Wednesday, November 28, 2012

California Supreme Court Rules Against Costa Mesa

In a press release this afternoon the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) announced that the California Supreme Court today "denied the City of Costa Mesa's attempt to overturn the injunction blocking the City from laying off more than 100 City employees and outsourcing their jobs to the private sector."

The Court also denied the request to depublish the Appellate Court opinion upholding the preliminary injunction, which apparently means that many California cities now find themselves on the horns of a dilemma.  As we understand previous information on this issue, this may mean that many California cities are now in violation of the law regarding outsourcing city operations.

Both the League of California Cities and the Association of California Cities Orange County had joined the petition to the Supreme Court on the depublishing issue.

Calls to city officials had gone unanswered by the time I decided to publish this information.  As I get more information I'll update this entry.  Check back later.

The OCEA press release follows:  (click on image to enlarge)

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Anonymous On We Go said...

Looks like Riggy was right. Charter is the way to go. Other Cities will seek this structure to solvr budget issues facing all.

To many cities in next election to spend $500,000 against. There is a base of voters to improve on next time.

Not like anyone who voted yes last time will change

We are in for a couple long years

11/28/2012 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

And your comment is relevant to this story how? It has nothing to do with the Charter, just the stupid moves the council made that got them - and us - into deep legal trouble. And, with these decisions, MANY other California cities will feel the pain, too. They just should have followed the rules in the first place.

11/28/2012 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Pay the Piper said...

Righeimer, Mensinger, Bever, and Monahan owe the City all the money wasted on their ill-advised and improperly done scheme.

Doubtful because of immunities, but maybe now-vindicated John Stephens and Katrina Foley can find a way to collect from these idiots.

Let's place a lien on Bever's home and used furniture for sale for starters. If he ends up eating at a soup kitchen all the better. He and his pal Marty the Wendy Stalker already sport the homeless look anyway with the way they dress.

Gee, any chance Gaulieter Righeimer knew this decision was coming when he decided to play nice?

11/28/2012 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger carol said...

Riggy has not been right ! The Pot Stirrer is showing you haw to stay focused on what the Supreme Court of California ruled.

11/28/2012 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

The Supreme Court's declining to hear the case at this stage does not set any precedent. All it means is that the case will go to trial (unless settled) with the injunction still in effect. No reason for other cities to panic.

11/28/2012 08:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Greg Diamond said...

Hmmmm ... maybe Riggy is more valuable on the CM City Council than we realized! Now he's reforming the whole state for us!

11/28/2012 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne Dixon said...

A preview of things to come in Costa Mesa?

11/28/2012 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Perfectly put, Pot Stirrer. The hasty actions of this council majority caused Costa Mesa a lot of unnecessary angst and money. For what? It’s not like they weren’t warned –by citizens and more importantly by their own City Attorney. They bungled it big-time, all because of impatience and hubris. Cooler heads would have thought it through and aimed for results, not headlines. This is no way to run a business-or a city.

I hope for reform, for less drama and more thinking. I’m hoping, but not holding my breath. We’ll soon see.

11/28/2012 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous TaxedEnoughAlready said...

meanwhile, in charter city Newport Beach they have privatized the printing services at a major savings to taxpayers. This court ruling will not bode well for the unions and their fight against Costa Mesa becoming a charter. It is an outrage that the taxpayers are held hostage here while right next door in Newport is the land of the free (from Sacramento). This court ruling is great news!

11/29/2012 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Sam Grady said...

"That means that Costa Mesa’s council majority — which sought to use the mass layoff notices as a way to privatize City Hall operations — actually has established case law that strengthens outsourcing protections for public workers across California."

This quote came from the Voice of OC. If that doesn't speak volumes, I don't know what does. All the councilmen had to do was follow the MOU's in regards to outsourcing which had been done in the past. Many services have been outsourced successfully in Costa Mesa even as a General Law city. Because of Righeimer and his stupid City Attorney and the idiots at the OCGOP who supported this, now it looks it may be even harder to outsource in the future. Well Fitzy and McCarthy, what do you think of your fearless leader now?

