Join the Grass Roots Effort to Stop the Charter

by Wendy Leece, Costa Mesa Council Member

There is a true grass-roots movement to oppose the proposed city charter by just plain Costa Mesa folk who may want a charter but resent the way this one is being processed.

It is truly a David vs. Goliath battle about principles over politics in Costa Mesa.

Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, independents — you name them — Costa Mesans of all stripes are waking up.

It’s a good thing, really.

Neighbors are talking, we’re making new friends with people who used to be ideological foes, and we’re talking about what we want the Costa Mesa of tomorrow to look like, and what we will be willing to pay for the services we have come to expect and truly enjoy as Costa Mesans.

Costa Mesa has made progress in pension reform but the majority doesn’t want to talk about the savings because it’s never enough for their campaign against the unions.

When I compare Costa Mesa to the formulas used by other Orange County cities, we are definitely a leader in that our employees agreed to pay more in 2010.

But even though we realized $3.5 million in savings, the new formula may impact our ability to recruit the best employees. Why would someone want to work for Costa Mesa if they can get a better deal elsewhere?

We have to count the unseen and future costs of this ground zero pension reform battle in Costa Mesa.

The people of Costa Mesa are fiercely independent and intelligent and many are insulted by the way the majority has been moving recklessly this past year.

It will be a good fight to control the future of a great city!

This commentary appeared in the February 27th edition of the Daily Pilot.

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