Denial is not just a river in Egypt. According to OC Weekly, 66 experienced Register editors, columnists and reporters are leaving the paper accepting a buyout or face a possible layoff that could have totaled 100 people. And what’s not posted at OC Weekly is the elimination of freelance columnists and contributors like Newport…
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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.
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.