Lobdell "Checks The Facts"
Costa Mesa's Interim Communication Director, Bill Lobdell, seems to be earning his keep today. Following his earlier Press Release regarding the Special Budget Study Session on April 26th he fired off another one this afternoon and is posted verbatim below.
"REPAIR COSTA MESA" AD IS WRONG
The second video ad released by Repair Costa Mesa is completely inappropriate, for the reasons indicated in the Press Release. I've spoken with some of the folks who accept responsibility for this ad and they are unrepentant about the lies contained therein. For me, this is very problematic.
MATCHING LIE FOR LIE
As anyone who even casually reads this blog certainly knows, I'm sympathetic with those who oppose the current City Council and their tactics, but I fail to see how matching them lie for lie does anything but alienate residents and taxpayers in this battle. Instead of using the many reasons available to criticize Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan and Eric Bever for things they have done and the programs they are trying to implement, they now present their own chins for that quartet to take a swing at. It's a stupid, counterproductive strategy, in my view.
Here's Lobdell's Press Release.
April 12, 2011
Bill Lobdell, (949) 887-2541
Costa Mesa Fact Check: Repair Costa Mesa ad #2
COSTA MESA, CALIF.—In its continued effort to increase openness and clarity on city budget matters, the City of Costa Mesa has initiated Fact Check to correct factual errors that have been published in various media.
In the latest 33-second Repair Costa Mesa video ad, two false assertions are made. To insure the public receives accurate information on the budget debate, the city asks Repair Costa Mesa to promptly correct the mistakes.
Fact Check: No workers have been laid off, including firefighters and paramedics. Two hundred thirteen employees (about 42% of the workforce, not half) were given six-month notices that their jobs would be outsourced, a half-year warning dictated by employee association contracts. The council currently is studying the viability of outsourcing those city services, and decisions aren’t expected until summer.
The city’s 90-plus firefighters, who asked the city to consider outsourcing the Costa Mesa Fire Department to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), have already been promised a job with the OCFA if the deal goes through. If other jobs are outsourced, the city will have provisions in the contracts with the companies it uses for interview and hiring preferences for city employees.
Fact Check: City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch receives a $477 per month ($5,724 per year) car allowance. This is the same rate as other Costa Mesa department heads.
Bill Lobdell I Interim Director of Communications I 949.887.2541Twitter @ CityofCostaMesa