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Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer took to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to criticize a law firm that until recently represented the city's police association. Righeimer said Lackie, Dammeier & McGill's negotiating tactics are having a...
The summer doldrums seem to be influencing the Newport Beach City Council, which is increasingly involving itself in residents' lives. First, the city decided to apply a 10% tax on the value of donations made to the city. Then there's the proposed...
We, the people, elect our leaders, our City Council members, to make decisions on our behalf. Through their laws, we elect them to make the difficult decisions for the people to keep society from descending into a "Lord-of-the-Flies" state of chaos....
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District will not pay embattled Director Jim Fitzpatrick's legal fees. Fitzpatrick's peers on the district's board are trying to remove him from his elected seat, arguing that his previously concurrent post on the Costa Mesa...
Tags: Politics, Political Fundraising
Ever since I wrote about Bob McCaffrey's Stop the Dock Tax Political Action Committee, I have been pretty busy meeting with the different commercial docks owners ("Dock tax opponents form a strong PAC," July 8). While McCaffrey's PAC deals primarily with...
Most Newport Beach City Council members usually don't react to my columns, at least to me or to my editor. I write, I poke, and I criticize the "republicans" (small r), and I mostly get called a bad writer, a bad person and someone who needs to visit the...
Tags: Republican Party
Really running for City Council is not easy, unless you are running unopposed in a Newport Beach council district. I'm not talking about the activists who just throw their names in the hat, raise about $150, go to all the community forums and have...
Tags: Elections, Republican Party, Politics
The Newport Beach City Council just unanimously approved a new "fee" for donors amounting to 10% of the item's value. This means that if I donate to the city a new pretty park bench that appraises at $500, then I'll need to cut a check to the city for an...
It is nearly midnight on the Fourth of July in West Costa Mesa and the illegal fireworks have been exploding since midmorning. The huge booms and rattles of firecrackers are punctuated by errant bottle rockets that land around my neighborhood. The...
I've been hearing rumblings about this for years, and in the midst of the 2012 tax season, I started getting the telephone calls asking me to write about it. But because of timing of it, and the amount of research I needed to do on it, it kind of fell...
Tags: Elections, Personal Income, Republican Party, Trials, Lawyers
Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle's article in the Daily Pilot on April 16, "I run in the tradition of Bergeson," raises serious concerns about Daigle's fitness to represent us in the Assembly. Let's review the traditions of Marian Bergeson...
TJ Fuentes. Remember that name. By the time Thomas A. "Tom" Fuentes was 25, he was the chief of staff for an Orange County supervisor. He had been walking precincts for many Republican candidates, and was on his path to leadership within the Republican...
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