Posted by Greg Woodard on November 13, 2012
While many of us conservatives are still licking our wounds from Tuesday, we get more information about the vile attacks those on the left will resort to in an effort to further tighten their grip on our wallets, our government, and our future. Case in point – Frank Mickadeit reported last week in the Orange County Register about the thuggish tactics that the opposition in Costa Mesa to the City Council majority (now consisting of Jim Righeimer, Gary Monahan, and Steve Mensinger) will use. Many of you will remember the harrowing story a couple of months ago where Righeimer was tailed home from Skosh Monahan’s by Chris Lanzillo, an investigator who worked for a law firm that represented the Costa Mesa police union, as well as many other public employee unions in the state. Lanzillo appears to have made a false police report claiming that Righeimer stumbled out of Skosh Monahan’s and was driving erratically on his way home. The police took the unprecedented step of going to Righeimer’s home and conducting a sobriety test. Righeimer passed with flying colors, since all he had at Skosh’s was a diet coke (he had the receipt to prove it). However, the damage was done as Righeimer’s young daughters had to watch in horror, wondering if their dad was going to be arrested.
As if that were not bad enough, Righeimer was not even the investigator’s target. As Mickadeit reports, Lanzillo was hired by someone (he wouldn’t say who) to try to catch Gary Monahan, Skosh’s owner, in a compromising position with a woman who had been sent to entrap Monahan, who is married. The woman appeared to be in her 30s, she wore a low-cut top, and she was flirting with Monahan. Nothing came of the event, but Lanzillo got his “bonus” when Righeimer showed up.
Lanzillo also admitted that he was hired to dig up dirt on Mensinger and Colin McCarthy, who ran with Mensinger and Monahan but fell short of his City Council bid. McCarthy responded to the article, saying “that these kind of dirty tricks keep good citizens from running from local office. It definitely has a chilling effect on our democratic process. I hope the DA prosecutes this guy.”
The District Attorney is investigating the event, and hopefully the shameless thugs who did this will be revealed and prosecuted. While Lanzillo will not admit who hired him, anyone who does not think it will tie in somehow with the unions, well I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would love to sell you.
The plot thickens. To answer Dan Chmielewski, a crime may have been committed by Lanzillo and others. Tony Saavedra reported in the Orange County Register today that county prosecutors are investigating Lanzillo on a “conspiracy to file a false police report” with the possibility of more serious charges to come. The investigation has expanded to include another private investigator who works for Lanzillo. Both men had their houses searched and cell phones, computers, and other electronics were taken for analysis. In addition, prosecutors have a search warrant for the cell phone records of police union lawyer Dieter Dammeier, who has employed both investigators in the past.
Saavedra also noted that there is a separate investigation in El Monte, where the former city manager filed a police report last year that said he was followed for days by a car similar to the one Lanzillo owns. Lanzillo would not confirm or deny that he is the one who followed the city manager.
Stay tuned as this story does not seem to be going away any time soon.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Colin McCarthy, Costa Mesa City Councill, Gary Monahan, Jim Righeimer, Measure V, Steve Mensinger | 4 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on November 1, 2012
Liberals often decry the influence of outside corporate money when it suits their purposes, but do not expect to hear much from them as union money pours in from all over the state in the effort to defeat Measure V, which would convert Costa Mesa from a general law city to a charter city and give the City Council the freedom to combat union abuses. If Measure V passes, the city would no longer have to pay prevailing (union) wages, any increase to city employee pensions would have to be approved by the voters, and local unions would not be allowed to use the city’s payroll system to raise money for political contributions.
Facing an end to their unfettered reign in Costa Mesa, the unions are pulling out all the stops. At least one union member has been caught destroying signs supporting the charter (see here). And now, unions from all over the state are chipping in large sums to defeat Measure V. As the Orange County Register reported today, opponents of Measure V have accumulated an astounding $520,000 as of October 20, 2012, to just $56,000 for supporters of Measure V. Of the $520,000, $320,000 (over 60%) has come from state and county unions. The union’s largest expenditure ($152,000) went to a Georgia company that specializes in media-buys and political strategy.
The union money is largely contributed to the ironically named Taxpayers for Open and Accountable Government, which is sponsored by the Orange County Employees Association. I say ironic because unions in California have operated in the shadows for decades, negotiating contracts favorable to their members in secret with public agencies, buying elections at the local, county, and state level to put their candidates in place to protect the ever-increasing compensation and benefit packages that are bankrupting cities and the state, and massively funding opposition to any proposition presented to the state’s voters that would rein in their power.
One of those propositions, Prop. 32, is on the ballot next week . Prop. 32 would prevent unions from donating to political candidates directly and end the abusive process of extorting dues from members for political purposes, even if the member does not support the candidates or causes that the union spends the money on. The unions have reportedly spent at least $50 million to defeat Prop. 32. I note the irony of the unions using money they extorted from their members to defeat a measure that will prevent them from extorting money from their members for political purposes. The importance of Prop. 32 is not lost on Costa Mesa’s leaders. As the Register reported, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, when reviewing the unions’ campaign finance disclosures opposing Measure V, said “It’s a poster child for Prop. 32.”
