COSTA MESA — The Republican Party of Orange County's ethics committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss whether Councilwoman Wendy Leece broke a promise by voting for new terms and contracts for city employees this week.
Leece did not attend the hearing, which was closed to the public.
The committee, which is made up of members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee, received a complaint about Leece's City Council vote Tuesday, which allowed the city to implement new terms and contracts for its employees.
The Orange County GOP had expected Leece to vote against the contracts in exchange for endorsing her re-election bid. The GOP views the new contracts as continuing a trend of generous pay and pensions to union employees.
But Leece defended her vote, saying the city needed the savings made possible through the new contracts.
"I am disappointed that Mr. [Scott] Baugh has made this decision to go ahead with the meeting," Leece said, referring to the O.C. Republican chairman. "I do not plan to attend as the city attorney is unable to attend on such short notice. I continue to stand by my vote to do what I believe is in the best interests of Costa Mesa residents. The public's safety is my priority. The vote on Tuesday assures we will continue to be a safe city."