"COIN" Analysis Spreadsheet
On Valentine's Day I wrote, HERE, about the story Orange County Register columnist, Frank Mickadeit, published that day about a document that he basically described as the be-all, end-all to municipal contract management. Of course, he didn't provide it to us so we could make our own decision - he just teased us, saying it would be available yesterday or today.
SAW IT, BUT...
Well, I had seen that document - which has now been tinkered with to clean up some glitches - and I didn't think it was all that earth-shaking. It certainly didn't live up to Mickadeit's hype. Yes, it provides some numbers that may be valuable when negotiating, but it leaves many questions unanswered. I was asked not to publish it until it was more broadly available.
Now the document is available and is linked on the city web site. If you wish to view the page that includes links to the COIN ordinance and has a summary of what is required by that ordinance click HERE. Once there you will find a link to the spreadsheet, but I'll save you that step. You can click HERE for a peek at it.
WHERE DID THEY GET THOSE NUMBERS?
Once there you'll find lots of interesting numbers, but I've been trying for two days to get someone at City Hall to tell me how they arrived at the numbers in the column that includes projections for the fiscal year 2013/2014. Did they just pull numbers out of a hat or what?
Those with relatively good memories will recall what the current council core - those guys who were on the last council - did a couple years ago with made-up numbers. They went off the deep end and began attempting to change the very type of government we have simply because they either didn't understand the numbers or chose to misinterpret them to suit their own purposes. I have that old "deja vu" feeling all over again.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
So, take a look at those numbers and tell me what you think. Incidentally, there is an item on the agenda for next Tuesday's council meeting that authorizes lawyer Richard Kreisler and Assistant CEO Rick Francis to be the official negotiators when that process begins with the Costa Mesa City Employee's Association (CMCEA) very shortly. That's when Steve Mensinger's COIN scheme is scheduled to be launched.