Two years after Costa Mesa voters prevented the city from adopting a “home rule” charter, the electorate appears to have repeated its message with a resounding “no” to Measure O, according to the OC Register.
The animosity towards Measure O might explain why longtime Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer is barely hanging on to his seat – by a margin of only 23 votes over liberal candidate Jay Humphrey. Unfortunately for Measure O, its opponents compared it to the mess in the City of Bell – and the proponents weren’t able to defend the measure.
Sure, the demographics in Costa Mesa are changing. Latinos now make up over 35% of the population. But Latinos don’t often vote – at least not here in Orange County.
So what else could have happened?
Well for one thing the top vote-getter in this election was Katrina Foley. She previously served on the Costa Mesa City Council in 2004 and again in 2008. She was elected to the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2010. Foley is a nice lady and she always wins – that means she has a solid base of support in Costa Mesa.
You have to wonder now how solid the conservative base is in Costa Mesa. But perhaps there was another factor in the General Election. Former Costa Mesa Councilman Allan Mansoor was also on the General Election ballot. He was running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors in District 2. His opponent, carpetbagger Michelle Steel, spent a small fortune on the race and enjoyed support from law enforcement unions.
Could it be that Steel brought out RINO voters – and women – and Righeimer paid the price?
Beyond that, I also noticed that Foley and Humphrey made traffic and development an issue – and they pinned the blame on Righeimer and company. That is the same tactic that was used by the Agranistas this year in Irvine but they didn’t get away with their lies.
I am sure the record will show that Foley voted for plenty of development when she was previously on the Costa Mesa City Council.
Hopefully Righeimer will prevail when all the votes are tallied. You can bet that a liberal takeover of the Costa Mesa City Council will result in raises for unionized public employees and other tax money wasting schemes.
Republicans won on Nov. 4 in Huntington Beach and in Irvine. Have they lost their grip on Costa Mesa? Will it become the next Santa Ana?