Thursday, August 15, 2013

City FINALLY Confirms Employee Leaves

In correspondence released to local media outlets today, Costa Mesa Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Rick Francis, confirmed that two employees have been placed on administrative leave.  Here is the text of his statement, including the note that follows as part of it:

I will confirm that the two city employees have been placed on paid administrative leave (NOT SUSPENSION) pending the completion of an internal investigation the city is conducting relative to allegations that have surfaced concerning fiscal policies and procedures that may not have been followed in connection with the city’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

Note: [In general terms, suspensions are reserved for employees who have had allegations of wrongdoing sustained against them and are typically for a fixed duration of time. This is NOT the case in this particular matter.]

In my opinion, this acknowledgement is more than a week overdue and that tardiness has only added fuel to the fires of speculation that have been burning throughout the city since word first leaked out last week.

I suspect we won't hear much more from the City on this issue.  History shows us that they will keep everything very close to the vest as what is essentially a personnel matter gets sorted out.

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Anonymous Lance Boil said...

There is a God (sorry for borrowing the phrase from Sandy Genis as she hit bingo on dais)! I have not been able to concentrate on anything else as my mind was reeling from all sorts of possibilities and suspicions. With this announcement I can get closure and go to work again. I imagine Robin will lose her quivering lip now that this is out.

8/15/2013 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Buh bye said...

Placed on suspension. That's funny right there, I don't care who ya are.

If you were escorted out and your computer and files taken by the police, and publicly humiliated, would you work at the same job again?

Not if anyone involved has any brains. How could he trust his bosses? How could the bosses trust him? How could the residents trust him? would only make good sense to get rid of him. We've seen the last of those two.

8/15/2013 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous MV said...

Transparency - coming soon to a city near you!

8/15/2013 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Whoops! said...

If this were ANYONE other than a 5th Floor Crony, there would be press conferences, and the whole nine yards from Riggmarshal and his pals.


That's one way to shut Riggys piehole. Implicate one of his.

8/15/2013 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Dripping with Sarcasm said...

I am so, so, disappointed in this city's leadership for this latest snafu. The city's 60th celebration was so epic that the experience alone had forced me to forgive Riggy for his many, many, transgressions. The near Foo Fighters experience convinced me to cast a vote Riggy's way in whatever he runs for next. Now... The only thing that could possibly make things better and possibly restore my faith in all things Riggy would be for an even bigger, and more epic city-wide celebration. Let's call it the 60th B-Day Celebrtion version 2.0. Except this time I expect this whole process to be truly transparent. I want all planning of version 2.0 to be handled directly by the council. I don't want a committee, subcommittee, bag-man, or middle-man to participate in this next endeavor. I further demand that in advance of the event all contracts with accurate quotes for prices of services rendered be provided. And obviously, all ex-parte communications betwixt the council and party providing companies be included as well. Nothing short of this could square things between Riggy and this voting resident. I demand more bread, and more circus. Oh yeah, more of that transparency thing as well. If it worked for the Romans, why can't it work on us, Costa Mesans?

8/16/2013 06:12:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

All week we've been getting stories about the City slashing salaries and cutting vacation time in half. But that's only if you are a long time hardworking dedicated loyal employee who's had the fortitude to stick it out under this regime.
If you are an overpaid political hack hired onto the 5th floor and suspected of violating municipal contracting codes, to benefit cronies, marched out the building and your office confiscated under a search warrant. Then the opposite happens.
They don't suspend you...NOOOOO. You get "paid leave" in August, which by my definition sounds a lot like a VACATION.

8/16/2013 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous who chaired this thing? said...

no, I wouldn't come back after the public humiliation. but my lawyer would be in touch.

8/16/2013 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Silence is Golden said...

Well, they couldn't wait to go to the press about Julie Folcik and Steve White. I guess when it is one of Riggy's boys and his associate all lips are sealed. Talk about hypocrisy.

8/16/2013 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous make um talk said...

