A Closer Analysis Of General Law, Charter Law, and Measure V

Last week’s City Council’s Study Session produced a staff report that glossed over many critical points of comparing General Law to what is legal under Charter Law. CM4RG produced the following enhancement of the table from last week’s staff report. Here’s how this works:

1. We had an election in November 2012 that rejected the first charter, Measure V, by a vote of 40% to 60%. Over 36,000 votes were cast. Those votes are meaningful to this upcoming process.

2. We took the attachment from the staff report starting on page 7 and added a third column to it.

3. That column outlines what Costa Mesa rejected in Measure V. It also indicates CM4RG’s concerns with Measure V as they related to each section of the charter.  Here’s a copy of the text of the charter.

4. This will help all Costa Mesans understand what we have already rejected. As Costa Mesa goes through the charter process yet again, CM4RG hopes the city does not repeat the same mistakes as last time. We believe this document will help all Costa Mesans understand the issues and what’s at stake.

6. We also corrected a mistake on page 10 of the staff report under Prevailing Wage. The California State Supreme Court already ruled in this case in July 2012. The case was AFL-CIO vs. City of Vista and the case number was #S173586. The Court said that public works projects performed by charter cities are municipal affairs under the California Constitution. As a result, these projects are not subject to California’s prevailing wage law. Incidentally, the City Council majority was very happy with the Supreme Court’s decision. Why they did not correct the staff report this time around is a total mystery.

Click here to view General Law vs Charter Law vs Measure V.

Costa Mesa cannot afford to make the same mistakes twice.