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By William Lobdell | December 9, 2010
Well, the political honeymoon didn't last long in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has asked the city attorney for help in pursuing a Brown Act violation against three of her council colleagues. The Brown Act is state law designed to prevent elected and government officials from conducting the public's business in secret. In an e-mail sent late Wednesday to City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow, Leece said decisions at Tuesday's council meeting to elect Gary Monahan as mayor and Jim Righeimer as mayor pro tem appeared to be "pre-arranged.
By Mona Shadia, | November 4, 2010
COSTA MESA — Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach on Thursday confirmed that he had heard rumors about an effort to recall Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece based on her recent support for public employee contract extensions, but he stopped short of saying he would back such an effort. "She'll always be a friend, but she's not qualified to be a City Council member," said Moorlach, a Costa Mesa resident. "The point is we need some leadership and someone who understands finance.
By John Canalis, | November 3, 2010
In all but one case, voters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa favored incumbents and well-known community leaders over a host of newcomers in elections for City Council and school board, according to final election results released Wednesday. In the race for Area 2 of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education, voters threw out Trustee Michael B. Collier, an advocate for Westside schools, and ushered in Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley, who took 54.5% of the vote to the incumbent's 45.5%.
By Mona Shadia, | November 2, 2010
COSTA MESA — Appearing poised to overcome well-organized political attacks in the final weeks of the election, Planning Commissioner Jim Righeimer and Councilwoman Wendy Leece were leading the race for two open seats on the City Council, early election returns show. With absentee ballots counted and no precincts reporting, teacher Chris McEvoy appeared to be the No. 3 vote getter. Trailing were Sue Lester, a marijuana dispensary owner, and Chad Petschl, a salesman. Righeimer and Leece were both expected to face strong challenges from McEvoy, who benefitted from late spending by Costa Mesa First, an independent expenditure committee led by former Mayor Sandy Genis.
October 30, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has defied the elephant in the room. Despite warnings sent to her from Orange County GOP leaders, she went against her party's line last week by voting in favor of multi-year contracts for police and other city employee groups. Republicans wanted her to help extract more concessions from public employee unions. Leece's vote was pivotal. The City Council passed the proposal, 3 to 2. Leece, who is hoping to win a second four-year term Tuesday, sided with Councilwoman Katrina Foley, the council's lone Democrat, and Councilman Gary Monahan.
By Mona Shadia, | October 28, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Republican Party of Orange County's ethics committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss whether Councilwoman Wendy Leece broke a promise by voting for new terms and contracts for city employees this week. Leece did not attend the hearing, which was closed to the public. The committee, which is made up of members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee, received a complaint about Leece's City Council vote Tuesday, which allowed the city to implement new terms and contracts for its employees.
By Mona Shadia, | October 25, 2010
COSTA MESA — Promising political consequences, the Republican Party of Orange County has warned Councilwoman Wendy Leece to vote along party lines Tuesday when the city employee contracts go before the council, she has stated. Costa Mesa council seats are non-partisan. But Leece, a Republican, sought her party's endorsement, and there are plenty of Republicans in Costa Mesa who require advocacy, GOP officials said. Leece, who is running for her second council term, issued a news release saying party leaders have sent her e-mails and left her voice mails reminding her to vote against the contracts.
August 25, 2010
Name: Wendy Leece Age: 62 Birthplace: Chicago How long have you lived in Costa Mesa? 38 years Occupation: mayor pro tem Education: bachelor's degree in education from University of Arizona Previously elected or appointed positions: Newport Mesa-Unified School District trustee 1994-2002; Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission 2003-06; Cable Television Committee ...
By Mona Shadia | May 6, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has announced her intention to run for reelection. Leece, who is seeking a second term, so far is unopposed in the November contest. The deadline to file paperwork is Aug. 6. A private reception was held for Leece on Wednesday at Onotria Wine Country Cuisine restaurant in Costa Mesa. About 35 supporters attended, including Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor. “This is a great city and now that my kids are grown, I’m enjoying giving backing to my city and working on projects that will make our city better,” said Leece, 61. Leece’s said her priorities are to keep Costa Mesa safe and find ways to attract more businesses.
By James Righeimer | April 19, 2010
  ‘Save the Fair’ Ballot Initiative Kick off Fundraiser Featuring Live Band “The Split”     For Immediate Release                 Costa Mesa – This Friday, April 16th, supporters of the Orange County...
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