Many of Orange County’s longtime Mayors have termed out in recent years – particularly some of those who also were lobbyists or political consulants, or who otherwise appeared to be self-serving, such as Curt Pringle, in Anaheim, Larry Agran, in Irvine, and Jerry Amante, in Tustin. The newer crop of Mayors who have been elected in the last few years include a few that are turning out to be fantastic Mayors.
I would include in the top tier of today’s Mayors Bruce Whitaker, in Fullerton; Tom Tait, in Anaheim; and Steven Choi, in Irvine. All three of them are reliably conservative but they are also compassionate and are leading by example. They are all Republicans as well – and Whitaker leans Libertarian. Continue reading
The Orange County District Attorney is finally pursuing a political corruption case. Remember when a private detective who worked for a law firm that was retained by the Costa Mesa Police Association tried to set up Costa Mesa Jim Righeimber by calling in a bogus DUI? Well, according to an exclusive story by the OC Weekly, the OCDA is going after the CMPA.
The forces allied for change in Costa Mesa prevailed in defeating Jim Righeimer’s dreadful Measure V – and they were able to elect former Costa Mesa Mayor Sandy Genis onto the City Council. But along the way it appears that lines were crossed – and now we must ask who knew what and who decided to engage in decidedly unethical behavior?
“A private investigator, Chris Lanzillo, hired to tail Costa Mesa Councilmen Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger said he was sent to Monahan’s sports bar with a woman to see whether Monahan would behave inappropriately,” according to the Daily Pilot. Continue reading
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer “was given a sobriety test outside his home Wednesday evening after a caller told Costa Mesa police that the councilman had been driving recklessly,” according to the O.C. Register.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the labor unions that we’re fighting in this city are behind it,” Righeimer told ABC News.
Jennifer Muir, spokeswoman for the Orange County Employees Assn., and a former newspaper reporter, told the L.A. Times that “Righeimer was unjustified in pointing the finger at unions. “It’s absolutely not credible,” Muir said. “He has no reason to say this except to make a political point.”
But the caller identified himself to a police dispatcher as Chris Lanzillo, according to a tape of the call obtained Friday by the Daily Pilot using a state public records request. A Google search listed a “Chris Lanzillo” as a fired Riverside police officer and linked him to the Upland law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill. The firm had represented the Costa Mesa Police Association until late this week, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading