Editorial Staff

Costa Mesa Layoffs go the way of the Dodo Bird

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On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council directed the city manager to rescind the remaining 70 layoff notices which were issued on March 17, 2011. The council’s decision made that earlier decision extinct. That decision, almost two years ago, launched a pitched battle between the Costa Mesa Employees Association, represented by Orange County Employees Association, and the council majority led by council member Jim Righeimer.

Righeimer Punts?

Councilman Jim Righeimer - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

Just two days before the Orange County Registrar of Voters is expected to certify the results of the general election, and on the heels of his defiant proclamations after election night results showed his Charter Initiative doing down in flames, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer seems to be wanting to punt.

Showdown in Anaheim Tonight

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We’re hoping that today’s special City Council meeting in Anaheim to decide whether to place two initiative proposals to amend the city charter on the November ballot doesn’t erupt into violent protests similar to those which disrupted a council meeting earlier this month. Mayor Tom Tait has set the meeting to be held at 4 p.m. in the Anaheim High School Cook Auditorium.

Women’s Groups and OCEA ask Attorney General to investigate Bustamante Abuse

Jennifer Muir, OCEA Assistant General Manager speaks to reporters about the request for the Attorney General to investigate Bustamante Abuse allegations. (Photo: LiberalOC.com)

At noon on Tuesday a couple dozen women gathered at the Old Santa Ana Court House to call upon the California Attorney General to investigate the failures in management at the County of Orange. Specifically they want an investigation of how those failures allowed the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by former Public Works Executive Manager and Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante to go unaddressed for so long.

OC CEO Tom Mauk Resigns

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Following a third closed session meeting to discuss the employment status of Orange County CEO Tom Mauk in the wake of mishandled Carlos Bustamante sexual harassment investigations, The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept Mauk’s resignation effective August 3rd. Supervisors, with the exception of Supervisor Nelson decided to appoint current CFO Robert Franz…