Another Busy Month Ahead
Well, Monday is the final day of April and I want someone to tell me where THAT month went! Holy Cow!
TUESDAY'S MEETING COULD BE ANOTHER LONG ONE
Tuesday we have our first of what will be MANY meetings of the Costa Mesa City Council in May. This one, the first of two regularly-scheduled meetings, has a pretty full agenda so we might see another long one. The last one wrapped up just before midnight, so I may take a pillow and blankie with me Tuesday. According to city sources there will likely be at least three more - maybe four - meetings this month because it's budget time and the City Staff is trying to figure out how to accomplish the wish list the council concocted with no study of the situation. Another time for that discussion.
GRANT MONEY FOR SIGNAL SYNCHRONIZATION
Tuesday the council holds a closed session at 5:00 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. You can read the agenda HERE. There are nine (9) items on the Consent Calendar - "routine" items that may be voted upon in one vote unless someone on the council or public decides they want to discuss one or more of them. Perhaps the biggest ticket item is #7, the Fairview Traffic Signal Synchronization Project - a coordinated effort between Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and CalTrans. Part of this item involves a budget adjustment of more than $650,000. You can read the staff report HERE.
WESTSIDE HOME PURCHASE OPPORTUNITIES
Public Hearing #1 is a 4-unit, 4 story development on W. 20th street. The units actually have 3 stories plus a rooftop deck. You can read all about it HERE.
RESTAURANT PARKING TO BE RELAXED?
Public Hearing #2 is an ordinance modifying off-street parking requirements for establishments where food and beverages are served. This ordinance, if passed, will relax the requirements. It will be VERY interesting to hear the discussion on this one, since our city is full of small malls with one or more small food establishments that are severely underparked. You can read the staff report HERE.
SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE
The only Old Business item is the second reading and adoption of a new ordinance prohibiting sex offenders from entering parks and sports facilities in the city. This one's a no-brainer and should pass without any hassle at all.
ANOTHER TRAILER PARK TO BITE THE DUST
There are six separate items on the roster under New Business, the first of which is a screening request for 40 so-called live/work units at 1527 Newport Boulevard, near the border with Newport Beach at Industrial Way. This would displace the existing 40-unit Anchor Trailer Park, some of which are unoccupied. I recall a few years ago when two trailer parks on the other side of Newport Boulevard were razed to make way for a medical office building and the turmoil that caused. Theoretically, the City has a procedure in place to handle displaced folks when trailer parks are converted to other uses. The staff report on this one is HERE.
Next comes what is turning out to be an annual event - the re-hashing of our Fireworks Ordinance. Since the holiday falls on Wednesday this year, it's going to be interesting to see if anyone wants to sell the fireworks from the Friday before and authorize the discharge of them on other than the evening of July 4th. The staff report is HERE.
MOVING THE FISH FRY TO FAIRVIEW PARK
Next come three items related to the Lions Club annual Fish Fry. The first, HERE, is a request to move the event from Lions Park to Fairview Park and waive the special event permit and park use fees.
SELLING WINE AND BEER WITH YOUR FISH
The second, HERE, is a request to sell beer and wine at the Fish Fry. This one should be interesting.
TEARING DOWN AN "ATTRACTANT"
The third, HERE, deals with the demolition of the picnic shelter at Lions Park - an apparent magnet for homeless folks in our city. Lions Park has been the epicenter for homelessness in Costa Mesa.
RIGHEIMER AND MENSINGER TO VEGAS
Finally, the last item on the agenda is a request to send Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger on an economic development boondoggle, er, conference in Las Vegas in May. According to the staff report, HERE, they would be joined by several staffers to introduce and promote Costa Mesa to an international audience. Unfortunately, there is no provision requiring Mensinger and Righeimer to stay in Vegas after the conference. Seems like a missed opportunity to me.
All that, and the always exciting Council Members Comments, await us Tuesday. I can hardly wait to hear Righeimer's latest rant.