A Very Busy Week Ahead
It's going to be a very busy week ahead in Costa Mesa, so here's some information that may help you plan your activities.
FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday is a big day in our town. The first event you may care to know about is the next meeting of the Financial Advisory Committee. They meet at 3:30 in Conference Room 1A at City Hall. This meeting will include a presentation by Robert Porr, Senior Vice President of Fieldman, Rolapp and Associates, but the agenda - HERE - doesn't tell us what he's going to talk about.
SPECIAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Next on the Monday agenda is the special meeting of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission. This one takes place in council chambers beginning at 6:00 and will be marked by the swearing-in of recently-appointed commissioners, retreads Colin McCarthy, Jim Fitzpatrick and new guy Timothy Sesler. There's only two items on the agenda, HERE, but the first one promises to generate some controversy. This is the planning application for a 17-unit common interest development at 1259 Victoria Street - the site of an existing church facility. You can read the long staff report HERE. The meeting will be televised live on CMTV, Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse. It will also be streamed live on the city's web site.
PUBLIC SAFETY TOWN HALL
PARENTS MEETING AT ESTANCIA HIGH SCHOOL
And, also on Monday evening, Principal Kirk Bauermeister informs me that there will be a parents meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room of Estancia High School at which the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's program, "Run, Hide, Act!" will be discussed. I suspect the heroic event that occurred on Friday, February 15th in which Bauermeister and Assistant Principal Mike Sciacca subdued an armed, distraught father will also get some conversation.
PENSION STUDY SESSION TUESDAY
Tuesday will see a special study session of the Costa Mesa City Council beginning at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, HERE. This much-touted event will have two items on the agenda. The first is a presentation by Joe Nation, Ph.D of Stanford University entitled "Unfunded Public Pension and Retiree Health Care Liabilities". You can see the slide presentation HERE. Nation is a highly-respected former northern California Democrat politician who has become the go-to guy for information on public employee pensions. The second item on the agenda, HERE, is a presentation titled "Fiscal Impacts of 2.5%@55 Enhancement for Miscellaneous Group". Both of these items - if they get to both of them - should be very interesting. This meeting will also be televised and streamed live.
MEET THE MAYOR THURSDAY
Thursday is the first in what we are told will be a series of "Meet the Mayor" gatherings at which Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer will rub elbows with community members in a casual setting. It's a chance for you to chat with the mayor about any item of concern you may have - streets, police, fire - whatever. This one will be held at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza restaurant (site of former Marie Callendar's), 353 East 17th Street and will run from 6:00 - 7:30. This should be interesting.
FIRST FRIDAY CAR SHOW
Finally, on since it's the first Friday of the month, it's time for the latest edition of the First Friday Car Show in the City Hall parking lot from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. If you're a hot rod or other old car fan you may find this event of interest. Dozens of classic and sometimes not-so-classic cars will be on hand for your viewing pleasure. Food trucks are usually present so you can grab a snack while you meander among the old cars on a little trip down Memory Lane.