I was shocked and angered to read Joseph Serna's story "Berardino: City is not to be trusted" on Dec. 15 in which union boss and recent Orange County Fair Board appointee Nick Berardino moved to cut Costa Mesa's ties with the annual Barrett-Jackson auto auction.
For those who don't know, Berardino is the $200,000-a-year head of the Orange County Employees Assn. and was recently appointed to the Orange County Fair Board by Gov. Jerry Brown as a payback to big labor for getting the governor elected.
What boils me so much over Berardino's comments are that they are clearly politically motivated. He is angry with the city for reining in our outrageous employee pension benefits and for balancing our city's budget without dipping into reserves. Fiscal sanity is Berardino and big labor's enemy. Berardino is clearly using his position representing us all on the Fair Board to exact a political vendetta against our city.