Editor's note: The Daily Pilot has decided to publish opposing commentaries on Costa Mesa's outsourcing plans. Wednesday's print edition features arguments against the proposal from Geoff West, publisher of A Bubbling Cauldron, a local blog. Thursday's print edition will feature arguments in favor of the plan from Councilman Steve Mensinger. Both pieces can be read together on DailyPilot.com.
Question: Which Costa Mesa official made this statement:
"Having already reduced non-personnel operating expenditures to a minimum level from prior years, management was faced with the necessity of significant reductions in personnel costs …
"[T]here has been a substantial reliance on the use of reserves [$35 million over the past three fiscal years] to avoid more significant cuts in [city] programs, services and personnel. Reserve levels now stand at a point where they can no longer be safely accessed for on-going operating expenses."