McEvoy said the grounds for Righeimer's recall were primarily based on his vote in July for a traffic mitigation agreement between the city and Newport Banning Ranch LLC, which is attempting to develop a nearly 400-acre parcel in West Newport.
The proposed Banning Ranch development is expected to affect Westside Costa Mesa residents with additional traffic, among other consequences, should it receive final approval.
On Wednesday, Righeimer called McEvoy's effort a "stunt" before a major election on an "agreement that doesn't exist."
"It's just political, and people can figure it out for what it is."
McEvoy said that he was not as influenced by Righeimer's attempts at addressing the city's looming pension liabilities through employee layoffs and other measures.
"Pensions and such are going to be fixed," McEvoy said. "You can never fix cut-through traffic once it starts," adding that the Westside is one of the few places in the city without such traffic.
McEvoy has contended that Righeimer's vote in favor of the agreement — which has never been enacted, according to city Economic Development Director Peter Naghavi — would decrease residents' quality of life and negatively impact public safety, among other issues.
He also said his petition could be "considered a symbolic recall" of Mayor Eric Bever and Councilmen Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger, who also approved the traffic agreement. Bever is termed out, but Monahan and Mensinger are on the November ballot.
"This is a very important decision that demonstrates that [Righeimer] is not standing up for the residents," McEvoy said. "We need a council who will stand up for the residents when it comes to this specific issue."
"These guys are developers," he added. "This is what they do."