incomplete jobs and redo substandard work performed by union sheet metal shops. I was allowed to do these jobs, as long as I submitted to the union full wages. For every dollar I paid my people on the job, I had to pay the same amount to the union even though their people never set foot on the job.i attended daily meetings at LAUSD projects where there would be six state workers, inspectors, journeymen, consultants and supervisors all with one goal in mind; to make work for themselves and justify their salaries and budgets with busywork. These are the guys drawing 100k plus per year, benefits, paid holidays and 90% pensions.I determined that I had to charge the state SEVEN TIMES what i charged the private companies I worked for and it was still a waste of time because they were slow in paying. I saw hundreds of millions just on school projects go for garbage and i stopped because it began to feel like being part of organized crime.I turned to the then booming housing market and now am effectively out of business.

So when I hear these police and firefighters jacking up their overtime in the last year to retire fat I see them for what they are; crooks. The government has failed to secure our borders and our economy is ruined. We are the police in Iraq and Afghanistan and yet narco terrorists are running wild aand the average home depot is choked with illegal aliens.

Enough already. The unions are not what they once were. Let the states declare BK so they can get out of these unsustainable contracts and tell these lazy thieving bums to get out into the real world that they have destroyed and get a job, produce something or just die. Stop stealing from us. We are tapped out and have nothing left to steal.

Die Unions
Die Unions

screw unions.. they are for loosers that cant make it in the reak world...

Dale
Dale

I don't agree with Righeimer's past position, particularily concerning Prop 226. However, I admire that he's willing to focus on police and fire for cuts. Most politicians aren't willing to be that bold. Police and fire are overpaid and too much of our City's budget goes to paying these employees and their highly generous pensions.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Great Facts posted by Fact! The entire war against the Worker Class is nothing but Tea Bagger nutjob bullshit!I cannot wait until The US Attorney or the Calif AG decides to investigate the sale of the fairgrounds. I am sure that Reigheimers hands will be found in the till, and hopefully he will be joining his buddy Carona in a prison suite in CO.

RiggyisALiar
RiggyisALiar

Costa Mesa DOES NOT have any employee unions. They are associations. An employee can choose to belong or not belong upon employment. If they choose not to belong, they pay no dues to the asssocation. Costa Mesa is not a "union shop". Righeimer is simply seizing upon the national conversation of the moment, much as former mayor Mansoor did with illegal aliens. It grabs him headlines asnd that is al he cares about.

Moxley, no one followed any of his volumteers around and took pictures. That was an out and out lie.

Fact
Fact

FACT: Employees Have Already Agreed to Reduce the City’s Cost for Pensions.

Concessions by police, fire, and general employees which were approved October 12, 2010, increased the amount that employees contribute directly to their pensions. The City of Costa Mesa will save over 3.6 million dollars a year as the employees have pitched in a bigger share.

Fact
Fact

FACT: The “Budget Crisis” is Phony

As revenues plummeted, the City of Costa Mesa cut almost 20 million dollars (17.5 %) from its budget between 2008 and 2010 after revenues plummeted during the Great Recession. Because income fell so quickly and so sharply, the City relied on its “rainy-day” reserve to preserve services. But now, sales tax, property tax, and hotel tax revenues have all been increasing so that the budget is now essentially balanced. Costa Mesa still has over 40 million dollars in reserve.

Fact
Fact

FACT: The “Pension Crisis” is phony

Pension contributions for Costa Mesa employees are invested by CALPers in a broadly diversified range of US and international stocks, bonds, mortgages, and other private sector instruments. Although CALPers investments suffered dramatically in the Great Recession, they have recovered over 50 BILLION dollars in value since July of 2009.

Dollars that the City is spending on pensions will actually decrease in 2011-2012. Staff projections of dramatic increases in the future have not been confirmed by CALPers actuaries.

Facts
Facts

FACT: Employees Have Already Agreed to Reduce the City’s Cost for Pensions.

Concessions by police, fire, and general employees which were approved October 12, 2010, increased the amount that employees contribute directly to their pensions. The City of Costa Mesa will save over 3.6 million dollars a year as the employees have pitched in a bigger share.

