Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CM PRESS # 298

BREAKING: LEECE AND MONAHAN JOIN THEIR BFF FOLEY AND APPROVE  A CONTRACT THAT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS OF COSTA MESA NOR IS IT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE EMPLOYEES WHO WILL NOW HAVE TO BE LAID OFF

The squishy trio approved contracts tonight with the "safety unions" that will end up as a Pyrrhic victory for those unions as they see many of their members laid off this year. We also expect that when a new council is seated, "re-opener" clauses in the contracts will probably be used.

It was always expected that Foley would approve the contracts.  Never a doubt. Foley has her own little liberal group and ideology, so she will simply skate away.

Leece and Monahan, on the other hand, are probably going to now find themselves shunned by many of their former allies.  Monahan, as he often does, gave a little speech in which he tried to be on both sides of the issue.  His words were on one side, but his vote was on the other, and it is the vote that counts.

Leece pretended to want to continue the item to a future meeting, but then she sought political cover by asking a few questions that, golly, convinced her to withdraw her motion.  Yes, it was the old shuck and jive of  "I asked for a continuance, didn't I?" Ah yes, but you then withdrew it and voted for the contracts.  Not every action is equal to every other action. Your withdrawal and vote for the contracts are what will be remembered.

Councilmember Bever got it right when he said that this approval will lead to the layoffs of many of the "fresh faces" in the CMPD.  The reason?  Their contract has a bump clause, so when layoffs come--and they will--more senior officers can pass the layoffs down to newer employees.

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HERE'S A GOOD COMMENT FROM THE DAILY PILOT SITE ABOUT THE CONTRACT VOTE TONIGHT AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING 
[The CM PRESS has paragraphed the comment so it's easier to read]
LINK to Daily Pilot article and all comments.

Northside Phil at 9:49 AM October 26, 2010

Let me explain this to all of the out of town cops who are piping in on this blog with false information.

Costa Mesa is broke. We need $9.5 million just to cover this year. Salaries and benefits are 80% of our budget. There is nothing left to cut in the remaining 20% When you budget that way, and times get tough, you have to cut from the 80%. It's simple math. It's not anything against our Police and Fire, IT'S SIMPLE MATH. We missed an opportunity for cost savings with the fire contract.

Now, they want to do that again with the Police contract. If this passes, where will you get the remaining $6 mil from? TOT increase is only $1 mil, IF it passes. There will be layoffs. However, when that happens the Police and Fire will come and complain and say that they did their part on cuts and their shouldn;t be layoffs. Since Police, Fire and City employees are 80% of the budget, they need to be 80% of the cuts to keep this City out of bankruptcy. Simple as that.

I don't care what Scott Baugh or Allen Reickhoff say about this City. They do not live here. I do. Urge your Councilmembers to reject this contract!!
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BE SURE TO READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT WENDY LEECE AGAIN

The CM PRESS hopes this isn't the case.


It's not just the GOP Bigs who have been wondering about Wendy. 

 Before the last candidate forum, the CM PRESS told Wendy that many of the folks have noticed that she sure seems to vote with liberal Katrina Foley a lot and that some of the votes she's making aren't helping the Westside improve.

Now, as you will read in the above DAILY PILOT article, it appears that Wendy is apparently thinking about breaking a promise she previously made.

We sure hope Wendy is being misrepresented in the PILOT.  Some of us who have backed Wendy believe that our word is our bond and we also believe that Wendy feels the same way. 


Some of us also believe that if you specifically promise not to do things that will eventually cause a rise in taxes or fees on the citizens of Costa Mesa (as this contract before the council tonight will eventually do), that you will also keep your word on this score as well.


Be sure to read down in the Pilot article to the comments from the usual gaggle of know-nothings and lefties who hang around the Pilot blogosphere like fleas on a dog and who are writing their usual idiotic comments in an attempt to push Wendy to vote for the contract.  

They're portraying a  YES vote for the contract as a vote for the citizens of Costa Mesa. What a load of crap. A YES vote for the contract is actually a vote against the citizens of Costa Mesa.

Unfortunately, Wendy has painted herself into a corner by running to the PILOT with her comments about some in the GOP reminding her of her promise.

So, what does she do tonight?

If she votes in favor of the contract, people will say that she's not trustworthy and won't keep a promise and that she wants to raise taxes and fees on Costa Mesans.

If she votes against the contract, people will say that she bowed to GOP pressure.

Her safest route out of this problem that she created for herself is to vote to have the contract put over until the new council is seated.
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1 comment :

  1. It looked to me like Wendy bowed under pressure from Allan Roeder (who was obviously concerned about his own paycheck and pension).

    Wrong choice Wendy!

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