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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...
  • 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...
  • Commentary: Underfunded pensions must be dealt with

    I recently read a claim that underfunded pension obligations for city employees were imaginary. Consider the following hypothetical, which is analogous to what's facing thousands of public employees in the California Public Employee Retirement System...
  • Friends of the Libraries: The library needs your help

    You can make a difference. Dale Braun does. Although most volunteers don't keep track of things like this, Dale has counted the number of passport photos she has taken in the almost five years she has volunteered at the Donald Dungan Library in Costa...
  • Charter Committee fine-tunes language

    As of now, Costa Mesa's proposed city charter does not have language clarifying how the City Council can personally interact with city staffers over administrative affairs. The decision to leave it out came after a 5-4 vote Wednesday night by the...
  • Commentary: Educators' pension plans at risk too

    Unfunded public employee pensions and city bankruptcy filings are daily news. Why do cities make headlines when our local Orange County schools are at risk to the tune of $6.2 billion? If you don't believe me, check out http://www.calpers.ca.gov and...
  • Newport considers outsourcing lifeguard services

    Newport Beach is looking into outsourcing lifeguard services on one of its busiest stretches of coastline. City staff will be accepting proposals this month from groups interested in patrolling Corona del Mar State Beach, which is currently watched over...