While civil service pay and pensions are frequent targets for criticism by political candidates in and outside of Costa Mesa, that's not all local police are focusing on when considering who to endorse, according to a questionnaire from the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
In a 13-question survey from the Costa Mesa Police Assn. that was presented to local City Council candidates and candidates for statewide office and obtained by the Daily Pilot, only two questions pertained to police retirements and more than half were general policy questions.
"We're there to see if the candidate has done their homework about what affects law enforcement," said Assn. President Allen Rieckhof. "We stay away from pay and benefits [questions]. We deal with that at the negotiation table with city negotiators. We're not endorsing a candidate in light of their view on giving us raises or not."