Meetings and Minutia
Cleaning out the corners of my alleged mind I offer the following collage of information for you, in no particular order.
60TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE TONIGHT
This afternoon the Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee meets again at the Emergency Operations Center adjacent to Police Headquarters at 5:30. Those tireless volunteers will continue to craft plans for the various elements of the celebration this year. This is the logo that will be used. See if you can figure out what the individual elements represent. They are still looking for more volunteers. For more information go HERE.
GUYS & DOLLS
Beginning tonight and running for three nights the award-winning Estancia High School Drama troupe presents a classic - "Guys & Dolls" at the Robert B. Wentz Theatre at Newport Harbor High School. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. You can read Bradley Zint's coverage in the Daily Pilot HERE.(Photo credit: Danielle Ridge and Axel Lomas by Don Leach, Daily Pilot)
MORE MAYORAL ELBOW-RUBBING
The City announced today, HERE, that Mayor Jim Righeimer will hold another of his monthly "Meet The Mayor" events on Thursday, March 28th at Fixtures Living in the SoCo Collection retail center from 6-7:30 p.m. You will recall his first one was at a pizza store close to my home in which the host venue provided free pizza. I wonder what kind of chow will be served at this one? By the way, I find it an interesting coincidence that just a few days following the meeting at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza store that business will request the Planning Commission to approve an application for a conditional use permit, HERE, to stay open until 2:00 a.m. instead of 11:00.
CONTROLLING RAIN WATER
The City also announced a $2.8 million project to capture and control excessive rainwater runoff on the Westside of town, HERE. This project is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2014, solving what has been a problem for residents and businesses in that area for decades.
MORE DELAYS IN FIRE DEPT. PLAN
We were also advised by the E-Notification system - it really DOES WORK - that the Study Session planned for next Tuesday, the 12th, has been cancelled. At the last council meeting Tuesday it was mentioned that Interim Fire Chief Tom Arnold would be presenting - again - his latest iteration of his plan to improve service and save money by a major reconfiguration of the Costa Mesa Fire Department. So, that project - already agreed to by the previous council in principle - gets further kicked down the road. That's too bad, because the plan sounded like a winner.
I already covered the last council meeting, but there were some interesting/amusing elements I didn't mention. For example, Wendy Leece called out Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger for using the word "culprits" in a quote in an article by Mike Reicher in the Orange County Register that dealt with the pension enhancement negotiated several years ago. Leece implied that Mensinger was accusing the council that approved of being criminals. I had to smile as I watched Mensinger jerked to attention in his chair as though he'd received an electric shock, abruptly twisted himself bodily in his chair to confront Leece, but Righeimer held him off until she finished. Then he attempted to correct the record, indicating Leece didn't understand the word. Leece promptly read him the dictionary definition of the word - which shut Mensinger up. Don't mess with a teacher, Steve!
During one of his typical stream-of-consciousness mini-rants Righeimer stated that the Costa Mesa Police Department was "the highest paid". Well, that's just not true. He never corrected the record, but I suspect someone will look for data to refute his statement.
A TELLING CANINE STATEMENT
The most entertaining moment came, however, when a beautiful Golden Labrador Retriever - apparently some kind of service dog - that was in the auditorium with a handler managed to make a statement many of us who attend council meetings over the years can fully understand. The poor thing just barfed all over the aisle carpet as folks lined up for Public Comments. The handler was seen scurrying around with paper towels, mopping up the effluent.