Appellate Court Rejects Costa Mesa Petition
Jennifer Muir, Communications Director for the Orange County Employees Association, issued the following press release late this morning.
Appellate Court rejects Costa Mesa petition
SANTA ANA The Fourth District Court of Appeal on Thursday summarily denied the City of Costa Mesa’s Petition for a Writ of Mandate, which sought to dissolve a preliminary injunction halting the layoffs of more than 200 City employees.
Nearly half the City workforce received layoff notices on March 17 after the City Council majority voted to outsource their jobs. The Orange County Employees Association, on behalf of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association, commenced litigation in May that resulted the issuance of a preliminary injunction halting the layoffs and prohibiting the City from outsourcing to private contractors.
“Courts continue to reject any justification for the City Council majority’s outsourcing scheme,” said OCEA Communications Director Jennifer Muir. “We sincerely hope this latest rebuke by the Courts will motivate the Council to abandon its needless campaign against its employees and all the residents who have urged them to stop dismantling the City.”
“This is yet another outcome welcomed by City employees and the thousands of residents who have rallied to their support,” Muir said. “The City Council has shown its willingness to disregard both the law and it own policies. It’s time for them to stop wasting the City’s valuable resources pursuing this political agenda.”
The City’s request is attached. You can review and print the Court's "Disposition" from the following link: http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/disposition.cfm?dist=43&doc_id=1988987&doc_no=G045666NO OUTSOURCING TO PRIVATE COMPANIES UNTIL CASE HEARD
One can assume that the injunction issued by Superior Court Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann remains in force, and that the City of Costa Mesa MAY NOT proceed with layoffs as a result of their outsourcing plan until the case is heard in court.