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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 15, 2013
The Coast Community College District this week will consider laying off dozens of full-time employees as it pulls back from running a career center in Irvine. Some of those termination notices will probably be rescinded by May while others remain in force. Thirty-two full-time "classified" staffers from the clerical and related ranks could receive pink slips if the Board of Trustees approves the move Wednesday night. Those targeted for reductions include clerks, administrative assistants and information technology professionals.
NEWS
November 21, 2011
The earliest that Costa Mesa employees could be laid off as part of widespread outsourcing is Jan. 6 — nearly four months past the initial date when workers were told they could be let go, city officials said Monday. The layoffs are part of a broad city restructuring plan to lower pension costs and increase capital improvement spending. The city first notified more than 200 city employees March 17 that their jobs could be outsourced in six months. In September, the city changed the date, saying no one would lose their job before Nov. 19 as the City Council put city services out for public bidding.
NEWS
December 2, 2010
This is too bad. These employees have outgoing Councilmember Katrina Foley and her band of politicos to thank ("O.C. Fair employees learn of layoffs," Dec. 2). They poisoned the city's deal with Facilities Management West to run a joint operation by complaining to Sacramento and getting the whole deal killed. The city lost out on that because of her lobbying. Now the city has no control over what happens to the employees. At least with the joint venture the city could have tried to save these jobs.
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By Bradley Zint | December 18, 2012
News that the city officially rescinded almost 70 layoff notices brought good cheer, according to one labor leader. "It's great news for the employees," said Helen Nenadal, president of Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. "It's great news to come up in the holiday to receive the rescinding of these layoff notices. " Mayor Jim Righeimer echoed her sentiments. "It's just something that we felt strongly about," he said. "We wanted to make sure it was done before the Christmas holiday … to get it done and get on a brand new, fresh year.
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By Joseph Serna | June 13, 2012
Costa Mesa is looking to lay off four employees and eliminate 11 vacant positions to balance next year's proposed budget. Though the city ended last fiscal year with a $3.8-million surplus and projected in March to end this fiscal year with an extra $200,000, a string of new spending projects by the council majority has pushed next year's proposed budget $1.1 million into the red, according to a staff report from Tuesday's City Council study session....
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Bradley Zint | February 1, 2013
With the dissolution this week of a preliminary injunction, Costa Mesa is one step closer to clearing the political battlefield that emerged when the City Council agreed to explore outsourcing city services. Orange County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Rodriguez on Tuesday ended the 18-month-old order that prevented the city from outsourcing some of its services to private companies. The injunction took effect after the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. sued the city. Attorneys for the Orange County Employees Assn., which represents the CMCEA and its nearly 200 employees, argued that the city didn't go through the proper legal steps before it issued layoff notices and didn't meet with employee groups before issuing the layoff notices, per their contracts.
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By Lauren Williams and Bradley Zint | November 19, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer said Monday that he plans to propose canceling the layoffs of some 200 city employees during Tuesday's City Council meeting. He expressed a desire to work alongside the employee associations to see where outsourcing may make sense, such as for the jail, payroll, street sweeping and park maintenance divisions. "I wasn't looking for a reaction ... it was just in my head that I would do it," Righeimer said. "I mentioned it before to one of the staff, and I thought, 'You know what?
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 18, 2011
The Irvine Co. has eliminated about 75 positions through a combination of layoffs and the closing of open positions, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday. The layoffs were mainly in the corporate administration and included areas like finance, the person said. A second source, who asked not to be named, confirmed that the total number of eliminated jobs was about 75. It was unclear how many jobs were eliminated through layoffs versus cutting open positions.
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By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council on Tuesday used its second of three planned budget study sessions to discuss laying off workers, outsourcing maintenance and merging the Utilities and General Services departments. Officials are discussing plans to streamline departments in an effort to close an $8-million budget gap for the fiscal year 2011-12. City Manager Dave Kiff said the changes could result in about 19 layoffs citywide. At its last study session May 10, the council discussed changes to the police and fire departments, amounting to $3.4 million in savings.
