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OC cities may combine forces to save money

July 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Orange County cities like Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach want to team up in an effort to save money.

They're considering combining police, lifeguard, jail, animal control and dispatch services.

The cities have hired a consulting firm to conduct an analysis.

The study will cost about $80,000 with each city paying a third.