With Tuesday's signing of the contract with the police association, the city of Costa Mesa dodged a bullet — at least for the time being. Kudos to Council Members Wendy Leece, Gary Monahan, and Katrina Foley for putting the community first and rejecting partisan politics and outside influences.
Even with the new contract, the outcome of the upcoming City Council elections could negatively affect public safety in Costa Mesa for a long time. With a declaration of war on the employee compensation and benefit packages by council candidate Jim Righeimer, the unwillingness of Councilman Eric Bever to participate in negotiations, and the ongoing pressure by conservative Republicans to pressure Leece into stopping negotiations and voting as directed, the implications are clear.
The council majority was hoping that Righeimer would be elected and that they would be able to dictate their terms to the police and fire employees. They do not want to collaborate, they do not want negotiate, they want to impose conditions that have more to do about their own political careers and less to do about the safety and security of Costa Mesa.