A request to place a memorial at Costa Mesa City Hall where a city maintenance worker jumped to his death was denied Wednesday.
The Parks and Recreation Commission voted 4 to 1 against accepting a plaque in memory of Huy Pham, 29, who jumped off the roof of the five-story building on Fair Drive on March 17, 2011. He was slated to be one of many city employees receiving layoff notices.
Commissioner Dan Vozenilek dissented. Commissioner Dean Abernathy was absent.
The plaque would have been placed with the tree planted in Pham's honor at City Hall.
"I just feel that this is a very touchy subject," said Commissioner Ethan Temianka. "I think there is a lot of people who also deserve recognition, and I will not be supporting this."
Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. President Helen Nenadal wrote a letter to the commission offering the donation on behalf of the association's members. She asked the commission at the meeting to approve it.