“This was a solid victory for California citizens who believe that a city council might know more about local market conditions and the specific needs of a community than corrupt state legislators from Los Angeles and San Francisco. It was also a victory for California citizens who pay for local government services and want them provided efficiently and at a reasonable, competitive price.”
“It’s important for the unions and their sycophants in the Legislature to make sure Costa Mesa remains firmly under their thumb. It’s even more important for Costa Mesa residents to throw off the yoke of the Legislature and govern their own city affairs, by voting for their charter in November.”
Those are excerpts from my commentary in the July 13, 2012 Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot newspaper about the California Supreme Court decision in State Building and Construction Trades Council v. City of Vista on July 2, 2012. That ruling upheld the constitutional right of California’s 121 charter cities to establish their own policies concerning government-mandated construction wage rates on purely municipal projects. I anticipate Costa Mesa citizens will vote in November for their city to be among the next batch of cities to adopt “home rule” under a charter.
Read the full opinion piece from the Daily Pilot here: Commentary: Vista Ruling Benefits Local Governments, Residents