Costa Mesa Still Trying To Outsource Against Own Policy

Councilman Jim Righeimer – Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

Leave it to the Costa Mesa City Council Majority led by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer to continue their quest to bull doze their outsourcing agenda, no matter what policies they violate.

The Daily Pilot reports this morning on yesterday’s city council meeting:

The Costa Mesa City Council voted Tuesday night to send out a modified version of its request for bids to outsource facility maintenance, despite a warning that the move could violate city policy.

“The people who would actually perform the work have no input if [the modified request for bids] actually lists the work currently being performed,” said Jennifer Muir, spokeswoman for the Orange County Employees Assn. speaking on behalf of its subgroup, the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn.

Muir pointed out that city policy requires employees to have an input into a request for proposal, or RFP, that will affect their jobs.

According to the story, the proposal approved yesterday modifies the previous RFP that failed to result in responsive bids. This vote revealed a possible chink in the armor of the Righeimer Juggernaut.

In a 3-2 vote, with Bever and Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissenting, the council approved sending out the RFP.

“I was hoping to maybe avoid another $2-million lawsuit here,” Bever said after the vote.

The city has racked up hundreds of thousands, if not more than $1 million, in legal fees in the last year defending itself in a lawsuit from city employees over proposed outsourcing.

Looks like these “saviors of taxpayer dollars” have no problem racking up legal bills that erase the minimal savings they are trying to squeeze out of the bodies of their dedicated city employees.

  10 comments for “Costa Mesa Still Trying To Outsource Against Own Policy

  1. Phil
    June 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

    The only ones complaining that outsourcing doesn’t work are the union employees. The only ones fighting and suing this are the union employees. As a resident, I want some City services outsourced to save money. Really bothers me that the out of town union employees continue to fight this legally and then turn around and say it’s our fault for racking up legal bills. It is our City, not theirs! This will be a BIG issue in November for many of us!!!

    • Joe Hill
      June 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm


      Stop parroting Righeimer’s BS. You are making a fool out of yourself. The only people suing the city are the employees represented by Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association. They are not an”out of town union.”

      • Sam
        June 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        Phil is a troll. Do not feed him.

        • June 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm

          Nah! Probably just a shill from that out-of-town front group, the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association

          • CM Whine Press
            June 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm

            I’m pretty sure he’s the owner/operator of that race-obsessed blog in CM.

            • June 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

              Maybe. But the entity sure sounds like Colin “Charlie” McCarthy. Same nonsense, same B.S.

              I have this image in my mind of Colin sitting on Righeimer’s lap with Riggies hand stuffed… well somewhere, and Colin tapping one finger at a time on a laptop.

  2. threebeers
    June 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    No Phil, the people saying outsourcing doesn’t work happens to also include scholars who have studied the issue, private sector human resources professionals with experience in the arena, and other cities that have done the same and seen poor results. But keep spewing the party line… I would expect no less from you.

  3. just asking?
    June 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    If a majority of the elected (appointed) leaders choose to seek bids that is ok, they just need to follow all applicable laws and policies while doing so. The rules are in place to stop runaway councils from doing harm to the communities they represent and to avoid costly legal fee’s, fines and damages. This council has not learned from their past errors…

  4. Gary Nenadal
    June 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    So it is okay to do things illegally as long as it saves you money? Great lessons to teach.

  5. Recall Napoleon Righeimer
    June 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    The little emperor is bent on destroying all unions in Costa Mesa and everywhere else he can. He mf’d unions in 1997 testimony to Congress and authored the failed Prop 226:

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