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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
COSTA MESA - The city could save more than $600,000 a year by contracting with an international security firm to run its jail, according to a city staff report. G4S Secure Solutions was one of two organizations that responded to Costa Mesa's request for bids to staff and operate the city jail. Newport Beach also submitted a bid, but it only offered to house Costa Mesa's inmates at the Newport jail. G4S's bid suggested that it run the city jail for $364,640 annually - a fraction of the $1.3 million in annual costs the Costa Mesa Police Department personnel needs to operate it. However, the company would likely need twice as many people working in the jail than what the city had originally requested, so it would likely cost about $614,000, according to the staff report for Tuesday's City Council meeting.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
Less than an hour before he hanged himself in a holding cell at Newport Beach police headquarters, an inmate called his family to say goodbye, according to a report from the Orange County district attorneys' office released Tuesday. The report cleared the police department of any negligence in the in-custody death last summer of William Robert Wedgeworth, 43, of Newport Beach, whom officers had arrested for alleged domestic violence. In a letter to Police Chief Jay Johnson dated March 7, district attorney investigators concluded that officers were not culpable when Wedgeworth killed himself inside his cell at the headquarters on Santa Barbara Drive, sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. on July 31. Wedgeworth's family has filed multiple claims against the city seeking upward of $34 million from his death.
LOCAL
August 11, 2007
Federal immigration officials in July placed 52 detainers on people at the Costa Mesa jail suspected of immigration violations. That total was down slightly from June, when 59 people had immigration holds placed on them at the city jail, according to information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An immigration agent has worked at the Costa Mesa jail since December, checking the legal status of people booked there on suspicion of other offenses. Through July, a total of 373 people have been flagged for possible immigration violations.
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By Lauren Williams | August 16, 2012
The city of Newport Beach this week took a preliminary step toward outsourcing the operation of the city jail to a private company. The city requested bids from providers who could operate the jail. Police Chief Jay Johnson said the move could reduce the jail's $1 million annual budget by 30% to 40%. The jail, located at Police Department headquarters in Newport Center, would not move from the area as part of the outsourcing proposal and no police personnel would be laid off, Johnson said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | June 1, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council has a busy agenda for its Tuesday meeting, including reexamining a traffic agreement with the developers of Banning Ranch, appointing residents for a charter committee, choosing directors to serve the Senior Center and approving an operations contract for the city jail. The original Banning traffic mitigation agreement from July was a source of contention for some Westside residents who oppose the proposed development in West Newport. The new agreement has adjustments, though it would give the city about the same amount as before - about $4.4 million - toward improving traffic conditions as a result of the increased car trips coming through Costa Mesa to Banning Ranch.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | December 6, 2006
COSTA MESA — Angel Garcia has worked for Immigration and Customs Enforcement for four years, but on Monday he reported to work for the first time in a new location: the Costa Mesa jail. Garcia is the first immigration agent to work full-time at a Southern California city jail at least since 2003, when the federal agency that handles immigration was reorganized, officials said Tuesday in interviews at the Costa Mesa jail. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's offer to place an agent in Costa Mesa came in November, nearly a year after the City Council voted to have city police trained to do immigration checks, and weeks after a contentious council election in which illegal immigration was the key issue.
NEWS
From KTLA.com | March 7, 2011
Huntington Beach police arrested a registered sex offender from Newport Beach for allegedly trying to get children to play with his parrot. At about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, a Huntington Beach resident called police to report a suspicious man near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Authorities said Michael Joseph DeSilva, 65, was not making contact with any children at the time officers approached. But, witnesses told police, DeSilva was trying to get the kids to play with his parrot named "Mango.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | February 26, 2011
The list is long and the jobs are many, but presumably so are the savings. On Friday afternoon, the Costa Mesa city clerk added a last-minute addition to next week's City Council agenda: a notice to all employees in 18 city services that come council approval Tuesday, they will be laid off in six months. City employees have been aware council members were looking for areas to cut spending. The city attorney told the council earlier this month that if they wanted to contract out for some services instead of keeping them in-house, they'd have to make a choice by March 1 to realize the savings as early as possible.
LOCAL
June 12, 2007
Incoming Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein felt the burn as he climbed a 100-foot fire truck ladder after he lost a friendly bet with Fire Chief Steve Lewis. It all began at the Corona del Mar 5K race on June 4. City police and fire personnel ran in the event. "I started trash-talking and [Klein] said, 'Let's get a side bet going,' " Lewis said. So at high noon, behind City Hall, with police, firefighters and other city workers watching, Klein ascended the ladder parked behind Fire Station 2. He was barely winded by the exercise.
NEWS
February 1, 2000
There was once a wealthy lady who lived down on the end of the peninsula. She was a pillar of the community, except for one unfortunate trait: she was a periodic drunk, and a noisy one. Mrs. Smith, as I will call her, would get on the bottle and simply raise hell to the point that the police would be called. When they arrived, she carefully stayed on her property and abused the cops something terrible. At that time, she was immune from police arrest as long as she was on her own property.
