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By Mike Reicher and By Mike Reicher | October 6, 2012
Last in a five-part series about Costa Mesa's political battle. It has been nearly two years since Costa Mesa residents elected Jim Righeimer and his brand of small government. Hostile to organized labor, Righeimer led a four-member City Council majority in a quest to privatize city services and cut employee compensation. Some heralded him as a visionary committed to getting outsized municipal spending under control, while others labeled him an ideologue hellbent on dismantling a competent government work force.
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By Mike Reicher | October 1, 2012
Candidates quarrel about campaign signs during nearly every local election. They allege the other camp is removing signs and banners, and usually, that's the end of it. But like many other political issues in Costa Mesa, this year's allegations have risen to a new level. "The sign stealing is perennial, and the accusations are perennial," said Robin Leffler, president of the council opposition group Costa Mesans for Responsible Government. "The difference is the level of control.
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By June Casagrande | September 28, 2012
The life of a language columnist can be a lonely one. Picture a head of unwashed hair and a pair of mismatched graying socks protruding from behind a stack of reference books and you'll have a rough snapshot. No one wants to talk to you, lest you rap their knuckles for not using "whom" in casual conversation. And heaven knows no one wants to look at (or smell) you. But in the last few months I've learned a trick to get people to communicate with me. It's been right under my nose all the time.
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By Britney Barnes | September 19, 2012
Several local high school students gathered last week to share their summer experience gaining first-hand knowledge of the political system. American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, and its ladies auxiliary unit, hosted a Boys and Girls State Dinner Friday to recognize the students and hear about their experiences spending a week in summer creating and running their own city, county and state governments. "It was really fun and interesting hearing other's stories and perspectives and what they got out of it," said Estancia High School senior Hayden Swift, 17. "It sounded like everyone got a lot out of it. " Post and Auxiliary Unit 291 sponsored 25 boys and nine girls from Sage Hill, Newport-Mesa Unified, Irvine Unified and other school districts to attend the American Legion's Boys State and Girls State programs at Cal State Sacramento for the boys and Claremont McKenna College for the girls.
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By Lauren Williams | September 18, 2012
Costa Mesa city CEO Tom Hatch has sent city employees an email clarifying an earlier memo that prohibited them from engaging in political activity at work. It is generally illegal for municipal employees to partake in political causes at work, but some workers were confused as to whether they could speak out at City Council meetings. In the email, Hatch said city employees may attend council meetings, but not while in uniform or while on duty. In doing so, he clarified a memo sent Sept.
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By Lauren Williams | September 13, 2012
The head of a Costa Mesa employee group is questioning a management memo to workers outlining which political activities are prohibited at City Hall. Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. President Helen Nenadal said in a letter to city CEO Tom Gatch that she agrees with many of the broad principles in his directive, as some political activity is illegal on the public's time, but questioned the timining and motivation of the orders. "Although some of the memo is legally accurate, it overstates the law in other areas and provides conflicting guidance regarding employee break time," Nenadal wrote.
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By Jack Wu | August 25, 2012
For as long as people can remember, this is the first time that an open seat for the Newport Beach City Council will go uncontested. The filing deadline passed Aug. 10, and the only person to pull papers in District 2 was newly anointed City Councilman Tony Petros. He'll win without having to make a single sign, speak at a political forum or lift a leg on the campaign trail. For the past decade in Newport Beach, we've had to deal with four appointments within a four-year period, two rough and tumble open-seat elections, and now a coronation of sorts.
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By Lauren Williams | August 23, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer confirmed Thursday that police came to his home and asked him to take a field sobriety test. The councilman told the Daily Pilot that he was targeted Wednesday evening by political enemies who falsely reported that he was driving drunk. "Clearly it was a setup," he said. A Police Department press release, issued Thursday evening, said authorities responded to Righeimer's home about 6 p.m. The release describes the informant as a motorist who, after calling police about a possibly intoxicated driver, followed the suspected car, later identified to be Righeimer's, until it arrived home.
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By Byron de Arakal and By Byron de Arakal | August 4, 2012
It's always a bit dicey to scan the merits and malignancies of an issue through the prism of politics. Facts become pink elephants, context vanishes and fear runs around in our heads breaking all the dishes. I think that's what's happening in this regrettable dust-up over the Banning Ranch traffic mitigation agreement. The Banning Ranch project is good — and, in my opinion, vital — for Costa Mesa. Thousands of new construction-related jobs, new consumers, more retails sales, new sales tax revenues, more revenues for local schools, new public recreation amenities and public access to one of the most beautiful coastal lands in Southern California.
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By Jack Wu | July 28, 2012
Ever since I wrote about Bob McCaffrey's Stop the Dock Tax Political Action Committee, I have been pretty busy meeting with the different commercial docks owners ("Dock tax opponents form a strong PAC," July 8) . While McCaffrey's PAC deals primarily with the potential tax on residential docks, these commercial docks are under more imminent threat of getting taxed out of business, and only talked about taking the political route until now. Enter the Coalition to Preserve Newport Harbor Political Action Committee, a PAC guided by a well-known and successful political consultant, representing the interests of the commercial marina owners.
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