COSTA MESA — Not long after Costa Mesa began issuing layoff notices Thursday afternoon, a 29-year-old city maintenance worker in line to lose his job jumped to his death from the roof of City Hall, police said.
Huy Pham, of Fountain Valley, hadn't yet received a layoff notice but was on the city's list to get one, police said. Pham had worked for the city for about four years, those who knew him said.
City officials distributed more than 200 layoff notices Thursday as part of a restructuring of the city to address looming pension costs.
Police said Pham jumped off the rooftop's southeast corner at 3:20 p.m.His body was covered in a yellow tarp on the east side of the five-story building at 77 Fair Drive until late in the afternoon.
As news of the suicide spread, city employees could be seen tearfully consoling each other. Others lashed out at the City Council and blamed its members, who want to outsource more city services to shore up ailing city finances, for Pham's death.