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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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NEWS
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 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 Bradley Zint | January 18, 2014
In what Costa Mesa city officials are calling "modest increases" to staffing levels, the City Council on Tuesday will hear a proposal that could boost City Hall ranks by 12 positions. The annual payroll would increase $1.64 million. Four of the positions are for sworn police officers, who, in addition to supporting all the department's activities, will specifically help monitor early release prisoners, probationers, parolees and registered sex offenders living in Costa Mesa. If accepted by the council, the move would allow the police department to employ a maximum of 136 sworn officers, excluding the reserve force, an annual salary and benefits cost of $572,000.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | September 1, 2012
In celebration of Labor Day, I wanted to take a look at Costa Mess' (Mesa's) favorite union operative Chris Lanzillo and the Costa Mesa Police Assn.'s (CMPA) timing in the Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer/DUI debacle. Let's go through the timeline. On Aug. 22, Righeimer is given a sobriety test in front of his house and young children and found to be ... stone-cold sober. Over the next couple of days, press conferences are held, and the Daily Pilot gets a copy of the 911 tape, which identifies Lanzillo — a former Riverside police officer, private investigator and a consultant for CMPA's legal muscle, Lackie, Dammeier & McGill — as the caller.
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By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
A man accused in a lawsuit of filing a false drunk-driving report against Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer asserted his 5th Amendment right not to testify throughout a three-hour deposition on Thursday, attorneys said. Private investigator Chris Lanzillo invoked the constitutional protection against self-incrimination more than 200 times, said attorney John Manly, who represents Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger in the civil action filed against Lanzillo; the law firm that employed him, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
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