Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has defied the elephant in the room. Despite warnings sent to her from Orange County GOP leaders, she went against her party's line last week by voting in favor of multi-year contracts for police and other city employee groups. Republicans wanted her to help extract more concessions from public employee unions.
Leece's vote was pivotal. The City Council passed the proposal, 3 to 2. Leece, who is hoping to win a second four-year term Tuesday, sided with Councilwoman Katrina Foley, the council's lone Democrat, and Councilman Gary Monahan. Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilman Eric Bever dissented.
Before the vote, the Republican Party of Orange County had warned Leece to vote against the proposal. Leece went public about the GOP's phone calls and e-mails.