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  • Commentary: Can Costa Mesa afford $300,000 firefighters?

    Last month, I wrote about the city of Costa Mesa's pension recipient list and pointed out that the number of city employees earning six-figure pensions had increased by nearly 50% in just one year. On the heels of that news, the city has now published its...
  • Commentary: McCarthy put politics ahead of pension facts

    The most interesting feature of Colin McCarthy's commentary, "Can Costa Mesa affords $300k firefighters?" isn't that he gets so much wrong, but that he describes himself with such humility. At the end of his essay, published in Sunday's Daily Pilot,...
  • Commentary: McCarthy mischaracterized my record

    Re. "Commentary: Reform police pay, pensions," June 21: A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Councilman Steve Mensinger for falsely claiming that the public had no idea what was in the contracts negotiated with the employee-...
  • The anatomy of a deal

    Fourth in a series about Costa Mesa's political battle. * He could have spent his retirement traveling the country with his wife or volunteering at a museum, but Tom Arnold decided his 30 years as a firefighter weren't enough. Arnold had retired...
  • Savings could be significant

    Some of the contract savings will not be realized until the city of Costa Mesa hires new firefighters, so it is hard to gauge long-term benefits. In the near term, officials have identified $420,000 annually from current employee pension contributions....
  • For The Record

    Painting: In the May 22 edition, one of the photos from Sunday's Balboa Island Art Walk incorrectly listed Christine Hooker as the artist of a "tall two-piece painting" depicting a woman in a dress. It is Stephanie Godbey's work. Pensions: The May 19...
  • Newport council approves pension changes for firefighters

    Newport Beach firefighters will pay more toward their pensions, and newly hired firefighters will receive less in their retirement, according to a union contract the City Council unanimously approved Tuesday. With the increased contributions and a less...
  • Mansoor, Rush debate issues at forum in Laguna Beach

    LAGUNA BEACH — Two State Assembly candidates for the 74th District espoused nearly identical fiscal positions at a forum Friday night, but diverged sharply on social issues. Democrat Bob Rush played well with the left-leaning audience at an event...
  • Commentary: Costa Mesa's pension burden falls on us all

    Letter writer Charles Mooney says Costa Mesa has a pension problem. ["Outsourcing could make unfunded pension obligations worse, Mailbag, Feb. 26]. Yet many do not seem to understand the seriousness or magnitude: $196 million unfunded CalPERS pensions...
  • Irvine council tackles gun control

    Although Irvine's City Council didn't get to it until almost seven hours after the meeting started, 17 public speakers waited to weigh in on local gun-control measures. Tuesday's meeting started at 3 p.m., two hours earlier than usual, but the...
  • Mailbag: A charter review committee should be elected

    I read Jeff Arthur's March 13 commentary, "Costa Mesa pension burden falls on us all," and I already understood many of Mr. Arthur's initial comments on the underfunded pension obligation (UPO), but there were other comments in the second half of his...
  • Friends of the Libraries: Enjoy Dungan before it's (temporarily) gone

    The next book sale at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be books of all sorts appealing to all ages and interests — fiction and nonfiction, biography, cookbooks...