Costa Mesa’s liberals are frothing at the mouth again – and this time it is really embarrassing. One of them, Sue Lester, posted on Facebook that Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer “got kicked off the OCTA Board for allegedly committing Brown Act violations with State Assemblyman Matt Harper. She went on to say that “supposedly Huntington Beach had the seat on the OCTA Board and Harper traded it away for Righeimer’s support in the last election. People in HB found out about it and the OCTA Board kicked Righeimer off.”
So what really happened?
Well there was a Brown Act violation but neither Harper nor Righeimer had anything to do with it.
The Orange County City Selection Committee met in mid-November and “elections were held to appoint six members to the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, with five members being reappointed to the board and one new member being appointed to fill a vacancy,” as reported by the OC Breeze.
But after the new OCTA Board members were chosen “the county’s lawyers scolded this City Selection Committee for violating open meetings laws, demanded that it rescind all appointments made in a slightly chaotic meeting in November, and start anew – under the more watchful eye of the County Clerk of the Board this time around,” according to the OC Register.
Apparently the November meeting was adjourned as some key members were absent then restarted when one of them, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, showed up. A vote was held but several members had left after the first meeting adjournment.
So a new vote was held last week and this time everyone showed up. Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Jim Katapodis took back Costa Mesa’s seat on behalf of his city, representing the Second Supervisorial District, according to the Voice of OC.
Every Mayor in Orange County wants to serve on the OCTA’s Board of Directors but it is appropriate for the larger cities to prevail over the smaller ones as they presumably need more public transportation services.
Costa Mesa will still be represented on the OCTA’s Board of Directors, by the carpetbagger from Los Angeles, Michelle Steel, who was elected to take over for Moorlach on the O.C. Board of Supervisors.
Righeimer and Harper did not do anything wrong in this instance. But the liberals chose to libel them anyway. So lame!