Muir says she thinks the “city completely mischaracterized what the judge said,” calling “the whole first sentence of the press release incorrect.” Muir says she was frustrated that even though the “judge's ruling didn't say anything affirmative,” the city's press release was framed in a positive light.
UPDATE, JULY 5, 7:17 P.M.: While the employee association who filed the injunction says the judge's decision today “removes a dark cloud” from above city employees' heads, the city says the judge's decision isn't much of a game-changer.
“This is a positive outcome, but it is only one step toward
holding this Council accountable,” OCEA spokeswoman Jennifer Muir says in a
press release. “It will prevent the City from laying off employees to
outsource to the private sector. At least temporarily, it removes a dark cloud
from over the heads of City employees, their families, and the entire
In a press release, Lobdell stresses that the judge's
decision did not find the city had violated “proper procedures.”
“From the city's point of view we followed the proper
procedures and we'll continue doing that,” he says.
Previous Costa Mesa Layoffs Coverage:
- Costa Mesa City Council Votes In Favor of Outsourcing One-Third of City Services
- Costa Mesa Fires City Workers While City Leaders Get Free Lunch