Costa Mesa To Layoff Nearly Half Of City Employees Due To Budget

COSTA MESA (AP) —The city of Costa Mesa is eliminating nearly half its workforce in a drastic move to plug an up to $15 million budget hole.

Councilwoman Wendy Leece failed Tuesday to get the council to revisit an earlier 4-1 decision to cut about 213 city jobs, including about 90 firefighters, 50 maintenance workers, 30 dispatchers and a dozen jail employees.

Costa Mesa is spending more than $15 million of its $93 million budget this year on pensions. The Orange County Register says that figure is expected to rise above $25 million within five years.

Councilman Jim Righeimer says $10 million to $15 million must be cut in the budget due July 1.

The Los Angeles Times says layoff notices go out Thursday telling workers their jobs will be outsourced in six months.

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  1. ILLEGALS says:

    Damn, steep cuts. 90 firefighters? Blame it on Welfare & medical.

    1. Heather Artunian Bearden says:

      My Dad was with CMFD for 34 years…since his retirement and all the budget cuts the Dept. has gone to Hell. It is sad, these are the everyday heroes that protect the citizens and so many are going to suffer.

  2. Awful says:

    When private sectors control the prison, there’s absolute certain of corruption!!

  3. So what!! says:

    Actually this is welcome news. Any time a significant tax payer loses his/her job, the Welfare system takes a another hit. Sooner or later, there won’t be enuff taxes to collect and the stupid California can only raise so much taxes before companies bellying up or move outa state. Then maybe, just maybe, our stupid California government will start to cut Welfare.

  4. fish wrap says:

    Enough with the pensions this was due poor managing by the city leaders. Why should hard working Americans lose their jobs while we still fund every program for illegals. if we can’t fund pensions how can we fund welfare and food stamps

  5. ES says:

    Unsustainable Pensions once again.

    1. crusher says:

      NOT! Get your facts and stop believing the media!

  6. common sense says:

    Its the pensions and the unions that are killing this state. Too much greed.

    1. crusher says:

      This has nothing to due with pensions and unions and everything to do with incompetent leadership YOU ELECT!

  7. threeatfifty says:

    Lay off 90 firefighters and 30 dispatchers? Misleading to say the least. All that those employees will probably do is change the patches on their uniforms.

    Move along now, folks.

  8. MECLO says:

    ALL THESE CITY OFFICIALS AND LEADERS ARE EARNING WAY TOO MUCH FOR HALF ASS WORK AND REGULATIONS THAT THEY CREATE AND MAKE CERTAIN THEY EARN MORE EVERY YEAR, WHILE THE AVERAGE CITIZEN IS HIT WITH MORE TAXES AND LESS FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CHOICE!
    VOTING, THE SYSTEM IS SET-UP FOR THE WEALTHY AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE, KEEP THE MIDDLE CLASS WORKER DOWN, AND START THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS OF SENDING ILLEGALS HOME…NOW!!!

  9. fish wrap says:

    Now that all these layoffs are happening It’s obvious we don’t need a city council this big so let’s shoot a few notices their way.

  10. GoldMan says:

    To be hired by the city, I’m certain you have to be a legal u s resident
    These are u s citizens bring laid off due to incompetent leadership and the economic downturn where stocks lost 60%

  11. concerned CM resident says:

    what a sad mess!

  12. Wild Bill says:

    Boy, I am so grateful that I didn’t try to get hired on with them as a dispatcher. I’m sure the “suits” are making sure their booty still has a job………this is so sad.

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