Contract employees operate in a virtual grey area. In this arena their compliance with regulations is obscured because there is no direct supervision… You’ve got contract employees dishing up hefty amounts of work to other outside contractors and themselves.
I just about fell out of my chair on Friday when I read that Field Marshal (Mayor Pro Tem) Jim Righeimer was going on a “trade mission” to the City of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, China. According to the press release Righeimer, City Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce, and Susan O’Brien Moore,Vice President of the Executive Board of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCB).
In looking at tonight’s agenda for the Costa Mesa City Council, I find myself wondering if the Four Boys of the Council have been hanging out in secret a bit too much at Monahan’s Pub. In spite of the fact that they have been told by a judge that they cannot contract out to private contractors any jobs currently held by public employees they are still spending the time of City staff, high priced consultants, and the City Council, on the fools errand of outsourcing before determining feasibility, or if it will actually save any money.
Back a few weeks ago Costa Mesa’s $3,000 a week PR consultant and all around spin-master Bill Lobdell was crowing about the benefits of outsourcing the City’s legal services. The headline to his release proclaimed: City of Costa Mesa’s legal costs down an average of $550,000 per year. Well in short order I was able…
It seems that in the past week, the Los Angeles Times has finally rediscovered Orange County. In particular, Costa Mesa and the boiling controversy created by extreamist in the GOP who are hell-bent on destroying public sector employees, their benefits, and their ability to collectively advocate and bargin through their unions.
Transparency is a good thing and should not be co-opted to promote a political agenda. Of course, that is not how Costa Mesa’s $3,000 a week public relations consultant sees it. Apparently he sees transparency as an opportunity to dump meaningless data on the public in order to support the outsourcing political agenda of the Orange County Republican Party and their lead “Town Crier” Jim Righeimer.