COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa City Council needs to take its foot off the gas and rescind its layoff notices until it thoroughly researches what outsourcing city services could do to the budget, residents said at a press conference Tuesday.
"Costa Mesa City Council's idea of outsourcing was made hastily, harshly and without substantial study," said Judy Lindsay, a local resident for more than 50 years who joined others outside City Hall for the press conference condemning the city's pace at restructuring the city. "Communication in our city is lacking one important element: listening. I hear a lot of talking. We deserve honesty, transparency and encouragement of community input."
Officials issued layoff notices six months in advance last week. The council approved the austerity measures earlier, saying contracting out was the best way to deal with an "unsustainable" financial obligation to pensions.