In the past few months, Costa Mesa residents have been forced to endure lie after lie from the Orange County Employees Assn. in its sordid effort to stop fiscal reform in our great city.
First, it was the negative attack ads against the mayor that preyed on the tragic suicide at City Hall. Then it was the union's covert attempt to funnel money through the sham group, Repair Costa Mesa, to draw opposition to the City Council's outsourcing plan. That effort backfired when the Daily Pilot connected the two organizations, and the union was forced to come clean.
Over the last couple of months, many residents have been getting a union-funded telephone poll asking about recalling our City Council. The poll is fraught with misinformation and incorrect facts about everything from imaginary city car allowances to lavish furniture at City Hall. A few weeks back, the union launched its so-called "Waste Watchers" campaign, where it takes issue with things like $175 ceremonial badges, or so-called "jewel-encrusted nameplates", that every council member has received. They have even helped file a frivolous lawsuit against the city that will no doubt cost us taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to defend.