Boobs Were Used to Get Dirt on Costa Mesa City Councilman: Case Against Cop Union's P.I.s

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Jim Righeimer at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting years ago. He's one of the victims of union private investigators, the DA says.
UPDATE, DEC. 16, 9:31 A.M.: Costa Mesa's CEO and acting police chief issued a joint statement reacting to the Orange County District Attorney's case against two private investigators--who worked for a law firm retained by the city's cop union in the weeks before the November 2012 election--accused of illegally spying on two City Council members.

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Motel Residents Sue Over Costa Mesa Law That Makes Them Move Every 30 Days

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Is spending a night here on anyone else's bucket list?
Motel residents have filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court and will seek an emergency order there today to stop the city of Costa Mesa from making them move every 30 days.

Filed on the residents' behalf by lawyers from the Public Law Center, Haynes and Boone LLP and Western Center on Law and Poverty, the suit challenges an ordinance the Costa Mesa City Council passed by a 3-2 vote in August.

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More Bad News for Drug Rehab Center with Counselor Facing Murder Charge for DUI Crash

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The Shaun Eagleson Memorial Fund
Neil Storm Stephany pleaded not guilty to murdering Shaun Eagleson (shown with wife Olivia).
A Costa Mesa drug and alcohol recovery center that had a counselor charged with DUI murder in October is dealing with more negative press this month: the city claims one of its group homes in a residential neighborhood had 11 more beds than legally allowed after some shady moves to avoid detection.

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Stop Wildlife Destruction at Costa Mesa's Fairview Park TONIGHT!

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Hiking trails > Astroturf

A drive by of Fairview Park in Costa Mesa doesn't inspire much awe. About half of the park looks like any other: sad grass, lonely picnic tables, and shade trees. The other half of the park, however, is a natural, wildlife habitat, peaking out in the distance. Tonight, the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee will vote on whether or not a portion of this more-rugged habitat with native plants should be leveled and transformed into athletic facilities that will require sprinkler systems, destroy wildlife, and remove just a little bit more of the land that makes planet Earth so gosh-darned pretty and not manicured Irvine.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Costa Mesa's Effort to Criminalize Public Comments!

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Righeimer: Don't criticize me!
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Man, we really should be paying attention to Costa Mesa politics. Between the scandal that was the city's 60th anniversary party, the lawsuit by Mayor Jim Righeimer against Costa Mesa cops for messing around with him, to the Left's embrace of wackjob conservative Wendy Leece just because she's pro-union, it's almost as much of a wreck as Anacrime. We'll get to it...as soon as we get another staffer, which'll probably happen once digital goes away.

In the meanwhile, we'll find our spot, like here: My weekly "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 yesterday focused on the insane attempt by Righeimer to quash public comments.

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Charter Warning Compares What Could Happen in Costa Mesa to What Happened in Bell

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Mayor Jim Righeimer (center) leads a three-member City Council majority that supports Costa Mesa becoming a charter city.

Days after the Costa Mesa City Council held the second of two public meetings required by state law of proposed charter cities, a San Diego-based nonprofit launched a website warning the public that it is among five or so California cities that risk becoming another Bell.

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Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger, Costa Mesa Mayor and Councilman, v. Cop Union Lives!

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File photo of Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer holding up a fire services proposal.

I don't know how many election cycles we'll have run through before it's all sorted out, but when it comes to the harassment case Costa Mesa's mayor and a councilman have against the city's police union, it's still game on, baby!

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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

Categories: Costa Messy, Court

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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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