City officials have been claiming for the past year that Costa Mesa is in the midst of a financial crisis, requiring the layoff of hundreds of city employees, requiring the outsourcing of hundreds of city jobs. But that didn’t stop our favorite little Leprechaun Mayor Gary Monahan from getting a little strip of green laid out in front of his pub.
Nick Gerda of Voice of OC reports this morning on Mayor Monahan’s Landscaping Job.
… as Mayor Gary Monahan and other top city leaders were painting a picture of fiscal crisis last year, Costa Mesa opted to spend thousands of dollars installing new vegetation for a roughly block-long section of just one side of the street across from the mayor’s restaurant — Skosh Monahan’s Steakhouse & Irish Pub — at his request, according to city officials and invoices.
Beyond the questions of favoritism, however, Monahan’s requests to Naghavi might have violated city law. A section of Costa Mesa’s municipal code prohibits council members from dealing directly with all staff – except the city manager – other than to seek information.
But it gets worse, the city appears to have tried to cover up some of the details by leaving out some records that Voice of OC had requested through public records requests regarding the $6,400 special project.
Additionally, in response to a public records request for invoices documenting the cost of the improvements, the city falsely claimed that some of those records never existed. But after Voice of OC explained details of the records’ contents, which were obtained from a confidential source, city spokesman Bill Lobdell apologized for a “breakdown” in responding to the records request.
Leprechauns are known to be tricky little fellas, but sometimes just being the Mayor makes it easier to get what you want to enhance your business environment.