Name: Jim Righeimer
How long have you lived in Costa Mesa? Four Years
Occupation: business owner
Education: bachelor's degree in management from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management
Previously elected or appointed positions: Costa Mesa Planning Commission chairman
Community organizations you belong to: Costa Mesa Pop Warner Football Advisory Board, Mercy House board member
What do you think are the biggest issues facing Costa Mesa right now?
With the way the world has changed over the past few years the city’s budget is the biggest issue facing Costa Mesa. We must sit down, go through our finances, and make some tough decisions if we are to get our city out of the red. Costa Mesa does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem
The second biggest issue I believe that we face is fixing our city’s infrastructure. Because we have been dipping into our reserves to balance the budget, we have not been able to dedicate the proper resources to our streets, parks and schools.