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By Bradley Zint | January 18, 2014
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece confirmed Saturday that she is weighing a run for Congress. Leece, a Republican, is exploring a race for the 48th Congressional District seat held by longtime U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Leece pulled in-lieu papers with the Orange County Registrar of Voters on Thursday - a preliminary step that doesn't include an official candidate's statement or paying any filing fees. She said she is now gathering voter signatures and acknowledged that if she doesn't gather enough support, she will stop the effort.
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By Bradley Zint | June 3, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. is seeking a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning against an attempt to outsource jobs at the city jail. The proposed contract with G4S Secure Solutions - which is up for a vote of the City Council the same evening - is expected to save the city up to $3.2 million over a five-year period with the firm's "cutting-edge" technology, according to a city news release. No layoffs are projected for city employees under the G4S contract. The workers would be transferred to other positions.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | June 1, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council has a busy agenda for its Tuesday meeting, including reexamining a traffic agreement with the developers of Banning Ranch, appointing residents for a charter committee, choosing directors to serve the Senior Center and approving an operations contract for the city jail. The original Banning traffic mitigation agreement from July was a source of contention for some Westside residents who oppose the proposed development in West Newport. The new agreement has adjustments, though it would give the city about the same amount as before - about $4.4 million - toward improving traffic conditions as a result of the increased car trips coming through Costa Mesa to Banning Ranch.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | August 16, 2012
The city of Newport Beach this week took a preliminary step toward outsourcing the operation of the city jail to a private company. The city requested bids from providers who could operate the jail. Police Chief Jay Johnson said the move could reduce the jail's $1 million annual budget by 30% to 40%. The jail, located at Police Department headquarters in Newport Center, would not move from the area as part of the outsourcing proposal and no police personnel would be laid off, Johnson said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2012
In a marathon meeting that concluded after 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council pushed through plans to outsource the city jail and street-sweeping services to private companies. "Today is a momentous day, a great day," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. "... I know we're going in the right direction, and I think by the time this is over I think the rest of the city will too. " Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who cast the lone dissenting vote in 4-1 splits on the jail and street-sweeping measures, said such an important decision should not be made in the early-morning hours, when most community members have gone home.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | February 2, 2012
The numbers are mind-boggling. About 520 arrests in Newport Beach. At least 277 cases filed against him by prosecutors in Orange County. Plus an unknown amount in Hawaii, Los Angeles or any of the other places he landed after a stint in jail or rehab. But the number that's most important to those who knew Mark David Allen, or felt they knew him, is somewhere in the thousands. That's how many lives Allen touched through his documented story of a decades-long battle with alcoholism.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
COSTA MESA - The city could save more than $600,000 a year by contracting with an international security firm to run its jail, according to a city staff report. G4S Secure Solutions was one of two organizations that responded to Costa Mesa's request for bids to staff and operate the city jail. Newport Beach also submitted a bid, but it only offered to house Costa Mesa's inmates at the Newport jail. G4S's bid suggested that it run the city jail for $364,640 annually - a fraction of the $1.3 million in annual costs the Costa Mesa Police Department personnel needs to operate it. However, the company would likely need twice as many people working in the jail than what the city had originally requested, so it would likely cost about $614,000, according to the staff report for Tuesday's City Council meeting.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
Less than an hour before he hanged himself in a holding cell at Newport Beach police headquarters, an inmate called his family to say goodbye, according to a report from the Orange County district attorneys' office released Tuesday. The report cleared the police department of any negligence in the in-custody death last summer of William Robert Wedgeworth, 43, of Newport Beach, whom officers had arrested for alleged domestic violence. In a letter to Police Chief Jay Johnson dated March 7, district attorney investigators concluded that officers were not culpable when Wedgeworth killed himself inside his cell at the headquarters on Santa Barbara Drive, sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. on July 31. Wedgeworth's family has filed multiple claims against the city seeking upward of $34 million from his death.
NEWS
From KTLA.com | March 7, 2011
Huntington Beach police arrested a registered sex offender from Newport Beach for allegedly trying to get children to play with his parrot. At about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, a Huntington Beach resident called police to report a suspicious man near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Authorities said Michael Joseph DeSilva, 65, was not making contact with any children at the time officers approached. But, witnesses told police, DeSilva was trying to get the kids to play with his parrot named "Mango.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | February 26, 2011
The list is long and the jobs are many, but presumably so are the savings. On Friday afternoon, the Costa Mesa city clerk added a last-minute addition to next week's City Council agenda: a notice to all employees in 18 city services that come council approval Tuesday, they will be laid off in six months. City employees have been aware council members were looking for areas to cut spending. The city attorney told the council earlier this month that if they wanted to contract out for some services instead of keeping them in-house, they'd have to make a choice by March 1 to realize the savings as early as possible.
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