To The Employees Of The City Of Costa Mesa
ONE MORE TIME...
This evening, St. Patrick's Day, 2012, I find myself thinking about the events of this date a year ago with great sadness. Yes, I've written about it already, and, yes, I briefly said Thank You, but it wasn't enough.
A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT
I want to say Thank You to all the employees of the City of Costa Mesa who, despite being forced to work in what has become a toxic, hostile work environment that has made you constantly look over your shoulders as you try to do your jobs, kept on doing your best. The actions of some of the leaders of our city have tried to pit employee against employee and cause distrust of the folks who occupy the fifth floor of City Hall. You are asked to do the same amount of work that you and the 25% of the staff now departed had done in the past. And yet you soldier on.
In the past year, since that first mountain of layoff notices were handed to 203 of your compatriots and young Huy Pham took his life by leaping off the roof, circumstances have seemed to just get worse each month. Your contributions to this city have been belittled and your spokespersons chided. In many cases you've been required to prepare Requests for Proposals that may result in you losing your jobs. And yet you soldier on.
LEADERS CAUSE DISCONTENT
Some of your leaders prowl the halls creating chaos and discontent. They violate established rules with arrogant disregard for the consequences. And yet you soldier on.
The City has chosen to publicize your compensation, apparently in an attempt to make you seem like greedy laggards, and has subjected you to region-wide vilification. All this despite the fact that you've received no pay increases for a couple years now. And yet you soldier on.
SOME HAVE LEFT
You have been accused of being the reason for budget problems and many of your peers have chosen to take early retirements or just leave for another job in another city, even though each bargaining unit has stepped up to the plate and offered concessions to help the City through tough financial times. And yet you soldier on.
WHATEVER YOUR JOB...
Whether you've worked at the city for three years or thirty - whether you sweep our streets, maintain our parks, keep our vehicles running, maintain our buildings, remove the graffiti that stains our walls, fight our fires, rescue those of us who need medical aid, police our streets and keep us safe, pay our bills, manage our planning, or help spin the City position on issues - whatever the job you do for me and the rest of the nearly 110,000 residents of this wonderful town - Thank You for hanging in there through these tough times.
I STILL NEED SOME HELP...
I feel this message is still inadequate, so I'm going to ask the amazing Amanda Marshall to help me tell you how I feel about you all. Whatever the challenges that are placed in your paths in the future, Thank You for all you do - I Believe In You.