Union 'Lackie' Linked to False Police Report
[/media-credit] "From day one ...I knew immediately it was the labor unions."In Costa Mesa, California, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer is a champion of worker's rights and big labor doesn't like it. So they falsely accused him of drunk driving, the OC Register reports: The mystery caller who falsely accused Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer of driving drunk is a private investigator linked to [Lackie, Dammeier & McGill] law firm that worked for the Costa Mesa Police Association. Dispatch tapes obtained by The Orange County Register identified the caller as Chris Lanzillo. Lanzillo is a fired Riverside police officer who according to a published report got a medical retirement and became a private investigator. Lanzillo worked sometimes for the Upland law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which until late last week represented the Costa Mesa police union. The union and city are tied up in contract negotiations. At a news conference Friday, Righeimer blamed employee unions for the "911" call that sent an officer to his home to conduct a sobriety test. Righeimer had just arrived from a local bar, where he had two Diet Cokes. He passed the test, and now wants the District Attorney's Office to look into the incident, noting a similar event in Buena Park in 2010. "What these organizations are doing is trying to get personal dirt on elected officials so that they'll vote against the interest of cities or counties to protect themselves," Righeimer said. "That's what makes this so horrendously wrong. ...It's against the whole American system." Minutes before the news conference, the police union notified the Register that it had fired Lackie Dammeier for being too aggressive. One of the tactics previously touted by the firm was to target a city or county official until he fell into line – and then go after another "victim."