NEWS
August 6, 2011
We support the vigorous public debate taking place over Costa Mesa's future. The City Council majority and the employee associations should hash out how to address the budget crisis and pension obligations, whether through layoffs, outsourcing, sharing services with neighboring cities, reopening collectively bargained agreements, or engaging in other creative solutions. But let's leave children out of it. As the Daily Pilot reported last week, a private investigator knocked on the doors of one or two families with high school-aged football players to inquire about missing and vandalized "Stop the Layoffs" signs.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck and Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling Thursday but delayed finalizing the order that could bring a Costa Mesa municipal employee union's lawsuit against outsourcing closer to trial. For now, City Hall and the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. will continue the prolonged court battle about the legality of the City Council's outsourcing proposal and ensuing pink slips that were eventually rescinded. Judge Robert Monarch's ruling would have denied Costa Mesa's request to dismiss or limit the lawsuit on the grounds that the layoffs were no longer on the table.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 15, 2013
The Coast Community College District this week will consider laying off dozens of full-time employees as it pulls back from running a career center in Irvine. Some of those termination notices will probably be rescinded by May while others remain in force. Thirty-two full-time "classified" staffers from the clerical and related ranks could receive pink slips if the Board of Trustees approves the move Wednesday night. Those targeted for reductions include clerks, administrative assistants and information technology professionals.
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By Bradley Zint | February 8, 2013
Talks of outsourcing's potential for Costa Mesa are again making their way through the civic dialogue, but with one big exception from last time: no layoff notices. Mayor Jim Righeimer, in an interview published Thursday with the Orange County Register's editorial board, repeated past statements that he intends to examine outsourcing some city services, but that this time around, layoffs aren't being sought as a possible solution to save the city from its budgetary woes. In a subsequent interview with the Daily Pilot, he said staffing levels citywide are down through retirements and attrition.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Bradley Zint | February 1, 2013
With the dissolution this week of a preliminary injunction, Costa Mesa is one step closer to clearing the political battlefield that emerged when the City Council agreed to explore outsourcing city services. Orange County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Rodriguez on Tuesday ended the 18-month-old order that prevented the city from outsourcing some of its services to private companies. The injunction took effect after the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. sued the city. Attorneys for the Orange County Employees Assn., which represents the CMCEA and its nearly 200 employees, argued that the city didn't go through the proper legal steps before it issued layoff notices and didn't meet with employee groups before issuing the layoff notices, per their contracts.
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By Bradley Zint | December 18, 2012
News that the city officially rescinded almost 70 layoff notices brought good cheer, according to one labor leader. "It's great news for the employees," said Helen Nenadal, president of Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. "It's great news to come up in the holiday to receive the rescinding of these layoff notices. " Mayor Jim Righeimer echoed her sentiments. "It's just something that we felt strongly about," he said. "We wanted to make sure it was done before the Christmas holiday … to get it done and get on a brand new, fresh year.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 5, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to allow city staff to begin rescinding the remaining 70 layoff notices that, when first called for in March 2011, amounted to 213, or about half the city's workforce. Jim Righeimer, who was selected as mayor at the same meeting, first suggested canceling the pink slips Nov. 19, before the next day's council meeting. He and the council majority had authorized the widespread austerity move in an effort to control city spending — particularly the looming pension liability of employees — and also reinvest in capital improvement projects.
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By Bradley Zint | November 20, 2012
The driving force behind Costa Mesa's sweeping austerity measure to lay off city workers called for guidance Tuesday night in rescinding the move. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer asked city CEO Tom Hatch at the City Council meeting about the next steps needed to cancel the employee pink slips, which, when first approved in March 2011, numbered nearly 200 - or about half the city's workforce. The council majority had hoped to privatize those employees' jobs as part of a comprehensive cost-saving measure that would address costly worker pensions.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 22, 2012
The TeWinkle Athletic Complex will not be managed by a private company. The Costa Mesa City Council this week nixed a proposal that would allow an athletic entertainment company to rehabilitate and manage the public sports fields next to Davis Magnet School off Arlington Drive in exchange for the right to sell beer at adult softball games. The city had tapped Big League Dreams to work with a city task force to remodel the park. The city would have needed to conduct noise and traffic studies to move forward with the proposal and gain school district approval, due to the park's proximity to Davis.
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By Joseph Serna | August 17, 2012
An injunction prohibiting the city of Costa Mesa from outsourcing services to the private sector will remain in place until an employee lawsuit is resolved, a three-judge panel ruled Friday. William Bedsworth, Eileen Moore and Richard Aronson from the state Court of Appeal unanimously upheld Orange County Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann's 2011 order, which put a halt to Costa Mesa's plans to outsource some services to private companies. "This is a huge boost for employee morale for a group of employees who have been working really hard under some pretty terrible circumstances," said Jennifer Muir, spokeswoman for the Orange County Employees Assn., which represents more than 100 Costa Mesa employees.
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