FULL STUDY SESSION AGENDA
Next Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the Costa Mesa City Council will
hold a Study Session at which three very important items will be
discussed. This meeting begins in
City Council chambers at 4:30 and is normally scheduled to run a couple
hours. Unlike regular council
meetings, total public comments time is restricted to 15 minutes unless Mayor
changes the rule. Typically
it is first come, first served and usually each speaker will get only two
minutes. If you have something to
say, jump up early or be left out in the cold
I-405 FREEWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
The first item on the agenda is I-405 Freeway Improvement
Project presentation by members of the Orange County Transportation Authority
(OCTA) staff. You can read that
staff report HERE
. The project involves
adding a new High Occupancy lane - perhaps a toll lane - to 405 and 73 freeways
where they join in Costa Mesa.
This project has been in the works for a couple of years, as a review of
the staff report will explain. It
is my understanding that there is a significant ground swell of opposition to
this project from residents living in the north part of our city - the area
that will be most directly affected by the lengthy construction. I expect there to be a significant
presence from that group of our neighbors to hear the OCTA presentation and,
perhaps, express their views.
Don't be late...
SR-55 FREEWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Second on the agenda is the proposed SR-55 Freeway
Improvement Project, Monument Signs Options. This is another mature project that has been put off in
order to better coordinate with the OCTA actions at the present terminus of the
freeway at 19th Street. Staff will
be looking for direction concerning landscaping treatments and choices of a
Monument Sign. You can read the staff
report, which includes examples of monument signs, HERE
PRELIMINARY BUDGET REVIEW - WITH NO STAFF REPORT
The final item on the agenda, the Initial presentation of
the 2012-2013 municipal budget, presently has no staff report available for
review, only a placeholder page in the agenda. It is my hope that sometime before the meeting a staff
report will be made available for the public to review. This is going to be a very complicated
process this year and CEO Tom Hatch
has set aside dates throughout the month
for on-going budget discussions.
In addition to the meeting Tuesday, he also identified May 17th, 24th
and possibly the 29th for additional meetings - maybe more.
RIGHEIMER'S WISH LIST
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING TO FOLLOW - A CLOSED SESSION
the study session there will be a Special City Council meeting - a closed
session to discuss labor negotiations.
The public is not invited to that meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer
, at a meeting
earlier this year, pulled numbers out of the air with no discussion by
the council as to their appropriateness and has created a "5-year
Plan" - a wish
list against which they will now demand the staff prepare a budget to
accomplish those wishes. You can view that pipe dream HERE
Unfortunately, in the case of the first year on that list - 2012/2013 -
it looks like we will fall somewhere around $12 million short. The only place any money can be found
is in salaries and benefits of employees.
It's going to be a very interesting budget process this year. If Finance and Information Technology Director Bobby Young
pulls this off I'm going to ask him to turn water into wine next.
Labels: Bobby Young, Budget Proposal, I-405, Jim Righeimer, OCTA, SR-55, Tom Hatch