The Monster Rises - Again!
Looks like you just can't keep a bad idea down. Now it's the 19th Street Bridge over the Santa Ana River between Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.
SCHEDULE CONFLICT RESOLVED
In an earlier post I mentioned the Charter informational meeting. Well, since Monday the Costa Mesa city staff has been scrambling to re-schedule that meeting from the original date on January 5th because the City of Huntington Beach surprised us all with an announcement of a public meeting at exactly the same time on the 5th to discuss the possible creation of the dreaded (in Costa Mesa) 19th Street Bridge!
HANSEN AND MOORLACH
Yep, on January 5th at 7:00 at the Eader Elementary School, 9291 Banning Avenue in Huntington Beach (see map) Mayor Don Hansen will host an open house to discuss the potential of building the bridge. Apparently Supervisor John Moorlach has his mitts in this one because he's theoretically the prime mover for this initiative.
RIGHEIMER AND MOORLACH
Now, cynical guy that I am, I'm wondering why this initiative has surfaced again? The City of Costa Mesa has held an official position opposing this bridge for decades. In fact, the only public official in my memory who has supported the bridge is Jim Righeimer. Oh, wait - Righeimer and Moorlach! Now I get it! Moorlach has been a fellow traveler with Righeimer in some of his most onerous schemes - this is just the latest. This must be yet another step in the quest that the carpetbagger, Righeimer, is making to take over ALL elements of life in Costa Mesa and leave his imprint on our city - like a big, wet, steaming pile of dung - for decades to come.
YET ANOTHER MEETING!
So, if you're the least bit concerned about a bridge being built across the river at 19th Street, mark THIS meeting on your calendar, too. Man, it's going to be a very, very busy first week of the year!
Here's Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell's press release today on this issue:
COSTA MESA, CALIF - Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach will hold an open house at Huntington Beach’s Eader Elementary School Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss a potential bridge across the Santa Ana River at W. 19th Street in Costa Mesa.
The intent of the meeting is “to solicit feedback from residents regarding the future of a bridge,” which is on the county’s master transportation plan.
The evening will include a presentation of potential scenarios with and without the 19th Street bridge and display stations where residents will be able to review various aspects of the proposed bridge and ask questions.
The City of Costa Mesa has officially opposed the bridge since 1993. A bridge at W. 19th Street is not among the migration measures required for the approval of the Banning Ranch development in Newport Beach.
An informational meeting on a City charter for Costa Mesa originally scheduled for Jan. 5 has been moved to Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., so the two meetings won’t conflict.
Eader Elementary School is at 9291 Banning Ave. in Huntington Beach.