Did Bobby get out in time. What does he know. Will this take a grand jury to dig into all the peoples knowlege that has left the city. 5th floor silence bought and payed for.
Maybe time for workers comp and disability due to the stress of working at the city. Just to much smoke. Where is the fire..

8/16/2013 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous not quite but..... said...

white was caught on camera and pictures were put out looking for identity. turns out it was a union city employee but this was about a crime away from work

as for Julie, yes, hypocrisy in play yet it made the press primarily due to a huge headline of the charter missing the deadline and why it was missed so not quite full hypocrisy but it definitely was played up as to why the deadline was missed.

8/16/2013 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous The Travelocity Gnome said...

Dear HR Guys,

Could you please hurry up your, eh-hum, "internal investigation" because Rignoramus really needs his vacay to COINcide with his BBF's Menses, & my cousin Miniman, you know, the "other" Two and A Half Men.

Anyhoo, the Hatchster was overheard last week quoting ME, while on HIS way-over-due "holidaze" from SCHity business, ..."It's amazing where you can go without ever moving." He has ruined Gnome in one day, and Gnomey don't play that!

Plus, as expected, Joyce & Cordon have already gained well-over ten pounds each on their quite unexpected yet "eventful" City paid, eh-hum, "Festival Leave". What a "trip", Rignoramus should've called his Priceline "Negotiator" because he could've easily made them both "5% to 10%" more "cut".

So, will you guys please "receive & file" this 5th Floor faux-pas just a "wee" bit faster, like as in a "CM Minute" faster? Because as you know "Summa' iz almost ovah", and CM Election Season is just around the corner.

PS. looking forward to seeing ya guys at the first EHS "Foozball" game & "meat"-up later at either the "Harbor Blvd of Lard", or Mini's: Skosh.O

Gnome Not@Home

8/16/2013 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous shame on Greg Ridge said...

Look at Greg Ridge, part of the Democrat leadership in Costa Mesa. Look at the way he communicates.

ocgop this that and the other thing

But look how the democrat leadership is behaving

8/16/2013 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous shame on Union Bosses said...

Everyone realizes that the attack on these employees is nothing more than an attempt to dirty up Righeimer for the elections? You realize this is a UNION BOSS tactic right?

At least to yourself please acknowledge this is the case. It is OK to come here and fabricate a lie. Just do not believe it yourself.

8/16/2013 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's the General Lee? said...

"...attack on these employees is nothing more than an attempt to dirty up Righeimer for the elections? You realize this is a UNION BOSS tactic right?"

Uh, no. It's all a reaction to the tactics of Righeimer himself, Costa Mesa's own Boss Hogg.

8/16/2013 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous No Union Here Pal said...

Whether you like Ridge or not, he has more ethics and intelligence in his right toe than the sum total of that in all the little bootlickers, sycophants, and pony boys who keep a smile on the faces of Riggy and Baugh.

(With the exception of that great man of letters, the Blogger Humongous, the blog Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla, Dennis Popp!)

8/16/2013 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Gericault speaks the truth.
Of course Riggy's army is quick to call him out, trying to discredit him and the Democrats.
It's not working, OC GOPs. Gericault speaks the truth,which is your biggest adversary.

To Whoops- I'm with you.
Had it been any other employee, not one of their cronies, Righeimer would have had at least one press conference and one interview on talk radio- at least! The fact that there is an investigation underway was true in all the other instances when he went media crazy getting his voice out there.
Now?- Radio silence.

8/16/2013 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous the real story said...

alf. who thinks everyone posting against her is either Fitz and/or being paid, now says ridge speaks the truth? Hilarious. ridge started out lying on videos and has not stopped lying since. he is to be totally disregarded. granted, he is good at lying but that is not a good trait. he is an intellectual lightweight on most subjects, showing a complete lack of knowledge on how operations are run and budgeted. never a suggestion for improvement, just complaints.

8/16/2013 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous MV said...

No Union - you forgot about the last of the V8 Interceptors, and the Warrior of the Wasteland! Mad MaX!

