|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CHARGED WITH VANDALIZING COSTA MESA CAMPAIGN SIGNS
NEWPORT BEACH – A man has been charged with vandalizing City Council and ballot measure campaign signs in Costa Mesa prior to the 2012 election. Steven Charles White, 39, Costa Mesa, is charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism and, if convicted, faces a sentencing ranging from probation up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and payment of restitution. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 25, 2013, at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. The time and Department are to be determined.
On Oct. 20, 2012, White is accused of removing, tearing up and/or discarding two campaign signs, one of which supported City Council candidates Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, and Colin McCarthy, and the other which supported Measure V. The signs were located on Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The incident was captured on video surveillance by a private investigator, who was investigating the removal and damaging of campaign signs in the area.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.