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Costa Mesa to lay off nearly half of city workforce, outsource services

March 3, 2011 |  8:59 am

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The city of Costa Mesa plans to lay off more than 200 employees and outsource 18 city services by the fall.

The layoffs would cut the city's municipal workforce by 43%. The City Council approved the layoffs in a 4-1 vote late Tuesday night, despite nearly unanimous opposition from the audience.

City officials said pink slips will go out in the next six months. The mayor blamed years of missteps by city staff and rising pension costs.

"This has been coming on for a long time, and we're coming to a point that's rock bottom," Mayor Gary Monahan told the crowd of mostly city employees.

Read more: "Almost half of city work force gets pink slips."

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