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Hostile audience greets Costa Mesa City Council as budget vote looms

June 21, 2011 | 11:26 pm

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The embattled Costa Mesa City Council faced a full house Tuesday night as the panel prepared to adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes layoffs and service cuts, and which has drawn extensive criticism from residents and employees.

According to the Daily Pilot's report, it was standing-room-only in the council chambers. People hissed at the council members and cheered for the officials' critics, such as one who sang a country ballad blasting the panel, and another who said the council had waged a "hostile takeover" of the city.

At one point, one councilman threatened to adjourn the meeting so everyone could calm down.

Public comments were still continuing late Tuesday, so it was unclear when -- or if -- the council would get to the budget vote.

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-- Mike Reicher, Lauren Williams and Mona Shadia, Times Community News

Photo: Residents listen to a city budget plan hearing in Costa Mesa on Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press

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