Sunday, March 20, 2011

CMCEA Statement & Memorial Gathering

This afternoon I received the following press release from the Costa Mesa City Employee's Association regarding the tragic death of their member, Huy Pham, last Thursday.


The announcement is self-explanatory, but I did want to draw your attention to the memorial planned for Monday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. at the East Side entrance to City Hall. This is intended as a memorial service for Pham and, although originally planned as an "Employee Only" event, it has been announced by this press release and by statements from Peter Naghavi, Public Services Director, as an event open to all.


We here at A Bubbling Cauldron offer our sincere condolences to Huy Pham's family and friends and to all Costa Mesa residents and employees who have been impacted by this tragedy.


March 20, 2011

Contact: Helen Nenadal, (714) 925-7451
Contact: Christine Cordon,

Statement Regarding Costa Mesa Employee Tragedy

The Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association (CMCEA) is deeply saddened by the recent loss of one its members. Huy Pham, a 29-year old maintenance worker for the City of Costa Mesa, was tragically killed as a result of a suicide on March 17, 2011 when he jumped off the roof of City Hall shortly before 3:30 p.m. Pham was employed with the city for four and a half years before his death, and is remembered by many of his colleagues as a hard-working and talented employee who always had a smile on his face.

“We are extremely devastated by this tragedy. Huy was not just an employee, but he was a member of our Costa Mesa family,” said Helen Nenedal, president of CMCEA. “We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Huy’s family and friends. He will surely be missed.”

On Monday, March 21 at 3 p.m., employees, members of the community, and anyone else wishing to participate are invited to a gathering at the east side employee entrance of City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The gathering, which is set-up by city management, will include the observance of a moment of silence for Pham. “This moment of silence is and should be about Huy and his life,” reminds Nenadal.

The association is encouraging everyone in attendance at the memorial to wear blue shirts. “Blue signifies peace and unity,” explains association vice-president Christine Cordon. “Not only do we wish peace for Huy, his family, and the community deeply affected by this tragedy, we would also like to show our support for each other and that those of us in blue – employees, management, and community members -- are all standing in unity as a family while we grieve and attempt to move forward. The community support overall has been overwhelming, and we thank everyone who has and are supporting us.”

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Anonymous some real facts said...

An article/peer reviewed study (that means it has been scientifically evaluated) about demoralizing jobs:

This should be forwarded to the big 4... but I'm sure Riggy will just say, "I can drive a truck through this" if he even bothers to read anything without the OC GOP stamp of approval. I guess he will just kick the can down the road on reading this study.
2 Riggyisms in one post... oh God make it stop!

3/21/2011 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous chechyoursix(months) said...

IF we are a family here in CM, you haters need to realize that part of your family is the OCGOP !! They are your neighbors, your doctor, your mailman, your teacher (ok, maybe not your teacher), your sheriff, the nice old retired guy next door. And we have blood on our hands? Please, think before you spew the hate. A pension crisis is no reason to villify anyone, no matter which side of the issue you are on.

3/21/2011 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous ConcerendforCM said...

Wow thank you for sharing the article "Some Real Facts". I can relate to it as I had a job a few years ago that did that too me. This also helps me keep focus because a few months every year I take on the role of boss.

I am sure you are right that the four men (and I use that term loosely) will think nothing of this and turn it around on the employees. Sad really.

3/21/2011 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger feral390 said...

Where is Eric Bever ?
has any of this changed his position on outsurcing and layoffs ?

3/21/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Facts said...

Bever told everyone that layoffs would happen and people would lose their jobs if the contract extensions were approved - but no one listened.

The employee associations made a calculated, informed decision to force the contract extension votes before the election, even threatening litigation. They knew that the savings weren't even close to enough, yet they pushed ahead, despite Mr. Roeder confirming that 50-100 people would lose their jobs. You want to assign blame for the layoff notices? They were required by the association contracts. You want to assign blame for the need for layoffs? The associations forced the issue. Watch every council meeting, study session, and candidate forum where the budget was discussed, and the truth becomes obvious.

The City has been ringing the alarm bell for years - drawing down fund balance, cutting programs and services, deferring maintenance and capital improvements, bending over backwards to delay the inevitable.

3/21/2011 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Facts- sure does write like Beaver. Glad he can spew this stuff on a blog.

3/21/2011 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous ConcerendforCM said...

Excuse me "Facts" but Cal Pers, told the city during the time when they were paying NOTHING into the pension pool to stow away money because as we all know things could turn. It is no different than those who collect SS to be told to put extra away just in case or the general public told to put money away in their savings that could sustain them for 6 months if they need to. The council didn't listen. They rarely ever listen.

3/21/2011 08:46:00 PM  

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