Costa Mesa opts to stick with ambulance system some had labeled ‘inefficient’

Source: Jordan Graham, Orange County Register, January 20, 2016

When someone has a medical emergency in Costa Mesa, three vehicles arrive on the scene: a fire truck, a city-owned ambulance and an ambulance from a private service. But no matter how significant the person’s injuries, no matter who gets there first, the patient always leaves in the Care Ambulance Service’s private vehicle, which is then followed to the hospital by the city’s patient-less ambulance. That system – which City Council members, firefighters and an independent city-hired analyst all have called inefficient – was close to being changed early Wednesday morning, until the council’s majority balked at the idea of turning over a portion of ambulance services to the public sector. … The report stated that the public-private system could bring in an extra $1 million to $1.6 million to the city in the form of “cost recovery” from ambulance rides.


Based upon questionable savings Costa Mesa Council votes to Outsource two service areas
Source: Joe Hill, The Liberal OC, May 16, 2012

[T]he Costa Mesa City Council majority led by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, voted to outsource two city services to private contractors. Those decisions will be prevented from implementation until the lawsuit, filed by the Costa Mesa City Employees Association–the union representing most of the affected city, is resolved. The council voted 4-1 to contract out street sweeping and jail services…..Based upon contractor and city estimates, the contracting out of street sweeping services will save about $88,000 a year along by contracting with Athens Services… Opponents of the outsourcing of jail services have raised concerns that the savings projected by the contractor, G4S Secure Solutions, are exaggerated and unrealistic.

Judge halts Costa Mesa layoffs
Source: Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2011
Costa Mesa City Council OKs First Proposals for Outsourcing
Source: Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC, September 21, 2011

Outsourced: City Council Votes To Privatize Costa Mesa Jobs
Source: BS Local Media, March 2, 2011

City Council members took the politically-unpopular step of approving a plan to outsource perhaps dozens of key city services in Costa Mesa in the hopes of trimming a mounting tide of red ink. Councilwoman Wendy Leece cast the only dissenting ballot in a 4-1 vote before midnight Tuesday that could mean graffiti removal, park and street maintenance, jail operations, 911 police dispatch calls, building inspection and the city’s print shop could be privatized, Councilman Jim Righeimer said….The city is facing a $1.4 million deficit for this fiscal year and a projected $15 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, said City Manager Tom Hatch….