This City Council Majority Acts First and Thinks Later With Costly Results

This city council majority:

  • Acts first and thinks later… with costly results.

Police Helicopter Program on Chopping Block – OC Register, February 7, 2011

Council Approves Consultant Funds to Restructure City Departments – Daily Pilot, February 15, 2011

Council Cuts ABLE, Will Lose Four Officers – Daily Pilot,February 16, 2011

Costa Mesa Might Dismantle Fire Department – Voice of OC, February 18, 2011

Outsourcing Fire Services Could Save Costa Mesa Money -Daily Pilot, February 18, 2011

Costa Mesa Could Outsource Fire Services to County – OC Register, February 22, 2011

A Dozen Face Demotion in Costa Mesa Fire Outsourcing – February 23, 2011

Costa Mesa Eyes Private Paramedics – OC Register, February 23, 2011

City Council Looks to Contract Out Services – Daily Pilot, February 26, 2011

Costa Mesa May Outsource Half of Its Services – OC Register, February 28, 2011

Almost Half of City Work Force Gets Pink Slips  -Daily Pilot, March 2, 2011

Costa Mesa to Give Out 203 Layoff Notices – OC Register, March 2, 2011

Council Set to Okay Layoff Notices -Daily Pilot, March 2, 2011

The End of the Roeder Era – Daily Pilot, March 5, 2011

Council to Study Proposals for Outsourcing Fire Services – Daily Pilot, March 8, 2011

Costa Mesa Officials Contemplate Life Without a Fire Department – Voice of OC, March 9, 2011

Downing of Helicopter Program Could Have OC Implications – OC Register, March 11, 2011

City Workforce Faces Layoff Notices – Daily Pilot, March 16, 2011

City’s Layoff Action ‘Like a Sinking Boat’ – Daily Pilot, March 17, 2011

Costa Mesa Employee Commits Suicide at City Hall – Voice of OC, March 17, 2011

Costa Mesa City Employee Jumps to Death at City Hall – Daily Pilot, March 17, 2011

‘Everything About It Was Hasty’ – Voice of OC, March 18, 2011

Mayor: Costa Mesa Could Lay Off Cops – Daily Pilot, March 23, 2011

Costa Mesa Investigates Police Dispatch Center – Daily Pilot, March 24, 2011

Redevelopment Agency Doesn’t Make Move on $1.3 M – Daily Pilot March 26, 2011

Costa Mesa City CEO Emails Employees – Voice of OC, March 29, 2011

Questions About the Hiring of Bill Lobdell – OC Register, march 30, 2011

Costa Mesa Budget Gap Could Reach $15M – Daily Pilot, March 31, 2011

Finance Officials:  High Pension Estimates are Subjective – Daily Pilot, April 4, 2011

Costa Mesa Ambulance Plan Flatlines – Daily Pilot, April 6, 2011

Costa Mesa Official Slated for New City Manager Job -Daily Pilot, April 6, 2011

Costa Mesa CEO Explains Outsourcing, Cuts – Daily Pilot, April 14, 2011

Costa Mesa Officials Agree to Union Audit of City Finances – April 20, 2011

CalPERS Debate Shows Confidence, Cynicism – Daily Pilot, April 26, 2011

Considering Consequences in Costa Mesa – Voice of OC , April 27, 2011

‘A Tremendous Amount of Anxiety’ – Voice of OC, May 6, 2011

Chiefs Propose Money-Saving Measure – Daily Pilot, May 10, 2011

41 More Layoff Notices Issued – Daily Pilot, May 12, 2011

Deal Could Keep Police Helicopters in the Air – Daily Pilot,May 16, 2011

Businessman Willing to Buy ABLE Helicopter Identified – Daily Pilot, May 17, 2011

Newport Man Has Plan to Save Police Helicopter Program – OC Register, May 17,2011

Costa Mesa Releases Preliminary Budget – Voice of OC, May 18, 2011

Newport Milionaire Offers to Save Police Helicopter Program – OC Register, May 18, 2011

Police Helicopter Program Mired in City Politics – OC Register, May 20, 2011

Hatch:  No More City Job Hires – Daily Pilot, May 26, 2011

Contracted Legal Duties Saves Millions – Daily Pilot, May 30, 2011

Costa Mesa Considers Contract with HB for Police Chopper – OC Register, June 7, 2011

Huntington’s Helicopter will Patrol Costa Mesa – Daily Pilot, June 8, 2011

Costa Mesa Begins Dismantling of Police Chopper Program – OC Register, June 8, 2011

Costa Mesa Wants to Cut Police Force by 8 – Daily Pilot, June 10, 2011

Costa Mesa’s Budget is Balanced, and Then It’s Not – Voice of OC, June 15, 2011

Costa Mesa Budget Audit Claims $26 Million Available for Services, Jobs – Daily Pilot, June 21, 2011