8/16/2013 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Less Parkland, More Trails said...

MV Wrote:
"No Union - you forgot about the last of the V8 Interceptors, and the Warrior of the Wasteland! Mad MaX!"

Popp is the new Bard of Costa Mesa! Bootlicking never had it so good. All the 8th grade vocabulary people like the junior mayor are dancing on their new gravel path in the park!

8/16/2013 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

"real story"
My but you assume quite a bit here, don't you?
I know Riggy's army consists of several people, one head troll and several others in tow.
As far as Gericault is concerned, like Robin, Geoff and all the others you attack on command, they threaten the councildudes, call them on their lies and by doing so make them look bad. Your pathetic attempts to discredit Gericault and the others just makes you look foolish and petty.
My question is, since YOU are one of the main representatives for the councildudes here- what does that say about them?

8/16/2013 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous 2 More Disgusted Republicans said...

her: Righeimers tactics transcend political parties, he’s got his own thing going on.

him: yeah, old fashioned back-room politics. his talk don’t match his walk. He’s not my idea of consrvative, particularly in the fiscal sense. His spends other peoples money like it’s a never ending supply, typical politician. Next to that his most outstanding trait is hubris.

8/16/2013 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous soldier of fortune said...

alf bomops: no one commands me. robin, ridge, tamar, are the ones that look bad to most people, though they are a source of great theatre. gadflys come and go, attracted to the camera like moths to light. every c ity has them but ours are the bestest. all seem a little "off" but do make for the greatest circus on tv.

8/17/2013 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous giving alf fitz said...

alf: your pathetic attempts to discredit the councildudes makes you and your minions look foolish and petty. your on command attacks are getting old and offer nothing in the way of improvement of governance, just complain, complain, complain.

8/17/2013 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous not so tranparent said...

Two of Righeimers puppets get taken out from the 5th floor for Bell-like corruption and there's nothing mentioned on the award winning city website? Was it an award for transparency? Only in Costa Mesa...

8/17/2013 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous not so tranparent said...

Actually, a suspension is a slap on the wrist. Being placed on paid admin leave is typically what happens right before they're gone for good. So be happy its not just a silly suspension. Because of the amount of time that has gone by, I highly doubt Chrisine Cordon or Dan Joyce will be coming back. The icing on the cake for taxpayers would be a criminal prosecution.

8/17/2013 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Tired,old,toothless, incorrect claims of "only complaining"
Is that all you have? Tell Scott you need some new lies.

My comment in the DP,
Counter proposals and suggestions have been made by residents speaking at our CM CC meetings, emailing the council, etc.
If these proposals and suggestions run counter to the plans of the council majority, directed by Scott Baugh, they are ignored and/or at times, ridiculed.
What did Righeimer call the independent audit of our city's budget paid for by the employee association? He arrogantly waved the report around while on the dais and called it (wait for it) TRASH!! Who does that?
So please spare us these lectures that we "only complain, never offer solutions".
We have and we do- they are ignored and ridiculed.

8/17/2013 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Transparency is what I hope we get from this investigation. Speculation gets us nowhere. I’m hoping the results will be made public so Costa Mesans can see if policies were violated and if so, who the money went to, and at whose direction. If the City doesn’t step up, then I hope the press will get to the bottom of the situation!

As the city starts employee negotiations with the one-sided COIN ordinance, it’s obvious we need an ordinance that will shine light on every contract; it’s all taxpayer money. We could have used a little transparency when the contract for Public Affairs Director was handed out without competition.

It’s interesting that both the Public Affairs and Communications Director positions were filled on temporary contracts without competition. After Dan Joyce and Bill Lobdell had been in position for months, other applicants were invited to apply shortly before the jobs became permanent. Joyce and Lobdell were hired as permanent employees just a few weeks before new hires would have had to come in on a second, much more conservative, benefit tier. If the council majority really believes in pension reform, why didn’t they just ask, “Would you wait just a couple of weeks and come in under the new pension structure?”

8/17/2013 11:49:00 PM  

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