A Strange Evening At City Hall
Well, I thought we might end up with a short meeting, and predicted to an inquirer earlier in the day that it might end at 9:00 p.m. Close, but no cigar! The Costa Mesa City Council wrapped it up at 9:15! And that's not the most interesting part of the council meeting, either.
CONSENT CALENDAR VOTE!
For the first time in years a Costa Mesa City Council considered and voted on the Consent Calendar as a whole without a single item being pulled for separate consideration! Quick! Somebody check the weather report in Hades for signs of freezing! Of course, it helped that one of the more potentially confrontational items - the distribution of freebie tickets - was removed before the meeting. However, we'll be thankful for small blessings and rejoice for the brevity. It was nice to get home by 9:30 for a change.
SISTER CITY KIDS
A REAL VISIONARY
Second was the bestowing the Mayor's Award on Shaheen Sadeghi, the visionary developer behind The Lab and The Camp shopping and dining venues along the Bristol Street corridor. There may be no more perfect representation of the diverse, eclectic nature of our city than those two venues.
urban coyote" problem. All pleaded with the council to find some way to address what is apparently becoming a major problem throughout the city. Fears for the safety of young children seemed to be the driving force behind their concerns.
LIONS PARK FEARS
Others addressed the ongoing problem of homeless folks in and around Lions Park. One young mother who lives across the street expressed fear for the safety of herself and children. Despite all the good efforts of the Homeless Task Force, Lions Park - and to a lesser extent - many other areas throughout the city continue to be enclaves of homeless, many of whom have mental health issues and some of whom are aggressive and potentially violent. The young mother spoke of the recent knifing on the Westside of one homeless person by another as an example. This is not an easy problem, but - just as is the case with the coyotes - it is one that simply MUST be handled.
ANCHOR TRAILER PORT PROBLEMS
harvesting" them, then went on to say he is a hunter and environmentalist. The CMPD has already rejected that "harvesting" approach, citing studies that indicate when coyote populations are reduced by such methods they only return in greater numbers. I'm thinking Mensinger isn't an advocate of that philosophy.
HATCH - EVENTS
ANNIVERSARY PLANS AND FUNDING
Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce and 60th Anniversary Committee Chairman Mike Scheafer presented the work product of the committee to the council and requested $125,000 of the total budget anticipated to be $315,000 to get started on the various elements of the planned celebration. On a 5-0 vote the council approved the distribution of the funds, which will be taken from Hatch's slush, er, contingency funds previously approved by the council. There was also a discussion of an Art in Public Places plan, and the potential for attempting to fold the dollars necessary for that part of the celebration into the 2013/2014 fiscal year budget.
GENIS' DE NOVO HEARING REQUEST
PUSH OUT SALCEDO'S REPLACEMENT
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSIONERS
The last item on the agenda - the selection of four (4) Parks and Recreation Commissioners - began at 8:45. Genis decried the selection process while acknowledging that nothing can be done this time around. Candidates Harold Weitzberg, Dan DiBassio, Don Harper, Teresa Drain and Bob Graham spoke on their own behalf. During council comments Righeimer acknowledged that, with 16 candidates this time around, the council faced a "high quality problem". I agree. There were many solid candidates available for their consideration.
TWO 4-YEAR, TWO 2-YEAR SEATS
Number 1, Leece, nominated current Parks and Recreation Vice Chair Kim Pederson. Monahan seconded the nomination and Pederson was chosen on a 5-0 vote.
Number 2, Righeimer, selected Harper for the second 4-year seat and Mensinger seconded it. He was chosen on a 4-1 vote, with Leece voting NO.
Next Genis nominated DiBassio and Leece seconded it. His nomination failed on a 2-3 vote - all the men voted NO.
Monahan was next and he nominated former commissioner Graham for the first 2-year seat and Genis seconded it. He was chosen on a 3-2 vote, with Mensinger and Righeimer voting NO.
Finally Mensinger nominated former commissioner Byron de Arakal for the remaining 2-year seat and Monahan seconded it. He was confirmed with a 5-0 vote... and we were done for the night! So, those four - Pederson, Harper, Graham and de Arakal - will join hold-over commissioner Dean Abernathy when the commission next meets in March.
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB, JIM
Applause" sign when the council chambers technology is upgraded one of these days to prompt us when to laugh.
STEVE CONFIRMS ASSUMPTIONS
I will support the motion but it doesn't really change the outcome." That's right, folks - the choices have been made, but he'll go along with the charade. Nice, huh? I guess on February 19th we will see Fitzpatrick, Sesler and Colin McCarthy chosen for the Planning Commission - just like we did at the last council meeting.