Recent columns, commentary and article comments on the current outsourcing debate in Costa Mesa have left out one key detail — the fact that the city has long considered contracting out city services (outsourcing) a "…viable, realistic alternative to providing … services with city staff." The reality is that outsourcing is an established policy and practice in Costa Mesa. In fact, consideration of outsourcing is a required element of the annual budget process.
Twelve years ago, the Costa Mesa City Council adopted Council Policy 100-6, effective May 17, 1999, because "...[t]he financial instability of the state of California and the lingering effects of the economic recession have significantly impacted Costa Mesa's general fund resources."
The policy provided the council with the tools needed to weather future economic crisis by considering outsourcing, reorganizing or downsizing where appropriate. Today, economic conditions are far worse, and the City Council is considering outsourcing some city services.