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Costa Mesa City Council approves budget w/ police cuts

The Costa Mesa City Council approved a budget on Wednesday morning after hours of heated debate.

June 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Costa Mesa City Council approved a budget on Wednesday morning after hours of heated debate.

The new budget calls for about $6 million in cuts and a reduction in the police force by eight officers.

The Council stressed they are not reducing patrol officers. They are also asking non-sworn employees to work five days a week, 8 hours a day, instead of four 10-hour days.

The city's interim Police Chief Steve Staveley resigned on Monday over that plan, calling most of the City Council "incompetent, unskilled and unethical" in a scathing letter.

Staveley accused the council of manufacturing a fiscal crisis to justify cutbacks.