Hoop Dreams To Retirement Schemes - We've Got It All
It looks to me as though the City Council meeting tomorrow night will be full of fun.
BEVER'S ANTI-HOOPS DREAM
The first public hearing will be Eric Bever's dredging up of the Aztec Basketball League issue. I guess, based on his public pronouncements, old Eric is worried that a paying customer like this league will inflict unnecessary wear and tear on the basketball floor and other elements of the Downtown Recreation Center. Geez, that's what it's for, Eric! Right now it's severely under-utilized on Sunday and this contract resolves that issue. Do you think it's possible that, because Benito Acosta has taken an Aztec name, Bever doesn't want that word associated with anything in Costa Mesa?
MESSIN' WITH THE PLAN
Then the council will tinker with the Mesa West Bluffs Urban Plan. This one makes me nervous because this particular council has demonstrated some strange behavior in the past on Westside issues. It doesn't make me feel any better knowing that our municipal racist laureate, our old buddy, The Mouth From Mesa North, will most likely be there, fanning the flames and telling the council to get off their butts and get things changed on the Westside NOW!
CHANGING FILMING REGULATIONS
Then they address permits for outdoor filming in our city... One must assume this was generated in response to the recent Trinity Christian Center dust-up... Passage of this amendment would preclude any organization that has already received a conditional use permit from the requirement of a specific permit to film on a specific date.
Under "Old Business" the council will give second reading to an ordinance requiring all vendors who provide 15 or more shopping carts for their customer's use to install a method of guaranteeing that those carts don't stray from their parking lots and litter our neighborhoods with lost carts. Presently we pay a contractor to round up any stray carts to the tune of $48,000 per year.
SWEETENING THE RETIREMENT POT
For the grand finale tomorrow night the council will consider an amendment to our contract with CalPERS to facilitate the proposed early retirement option that is part of the ten-point plan to balance this year's budget. I suspect this item might generate some interesting discussion. It's my understanding that the city hopes that 50 of the 145 people eligible for early retirement under that plan will do so, and that approximately half of those positions would not be filled. I think they may get a much bigger positive response to this plan, which may make life more than a little complicated for those department managers trying to maintain satisfactory service levels.