COSTA MESA — Mayor Gary Monahan has come under fire from employee associations for not showing up at City Hall last week after a maintenance worker expecting a layoff notice jumped from the roof and died.
Monahan instead chose to continue working at his Irish pub, Skosh Monahan's, on what is normally the busiest day of the year, St. Patrick's Day.
"In retrospect, there's things I wish I would've done differently," Monahan said Monday. "I would've found a way to at least get down to City Hall for a little bit."
But the mayor also was bothered by the circulation of what he deemed an out-of-context picture of him dressed in festive Irish attire — a kilt, plaid cap and oversized leprechaun bow tie. He asserts that detractors e-mailed the picture around to make him appear insensitive to the situation.
"Obviously the controversy comes from the fact that you've got the one guy snapping pictures for St. Patty's Day, and [dressing up is] what we do on that day," Monahan said. "It doesn't fit with the seriousness of the matter, and I understand that."