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Mailbag: Coverage of vote was 'superficial'

March 02, 2011

Your account of Tuesday night's Costa Mesa City Meeting, ("Council set to OK layoff notices) in Wednesday morning's Daily Pilot, from my perspective as an attendee, seemed rather superficial and certainly did not reflect the contentious tone of the meeting. In fact, much of your reporting seemed to focus on the council members' viewpionts only and did not present the breadth of opposition that council members encountered, especially as it moved into the area of contracting city services. While I realize the hour was late when this report was filed, I felt that your characterization of events lacked in detail and did not hone in on the important issues.These are important issues with consequences, thus, I sincerely hope that you will have the opportunity to write a more comprehensive, balanced account of these issues because you do a disservice to readers by such a superficial, not-altogether-accurate account of these proceedings.

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Marcia Reed

Costa Mesa

Pensions are root of problem

Outsourcing works very well. Check on the current condition of this country and explain how it works for the unemployed. The pensions that are in this problem were passed by someone. Where is the outrage against these people?

Jack Perkins

Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa's problem is revenue

I am writing in response to Steve Mensinger's — the city's most recently appointed, not elected City Council member — Feb. 23 Community Commentary ("When it comes to spending, 'enough is enough'"). He states that Costa Mesa has a spending problem. In taking a little time to review the city's annual financial report, it becomes apparent that the city has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. Costa Mesa was not immune to the global financial crisis and this is reflected in a 21% decrease in revenue between fiscal years 2008 and 2010, which equals about $21.3 million. The main decreases were sales and property taxes, as would be expected in this economic climate. During that same period the city responded and reduced expenses 25% or about $29.7 million. Based on these figures, spending was reduced more than the amount that revenues declined, so how is this a spending problem?

Glynis Litvak

Costa Mesa

Mansoor on collective bargaining

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