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By Bradley Zint and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge heard oral arguments this week on motions that could potentially strike a lawsuit filed against Costa Mesa's police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. On Monday, in their respective anti- SLAPP motions - Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - attorneys for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo contended that the lawsuit, which alleges harassment and intimidation, stifles the defendants' First Amendment rights.
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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 Jeremiah Dobruck | August 20, 2013
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger have sued the city's police officers association, alleging the group and two other defendants intimidated and harassed them for political gain. A civil action lawsuit filed Tuesday names the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn.; Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and Menifee private investigator Chris Lanzillo, alleging they intentionally inflicted emotional distress and violated civil rights, among 15 other complaints.
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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 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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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa's police association responded this month to a lawsuit filed by two councilmen alleging the union, its former law firm and a private investigator conspired to harass and intimidate them for political gain. Lawyers for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., called Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's accusations "an insult" and an attempt to muzzle critics of Costa Mesa's City Council majority led by Righeimer, according to copies of Orange County Superior Court filings reviewed by the Pilot.
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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 John Stephens | March 21, 2012
Re "Residents seek to intervene in city charter lawsuit," March 21: In the article about my and Katrina Foley's intervention in City Clerk Julie Folcik's Mandamus Petition, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer suggested that I was somehow involved with unions. There is absolutely no basis for that insinuation. I have never been in a union. I have never represented a union. I have never had a case against a union. I have never received one penny from a union. For the first nine years I practiced law, I worked for a large international law firm.
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By Curt Honingford | April 13, 2012
I know my shortcomings. One of which is the inability to understand government — local to federal and everything in between. As a result, I never miss an opportunity to learn more about civics and politics. I've discovered if you look closely, lessons are everywhere. For instance, the Daily Pilot published a letter from Robert C. Hawkins ( "Don't limit citizen involvement at City Hall," April 8). Reading beyond the headline provides a crystal clear glimpse into the dark and dreary side of politics, on any level.
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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.
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