COSTA MESA (CBS/AP) — Police say a Costa Mesa maintenance worker jumped to his death from the roof of City Hall after he was called in to get his layoff notice.

Costa Mesa police Lt. Bryan Glass says the man jumped at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

“This is a tragic event for the city as well as for all city employees,” Glass said. “Everyone here is a close family and we’re all familiar with each other.”

Police say the man had worked for the city for four and a-half years. He had been at home with a broken ankle and was not supposed to work today, but he was called in about 2:30 p.m. to receive his layoff notice.

The City Council voted earlier this month to outsource more than 18 city services and cut more than 200 jobs in a drastic move to plug a $15 million dollar budget hole.

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Comments (20)

    Sad indeed. Hard for ’em to enjoy private sector jobs after working with the government for years.

  2. So what!! says:

    Eventually, California will run out of Tax payers to pay for the programs & services to the illegals. Gov rather cut your Social Security $$ that we paid into it, & cut your pension instead of Eliminating Welfare & medical to the poor.

    Babies of illegals born in US are granted automatic US citizenship.

  3. Cleo Dodge Savala says:

    Get a life people. Consider the feelings of this man’s friends, families and co-workers. Sincerest Condolences to all affected by this tradgedy.

  4. ILLEGALS says:

    CA government should Eliminate Welfare & Medical instead of laying off workers.

    1. Efrain says:

      Indeed. That includes, whites, hispanics, and blacks. Or at least drug test these filthy people who milk the system. Once again, which includes whites, hispanics, and blacks. (Not just illegals).

  5. Michael Stone says:

    what the hell makes u think he was illegal why the hell r u stereotyping! ignorant people…

  6. vefvfvvvsxc says:

    Propping your agendas on the grave of a man distraught enough to kill himself, hurling blanket racial insults. Strong work. Save me a spot on the cave floor.

  7. Buck says:

    Your speliing gives you away. Full of hate and ignorance.

  8. Latino 4 life!!! says:

    I second that!!!!

  9. Jose Luis Mendosa says:

    White people are so stupid. They think they own America. Actually they stole it from the indians and mexicans.

  10. Efrain says:

    Hey, how about that white man who wrote children’s books and had sex with under age children. I have an idea, how about we execute all white sexual predators (because it’s always a white man) instead of paying taxes to feed these animals in jail. Wow… what a great idea!

  11. Buck says:

    Wow another buck. Thata not me

  12. W Snchez says:

    No wonder this state is going down the toliet, we have all these ignorant and racist comments by people, Its the year 2011. GROW THE HELL UP.


  13. Jimmy Cruz says:

    that fool who jumped wanted press!!!! Just blow your brains out in your home!!! LOSER!!!!!!

  14. Saber 1 says:

    You can blame the current Administration for this one. OSAMA BIN NOBAMA and his crew of left wing thugs have more than this guys blood on their hands.

  15. Mr. V says:

    Mark my words: As the layoffs continue, so will the suicides. This particular one just made the news.

  16. Carmindy says:

    Suicide is personal, not political.

  17. gwenn says:

    You ignorant POS’S ARE UNF$%&*NGBELIEVABLE. This poor young man is a victim of this states and the city of Costa Mesa’s inability to control spending. The working class are always the ones who pay the price for mismanagement by our elected officials GREED.. my condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. I am sorry for them that he saw no way other way around this situation. Peace to all who are affected by this young man’s death.i

  18. from the 5th floor says:

    I knew him as a co-worker. He was a quiet and really nice gentleman. It’s been a tough day being here at City Hall. We are all saddened that he saw this as his only option. Huy may you rest in peace and may God have mercy on everyone with hateful words on here.

  19. OsamaObama says:

    He was told to go out and hit thje pavement but he took it the wrong way

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