The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to commission a study to share services with Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, with some members saying the need for money overcame their reservations about Costa Mesa's politics.
FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version incorrectly stated that the Huntington Beach City Council agreed to partner with Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The city has in fact agreed to study sharing services with the two cities.
The council voted 5 to 2, with Connie Boardman and Joe Shaw opposing. Councilman Devin Dwyer said it was important during tough economic times for cities to think regionally in terms of saving funds.
"I don't believe this endorses what Costa Mesa is doing," he said. "We're just looking for their money."
Costa Mesa's council recently voted to lay off about half of its employees and research whether to outsource their jobs. The move generated heated responses from employees and residents, and a judge ruled that the city may not outsource its jobs to private agencies until after a lawsuit on the matter is heard.