Exactly how much lower will the Costa Mesa Boys go?

Costa Mesa Mayor Gary "The Terminator" Monahan celebrates St. Patricks Day after the suicide

Costa Mesa Mayor Gary "The Terminator" Monahan celebrates St. Patricks Day after the suicide of a city worker who received a layoff notice (photo: Nick Berardino)

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?

  5 comments for “Exactly how much lower will the Costa Mesa Boys go?

  1. jim
    August 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

    waiver of attorney client privilege. go after all notes on the issue. failure to investigate source of leak = ratification of leak, therefore waiver of the attorney client privilege.

  2. Randy
    August 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    How worst could outsourcing be when our present city employees are not fired for sleeping on the job? Not napping but in a sound sleep!

  3. Joe
    August 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Chris,
    Thanks for that. Small correction:

    Monahan is no longer mayor of Costa Mesa. He retains the title but has effectively abdicated the position to Righeimer. Mensinger is vice chancellor. Monahan and Bever are enablers.

  4. Kathy Findley
    August 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    That picture never gets old! @Randy, the most important fact you have gotten from all this is an old report about a young man who killed himself at work falling asleep once? He’s dead, isn’t that good enough for you? He was held responsible and the over all picture of this boy painted by his file was that he was an excellent worker. Do you think outsourcing will bring superior employees? Most employers don’t fire personal for one infraction. Not if they want to keep their business going. There is a process. Another reason for Unions, to back the worker so jerks like you can’t take their livelihoods away without due process and a chance to correct their actions. Outsourcing will bring employees who are expected to do 5 times more work than is possible in half the time with less than half the tools they need because the bidder WILL under bid as to what they can deliver. After all, all the city council wants is “cheaper.” It will also bring excessive turn over and employees out on stress leave due to working under these impossible circumstances.

  5. Correction
    August 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    The release of public records of a deceased employee was not illegal.

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