Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another "Duarteism" & A Peek At The Budget

Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell fired off another couple press releases this afternoon in the ongoing quest for Transparency.


The first on told us of City Attorney Tom Duarte's opinion in response to the lawsuit filed by the Orange County Employees' Association. Here's the text:

Costa Mesa City Attorney responds to employees’ association lawsuit over outsourcing

COSTA MESA, CALIF.—Costa Mesa City Attorney Tom Duarte issued a statement today after reviewing the lawsuit filed Monday by the Costa Mesa City Employees’ Assn.:

“The law allows for outsourcing of city services, the City’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Costa Mesa City Employees’ Assn. specifically contemplates outsourcing, and we are proceeding in compliance with the MOU and the law.”

The second one advises us that the preliminary 2011-2012 budget will be released this evening. No discussion will take place since this is not on the agenda tonight, as I mentioned in an earlier post last Friday. However, this will give the council and residents a chance to go over the document in preparation for next week's Study Session. Here is the text of that press release:

City of Costa Mesa to release preliminary 2011-2012 budget tonight

COSTA MESA, CALIF.—The preliminary 2011-2012 Costa Mesa budget will be distributed at tonight's City Council meeting and also will be available on the City's website.

The public is encouraged to provide input and ask questions related to the budget at a series of public meetings that will highlight various aspects of the city’s finances, including revenue projections, a five-year capital reinvestment plan, proposed reductions, an organizational restructuring of the police department and CalPERS pension costs.

The City Council meetings and Study Sessions will be on Tuesdays and are expected to run through June 28.

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Anonymous to brown avt or not to brown act said...

Din't know the law suit was about out sourcing, thought it was about illegal meetings and brown act violations by a few council people who ignore the law. Any word from duate about the brown act ad hoc thing

5/17/2011 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Yes, I posted an amendment on my entry... his answer was the same answer he gave me, twice, before - no violation because the groups are ad hoc.

5/17/2011 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

In other news, Riggy and Menssy declared:

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength

(With apologies to Mr. Orwell)


"I support Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger, and George Orwell."

5/17/2011 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Diogenes said...

Hoo. I just waded through the purple prose of Dr. Steven Beazley's letter to Chairman Fuentes, and must say that if Fuentes is only twice as smart as our city councilMEN, he will never be able to understand it. It is a letter with which I agree, but I'd strongly recommend that the good Doctor study and learn the use of the comma, or hire a proofreader somewhat more literary than he seems to be. Even the typo in the fourth-from-last line of the paragraph in the middle of page 2 ("to" instead of "of") is almost impossible to parse. The various synonyms for the "Association" are obtuse, and require careful study in order to discern of what they speak.

I'll give the good doctor an "A" for intention, but his exposition of it rates no better than a "C-".

Monahan's letter, on the other hand, reads a lot like those "Open only if you've decided NOT to subscribe" letters that come with Bottom Line's junkmail advertisements. "Frankly, I'm puzzled by your stupid stubborn refusal to accept our overly generous offer which has absolutely no strings attached" is the general tone of Sukoshi's letter, which whines vaguely about our not getting any property tax revenue. I used to have a wife who could not conceive of a dollar without spending it. Da Mare sounds like he may have a similar mental disorder. Maybe we should take up a collection for a lobotomy for Monahan. I'll offer a dollar.

5/17/2011 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

The term Ad-Hoc has never been used until the S*^& hit the fan. As Leese said tonight, They were set up as "indefinite".

Sorry, Mr. Duarte, violation.

5/18/2011 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous unionquiltersforleece said...

Duarte is right on the money. Brown Act violations did not occur. It is right in the Act: single subject, irregular meetings, no quorom. This is an ad hoc committee folks.

5/18/2011 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Cry4CostaMesa said...

Unless the people of Costa Mesa come out in volume to object to this whole process nothing will change and the ends will justify the means. The Council and their hired outside contractors have no feelings for the City, its history, culture or future. It's all about their political and economic gains. They count on a zombie public and press. It looks like they are winning. The City will be left in shambles. Shameful and Sad.

5/18/2011 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous unionquiltersforleece said...

We think the council is correct in trying to balance the budget and decrease future pension obligations. The six months notice in a union negotiated stipulation so they must follow it no matter how "cruel" and disconcerting it is to employees. It probably is better to have six months to plan rather than just being fired on a Friday as in the private sector. However, most of the cost is in public safety which probably will remain largely untouched. Thus we are cutting from the bottom and we wonder how much will be saved. From the beginning we have hoped for a reopening of contracts but that does not seem to be happening. Union leader said he would at feet to fire BUT demanded six month notices be rescinded first. That is not much of an offer. Just reopen them if possible without contingencies. The contingency, the lawsuits are delaying tactics and won't solve the problem. Repair CM bemoans the pay of top execs yet last night refers to Kim Brandt leaving as a bad thing; yet she was a top paid exec. We don't follow their reasoning on this. Especially since most of the top paid are police and fire and they want that to continue. Must just be if you're union any pay is ok, if management, it is not. Billy Folsom made a great presentation on why he is more than an oil changer, much much more it seems. We liked his demeanor and lack of name calling and just presenting facts. Very good.

5/18/2011 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous mike m said...

Unionquilters seems fond of the 'we'... who is 'we' exactly? Just seems curious...

5/18/2011 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger feral390 said...

Unionquilters....in your posts you are using the term "we" quite frequently. Exactly who is "we" because at council meetings and on the street I'm not hearing a lot of agreement with your "we"

5/18/2011 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

unionquilter's "WE":

Riggy, "Charlie Sheen" Mensinger, The Bever, Mayor Kilt, and their supplicant/pony boy Fitzpatrick.

5/18/2011 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous UnionTaxpayersforAnyonebutRiggy said...

You for got Colin McCarthy in the "We". I suspect is head "We" enie. Don't forget the 20 0r so harcore CM Taxpayers Assoc members have given a mandate.

5/18/2011 03:39:00 PM  
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5/18/2011 10:12:00 PM  

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