It never was going to be a Great Park for all the people of Orange County; it’s always been just another park in Irvine. The Republican council majority that took control of Irvine last month has taken the final step in making the Orange County Great Park the Great IRVINE Park.
In it’s final meeting of 2013 the Orange County Board of Supervisor’s approved a new Memorandum of Understanding with it’s managers. County managers have been without a contract for two years. Under the agreement the managers will have to start paying their employee share of pension contributions.
The Orange County Register reports this morning that the vote that resulted in the $158 million tax giveaway by the Anaheim City Council violated California’s open meeting law the Brown Act. According to the judge, that agenda description did not adequately describe the action that was being taken, the approval of the significant giveaway of future bed tax revenues to the developer.
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.
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.