Costa Mesa council OKs $6 million in cuts, approves budget
The council voted 4 to 1 after listening to hours of complaints and criticisms concerning the cuts. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented, the Daily Pilot reported.
The $115-million budget will pay for most of the city's current services but sets an austere tone that the council majority hopes to continue into the fall. That is when council members plan to have a final vote on outsourcing half the city's staff.
Some Costa Mesa leaders have drawn national attention for proposals they say are necessary to save the city from crushing pension costs. Employee unions and other critics argue that the council majority has exaggerated the crisis to advance its own political agenda.
-- Mike Reicher, Lauren Williams and Mona Shadia, Times Community News