Monday, October 01, 2012

Don't Blink!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the Costa Mesa City Council will hold what may well be the shortest regular meeting in recent history beginning at 6:00 following a Closed Session at 5:00.  You can read the agenda for the meeting HERE.

One item on the Consent Calendar is interesting.  This involves the acceptance of $160,000 in grant funds to support DUI Check Points and other Special Enforcement activities through September, 2013.  The City has had great success with similar grants in the recent past.  Read the staff report HERE.

Among the specific project objectives from both grant agreements are:

  • To conduct ten (10) DUI/DL checkpoints by September 30. 2013.
  • To conduct fifteen (15) DUI saturation patrols by September 30. 2013.
  • To conduct ten (10) special traffic enforcement operations targeting red light, excessive speed and other violations a or near intersections with a disproportionate number of traffic collisions by September 30. 2013.
  • To conduct four (4) special enforcement operations targeting distracted driving violations by September 30, 2013.
  • To conduct two (2) highly publicized special motorcycle safety enforcement operations in an area or during an event with a high number of motorcycle incidents or collisions resulting from unsafe speed, DUI, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, improper turning and other primary collision factor violations by motorcyclists and other drivers by September 30, 2013.
The dollars involved in these grants will be used to offset overtime, professional development and equipment costs.

The final item on the agenda is the request to cancel the Request for Proposals for Street and Storm Drain Maintenance Services, HERE.  This item is a year old and the City has received NO responses to the RFP.  In the meantime, the City has reorganized part of the Maintenance Services Division, reduced staff, shuffled employees around and hopes to maintain a high level of service as a result.  The request to receive and file the report includes an authorization for staff to rescind layoff notices for five (5) positions.

Unless we have 50 people speak during public comments - or candidates, residents and council members get into another shouting match - it's very likely that this meeting will end before 7:00 p.m.  We can only hope.  The next meeting will be on the 16th - one day after the GREAT CHARTER DEBATE between Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and former councilwoman Katrina Foley and two days before the final candidate forum..

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Anonymous Vote Yes OnDUI Checkpoints said...

Riggy and Mensy aren't going to be happy to hear about the DUI checkpoints. They've been very displeased about these for a long time and have told the Chief of Police not to conduct them.

10/02/2012 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Sad but true said...

Obviously, the City Council's outsourcing plan is working as intended. They did the RFP, determined that staff could do it better, and will rescind the contractually required layoff notices.

That is why there are no comments from the haters here.

Fact is - if the OCEA hadn't gone nuclear over the 60-day layoff notices (NOT LAYOFFS) required by their contract, there would be no controversy. This was all an orchestrated labor action, and the good people at CM4RG fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

So did you, Geoff.

10/02/2012 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I'm glad they are. Thank God!!

10/02/2012 10:03:00 AM  

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