Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy, in his Sounding Off piece published Tuesday ("Cuts needed to balance city's budget") is partially correct. Our city remains in deep trouble financially, even though the current fiscal year's numbers are better than previously projected. McCarthy has apparently been handed the songbook by his pal from their Planning Commission days, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, who intends to have Costa Mesa be the tip of the lance in statewide pension reform, regardless what damage such a unilateral move would do to our city.
For the past couple years, the elected leadership of this city and the staff have turned over every stone looking for savings to protect essential services. They also proposed new revenue sources, some of which were implemented. We're just about out of rocks now, so the further expansion of drastic measures already implemented will likely have to be considered in the 2011-12 budget.