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July 11, 2005
Credit survey reports spending down in June Experian, a credit bureau based in Costa Mesa, and The Gallup Organization released survey results Wednesday that suggested consumer confidence took a dive during June. The Experian-Gallup poll features a Personal Credit Index that is calculated with factors including respondents' household debt, monthly payment burdens and credit scores. The survey reported an index of 79, the lowest result since the index was introduced in March with a baseline score of 100. In a release, Experian Interactive group president Ed Ojdana said people across the United States worry about being able to pay their monthly bills.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 30, 2013
Having dismissed City Attorney Philip Kohn, a partner at Rutan & Tucker, the Irvine City Council voted Tuesday to take immediate action in filling his vacant seat. The council voted 4 to 1 to appoint Richard Jones, owner of Fullerton-based municipal law firm Jones & Mayer, as interim city attorney. Councilwoman Beth Krom cast the sole dissenting vote. The council fired Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker, which represented Irvine since its 1971 incorporation, at a special meeting March 21. Kohn had been city attorney since 2006.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 26, 2013
In a court filing last week, Costa Mesa's police union distanced itself from its former law firm by saying it wasn't involved in a plan that planted a GPS tracking device on a city councilman's truck. The Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo are co-defendants in an August lawsuit brought by Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger that accuses the trio of intimidation and harassment for political gain.
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September 4, 2013
Debra Healy Deem Debra Healy Deem, 58 of Laguna Beach passed away on August 28th after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on August 27th 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA, Magna Cum Laude at California State Polytechnic of Pomona and JD from Loyola Law School. She practiced Business Law at Buchalter Nemer LLP. Debra was selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2007. She had a strong commitment to Pro Bono work and community support, and was a member of the Public Law Center Board of Directors.
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By Lauren Williams | February 21, 2013
Members of the association that represents Costa Mesa police officers said Thursday that they have been interviewed by district attorney investigators looking into a 911 call that falsely reported that a councilman was driving drunk. Private investigator Chris Lanzillo, the man who made the Aug. 22 call about now-Mayor Jim Righeimer, did freelance work for the law firm that represented the Costa Mesa Police Officers Assn.'s at the time, but it remains unclear for whom he was working when he followed Righeimer home from a sports bar and called dispatchers to tell them he thought the councilman was drunk.
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By Lauren Williams | August 28, 2012
A private investigator who called police and reported that he suspected Jim Righeimer of drunk driving denied allegations that he was hired to investigate the Costa Mesa councilman. Chris Lanzillo, 42, said in a statement that he was on another assignment Wednesday night when he spotted Righeimer getting into his SUV outside of Skosh Monahan's on Newport Boulevard. "If I was setting him up merely by calling 911, what was the purpose?" Lanzillo wrote Monday night. "Ultimately, an officer would have to make the call on if he violated any laws.
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By Lauren Williams and Joseph Serna | August 27, 2012
The private investigator who followed Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer home from a sports bar and called 911 to report him for drunk driving is a Marine veteran, a divorced father and a former police officer who spearheaded a program aimed at helping underage prostitutes, according to public records. Chris Lanzillo, 42, could not be reached for comment Monday, but aspects of his life can be drawn from court and newspaper accounts from the Inland Empire, where he is believed to reside, as well from military records and on Facebook.
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By Joseph Serna | August 30, 2012
Orange County district attorney's office investigators showed up at Skosh Monahan's on Thursday to investigate the 911 call made last week about Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. Councilman Gary Monahan, owner of the bar and restaurant on Newport Boulevard, confirmed the meeting. The D.A. subpoenaed the security video from Aug. 22, which was the night of the incident, Monahan said. Costa Mesa police referred any inquiries to the district attorney's office. A spokeswoman for the district attorney, Farrah Emami, declined to comment.
NEWS
August 5, 2008
There are two new potential candidates who could face off with incumbent Councilman Steve Rosansky in November. Attorney Michael Alti of the law firm Jackson, DeMarco, Tidus & Peckenpaugh, which is the same law firm that represents Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach, pulled papers this week to consider a bid for City Council. Alti did not comment on any potential issues regarding the city or Rosansky, but said he was thinking about running due to a perceived disconnect between the City Council and the citizens.
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May 10, 2012
A pair of roommates who stole a check from a Newport Beach law firm were convicted and sentenced to three years of formal probation and 305 days in jail Thursday, authorities said. Alexa Antonella Polar, 35, and Robin Johzen Pabello, 34, lived together in Garden Grove in 2011 when they stole a $19,500 check and changed the amount to more than $285,000, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The women used the money to charter a private jet to fly them and several friends to New York, pay for five hotel rooms near Times Square, and go on a spending spree at Tiffany & Co. and Montblanc, prosecutors said.
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