Costa Mesa Mayor and state assembly hopeful Allan Mansoor responded to criticisms from his opponent Phu Nguyen on Saturday that he's led the city into a financial ditch much like the state's current fiscal woes.
"My opponent will not make responsible cuts or address much-needed pension reform," Mansoor said.
Nguyen, the democratic candidate for the 68th District assembly seat, took a shot at his Republican opponent Friday, drawing parallels between the California state budget passed earlier in the day and Costa Mesa's budget shortfalls.
"The state budget passed [Friday] violates California's constitutional requirement that our budgets be balanced," Nguyen said in a press statement. "It assumes revenues that will never materialize and again delays getting our state's financial house in order. Unfortunately, Sacramento isn't the only place this happens. My opponent, as mayor of Costa Mesa, has presided over the decline of a once economically healthy city."