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Commentary: Campaign flier misstated facts about police

November 01, 2012|By John Stephens | By John Stephens

On Oct. 25, veteran police officer Jess Gilman retired, leaving a huge void in our local schools — a void that cannot be filled because the City Council refuses to allow the police chief to staff the Police Department adequately.

As a result, unlike in Newport Beach Schools, we no longer have any school resource officers in Costa Mesa. The next day, the Costa Mesa Police Department announced the retirement of four senior police management officers: one captain, two Lieutenants and one Sergeant. This is only the beginning—as many as 25 officers may retire in the next 18 months. This does not include additional officers expected to lateral (transfer) to other cities. The City Council, including Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan, is responsible for the severe shortage of police officers in Costa Mesa.


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There are fewer police officers patrolling the streets today than at any time in the past 15 years. In fact, there are fewer police officers today than there were 30 years ago, because we have not hired a new police officer since 2008. Costa Mesa has the 2nd highest amount of early release prisoners in the county—second only to Santa Ana. There are 92 parolees living in our city today. Overall, crime is up 17.6% and burglary is up 38%. Every special detail—Detectives, Gangs, and Traffic—is understaffed for the demand.

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Recently, your mailboxes have been flooded with deceptive political mail from the Political Action Committees (PACs) supporting the campaigns of Mr. Mensinger and Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy.

The mailer says that Costa Mesa police officers are the highest paid in the county — but this isn't true. In fact, the city of Costa Mesa recently released information confirming that it isn't. Mr. Mensinger and Mr. McCarthy know this, but they sent out the mailer anyway.

The mailer also contains mistruths regarding the status of the current compensation negotiations with the Police Department. The mailer falsely states that Costa Mesa’s police officers “refuse to sit down and discuss the reforms necessary to reduce overtime and fix out-of-control pension costs.”

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