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February 28, 2014
While law enforcement authorities are considering the finances of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration (the city's report on the matter was handed over to the district attorney for review), the public is getting an object lesson in the perils of outsourcing city functions. The records related to services performed by city employees are accessible to the public under the California Public Records Act. But as Councilwoman Sandy Genis has pointed out, when city functions are outsourced to private entities, the contractors' records may not be subject to public disclosure.
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By Jill Cowan | November 26, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council may have one foot out the door of its Newport Boulevard chambers as the group prepares to move to its new digs in Corona del Mar in early December, but it'll be business as usual Tuesday night at the council's regular meeting. On the meeting's agenda are two items related to outsourcing city services to private companies and several looks at harbor-related issues. * Outsourcing printing The council is expected to vote to contract out the city's printing services to Office Depot, a move that is expected to save about $70,000 per year.
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By Chriss Street | January 14, 2012
American colleges have responded to harsh criticism that tuition rose four times as fast as the cost of living over the last 25 years — resulting in their graduates leaving school as debt slaves with an average of $25,250 in student loans — by trumpeting that the average starting salaries for college students with bachelor's degrees are still a healthy $48,288. The only problem with this clever statistic is that the average student graduates from college with a liberal arts degree that pays only $35,508.
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By James P. Gray | March 26, 2011
My Aug. 12, 2007, column recommended that all governments pass sunset laws requiring each of their agencies to receive a positive vote every six or seven years from their legislatures in order to be funded again. The government would abolish the agency if it did not receive a favorable vote. Sunset laws would allow everyone to see more clearly what each governmental agency had accomplished since its last review period, and what its plans would be for the future. We could see if we were getting sufficient "bang" for our tax buck.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 20, 2014
Corona del Mar State Beach will remain in the hands of Newport Beach lifeguards. The city had been exploring options to outsource lifesaving services at the 1.2-mile stretch of coastline but announced Thursday that it would drop the idea. The attempt had drawn ire from local unions and some residents still smarting from other changes to city services, but the decision came down to dollars and cents, according to city officials. Out of five organizations that submitted proposals, only two met the basic requirements, according to city staff members.
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By Joseph Serna | May 14, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council will consider Tuesday whether to outsource five city services, more than a year since the wheels were first set in motion amid furious protests from city workers and local activists. City staff are recommending Costa Mesa outsource its jail services and street sweeping but keep its animal control, building inspections and video production in-house. Staff recommend that the city contract with G4S Secure Solutions, a worldwide company owned by Danish security firm Group 4 Falck.
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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.
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By Charles Mooney | February 14, 2013
I read the Feb. 9 Daily Pilot article, "Mayor pushing on with his plan," and the Feb. 7 Orange County Register editorial, " Outsourcing back in for Costa Mesa," that the Pilot article referred to, and I have several comments. The Pilot's report of Costa Mesa's Mayor Jim Righeimer moving forward on outsourcing by using retirement and attrition, rather than layoffs, may sound good, but there are still serious doubts about using outsourcing to reduce future pension obligations.
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By Jill Cowan | November 28, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council voted to outsource its printing services and to inch forward in what could eventually be the privatization of its refuse collection services. The shutting down of the city's in-house print shop in favor of a contract with Office Depot will result in one layoff and is expected to save the city about $70,000 per year, a staff report said. Another print shop employee plans to retire. Newport's new Civic Center, which is set to host its first council meeting Dec. 11, will not have space for its own print shop.
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By Jamshed Dastur | February 15, 2014
Not too long ago, this nation fought the bloodiest of all its wars to abolish the inhumane institution of "involuntary servitude," also known as slavery. In its day, the protagonists for slavery justified this heinous practice as a necessary key to economic progress and the nation's well-being. And yet we currently accept in our political mainstream, and in our right-wing media, those who fly flags commemorating this inglorious past and profit from lurid reality shows. Today, we see a morphed version of slavery, slowly creeping into our economic mainstream.
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