Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line" Commentary: On the Latest Battle Between Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and the City's Workers!

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We've been criticized by all sides of the Costa Mesa public-employee's union battle: for coverage that is too light when it exists at all, for somehow being sympathetic to Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, for somehow being union hacks--in other words, we please nobody all of the time. And while I'm usually okay with that, I'm not okay with Costa Mesa--to be honest, we've dropped the ball on the matter. That is now changing, though, after a non-encounter I had with Riggy that you can find more about on my Facebook page. And as an opening salvo, I devoted my "Orange County Line" Monday commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 to his latest thumb in the eye of Costa Mesa workers.

The point I made to host Steve Chiotakis is one I believe: while the Costa Mesa unions obviously only want the best contracts for their workers, damn the future, at least they're honest; Righeimer, on the other hand wants us to forget his Prop. 226 past and make us believe he only has the interest of Costa Mesa residents in his efforts to screw over the worker's unions, which is like having a schoolyard bully claiming him wanting to take your lunch money has nothing to do with him having kicked you in the butt the day before and everything to do with embiggening your--but not his, no no!--piggy bank.

Enjoy, and Riggy: we'da been great food judges....

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thepotstirer
thepotstirer

So, qdpsteve, evidence of a frame-up?  No?  And by the way, who keeps a cash receipt for two Diet Cokes purchased at a bar? Anybody?  Raise your hands!  That whole thing reeked as a set-up from the get-go, just as his faked freak-out at the DUI checkpoint orchestrated to get publicity at the beginning of his campaign.  And, another thing, Steve, Costa Mesa has NO unions!

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Frankly it's hard to blame Righeimer for holding grudges against the union when it tried to frame him for a DUI (as I learned about right here in OCW).

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

@gtwest You and ACMR act as if I got my info from some shadowy right-wing online conspiracy rag. Once again for the reading-impaired: I GOT THE INFO I MENTIONED FROM RIGHT HERE AT OC WEEKLY, who themselves wondered if something weird was going on. Do a search and check the results. Do you think Gustavo & Co. are running interference for Righeimer? Gustavo, would be nice if you'd back me up on this...

ActualCMResident
ActualCMResident

@qdpsteve Really, Mayor Pro Tem Steve?  Don't you have better stuff to do during the day?

thepotstirer
thepotstirer

@qdpsteve Nope, I don't think Gustavo and his crew are running interference for our mayor... he's got a big kind of dense guy sitting to his right on the dais to do that for him.  Methinks thou doest protest too much.  Nobody mentioned a "right-wing online conspiracy rag" until you did.  Chill out, dude.

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