Yesterday we witnessed another example of how low the Gang of Four are willing to go in the City of Costa Mesa to promote their agenda of smearing their public employee workforce. On March 17, 2011 Huy Pham, a City worker who was called in from a disability leave to receive his layoff notice, leapt to his death from the roof of City Hall. Since that day the City Council majority, specifically Mayor Gary Monahan, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, and unelected Councilman Stephen Mensinger, have been hell bent on destroying the reputation and memory of Huy Pham. Unsatisfied with the report from their own police department, they had the City Attorney hire a contractor to dig up anything possible to cast aspersions on Huy Pham.
A report contracted by the City’s attorneys would normally be the subject of attorney-client privilege and never released publicly. That is the whole purpose of having the attorney order the report. Well that rule didn’t apply in this case. No sooner than the report was in the hands of their attorneys and the Council majority, someone leaked the report to Jon Cassidy at the Orange County Register. Rather than report only on the core findings which confirmed that Huy Pham did commit suicide (as determined under the police department investigation), Cassidy dove in to the details of Pham’s confidential personnel file, describing in detail old personnel issues that had been corrected, resolved, and closed.
No good could come from the release of this information, other than to cast aspersions on public employees in general, their union, and Huy Pham. God forbid the Orange County Register let human decency stop them from pursuing an opportunity to slam public employees. I’m just surprised that the City’s $3,000 per week PR hack didn’t rush to issue a press release about the report. I guess that would have made this disgusting display all too obvious.
I’m not sure who is more disgusting, the person or persons responsible for releasing a confidential report to the media, or the reporter, editors, and publication that ran with the story?