Costa Mesa is grappling with a projected $16.2-million budget deficit. The city is considering laying off workers and jettisoning valuable after-school and youth sports programs. Fiscal reserves have been used in recent years to pay for day-to-day expenses. The City Council is in highly complex negotiations to acquire control of the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds.
So what better time for the council to distract itself from the issues that matter by wading into territory over which it has little to no control? An election year fueled by a nationwide debate over illegal immigration, of course.
Four members of the City Council last week — Councilwoman Katrina Foley was absent — voted to declare Costa Mesa a "Rule of Law" city.