Friday, June 07, 2013

Employee Association Pledges Cooperation With City

In a press release issued late Friday afternoon responding to the decision last Tuesday by the Costa Mesa City Council to move forward with outsourcing city Jail services to civilian contractor G4S, Orange County Employee Association (OCEA) spokesperson Jennifer Muir pledged to "engage the City in what we hope will be positive and productive discussions, and we hope those discussions can remain out of the courtroom."  You can read the full text of the press release below. Click on the image for easier reading.
It was accompanied by a letter from Helen Nenadal, President of the Costa Mesa City Employees association (CMCEA), to Costa Mesa Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch expressing her gratitude to his role in attempting to find a workable solution to this issue.  Her letter is below.

It's going to be very interesting to see how this plays out.  If, in fact, the City does as it has committed to doing - insure a smooth transition for the Jail employees, regardless which direction it take them - then it may turn out to be the best solution in a difficult situation for the individuals.  It is possible that some of the employees may remain working in the Jail, but as G4S employees.  It's also possible that other positions within the City government will be identified for them.  We'll know the answer to that question within the next few weeks.

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Anonymous Their word is as real as the diet coke receipt said...

So let me get this straight, a judge denied a temporary restraining order when the city had already demonstrated that they can care less about laws pertaining to outsourcing. With the issuance of over 200 pinkslips on multiple occasions, the city had established that there was a clear and present danger for emoployees to lose their jobs.

I am saddened by the judges decision. Its like denying a domestic violence victim a TRO when her abuser has already shown an abusive past.

These scumbags have already shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted and they will lie to your face over and over again.

Hows that bid coming along to have a community management company replace Hatch? Now that would save us a bundle.

6/08/2013 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Private jails are for profit, not for the residents of the city.
I am very concerned about contracting out services to G4S. They did not do a good job at the London Olympics.

6/08/2013 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Reality check said...


You do know that they do a great job in the Beverly Hills jail (where former Costa Mesa Police chief Snowden is now chief), right?

You are aware the councilmember Genis voted for the contract, right?

6/08/2013 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous 44 Eagle said...

You want to see what happens when you privatize something like city jails and make it a business? Google: Seal Beal Jailer Arrested for MURDER OF NEWPORT BEACH COUPLE.

Attempting to privatize city services is nothing new. It sounds good to "save" money while reviewing a first year bid from a for profit business who can easily raise their rate next year after you've already signed up and scared away your professional jailers. Or in Costa Mesa's case, offer them a crappy replacement job in the city after a decade of hard work.

Hi jailer! Great news! We're going to replace you with a security guard to "save" the city money and not have to pay benefits or pension, but dont worry, we're going to get you another position in the city you have no intetest in working. Report to dog crap pickup detail in 30 days. This is how we say thank you in Costa Mesa.

Lets put politics aside, would YOU be happy if this happened to YOU or a loved one? Is this fair?

You want to save money folks? Get real and look into all the money that is being wasted by Mr. Righeimer's executive staff and legal fees. Alan Roeder did just fine as a great city manager without a ridiculous title and he never had an assistant city manager. He never had an entire floor of PR guys and a legal team.

Why is that? I'd say its because he wasn't doing anything shady.

The leaders of Costa Mesa owes it to its residents and employees to stop their madness. If they pass their charter, they can do ANYTHING they want.

Lets think about this. As a citizen, we've already been suffering from a severely reduced police force and have had our helicopter program taken away unnessarily before the charter. We all know that city employees have suffered numerous rounds of stressful pinkslips threatening termination. Even after the city "canceled" the layoffs, they're actively trying to outsource and have agreed to outsource the jailers. Again, all this before a charter.

Now think about the nightmare that's coming if they somehow get the charter pushed through...

6/09/2013 07:46:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Reality check- I wasn't aware of the "great job" GS was doing in Beverly Hills. I know they got the contract there.
Sandy agreed to vote for the contract after assurances were made that the current staff would NOT be laid off.

6/09/2013 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Too trusting said...

Wow. I cant believe Sandy believes anything they say. Ive always had a lot of respect for Sandy...She is too trusting and she going to get burned. It wouldve been a 3-2 vote with her vote againt it anyway so its a moot point. CM is controlled by the scummy boys on the council.

6/09/2013 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous all is not what it appears said...

As in so many things, you have to be careful when making comparisons. Is comparing Beverly Hills to Costa Mesa comparing apples to apples when considering jail clientel? If you do some research you are likely to find you are comparing apples to lemons. Can't be done.

6/11/2013 11:22:00 AM  

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