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  • Commentary: Transparency ordinance is shining a light on negotiations

    In late 2007, on the eve of the Great Recession, while Costa Mesa residents were asleep in bed, the Costa Mesa City Council voted to approve a new labor agreement that gave the city's general employees an additional $1.3 million annually in salary and benefits along with a massive retroactive pension increase that has cost local taxpayers untold millions of dollars and helped drive our unfunded pension liability to more than a quarter-billion dollars.
  • Commentary: City Hall is too management-heavy

    The hiring binge by Costa Mesa's administrative staff that was begun several years ago appears to be accelerating, and it needs to be contained. It used to be that cities of our size were adequately managed by a single city manager and a single assistant...

    Commentary: Some FAQs about Costa Mesa pension liabilities

    Editor's note: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles, titled...

    Commentary: Prepayment of debt would trigger financial penalties

    There is an old saying: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." In the recent candidate forums, we have seen candidates display ignorance of the facts that would be truly expensive to all Newport Beach residents. Fact No. 1: Newport Beach'...

    Commentary: It's time for a change on the Costa Mesa City Council

    Since moving here in 1975, I have never seen Costa Mesa this divided. More than ever, Costa Mesa voters need to think carefully before pulling the levers this election. Two strong factions, each with particularly rabid supporters, are fighting for...