The private investigator who followed Costa Mesa Councilman Jim
Righeimer out of Skosh Monahan's bar in August told me on Thursday that he was at the bar in an attempt catch bar owner and Councilman Gary Monahan in a compromising position with a woman who'd been sent into the bar for that very purpose.
Furthermore, Murrieta-based private investigator Chris Lanzillo says,
he was hired to get dirt not only on Monahan but on the other two City Council candidates who are trying to overhaul pensions and cut back on city government, Councilman Steve Mensinger and slate-mate Colin McCarthy. Who hired him, Lanzillo wouldn't tell me. But I'm told the district attorney is looking into that.
It's one of the most stunningly despicable political stories I've ever
reported. "I've got nothing to hide," Lanzillo told me. "I do this stuff every day. ... To other people, it looks wrong, ... but it's not illegal. You ever watch 'Cheaters'?"