To the Honorable James Righeimer : Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the City of Costa Mesa, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Council Member in the City of Costa Mesa, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The grounds for the recall are as follows:

On July 17th, 2012 James Righeimer voted in support of Consent Calendar Item #5, which is a traffic mitigation agreement with Banning Ranch LLC. Righeimer was not the only Councilmember to vote in support of this however he is the only one that can be recalled. This can also be considered a symbolic recall of the three other supporting Councilmembers: Bever, Monahan and Mensigner.

The reason for this recall is Righeimer’s acceptance of this binding mitigation agreement, which specifically takes away the rights of the City to make future objections with regard to traffic impacts from the potential Banning Ranch Development.

The negative impacts to the residents include, but are not limited to:

  • Created cut through traffic
  • Increased traffic of at least 15,000 car trips a day
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Loss of quiet streets
  • No City help in unforeseen issues
  • Public Safety
  • Use of public funds to keep up roads impacted by this Newport Beach project
  • Potential eminent domain
  • No amount of mitigating money will restore lost quality of life

In closing this recall is being brought forward to remove Councilmember Righeimer who values development projects over the quality of life of Costa Mesa’s residents.