We support the vigorous public debate taking place over Costa Mesa's future. The City Council majority and the employee associations should hash out how to address the budget crisis and pension obligations, whether through layoffs, outsourcing, sharing services with neighboring cities, reopening collectively bargained agreements, or engaging in other creative solutions.
But let's leave children out of it. As the Daily Pilot reported last week, a private investigator knocked on the doors of one or two families with high school-aged football players to inquire about missing and vandalized "Stop the Layoffs" signs.
The Orange County Employees Assn. is believed to have hired the investigator. A spokesman did not deny nor confirm who hired the P.I., but said the association wanted the facts so it could handle the matter "privately."