After almost two years of controversy, a failed city charter initiative, and one employee death, the City of Costa Mesa has finally rescinded the remaining 70 layoff notices they issued on March 18, 2011. The city made the formal announcement in the following media release.
The City of Costa Mesa officially rescinded on Tuesday the remaining layoff notices given to employees whose jobs were being considered for outsourcing. Per the City Council direction earlier this month, 70 letters are being sent to impacted employees informing them that the notices had been withdrawn.
“I know this period has been difficult for you, your department and the City, and I appreciate your professionalism through it all,” wrote City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch in the letter to employees. “We still have significant budget challenges ahead, but we will work through them together. I hope you, your family and friends have a peaceful and safe holiday season.”
The City has asked the Costa Mesa City Employees’ Assn. to dismiss the lawsuit it filed to prevent the outsourcing and related layoffs. It is the City’s hope that the lawsuit can be dropped without going back to court and incurring additional legal costs.