PRESS RELEASE: Costa Mesa Council Authorizes Cover Up of No-Bid Contracts In Charter

For Immediate Release, Thursday, August 9

Contact Mike Harmanos 949-351-5948


Costa Mesa Council Authorizes Cover Up of No-Bid Contracts In Charter


Today, the Costa Mesa City Council, on a 4-1 vote, authorized the removal of the language of no bid contracts in the Ballot Description of the Charter.  Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) is saddened, but not surprised by this latest deception against the voters.


“This is a blatant attempt to limit public awareness of one of the proposed charter’s major land mines.  It has every appearance of an after the fact, direct reaction to the ballot argument against the charter. ” said Robin Leffler, President of CM4RG.


Originally, the Ballot Description indicated that the charter enumerated no bid contracts for public works projects using Costa Mesa tax dollars.  This important information was voted on by the City Council on Tuesday, July 31st.  Today’s vote removed the no-bid language from the Ballot Description.


“Make no mistake: The charter still eliminates legal protections against no-bid contracts” said Leffler.  “Removing language from the Ballot Description is just a clever trick to deceive the voters.  We trust the voters that they will see through it and vote accordingly.”


Costa Mesans for Responsible Government is a multi-partisan, grassroots organization formed to encourage and promote high levels of openness, accountability, integrity, and responsiveness in our City Government. We are a  group of hundreds of local neighbors and residents from all political walks of life who share common goals.


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