FACT: The “Budget Crisis” is Phony

As revenues plummeted, the City of Costa Mesa cut almost 20 million dollars (17.5 %) from its budget between 2008 and 2010 after revenues plummeted during the Great Recession. Because income fell so quickly and so sharply, the City relied on its “rainy-day” reserve to preserve services. With cuts that have been made and revenues coming back, the budget is now essentially balanced, and Costa Mesa still has over 40 million dollars in reserves.

gericault
gericault

This is a fucking lie......."Councilwoman Wendy Leece, a recipient of generous union financial support,".

I know, because I know where the Union Money went, and none went to Wendy.

OCLocal
OCLocal

that happens at non union jobs also. :)

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Astroturf: http://www.alternet.org/media/...I see there is no record of you posting any comments prior to this, I suspect you are a fake! if not, answer the following:Tell us specifics What Union were you "Forced" to join? did you refuse to accept the wages and benefits they negotiated on your behalf? How many times did you show up at said unions monthly meetings to complain about the schmuck in an office you never methow much did the Koch brothers pay you to respond with your BS?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Sorry, son: your crush on me is unrequited. I don't swing that way ;-)

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Reigheimers actions are not bold at all they are what is called "Payback". I have a strong suspicion the CMPD have looked into Reigheimers "Business deals" and failed to find any tangible evidence... or they just pissed him off.

I am not an avid supporter of police organizations, however, I do understand the necessity of them, I doubt they are "overpaid" and I would not want that job. I have read that Costa Mesa Officers are the highest paid in Southern Calif, a top officer earns $7000 a month, that's a few dollars more than I earn full time as a union heavy equipment operator and their job requires certification (POST Certificate).

There is an old saying from the 1960's that I will offer with a current modification, "Next time you are being robbed, or you'r having a heart attack try calling your local Tea Party Rep instead of Police or Fire". 343 Firefighters and Paramedics as well as 23 NYPD officers died on 9-1-1, I do not see them as heroes as many people do, I saw them as dedicated professionals trying to do the job they were trained and paid to do, they all knew the risks involved when they accepted the jobs.

Lets see how safe the residents of Costa Mesa will feel if Reighheimer gets his desire and starts outsourcing Law Enforcement duties to some cheap Indian Security firm. (During the terrorist attacks in Mumbai most Police turned and ran away)

Carrie O'Connell
Carrie O'Connell

Well said.

The whole "blame the unions / pensions" narrative is convenient - to be sure. But, what troubles me is the fact that the influence of unions has largely been on the decline in recent years - yet economic catastrophe has spiked.

Union labor makes up less than 12% of our workforce - a drop from 17.7 million people in 1983 (when the attacks on unions began under Reagan) to just over 600,000 members in 2010.

You can't run a victory lap for having beat the unions by killing their membership by over 17 million and blame them for this country's economic devastation all at the same time.You know what else has shifted drastically since Reagan's scapegoating of unions? TAX RATES. Inflation considered - the top 2% of earners today pay 40% less than they did under Nixon, yet account for 80% of income growth in 2010.

Perhaps that's why its necessary to demonize unions: there needs to be a red herring to distract from the real problem: greedy, labor-force abusing big business Righeimer and his "I've got tens of thousand of dollars worth of personal tax liens against me" ilk derive from.

You know - I've never understood why the right tries to sour our opinion of unions by using the argument: "Does your private employer pay you that much? I don't think so."How is that not an ENDORSEMENT of the public sector? Seems foolish to me. Then again - demonizing unions is a fool's errand - even Ike said so:

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice."

Fools, indeed.

Guest
Guest

Orange County Register, October 29, 2010|By JON CASSIDY

COSTA MESA – Public safety unions have spent more than $125,000 opposing Jim Righeimer's candidacy for City Council, more than doubling what all five candidates combined have spent.

THEY ALSO DONATED $26,000 to a group supporting incumbent WENDY LEECE the day before a crucial vote on union contracts.

