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By Bradley Zint | January 12, 2013
Restructuring and outsourcing some city government services and finalizing the new use for City Hall were among the priorities for 2013 outlined during a comprehensive Newport Beach City Council special meeting Saturday morning. The seven-member council, as well as City Manager Dave Kiff and other city leaders, met at the OASIS Senior Center for three and a half hours to discuss 2012 and the ongoing year. Kiff started the session with a presentation on last year's accomplishments, which included acquiring a coastal development permit for Sunset Ridge Park, removing contaminated material in Newport Harbor, balancing the city budget and adding to the reserves, and successfully negotiating with organized labor.
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NEWS
December 3, 2012
Re. " Newport Beach looks at outsourcing," Nov. 29: Your recent article on Newport Beach outsourcing services was nicely framed, specifically the most import facet, input from the citizens and taxpayers of Newport Beach. While I'm sure a majority of civic-minded individuals have little issue with our city government seeking less costly city service alternatives, I do hope our recently elected officials act in a like-minded civic manner and poll the users of the Newport Beach trash services.
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By Lauren Williams | November 28, 2012
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a petition to hear Costa Mesa's appeal on an injunction barring its outsourcing plan, court records show. Both labor and city leaders predict the decision will have wide ranging implications for the state's general law cities and their ability to privatize services. Some cities may flock to a charter, a city constitution of sorts, predicted Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, because the decision will limit their ability to outsource services to the private sector.
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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 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 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?
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By Lauren Williams | October 18, 2012
An injunction that temporarily stopped Costa Mesa from privatizing some city services will go to the state Supreme Court, city officials said Wednesday. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to appeal a lower-court ruling that has prevented the city from outsourcing workers to private companies until a lawsuit filed by employees is heard. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. It is up to the state's high court whether to hear the petition or let the lower court's decision stand, said attorney John Alexander Vogt, private counsel representing the city.
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By Mike Reicher | September 6, 2012
The battle for Costa Mesa's government burst onto the stage Wednesday night as challengers and defenders of the City Council sparred at the Feet to the Fire forum. Three City Council candidates portrayed the current majority's outsourcing plans as reckless, while two sitting councilmen and their ally said they seek to reform government and save taxpayers money. The forum at the Neighborhood Community Center drew about 250 people, the most vocal of whom cheered on the council critics.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | August 29, 2012
Shading in the outlines of broad ideological arguments, the seven candidates for Costa Mesa City Council laid out two opposing platforms Wednesday night. They spoke at a forum hosted by the residents group Mesa Verde Community Inc., in front of about 250 people at the Costa Mesa Community Center. Three candidates support the current council majority's moves to reshape local government, while three oppose its tactics. The remaining candidate straddles both sides. This election is a pivotal one for Costa Mesa, as three of five council seats are up for grabs and residents will choose whether the city converts to a charter form of government.
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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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