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Costa Mesa cancels meeting on charter over inadequate notice

City spokesman says he does not foresee a special election for the city charter initiative happening in June.

April 10, 2012|By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot

"For whatever reason, someone didn't send something in," Righeimer said during the study session, referencing City Clerk Julie Folcik's missing of the county registrar's filing date to get the city charter initiative on the June primary ballot. She has since placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.

Righeimer added that exposing the city to further costs wouldn't be worthwhile when "the fact of the matter is, [the charter initiative is] going to pass in November anyway ... "

Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who has spoken out against what she feels has been unnecessary spending on litigation for the charter initiative, said she was surprised to hear the special meeting was cancelled. During the study session, she observed the mood of the charter measure, as well as the larger issue of Cost Mesa's efforts to outsource city services on the pretense of long-term cost savings.

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"I think in talking to and listening to people in Costa Mesa," she said, "it's the mean-spiritedness, the vitriol, the anger that's aimed at public employees in general, as if they're somehow to blame for a city's budget problem — that's the problem."

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