It does not take a lot of effort to discover why California consistently ranks among the worst states in the country for business climate. We are near the top (not a good thing) in terms of income taxes, gas taxes, business taxes, and sales taxes, largely due to Democratic legislators who have been bought by unions. Government employee compensation and benefits are eating up a larger chunk of budgets, leaving little for actual services, and any time someone tries to reduce the burden, the unions tap in to their war chest and sue. Costa Mesa is leading the charge to make real changes to blunt the union control, yet they face an uphill battle, being outspent 10-1. Proponents of Measure V must earn their money the hard way, by soliciting small and large benefits from people and businesses. The unions simply have to write a check from money the did not even have to ask their members to provide.
November 6 may be a bellwether for conservative values, both at the national and local level. Costa Mesa is leading the charge in Orange County.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Costa Mesa City Charter, Measure V | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 18, 2012
Below, find the list of all the endorsements made by the OC GOP for the November 2012 elections. (This list covers the endorsements made in the August and September meetings. This does not include October endorsements, though those endorsements won’t come until October 15, a measly three weeks before the election.)
The Liberal OC reported the DPOC August endorsements here. The DPOC’s next endorsements will be on September 24.
Here’s the OC GOP list…
- Aliso Viejo City Council: Greg Ficke
- Aliso Viejo City Council: Mike Munzing
- Anaheim City Council: Brian Neil Chuchua
- Anaheim City Council: Lucille Kring
- Brea City Council: Steven Vargas
- Buena Park City Council: Baron Night
- Costa Mesa City Council: Colin McCarthy
- Costa Mesa City Council: Steve Mensinger
- Costa Mesa City Council: Gary Monahan
- Cypress City Council: Rob Johnson
- Dana Point City Council: Carlos N. Olvera
- Fountain Valley City Council: Steve A. Nagel
- Fullerton City Council: Travis Kiger
- Fullerton City Council: Bruce Whitaker
- Garden Grove City Council: Steve Jones
- Huntington Beach City Council: Devin Dwyer
- Huntington Beach City Council: Erik Peterson
- Huntington Beach City Council: Dave Sullivan
- Irvine Mayor: Steven S. Choi
- Irvine City Council: Lynn Schott
- Irvine City Council: Christina L. Shea
- La Palma City Council: Peter Kim
- Laguna Beach City Council: Steve Dicterow
- Laguna Niguel City Council: Laurie Davies
- Lake Forest City Council: Adam Nick
- Lake Forest City Council: Dwight Robinson
- Los Alamitos City Council: Dean Grose
- Orange Mayor: Jon Dumitru
- Orange City Council: Ray Grangoff
- Orange City Council: Mark A. Murphy
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Tony Beall
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Carol Gamble
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Short Term: Brad McGirr
- San Clemente City Council: Mike Mortenson
- Santa Ana Mayor: George M. Collins
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Brett Elliott Franklin (Dual Endorsement of Franklin and Hart)
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Charles Hart (Dual Endorsement of Hart and Franklin)
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5: Karina Onofre
- Tustin City Council: Allan Bernstein
- Tustin City Council: John Nielsen
- Tustin City Council: Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett
- Yorba Linda City Council: Nancy Rikel
- Yorba Linda City Council: Mark Schwing
City Ballot Measures
- Yes on Measure V – Costa Mesa
- Yes on Measure Z – Huntington Beach
- Yes on Measure FF – Orange
- Yes on Measure HH – Tustin
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2: Jim Reardon
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Steve R. Lang
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5: William “Bill” Perkins
- Cypress School District: Alexandria Coronado
- Fountain Valley School District: Jeanne Galindo
- Irvine Unified School District: Michelle Ollada Alipio
- Ocean View School District: Debbie Cotton
- Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Alexia L. Deligianni
- Santa Ana Unified School District: Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias
- East Orange County Water District: Douglass S. Davert
- Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2: James R. Fisler
- Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3: Ethan Temianka
- Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3: Larry R. Crandall
- Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7: Susan Hinman
- Orange County Water District, Division 2: Denis R. Bilodeau
- Orange County Water District, Division 3: Roger C. Yoh
- Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Don Harper
- Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Jeff R. Mathews
Posted in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Unified School District, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Cypress, Cypress School District, Dana Point, Democrat Central Committee, East Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Irvine Unified School District, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Newport Beach, Ocean View School District, Orange, Orange County Water District, Orange Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Republican Central Committee, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District, Tustin, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Bruce Whitaker, Lucille Kring, Baron Night, Mike Munzing, Jon Dumitru, Lynn Schott, Charles Hart, Dean Grose, Christina L. Shea, Tony Beall, Ray Grangoff, Alexandria Coronado, Travis Kiger, Steve A. Nagel, Steven S. Choi, Carol Gamble, Nancy Rikel, Steve Jones, Ethan Temianka, Dwight Robinson, Mark A. Murphy, Colin McCarthy, Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, Jeff R. Mathews, Karina Onofre, Devin Dwyer, Dave Sullivan, Peter Kim, Mark Schwing, Don Harper, Rob Johnson, Michelle Ollada Alipio, Greg Ficke, Jeanne Galindo, Debbie Cotton, John Nielsen, Allan Bernstein, Brad McGirr, Mike Mortenson, Jim Reardon, Steven Vargas, Susan Hinman, Erik Peterson, Adam Nick, Brian Neil Chuchua, Carlos N. Olvera, Steve Dicterow, Laurie Davies, George M. Collins, Brett Elliott Franklin, Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett, Measure V, Measure Z, Measure FF, Measure HH, Steve R. Lang, William "Bill" Perkins, Alexia L. Deligianni, Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias, Douglass S. Davert, James R. Fisler, Larry R. Crandall, Denis R. Bilodeau, Roger C. Yoh | 5 Comments »