COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa Police Assn. ratcheted up its rhetoric against City Council candidate Jim Righeimer on Tuesday by launching a website critical of his financial woes in the 1990s and his record as a city planning commissioner.
Paid for by the association's political committee, http://www.righeimer.com lists 21 liens Righeimer faced in the early to mid-'90s, lawsuits he's been involved in, and his voting record on hot-button issues such as Banning Ranch development and the proposal to light up Triangle Square with LED signs.
"This is just the same smears and attacks by the police association because I have a lot of concerns about the pension pay and benefits," Righeimer, a former Pilot columnist, said. He added that he’s paid off all the liens.
Righeimer had been expecting as much. The Planning Commission chairman and the association have clashed as of late, namely over Righeimer's opinions regarding the escalating cost of public employee pensions, which public safety officer want to preserve.