Laid-Off Worker Leaps to Death From City Hall

Costa Mesa maintenance worker among more than 200 let go
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 12:00 PM CDT
A city employee is held back by friends from confronting city managers at Costa Mesa City Hall after a maintenance worker jumped to his death Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Costa Mesa, Calif.   (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Kevin Sullivan)
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(Newser) – A 29-year-old city maintenance worker jumped to his death from the city hall building in Costa Mesa, Calif., yesterday, after learning that he was among more than 200 city workers who are to be laid off. Authorities did not identify the man, except to say he had worked for the city for four years. The city sent layoff notices to roughly half its employees yesterday, including 90 firefighters, 12 jail staffers, 30 dispatchers, and 50 maintenance workers, as part of a plan to outsource 18 city services, KTLA-TV reports.

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