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two years of controversy, a failed city charter initiative, and one employee death, the City of Costa Mesa has finally rescinded the remaining 70 layoff notices they issued on March 18, 2011.
by Editorial Staff • • 2 Comments
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.
by Editorial Staff • • 1 Comment
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.
by Kathy Findley • • 23 Comments
One year ago today, the city of Costa Mesa issued 213 layoff notices to general and fire department employees. At approximately 3:30 in the afternoon Huy Pham, a 29 year-old maintenance worker, climbed the stairs to the roof of City Hall and jumped to his death.
by Chris Prevatt • • 12 Comments
In an OC Watchdog story over at the OC Register Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer blamed Costa Mesa firefighters for the overtime costs posted in the city’s compensation report. Such madness requires thoughtful response.
by Chris Prevatt • • 3 Comments
When it comes to CEO Tom Hatch and the good old boys on the Costa Mesa City Council, their callousness is demonstrated with unbridled enthusiasm. As many city workers begin to receive holiday greeting cards in their mail boxes over the weekend they found a letter from CEO Tom Hatch just in time for the holidays.
by Chris Prevatt • • 1 Comment
COSTA MESA — I’ve got to hand it to Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer, if nothing else, he’s a persistent little man. Yesterday, Costa Mesa’s PR flak Bill Lobdell announced that the trial date for the employee’s lawsuit to stop the…