11/29/2012 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous ribbet said...

move on. mistakes were made, you were correct. time to stop pointing it out, we are moving forward, you are stuck in the past. the cost was less than 1/2 the funding for one cop's retirement! put it in perspective. just because you lost the elections is no reason to keep repeating old news. come up with something new.

11/29/2012 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Facts, Not Koolaid. said...

Jeanne Dixon, Costa Mesa was never on the verge of bankruptcy and is recovering quite nicely. Costa Mesa always pays its debt to CalPERS and employees pay a big portion too. San Bernardino was hit extremely hard during the foreclosure crisis and their city council and city staff cooked the books each year. San Bernardino, has a hispanic population of 60% and 35% of its residents live below the poverty line. It is ranked as the second poorest city in the US with a population greater than 200,000. Major job centers like the steel plants and military basis have closed. The city does not generate enough tax revenue to operate properly. Quite the contrast to Costa Mesa. Don't drink Righeimer's koolaid and and actually do some research. Facts may actually surprise you.

11/29/2012 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Do It For Free said...

@ taxenoughed--Meanwhile, in Tustin they have gotten rid of benefits for future council members at a major savings to taxpayers.

11/29/2012 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Locked Toolbox needed! said...

Taxed you should change your name to TOOL Newport Beach has an annual budget of $260 million. They saved 70k privatizing their print shop. You call that major savings.

Costa Mesa has a budget Half of Newport. So according to your tiny brain thoughts Costa Mesa saving 35k would be major.

Let's see instead of 20k per year paid to part time council for their health benefits let's pay them what we pay our full time staff health benefits about 10k. Still very generous and reasonable. Oh and all those managers and directors why do they get paid the big bucks and then get 17k paid for their health benefits. We could cut those back for really really huge savings if they got whatnthe general lower paid city workers got too.

WOW tool, er I mean taxed, that would save the city about 40k per year just doing that with council benefits, Riggy passes this benefit. and the managers who get paid much more and yet receive almost twice the healthcare benefits of the lower paid city employee. Think of how much that would save. Just 10 managers and directors would be about 90k per year. And the 5th floor alone oh my. And keep in mind TOOL or I mean taxed these are savings on half the budget Newport has.
So are you getting excited about these savings too TOOL.
There is so much more Tool we could discuss but somehow i suspect it would just be lost on your little tool brain.

11/29/2012 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Robin, not only did they cost the City of Costa Mesa major money with their screw ups...they cost a man his life. As much as 2 mil would have helped this city, that debt will someday be made up. But Huy's life will never be overlooked.

And "ribbit", we will not MOVE ON. We will not let anyone forget, and if thats a problem to you, please visit CMPress, it sounds more to your liking.

11/29/2012 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Just wondering, right you are.
It's not just that we won't forget, it remains relevant into the future if the three councilmen continue to make reckless, poorly thought-out decisions.

Based on Mr. Righeimer's recent comments I am cautiously hopeful we will see more perspective and inclusiveness in the way the city council processes decisions and treats residents. It won’t be long before we know. I think one litmus test will be if they try to push a charter through again on a primary, not a general election, and if they decide to appoint a committee if that committee would be truly representative. An elected committee would be better-really give the control to the locals if that is what this is all about.

11/30/2012 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous ribbit said...

robin is correct. the residents should vote for who is in control. just as they have voted in the three men who they want in control.
council should get paid. cut police and fire pensions instead.
of course Robin can't move on, will always dredge up old stuff, women do that, right men? (not you girly men, the real men).

11/30/2012 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Is He Really Freddy Krueger? said...

"of course Robin can't move on, will always dredge up old stuff, women do that, right men? (not you girly men, the real men)."

Shouldn't you be washing or replacing your grungy clothes instead of defaming good people? We all know you're still fuming about an African-American getting the Deputy CEO position.

11/30/2012 11:37:00 AM  

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