Costa Mesa: Anti-Outsourcing Candidates Genis and Stephens Duck Outsourcing Question
Posted by The Master Cylinder on September 6, 2012
Check this out from Mickadeit’s new column on the Costa Mesa “Feet to the Fire” candidate forum. It’s a passage about how the status-quo candidates reacted to a question on outsourcing:
I asked [Sandy] Genis and [John] Stephens whether they would outsource any jobs and, if so, which jobs or departments. Both said they would have to study it. This was disappointing. The city has been studying this almost two years and has issued reports. Nobody is better read on Costa Mesa than Genis. Stephens says he’s read the charters of at least a half-dozen other cities. Both have had ample time to come up with a plan for any outsourcing they might entertain. Or to simply say that outsourcing is off the table with them. I wrote in my column that I would ask this question. The best they could say, however, is that they wouldn’t outsource public safety, which, when pressed, appeared to mean paramedic service.
Oh my. Talk about duck-and-cover. Is this the same Sandy Genis who gets lionized by characters like Vern Nelson at Orange Juice Blog as some fearless, super-knowledgeable Joan of Arc?
Here’s the translation of the non-response from Genis and Stephens: “Yeah, we KNOW we’ll have to outsource. We KNOW we can’t go back to the way things were and keep everything internal and give the unions what they want. But we just CAN’T SAY IT because we need the union and anti-Riggy forces support, or else we don’t have a prayer.”