Kenneth Babcock and Kate Marr, Executive Directors for the Public Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County write about their recent settlement involving the City of Costa Mesa and why lawyers, for the past 60 years, have provided free legal services to low income residents in Orange County.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal denied an attempt by Costa Mesa’s police union to block part of a lawsuit by councilman Jim Righeimer and Mayor Steve Mensinger alleging a host of misdeeds by police union members and private investigators.
Christopher J. Lanzillo and Scott Impola, who worked for a law firm retained by the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association, where charged with four felonies relating to their alleged efforts to trap two Costa Mesa councilmen in embarrassing or illegal acts.
The ordinance, under consideration by Costa Mesa City Council, would ban “unduly repetitive” public comments. Councilwomen Wendy Leece and Sandy Genis call it an attempt to restrict Mayor Jim Righeimer’s critics.