More than 50 people addressed the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night and it wasn’t pretty. People were angry. They were angry about the poorly researched outsourcing juggernaut that the council majority was imposing on the city work force. They were embarrassed that their Mayor had shown such a disregard for his duty as Mayor to continue to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day after city worker Huy Pham took his life at City Hall as layoff notices were delivered to 213 employees.
While Costa Mesa CEO Tom Hatch is projecting a budget shortfall for next year of $5 million, Appointed Councilman Steve Mensigner is projecting that “the city is facing a $15 million deficit,” if the majority’s proposals are enacted.
I have lived in Costa Mesa since 1978 and LOVE it here. Yet, it hasn’t all been sunshine and brother hood. In 1985 I moved into the house I live in now on the Westside of town. The first time one of my neighbors came to my door just a few days after we moved in, “Don’t send your kids to Wilson School. All the Mexicans go there.”
I was alerted by a Facebook friend request and Twitter follow to a new social network participant from Costa Mesa. Having followed the BronxZoosCobra on Twitter the past few days, I’ve enjoyed learning how much pithy humor that can be dished out in 140 characters.
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer lied on national television Monday about the so called “need” to layoff 213 Costa Mesa city workers. Righeimer was interviewed on Fox News and was asked whether the decision to layoff employees was forced or a choice. He answered by claiming that the layoffs were necessary because the city pension liabilities awarded by previous contract agreements were unsustainable.
Mayor Gary “Pinocchio” Monahan released a statement on Friday in which he characterized the pictures of him celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and posing for photos at his bar in Costa Mesa as the union taking dispicable advantage of this tragic situation to further their agenda. Monahan continues, “Had I known what had transpired I would never have agreed to pose for photos or engage in any revelry.