COSTA MESA — Manila envelopes in hand, about 10 Costa Mesa employees walked out of the city maintenance offices Thursday with their heads hanging.
"I'm let down," said Steve Bradford, 38, a city mechanic for almost 10 years. "You try and do a good job for a place … "
Bradford and his coworkers were among more than 200 city employees notified Thursday that they would be laid off Sept. 17, or six months.
But having the piece of paper in hand is different than just talking about it.
"It makes it real," said Ruben Salas, a city mechanic for the last five years.
Salas has applied to other cities since learning of the potential layoffs. He recently refinanced his house after missing mortgage payments because of the pay cuts employees had agreed to last year.
The day was made worse for many after a 29-year-old city maintenance worker, Huy Pham, of Fountain Valley, jumped to his death from the roof of city hall Thursday afternoon. Officials said he was scheduled to receive his layoff notice later in the day.