COSTA MESA — On top of negative campaign mailers, a website and mobile billboard decrying Costa Mesa City Council candidate Jim Righeimer, on-duty police are also trying to intimidate his supporters out on the streets, Councilman Eric Bever asserted at a news conference Saturday.
In what Bever called a "chilling" incident, he and a fellow Righeimer supporter Chris Eric said two officers in a police cruiser drove by them three times on Thursday, gave them dirty looks and possibly took pictures of them while they put up signs supporting Righeimer at 17th Street and Superior Avenue.
"They gave me hard look," Eric said. "The stink eye."
Bever said this was the first time he thought he was under surveillance and felt intimidated by officers.
"I've really only been following (Costa Mesa) politics since 1998," Bever said. "I don't recall anything quite this drastic. Certainly, there have been different factions that pull a last string during election time, but I've never seen the unions get so nasty."