AN EXCELLENT POINT
Daily Pilot Columnist Jeffrey Harlan
, in a column that will appear in print this weekend, makes a very prescient point - that the City of Costa Mesa lacks a vision for the next 60 years. You can read his excellent column HERE
START WITH THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
Harlan's position - that the update of the Costa Mesa General Plan is an excellent place to begin constructing that vision - is right on the money. Following his lament that we missed an opportunity to develop a community-wide vision prior to the November election, he postulates that "with the dust firmly-settled, we can finally come together and have the conversation in earnest.
NOT CONVINCED THE COUNCIL IS INTERESTED
Unfortunately, I'm not sure that dust has, in fact, firmly-settled. Based on the behaviors demonstrated by the council majority during the most recent council meetings following the election, I'm not convinced they are ready or willing to reach out to the broader community to help construct that 60-year vision. It seems to me they are much more concerned about their own, personal short-term goals rather than stepping up to look into the future of this community.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I encourage each of you to read Jeff Harlan's column and contemplate how you might participate in the construction of such a vision. It takes a little work - a little exercise in looking beyond your own small slice of this community - but it will be worth it.
Labels: Costa Mesa City Council, General Plan, Jeffrey Harlan