Fans and friends of Monahan will be gathering at Skosh Monahan’s on Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 5 to 8 pm to celebrate both the birthday of Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger and that of Costa Mesa Planning Commission Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick – and to “bust the boycott.”
Skosh Monahan’s is located at 2000 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. Check out their excellent reviews on Yelp here.
Costa Mesa Police officers encouraged a law firm to monitor Council Members Monahan, Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger and suggested ways to catch the politicians in compromising positions, including tailing them to Las Vegas on a city-sponsored trip, according to emails contained in a criminal complaint, as reported by the L.A. Times.
The emails, which capture police mocking the three conservative council members, were exchanged in the months leading up to the 2012 city election, when Costa Mesa’s protracted city-union battle was at a full boil.
The emails among board members of the Costa Mesa Police Assn. came as the union asked its law firm to hire private investigators to monitor three councilmen who disagreed with the union’s political positions on retirement benefits and other issues, according to documents filed by county prosecutors, according to another L.A. Times article.
Investigators alleged that on Aug. 22, two investigators, Chris Lanzillo and Scott Impola, retained by a law firm hired by the Costa Mesa police union, tried to lure Monahan into compromising behavior by sending a female “operative” wearing a top “exposing her cleavage” into his bar-restaurant, Skosh Monahan’s, according to Fox News.
Lanzillo also falsely reported seeing Righeimer stumble outside Skosh Monahan’s, then drive home erratically, either intoxicated or disabled. Police arrived at Righeimer’s house and temporarily detained him, until administering a sobriety test that showed he was not intoxicated.
Monahan was first elected to the Costa Mesa City Council in 1994. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 1996 to 1998 and after re-election to the City Council was elevated to the Mayor’s office in December 1998 and served a term of two years. He was appointed Mayor again in May 2003 to finish an un-expired term of the previous Mayor. Gary was appointed Mayor Pro Tem on January 3, 2005 and served in that capacity until 2006. Gary ran for Council office again in 2008 and won. On December 7, 2010 Gary was appointed to this third term as Mayor, serving until March 31, 2012.
Mensinger was elected to the Costa Mesa City Council in November of 2012 and was appointed mayor in 2014. In 2011, Steve was appointed to the City Council to fill a seat vacated after a council member’s resignation. Steve serves as the council liaison to the Investment Oversight Committee, the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees. From February 2009 to December 2010, he served as a Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner.