Friday, January 18, 2013

Harlan Calls For Vision

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: , ,

3 Comments:

Anonymous utopia said...

reminds me of a chapter in a freshman level social ecology textbook. maybe it was taken from the book i remember. Just develop a strategic plan.

1/19/2013 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous will you cooperate said...

In Fitzy's application for PC, he says he will work with the City Council to develop a set of goals. Much cheaper.

Fitz has made public comments encouraging Council to update City goals. He provided Newport Beach's whoch are very specific. And compared them to poor Costa Mesa goals a decade old.

In a spirit of cooperation why doesn't the Pot Stirrer recognize this and encourage people to work with Fitz.

Or you could stay angry

1/19/2013 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I'm amazed Newport is functioning at all without Fitzpatrick. Fitz, I bet your back is aching from all the patting you give yourself.

1/19/2013 02:22:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home