Eastside Improvement Meeting Hijacked!
Ever been hijacked? No? Well I have! Last night I, along with five dozen of my neighbors, had our meeting hijacked by two political opportunists with a personal agenda.
Yesterday evening I, and about 60 of my Eastside neighbors, attended the presentation by Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz and his outstanding team of the pending infrastructure improvements scheduled for our side of town.
I've written about this before, but, in a nutshell, more than $8 million will be spent improving streets, gutters, sidewalks, storm drains and other ancillary issues throughout the Eastside. The area involved is bordered by Newport Boulevard on the west, Irvine Avenue on the east, 21st Street on the north and 15th Street on the south. The area can be seen on this image. Click on the image to enlarge it.
He also told the group that the city was trying to put together a $134 million budget. Wrong! Once again he plays fast and loose with numbers. The actual Preliminary Budget was $132 million and change. But, then, what's a couple million between friend, right? That's how he put together his wish list that he is now demanding the staff to budget for. He just pulls numbers out of the air and hopes nobody will challenge him.
Back to the meeting. We heard that many excellent projects will be completed on the Eastside by early next year. Besides the overall street improvements that total just over $6 million, additional jobs will be completed taking those numbers to over $8 million. They include the Broadway Safe Route To Schools Project, the Irvine Avenue Median rehabilitation and a storm drain on Tustin between Costa Mesa Street and 19th Street. Staffer Tom Banks will head up these projects and will be our "go to" guy over the next 8 months.
Kudos to Munoz and his staff for a job well done. Their presentation was crisp and they were ready to answer any question tossed at them. For more information about this project you can contact Fariba Fazeli in the Public Services Department at 714-754-5378 or email her at Fariba.Fazeli@costamesaca.gov.
Boos to Righeimer and Mensinger for contributing NOTHING to the evening except trying to feather their political beds.