ABLE Board Rebukes Council’s Decision – Daily Pilot, June 21, 2011

Police Bear the Brunt of Costa Mesa Budget Ax – Voice of OC, June 22, 2011

Costa Mesa City Council Oks Cuts, Approves Budget  – Daily Pilot June 22, 2011

$2.8M More in Budget Cuts OK’d – Daily Pilot, June 22, 2011

ABLE Program Now Grounded for Good – Daily Pilot, June 30, 2011

Contract Could Save City up to $2.9M -Daily Pilot, July 1, 2011

Judge OK’s Temporary Halt to Costa Mesa Layoffs – OC Register, July 5, 2011

Entrepreneurial Helicopter Expert Says He’s ABLE – OC Register, July 6, 2011

City Council to Consider Contract Extensions – Daily Pilot, July 18, 2011

Costa Mesa Council Expands Fire Outsourcing to Other Public Agencies – Daily Pilot, July 20, 2011

Costa Mesa to Explore Sharing Services – Daily Pilot, July 21, 2011

Costa Mesa, Newport, HB May Merge Services – OC Register, July 21, 2011

Private Firm to Run City Jail Could Save Money – Daily Pilot, July 28, 2011

Huntington Beach Officials Not Sold on Sharing Services – Daily Pilot, July 29, 2011

Costa Mesa Explores Outsourcing Options – Daily Pilot, July 30, 2011

Should Costa Mesa Sell Police Helicopters for $1? – OC Register, August 3, 2011

Costa Mesa Cancels Three Outsourcing Bids – Daily Pilot, August 11, 2011

Costa Mesa Hits New Obstacle to Outsourcing – OC Register, August 11, 2011

Cities Agree to Share Choppers – Daily Pilot, August 18, 2011

Costa Mesa Moves Back Possible Layoff Date – Daily Pilot, September 2, 2011

City Council OK’s Contracts with Two Law Firms – Daily Pilot, September 7, 2011

Costa Mesa to Decide on Outsourcing Requests – Daily Pilot, September 16, 2011

City Officials Solicit First Job Bids – Daily Pilot, September 21, 2011

City Launches New Daily Newscasts – Daily Pilot, September 27, 2011

City Hires Labor Lawyer to Negotiate – Daily Pilot, October 24, 2011

Costa Mesa Council to Consider Extending Helicopter Contract – November 14, 2011

Costa Mesa Official, Firefighters Dispute Pension Detail – Daily Pilot, November 16, 2011

Costa Mesa to Keep Choppers on Duty for Now – OC Register, November 16, 2011

Costa Mesa Gives New Date for Employee Layoffs – Daily Pilot, November 21, 2011

Judge Rules Against Costa Mesa in Outsourcing Argument – OC Register, November 23, 2011

Righeimer to Propose Charter Initiative – Daily Pilot, December 2, 2011

New Layoff Date Announced for Costa Mesa Employees -Daily Pilot, December 6, 2011

Costa Mesa Authorizes City to Seek Charter Status – Voice of OC, December 7, 2011

Draft Charter Limits Wage increases – Daily Pilot, December 7, 2011

Costa Mesa Residents Speak Out Against Charter City Process  – December 7, 2011

Costa Mesa Ends Year with $3.8 Million Budget Surplus – Voice of OC, December 20, 2011

Costa Mesa Ends Fiscal Year with $3.8M Surplus – Daily Pilot, December 20, 2011

ABLE Looks to Sell Its Choppers – Daily Pilot, January 12, 2012

A Pension Numbers Game in Costa Mesa – Voice of OC,  January 23, 2012

Brokers to Sell Former Police Helicopters – Daily Pilot, January 23, 2012

Former OC Police Helicopters to be Sold – OC Register, January 24, 2012

Council Extends Consultant’s Contract – Daily Pilot, February 8, 2012

Costa Mesa Wish List Would Require $81 Million – Daily Pilot, February 16, 2012

A Year After Suicide, Costa Mesa Still Unsettled – Voice of OC, March 16, 2012

Righeimer:  Reallocate City Funds for Projects  – Daily Pilot, March 30, 2012

Costa Mesa Council Cancels Firefighters’ Layoff Notices – Voice of OC, April 18, 2012

OC Police Choppers Fly Away for Good – OC Register, April 18, 2012

Costa Mesa to Keep Its Fire Department – Daily Pilot, April 18, 2012

Outsourcing Talks to Resume Next Month – OC Register, April 27, 2012

Costa Mesa Council OK’s Stipend for Vegas Trip – Daily Pilot, May 3, 2012

Draft Budget Has Increased Capital Spending – Daily Pilot, May 9, 2012

Costa Mesa Grapples with How to Budget for Infrastructure – Voice of OC, May 10, 2012

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