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.
The Costa Mesa City Employeesâ€™ Association (CMCEA) is deeply saddened by the recent loss of one its members. Huy Pham, a 29-year old maintenance worker for the City of Costa Mesa, was tragically killed as a result of a suicide on March 17, 2011 when he jumped off the roof of City Hall shortly before 3:30 p.m. Pham was employed with the city for four and a half years before his death, and is remembered by many of his colleagues as a hard-working and talented employee who always had a smile on his face.
We have learned that Costa Mesa residents are planning a vigil in memory of Huy Pham, the Costa Mesa city worker who tragically lept from the fifth floor of City Hall yesterday afternoon after he was called in to work to receive his layoff notice. On Thursday 213 workers, including Pham, were formally notified that…