Interview of Jim Righeimer, candidate, Costa Mesa city council

This afternoon I had an opportunity to speak with Jim Righeimer who has pulled papers to run for a seat on the Costa Mesa city council.
A general law city incorporated in 1953, Costa Mesa, with 113,000 residents, has a council-manager form of government and staff of approximately 580 full-time employees.

This year three of the five members are up for re-election and intend to be on the playing field. They are Mayor Eric Bever, Council Member Katrina Foley and Council Member Linda Dixon.

According to Jim there are eight (or nine) candidates who have pulled papers for these three open seats.  All applications for city council seats must be delivered to the City Clerk of that city by Friday August 8th.

One of his top priorities is to have “a city council that needs to work together on big issues like traffic.  We must mitigate traffic issues.” Jim cited “state highway 55, of which the city has zero control, and its traffic impact at it ends near the Triangle Square project a mile and a half before PCH.”
In discussing the Triangle Square mixed-use redevelopment project he said “it is dead in the water.” He added that “the whole world said that area is residential.”

Jim serves as chairman of the Orange County Housing Commission and Airport Land Use for Orange County.
He currently has been endorsed by both Costa Mesa Council Members Alan Mansoor and Wendy Leece.

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