A Pension Numbers Game in Costa Mesa

City leaders point to a large, unfunded pension liability as
evidence of financial problems, but they’ve been citing a figure
that’s nearly 70 percent larger than the actual amount, according
to CalPERS officials.

A Question of Strategy

Costa Mesa City Council members are feeling the heat from two
months of intense union campaigning against their outsourcing plan.
Some Republicans are growing impatient waiting for local party
leaders to fire back.

Prevention or Propaganda?

Even meet and greets among residents and public safety personnel
have taken on political overtones in Costa Mesa, where officials
are battling over an unprecedented privatization plan.

‘A Tremendous Amount of Anxiety’

The stress of the fallout from the outsourcing decision on Costa
Mesa City Council members is starting to show, most recently at
this week’s City Council meeting.