COSTA MESA — When the council chamber doors were opened, voices from the outside burst in.
From the outside, applause and hoots from inside the chamber echoed out.
At City Hall, no matter where you were for Tuesday night's City Council meeting, attendees were making their voices heard about Costa Mesa's plan to outsource nearly half of its city workforce.
"I'm here to say that your publicity stunt isn't going to work," said Joel Flores, a longtime city resident, to the council. "It isn't going to work because the citizens of Costa Mesa are on to you and your schemes!"
Over applause, Flores continued, "We know that the majority of the citizens of Costa Mesa do not support the outsourcing plan. These attacks on city workers are political, self-serving examples of shameless opportunism."
Tuesday night operated more like a rally than a council meeting, with citywide tensions not felt since the public debate over illegal immigration enforcement in 2006.