Hugo Godinez, Registered Sex Offender, is Unlikely "Star" of Constitutional Challenges

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When Hugo Godinez was ordered to register as a sex offender with the Costa Mesa Police Department at his sentencing for a 2010 misdemeanor sexual battery conviction, the Santa Ana resident could not have foreseen his future in shaping California law.

The latest ripple came Wednesday when the Orange County District Attorney's office filed a petition in hopes the state Supreme Court will uphold ordinances banning sex offenders from municipal parks and recreational facilities.

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Steve Mensinger, Costa Mesa Councilman, Was Fine Revealing Cop Union GPS Snooping: Judge

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An Orange County Superior Court judge recently refused to hold Costa Mesa City Councilman Steve Mensinger in contempt of court for revealing someone placed a GPS tracking device on his truck.

Judge David Hoffer on Dec. 13 denied the contempt motion by the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Association, which claimed the disclosure by Mensinger and his attorneys violated a court order. One problem: that order applied to a criminal case, not Mensinger's civil suit.

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Carl Helber, 69, Has Complaint Rejected That Costa Mesa Cop Roughed Him Up in DUI Bust

A 69-year-old Lake Havasu man has filed a claim seeking more than $25,000 from the City of Costa Mesa because a police officer allegedly shoved him to the ground, broke his finger and injured his arthritic knees during a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest.

Carl Helber, who moved to the Arizona town from Costa Mesa, alleges the cop used excessive force in the claim that the city immediately rejected.

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Claim: Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger Tracked by Political Enemies with GPS Device

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The politics of Costa Mesa keep getting crazier and crazier by the week, especially in the controversy surrounding a lawsuit filed by Costa Mesa mayor Jim Righeimer and councilmember Steve Mensinger against the city's police department's union, their former law firm, and the firm's former investigator. Prepare for even more madness tomorrow--like, crazy madness.

That's when Mensinger's attorneys, Manly & Stewart (the famed firm that eviscerated the pedophile racket over at the Diocese of Orange) will hold a press conference at Harbor Court at 11 a.m. to unveil a shocking allegation: that Mensinger's enemies tracked him with a GPS device stuck to the undercarriage of his truck throughout most of 2012 in their campaign to discredit the councilmember and Righeimer due to their anti-union ways. Needless to say, Mensinger never approved to the tracking.

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Alibaba Motel, a Costa Mesa Landmark (IMHO), Slapped with 21 City Code Violations

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When it comes to places to visit on my bucket list, near the top is the Alibaba Motel even though I have lived since 1989 a few miles from the Costa Mesa landmark known for its inviting dome roof.

The delay in fulfilling that wish may owe to the, uh, colorful, dentally impaired tweakstes found wandering around that general location (2250 Newport Blvd.).

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Costa Mesa Woman Suffering from Disease that Keeps Her In Dark Room At All Times Needs Your Help

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Time to divert your monthly tithes, drink at home instead of going out, or put off paying for something responsible for another week.

20-year-old Heidi Rose Theis of Costa Mesa, has been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Symptomatic Dystrophy (RSD), which makes her feel excruciating burning sensations all over her body and has exiled her to a dark room at all times. On her website, she describes the feeling to be like someone has covered her body in acid and pumped it through her veins. Two years ago, she was in an equestrian accident that left her with a broken leg and tailbone, and banged up her kidney. But it wasn't until several months later, when her body should've been coming around, that she started turning colors instead: Pink, red and purple, and that horrible burning.

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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.

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Car Carrying Assemblymember Allan Mansoor Breaks Down During H.B. 4th of July Parade

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Newish Assemblycritter, former Costa Mesa mayor and would-be Migra director Allan Mansoor was one of the featured politicians in yesterday's Fourth of July parade in Huntington Beach. Between the marching bands, the Mexican-flag-toting charros, the El Bekal Shriners in their Tin Lizzies, and all eight Orange County Democrats, the city likes to have local politicians ride the route in open-top convertibles. Some of them are really popular, like pro-fire ring Assemblyman Travis Allen; others are not.

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Costa Mesa OK's Privatizing City Jail; City Workers Union Disses Weekly Coverage: Update

See the update on page 2 with the Costa Mesa City Council approving privatization of the city jail and the city workers union finding the Weekly's coverage of last night's vote lacking.

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:05 P.M.: Those concerned about keeping their jobs at the Costa Mesa city jail have a full day on their metal plates (better to clank against the bars, ya screws!). Attorneys for the Costa Mesa City Employees Association went to court this morning in an unsuccessful bid to get a judge to stop the City Council from outsourcing jail jobs tonight. Next stop: the Costa Mesa council chambers this evening.

These enemy combatants know one another well. The same City Council--well, pretty much the same one--attempted to slash its entire workforce by a third and privatize as much as possible before backing off after the last election.

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A Grenade of War! In a Park! Near a Duck Pond! And a High School! And It Goes Bah-Boom!!!

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With the violence in the world, a dry-ice bomb going off at the Happiest Place on Earth and an Infiniti splitting in two and killing all the teen occupants in Newport Beach, it's refreshing to hear there can be a happy ending to a grenade being found in a public park and near a high school.

The happy ending was the apparent lack of evil intent behind the grenade being where it was as well as its detonation on purpose and without incident.

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