Friday, March 23, 2012

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.

According to sour
ces 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.


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.


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.


This administration has been marked with lies, fabrication of "facts" and bu
llying 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.

Led by head thugm
aster, 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.

I'm not sure what it's going to take to awaken the voters of this city to wh
at 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.

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.

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Anonymous Susan Santugua said...

I am disturbed by this City Council and the bull in the china shop mentality. Cut employees and give pink slips on one hand but "create" positions and "add" positions for Apple-One temporaries on the other hand. Many below the belt and out of the eyes of the public events are occuring on a daily basis as always at City Hall. How is the City saving money by eliminated positions? Fire and Public Saftey have to work overtime which equals more money. Apple One and and others are being hired at higher than average rates to fill General Leave employee positions just to meet minimal staffing levels which equals more money.

3/23/2012 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous I Want My City Back said...

The truth is beginning to come out and it's even worse than we thought. Rumors we don’t want to believe turn out to be true. As the real situation at City Hall becomes known let's not forget a few other shenanigans:

The "leaked" information about paving the Harbor Soaring Society runways in Fairview Park to create more parking for Jim Scott Stadium, and the "rumor" that some Soaring Society members were told they had to support the paving to get their lease renewed. Then the humorous Parks Commission hearing where Soaring Society members seemed not to know why they would rather have paving when really they wouldn’t like it very much at all. By the time it got to Council it had become too embarrassing for the councilmen to pursue, but the Soaring Society only got their lease renewed for one year as a consequence of not playing along.

The continuing attempt to force privatized, commercialized, noisy ballfields in peaceful Tewinkle Park right next to the Mesa Del Mar neighborhood -where once again the Councilmen operated in Fire Ready Aim mode by selecting a hand picked vendor to "negotiate" with the residents and user groups BEFORE there has even been a hearing about commercializing the City owned and operated ballfields there. That night in the City Council lobby, other vendors were telling residents they had been told it was a done deal and they were wasting their time, a vendor had already been selected. After the hearing, it sure looked like that "rumor" had been exactly true.

Oh, and it’s really cute how on several occasions two councilmen have tried to take credit for getting the Mesa Verde and College Park streets paved, when those grant funds and the decision how to use them was made 6 months before those guys were on the council. About 80 streets on the East side were included in that funding and decision, work will begin soon on those.

3/23/2012 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Crock Pot Of Lies said...

Well that's interesting to hear, I bet the high priced law firms were jumping for joy to hear that their bankroll will continue to roll in from the City for alittle longer. Would love to have seen Riggys face when he heard the news.

3/24/2012 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Pot Stirrer, you say, "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."

Seems to me there's one sure way to prolong voters' slumber. That is to keep them in the dark about how long-time councilmen Gary Monahan and Eric Bever have enabled every bad thing that Righeimer has proposed.

It takes only two to tango, but it takes three to enact a Righeimer notion. We should always remember that none of the past 15 months of agony would have happened if Gary and Eric had voted against Righeimer. Not one!

Righeimer may propose, but M and B dispose.

3/24/2012 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Tom Egan,
Very true... it takes three votes to move an agenda, so Eric and/or Gary made the diffrence over these disastrous 15 months.

Remember in November....

3/24/2012 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Funny that our Riggy's having all these setbacks this time of the year..

"When Napoleon proposed the army march on the capital, his marshals decided to mutiny. On 4 April, led by Ney, they confronted Napoleon. Napoleon asserted the army would follow him, and Ney replied the army would follow its generals. Napoleon had no choice but to abdicate. He did so in favour of his son; however, the Allies refused to accept this, and Napoleon was forced to abdicate unconditionally on 11 April."
-"The Rise and Fall of Napoleon"

3/24/2012 04:03:00 PM  

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