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Costa Mesa mayor's bar vandalized; he cites City Hall layoffs as motive

April 17, 2011 |  7:29 am

Officer Cristina Goodfellow of the Costa Mesa Police Department kneels beside a memorial for city maintenance worker Huy Pham at Costa Mesa City Hall on Friday. Pham, 29, jumped to his death from the roof of City Hall the day before.

Someone threw a brick with a note attached through the window of Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan's business, Skosh Monahan's bar, early Saturday in what he said was an escalation in the protests against cutbacks at Costa Mesa City Hall.

"This wasn't directed at the bar, it was directed at the mayor, at my place of business for actions that I'm doing as mayor," Monahan said Saturday. "That's kind of scary."

At about 3:30 a.m., a Skosh Monahan's employee called police after someone launched a brick through their front-door window with a note taped to it.

Neither Monahan nor police would detail what the note said, but officials said it was critical of Monahan personally and referenced the citywide layoff notices distributed last month. Monahan said the note was a threat against him but would not elaborate.

Monahan and other city officials have come under criticism for the sweeping layoff plan. The day it was announced, one employee who had received a layoff notice jumped to his death from the City Hall roof.

Read more: Brick thrown through window of Skosh Monahan's.

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Photo: Officer Cristina Goodfellow of the Costa Mesa Police Department kneels beside a memorial for city maintenance worker Huy Pham at Costa Mesa City Hall last month. Pham, 29, jumped to his death from the roof of City Hall. Credit: Kent Treptow / Times Community News

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