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Worker threatened with layoff dies after plunge from roof of Costa Mesa City Hall

March 17, 2011 |  4:20 pm

After the city of Costa Mesa on Thursday announced major layoffs, a worker fell to his death from the roof of City Hall.

The incident involving a man identified as a 29-year-old maintenance worker occurred hours after layoff notices went out. Authorities, who believe the man may have jumped, said he had worked for the city for four years and was told he might be laid off.

His identity wasn’t released, pending notification of relatives.

About 213 Costa Mesa employees -- nearly half the city's workforce -- received layoff notices Thursday.

More than 90 firefighters, 50 city maintenance workers, 30 dispatchers and a dozen city jail staff members are among those being notified that their jobs will be outsourced in six months.

-- Joseph Serna