Employee Lawsuit Pushed Out Until Fall
Sources tell us that the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) against the City for it's bogus outsourcing scheme, originally scheduled to go to trial beginning April 9. 2012, has been delayed until the appeal of Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann's temporary injunction is heard by the 4th District Court of Appeals.
ALL PARTIES AGREE
According to sources on both sides of the issue, this move was agreed to by both parties and Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann and means that it is very possible that this trial may not be heard until sometime late in the late fall - near the November elections.
INJUNCTION REMAINS IN EFFECT
In the meantime, the temporary injunction remains in effect and, except for those operations that might be outsourced to another public entity, no further action can take place except to gather bids and sit on them.
ONLY THE LATEST EVENT
This is the most recent step in this ill-advised, ham-handed attempt to disenfranchise the employees of the city. This news comes in the wake of the first anniversary of the tragic death of Huy Pham, the young maintenance worker who, when called to City Hall to receive his 6-month layoff notice last St. Patrick's Day, instead went to the roof of City Hall and leaped to his death.
This debacle has become a dismal example of the management style of the current city council majority. Rather than attempt some kind of conciliatory negotiations with employees last year they chose the bull-in-the-china-shop approach and the result has been, much like that bull, only chaos destruction and broken dishes.
A TOXIC, HOSTILE WORKPLACE
This administration has been marked with lies, fabrication of "facts" and bullying that has turned the City Hall into a toxic, hostile workplace, where employees are constantly looking over their shoulders rather than staying focused on the job at hand. It is this environment that results in mistakes - like the missed Charter submission deadline. I did not use that word "toxic" lightly. Stress levels are so high at City Hall these days that employees at every level are experiencing health issues as a result.
FABRICATIONS MARK THEIR RULE
Led by head thugmaster, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, this council majority demanded unrealistically low staffing levels in public safety organizations, then vilified the employees who were FORCED to work overtime to provide appropriate levels of safety to the residents, businesses and visitors in this city. They've fabricated "budget" numbers without any kind of analysis and then hold the CEO, Tom Hatch, and his staff responsible for meeting those fabricated numbers. Their 5-year Forecast spreadsheet was only a "wish list", but now Righeimer demands that those "wishes" be met without any kind of consultation with the senior staff. One speaker Tuesday night had it right when he said this council has created an oligarchy - a government ruled by a small group of people.
WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE?
I'm not sure what it's going to take to awaken the voters of this city to what has been happening to their town over the past 15 months. Those of us who do pay attention have spoken out, only to be vilified by the council majority as not being representative of the majority of residents. Well, the majority of residents do not pay attention, so they may be right. However, those days are coming to an end. Groups of citizens are coalescing around the city, forming organizations to inform their neighbors about how this proud city is being destroyed by a clique from the Orange County Republican Party - MY PARTY - the result of which will be the enhancement of the political future of one man - the carpetbagger, Jim Righeimer.
REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER
It's well-past time for the voters of this city to wake up and see what's going on. We're going to help them. We're going to be sure they remember in November.