Most of their spending - some $80,000 - has been in direct attacks on Righeimer, but the other $45,000 has been in donations to a committee called Costa Mesa First, which is supporting two of Righeimer's rivals, LEECE and Chris McEvoy.

Jokerman949
Jokerman949

Righeimer isn't doing anything special. Just look at Wisconsin, Arizona and a few other hot spots. Unions have to come to terms with the fact that the pendulum has swung the other way and that their time is up. They had a good run, though.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Actually I work at a Rental Heavy Equipment company with a Union Contract. we have many non-union customers, and honestly, I have NEVER heard anyone on a union project make the statement, "That's not my job" but I HAVE heard it said on Rat projects.

Peculiar, it has been 3 months since I challenged meatpocolypse to put up or shut up, he hasn't. astroturf at it's worst.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Big fucking deal guest, (too fake to make a username?) Tell me how many hundreds of thousands of dollars were donated to the drunk, the bully and riggy by the Lincoln club and anti union forces?

I would much prefer a politician "owe" a debt of gratitude to organizations sworn to supporting the rights of workers than to greedy Corporations, and Millionaires such as the Koch brothers.

Gridgestudio
Gridgestudio

Yeah, I know.......I'm a member of Costa Mesa First.Neither candidate, especially Wendy Leece had any knowledge or inkling of the support we offered the citizens of Costa Mesa. The whole purpose of Costa Mesa First was to keep national GOP party politics off of our local stage. It failed , and Righeimer and his insane dogmatic attack against the 60 year municipality and it's workers is the result.I repeat......."Councilwoman Wendy Leece, a recipient of generous union financial support,"is a Fucking LIE!Every member of the Costa Mesa First Pac had one thing in common, a prophetic knowledge of what Righeimer would do to the city. We were right.

Gericault
Gericault

Wrong...........Gina,. you kool aid swilling shill. Costa Mesa First is made up of non-partisan residents sick of watching our local government turn into a Fox News segment of a Glenn Beck rant. We are Democrats and a majority of Republicans who don't buy into the made up hysteria and fear being sold by this brand of political opportunists. Charlatans who use the city to play their political games at our detriment.We never lied......Wendy Leece never accepted support, because none was offered . We neither asked permission nor forgiveness. We chose her , without her knowledge. In fact , it is against the law for a political action commitee to have any contact with a candidate or their campaign. So to say that Wendy or Chris were receiving Union support is a "LIE'. That's like saying Righeimer got support from the Aryan Nation, so he must support the Neo Nazis.Millard gave money to Righeimer, Millard is a white supremicest, hence , Righeimer supports white supremecists. Costa Mesa First is about Costa Mesa, and residents who'll serve her before they pay homage to their GOP party playbook. You obviously, prefer the latter.

DubV
DubV

Now, now angry folks, @ Gericault; be patient all those extra Mexis will help vote out the Republicans in the next decade to continue the 10 year trend in demographic shifts. @Guest you should simmer down with that Tea Party rhetoric-we hear enough of it from FOX News and KFI. Theft, Greed and Laziness sound like accurate descriptions for all those OC Yuppies angry cause they losing grasp of their last relic of WASP Control. Mexicans-Asians UP Anglos DOWN. Ethnicity has been historically, socially, and economically connected for the last 500 years but things are on an upswing- the power surge of Republicans is the result of Nativism, Racism, and Nostalgia- the best change is gradual. PEACE.

Gina
Gina

Gericault, it now is clear you LIED in your first comment by claiming Leece got no union support. After you were called out, you now admit union money was spent on her campaign "to keep national GOP party politics off our our local stage." Yeah, right. National Republican Party leaders care about Wendy Leece. Good one! I want what you're smoking!!! By the way, don't LIE even more by calling your political group "Costa Mesa First." What a joke! The accurate name for your union group would be: "We're Robbing Costa Mesa Taxpayers Fucking Blind and Hoping They Don't Find Out." But Righeimer's election seems to show that the public is finally onto your thefts, greediness and laziness.

 
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