Five dedicated employees have stepped up to negotiate a new contract on behalf of Costa Mesa’s employees.
The CMCEA bargaining team sits alongside support staff from the Orange County Employees Association and across the table from City of Costa Mesa executives and two outside attorneys who the City has hired to negotiate.
Combined, the bargaining team represents more than 100 years of service within the city. Here’s the 2013 CMCEA bargaining team!
Why he joined the CMCEA bargaining team: “I really like financial data. I’m a data-driven person, so I like to analyze and make sure the numbers being thrown out there are accurate.”
Why he works for the City of Costa Mesa: “I was in the private sector for 10 years before taking a public position. The ability to really make a more direct impact to the public has been extremely satisfying to me. I have gotten so much satisfaction—it really makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something on a daily basis when I can come here and help someone in the community.”
Why she joined the CMCEA bargaining team: “To keep people informed and help make a change.”
Why she works for the City of Costa Mesa: “Serving the public is rewarding. When you help someone and know you’ve made a difference, it’s a really good feeling.”
Why he joined the CMCEA bargaining team: “It’s a worthy endeavor. It’s important to try and work with the City and come up with solutions for the City and all of the employees.”
Why he works for the City of Costa Mesa: “I enjoy that Costa Mesa is a small community where everybody knows each other.”
Why she joined the CMCEA bargaining team: “I want to look out for the working class and for my fellow Costa Mesa city employees.”
Why she works for the City of Costa Mesa: “We keep the buildings maintained and looking great. I enjoy working with the residents to make this City a better place.”
Why she joined the CMCEA bargaining team: “I like to take an active role in shaping and meeting the best needs of all the employees.”
Why she works for the City of Costa Mesa: “Because I deal directly with the community, I just love reaching out to the community and educating them on how to stay safe and how to create a safe environment for everyone.”
Also at the table for OCEA are staff members Jamie Newton, Charles Barfield, Don Drozd and Jennifer Muir.
For the City, the bargaining team includes two partners from the law firm Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore: Richard Kreisler and Laura Kalty; consultant from Management Partners Tammy Letourneau; and City executives Rick Francis and Lance Nakamoto.