I’ve long since give up on the City of Costa Mesa being honest about much of anything. While they claim to be transparent, the only things that are transparent are their lies, distortions, and motivations.
On Monday the City’s no-bid, $3,000 a week, PR consultant Bill Lobdell released what he called “one of the most detailed municipal employee compensation reports in the U.S.” I guess if you could turn back time to 2010, that might be the case. Someone forgot to tell Lobdell that the information in the report was, outdated, inaccurate, and misleading. It’s basically like the rocket scientists in City Hall backed a dump truck into a barn at the OC Fair, loaded it up with what was on the floor, then dumped it in a press release.
The compensation in the report was for 2010 and did not reflect the concessions made by city employees to pay significant portions of their pension costs. Since it was for the year ending 12/31/2010 the report did not reflect the current employees and their current compensation. A truly “comprehensive” report would be current. Information from last year is meaningless.
Responsible government jurisdictions advise their employees before such data is released, this did not happen in this case. City workers found out about the release of this misleading report from the press release.
The only purpose this compensation report serves if the further a political agenda promoted by the Council majority. An honest discussion of salary and benefits for city workers would be current and accurate. This report fails on both accounts. Bottom line, they’re “Cooking The Books,” again.