Because of the monopoly they have on providing services to residents, most municipal governments provide those services at too great a cost. If municipal governments had competition, free market forces would determine the cost of those services. That usually means they can be provided at a lower cost.
At Tuesday's Costa Mesa City Council meeting, it looks like the process of bringing competition into the picture will begin as the council is expected to give the required six-month notice to employees whose jobs may be outsourced. No doubt there will be an organized crowd at the meeting trying to intimidate the council into not outsourcing any work at all.
Here's a suggestion: Those Costa Mesans who want to pay more for services should be allowed to pay extra to make up the difference between what the rest of us pay in the free market and what such services will cost if the city continues providing them.