Setting The Record Straight On Park Paving
In an entry last week, HERE, I mentioned that there might be a move afoot to pave over part of Fairview Park - a section that includes protected vernal pools. I identified that section as being near Estancia High School and the Waldorf School. I mentioned that this issue would be on the Parks and Recreation Commission agenda next week.
NOT ONLY 'NO', BUT...
Tuesday I received a return telephone call from Ernesto Munoz, Interim Public Services Director for the City of Costa Mesa. He assured me that there is NOT a plan to pave over any portion of Fairview Park, especially segments where protected vernal pools are located. He told me unequivocally that no such item is on the agenda for the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting next Wednesday, November 16th - the final meeting of that organization for the year with the exception of a special joint meeting with members of the Newport Beach staff to discuss replanting the median along Irvine Avenue where the eucalyptus trees were recently removed.
So, there you have it. The San Diego fairy shrimp - apparently the residents of the vernal pools - are safe. Munoz told me that ANY change in Fairview Park is a major undertaking and requires re-opening the Fairview Park Master Plan, which would involve significant public hearings.