In Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association v. City of Costa Mesa, the Court of Appeal concluded that general law cities may not contract for services without specific authorization in state law. The court concluded that state law did not authorize Costa Mesa to contract out for certain services as the city was proposing to do. The Supreme Court refusal to hear the case leaves the Court of Appeal decision intact.
General law cities that contract for services should consult with their legal counsel to determine how this decision may affect current contracts and potential future decisions to contract for services. The League thanks Manuela Albuqerque with Burke, Williams & Sorensen for drafting the League’s letter to the Supreme Court supporting review.