The Week Ahead
If you watched the Costa Mesa Minute this morning - over there on the right side of this page - then you saw Dane Bora tell us that we've got an extraordinary menu of meetings this week. Today the Planning Commission meets at 6:00 in City Council Chambers. Tomorrow the City Council meets at the same time in the same venue and on Wednesday the Parks and Recreation Commission meets at the same time, same place.
TWO HOT ISSUES TONIGHT
Two items grabbed my attention on the Planning Commission agenda. Each were the result of requests from Chairman Colin McCarthy. In each case it is unclear what his intent is on bringing these issues to the commission for discussion.
RE-DEFINING "COMMERCIAL VEHICLES"?
The first one deals with parking of commercial vehicles on public streets, HERE. Apparently, based on his first pass at this issue in September, McCarthy is irritated by what he perceives to be a growing number of "commercial vehicles" being parked on city streets. The problem here, though, is it appears that he may be trying to change the definition of such vehicles to include your neighbor, the self-employed plumber or electrician, who may park his work truck on the street or in his driveway.
WHAT'S THE OBJECTIVE?
For the past few years there has been a focused effort to "clean up" the streets of our city by forcing folks with boats, recreational vehicles, project cars, etc., to remove them from sight by those of us who might be driving past their homes. I'm worried that this overture may be one step too far in the current power elite in this city as they attempt to morph Costa Mesa into Irvine. We'll know as this issue is discussed at the end of the meeting tonight.
ILLEGAL GARAGE CONVERSIONS
The second issue is Illegal Garage Conversions, HERE, which is a problem in many neighborhoods throughout our city. It's not clear what McCarthy plans to do about this, though. Is he going to unleash the Code Enforcement folks to pound on doors and demand a look at your garage if they think you might be misusing it? Will they require you to empty all the storage from your garage and to park your cars inside, "or else"? This is the very last item on the agenda in what may be a fairly short meeting. We'll see.
I'll visit the agenda for the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission meetings in subsequent posts. I've got some research to do first.