Sunday, October 24, 2010

CM PRESS # 296

ONE KID SHOT, ANOTHER PERSON FOUND WITH OTHER INJURIES ON WESTSIDE
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Improvers have more to do on the Westside. People with the proper vision for Costa Mesa are needed on the City Council to fix things.  Improvers believe Jim Righeimer has that proper vision.

Electing people who will thin out the slums is essential to improving the Westside and all of Costa Mesa.  The Westside is key to city wide improvement.
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CITIZENS URGING CITY COUNCIL TO NOT APPROVE ANY EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION AND A NEW COUNCIL IS SEATED

There's a City Council special meeting this Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.  LINK

The Council is being asked to approve  "Side letter of agreements for the Costa Mesa Employees Association (CMCEA), Costa Mesa Police Management Association (CMPMA), Costa Mesa Police Association (CMPA) and resolution for unrepresented employees (Executive and Confidential)."

There's a very strong buzz in the community for the Council to not approve these and to hold off on any such agreements or contracts until after the election and the seating of a new City Council.
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WHAT COSTA MESA PAYS ITS EMPLOYEES (Are you sitting down?)

The City has put up the compensation figures for 2009 HERE .  If you want to see a comparison with 2008, go to Jim Righeimer's website HERE.

There are too many figures for us to post them all here, so we just grabbed a couple at the top of the list. 

Police Chief--Total compensation      2008---$298,970
 "                                               "      2009---$320,907

Police Captain Total compensation   2008---$259,936
"                                                  "   2009---$283,216
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SHOULD CITIZENS OF COSTA MESA WORK TO ELECT POLICE UNION OFFICIALS AND MAYBE ALSO  WORK TO DEFEAT SOME?

As you know, the Costa Mesa Police Association (CMPA) elects its president and board. Here's the list of the elected officials according to the CMPA website.

Allen Rieckhof--President
Dana Potts
Damian Stafford
Mitch Johnson
Jason Chamness
Chuck Oliver
Rob Dimel
Matt Grimmond
Cameron Phillips


Since the CMPA, which represents many members who don't live in Costa Mesa, and who thus can't vote here, regularly tries to elect or defeat City Council candidates in Costa Mesa, why shouldn't Costa Mesa citizens try to elect or defeat cops in the CMPA?

We hear some saying, "Hey, if we're not members of the CMPA we don't have any votes and we shouldn't be buttinskies in their elections."

Well, isn't that the same thing that many citizens are saying about the CMPA members who don't live in Costa Mesa?  Why should the CMPA get involved in OUR elections?

Okay, the citizens of Costa Mesa probably won't try to get involved in CMPA elections, but doesn't reversing roles as we did above give you an idea of why many citizens of Costa Mesa  think our city employees, including members of the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Fire Fighters should stay out of our local municipal elections?
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3 comments :

  1. Costa Mesa has become another city of Bell. There should be NO further negotiations with any city employee union group until AFTER the new city council members are seated.

    Let the layoffs begin! Costa Mesa needs to replace all those over paid, inefficient, employees (with their entitlement mentalities). Why are they entitled to a nickel more than any other profession, or employees in the private sector?

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  2. The thing that jumps out at me is the sheer number of employees. A city of this size should not need even half that many people. What in the world is going on here?

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  3. These compensation packages are bankrupting our cities, counties and states. It has to stop asap. To date, 158 companies have left the state of California since Jan. 2010 (less than a year), and this is one of the reasons why. All of these employees are well aware of the gravy train that they are living off of and will stop at nothing to make sure that nothing changes for them. The really sad part is that these same people are totally aware of the effect that this is having on the economy, and they could care less. Somehow they feel that are still entitled, even at everyone else's expense.

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