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