The hypocrisy that has become the hallmark of the Costa Mesa City Council majority was reinforced repeatedly at Tuesday's council meeting. While continuing to cry poor about the city's financial condition, the majority voted to authorize unlimited spending for two high-priced law firms in furtherance of its failed outsourcing scheme.
Jones Day, the third firm retained to defend the city against a lawsuit filed by city employees, will charge $495 per hour while HansonBridgett from San Francisco will charge $295 to $325 per hour to advise the city's outsourcing agenda. Just for Jones Day's services, that's almost $4,000 for every eight-hour work day, not including "costs" and other extra charges.
At that rate, the city's $3,000-per-week spokesman Bill Lobdell, who was hired on a no-bid contract, could have been a bargain. Except that at the same meeting the City Council also approved the creation of two new public relations manager positions at an annual cost of $182,424 each. So if Lobdell is hired for one of those jobs, which is apparently the plan if you listened to Councilman Steve Mensinger's gushing endorsement, the new position would amount to a $30,000-a-year raise for Lobdell.