How many part-time jobs come with free gourmet meals? Nice work, especially if you can get appointed to it.
The City Council was elected to maintain the city services Costa Mesa residents overwhelmingly rate good to excellent. They were not elected to collect these perks. Charging taxpayers for meals while claiming to they want to tighten their belts is just another example of Costa Mesa's city councilmen making taxpayers the biggest losers.
If the City Council was serious about reducing the budget, it would give up free meals and other perks.
It's time for the City Council to start watching its waist. Let's cut the taxpayer-paid free food. May we suggest brown-bagging it next time? (Not to be confused with bagging the Brown Act.)
Transparency check: It's been 23 days since Righeimer was asked to release personal e-mails regarding official deliberations on outsourcing and the layoff notices sent to 213 employees. We're still waiting for those e-mails.
Waste check: Waste Watchers and Repair Costa Mesa have already pointed out the following wasteful spending:
• New carpet for the finance department: $8,000
• Literature holder for City Hall lobby: $500
• Centralized clock system at City Hall: $75,000 (cut from budget after exposed by Repair Costa Mesa)
• Planned cosmetic repairs at City Hall: $7.8 million
• Jewel-encrusted badges for City Council: $425
• City spokesman who makes more than the governor's spokesman: $3,000 per week
• Salaries and benefits of seven city bureaucrats: More than $1.5 million per year
Jennifer Muir, Orange County Employees Assn., Santa Ana
Editor's note: This piece was written as an open letter to the community and is being reprinted with permission from the association to run as a letter to the editor in the Daily Pilot.