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  • Steinberg: NFL Rice hearing threatens to reignite furor

    The last thing the NFL needed was for the Ray Rice appeal of his indefinite suspension to take center stage this week. The initial discipline and later release of the graphic tape of Rice punching his girlfriend touched the middle rail of nationwide...
  • Grand jury data on pension liabilities paint varied pictures

    In a report aiming to evaluate how cities are being affected by pension liabilities, the Orange County Grand Jury called for area cities to make more budget information readily available. Lacking the desired data, the 2013-14 group tried to use its...
  • Commentary: Pact with employees will save Costa Mesa millions

    During our two City Council meetings in September, the public will get to weigh in on the merits of a labor agreement that our general employees recently ratified. After that, the City Council will vote on whether to approve it. It took more than a...
  • City proposes 5% pay cut

    The city of Costa Mesa opened contract negotiations with its largest employee association this week by offering a 5% pay cut, a 5% increase in pension contributions and other sharp reductions in compensation that a workers' representative deemed...
  • Commentary: Costa Mesa needs 'a return to normal'

    Inhumane. Draconian. Extreme. Those are some of the wild adjectives that the Costa Mesa employees' union recently used to describe the City Council's initial contract offer. Few of Costa Mesa's hard-working and recession-hardened residents would use the...
  • Commentary: Anti-public safety, or good stewards of tax dollars?

    Re. "Commentary: I see issues with CMPD hiring," (Aug. 16): I was surprised to read former Costa Mesa police lieutenant and Idaho resident Allen Huggins' recent piece about city politics in the Daily Pilot. Usually, when a former police officer chimes in...
  • Commentary: Outsourcing trash collection would save $17M

    Seventeen million dollars. That is the savings that can be achieved over the next seven years if Newport Beach contracts out its trash collection service. That's a lot of money, too much to be dismissed, and it could be put to good use providing community...
  • Workers present counterproposal

    Costa Mesa's municipal employee union presented a contract counteroffer Thursday that includes changes in pay, a reduction in sick time accrual and an increase in the employees' pension contributions. The proposed two-year Costa Mesa City Employees...
  • Mayor calls for police hiring plan

    Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer on Tuesday demanded a plan to fill staffing gaps in the city's police department. Speaking near the beginning of a City Council meeting, Righeimer called for weekly meetings with the police department, saying there is no...
  • Friends of the Libraries: What's your favorite spot in Costa Mesa?

    It is time for elementary students in Costa Mesa to submit an essay in the fourth annual Essay Contest, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation. The contest will end Sept. 30. There are two grade-level categories — fifth and sixth grades, and...
  • It's A Gray Area: Federal pensions no longer make any sense

    There is a lot of misinformation and mystery about the compensation Congress receives. So I did some research at http://www.About.com and called the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives at (202) 225-7000. Senators and representatives...
  • Commentary: Costa Mesa can easily attract police recruits

    Despite the fact that 118 Costa Mesa police officers receive more than $150,000 in annual total compensation, Police Chief Tom Gazsi claims "its proving to be a challenge … to find qualified, suitable candidates." Despite the fact that these...