Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Is disaster finally averted for city employees in Costa Mesa?
The threat level in the bitter, intense Costa Mesa war between Republican councilman Jim Righeimer and the city's public employee union finally might be downgraded from severe to guarded, according to an article posted late this afternoon.
Mike Reicher at the Orange County Register reports that Righeimer, who has lead the fight for privatization of city services, "is now calling for administrators to rescind pink slips issued to employees last year and to negotiate a deal with the city labor union."
Reicher also reported that Righeimer, one of the most controversial and hard-charging anti-union Republicans in California during the last two decades, will introduce his plan at Tuesday's city council meeting.
The sudden conciliation follows the Nov. 6 elections and the defeat of Righeimer's prized effort to make Costa Mesa a charter city, a move that would have made it easier to privatize city services.
City voters also weakened Righeimer's 4-1 Republican council alliance by adding Sandy Genis, a pro-public employee union politician, to the council.
Though generally not a political conservative, Genis will likely vote on union matters with Wendy Leece, a rightwing nut and intellectual lightweight who sold her soul to more lefty union boss several years ago in exchange for their substantial campaign support.