Another Big Week Ahead In Costa Mesa
Those of us who pay attention to most things going on in Costa Mesa government circles will find this week another busy one.
In a semi-related issue, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors will hold their meeting at 9:00 at OCTA headquarters at 550 S. Main Street, Orange. You can read the agenda for that meeting HERE. You might recall that the OCTA recently ripped a nearly-healed scab off the I-405 HOT (toll) lane issue by announcing that the new Board wants to re-consider the issue again. I don't find it on the agenda, but I suspect some members of the public may wish to address it with the Board this morning.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING TONIGHT
Later today the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, led by Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick, will meet at 6:00 in City Council chambers. I've written about this before, HERE. As I mentioned before, the "highlight" may be the adoption of a "Mission Statement" - after doing just fine for 60 years without one.
COUNCIL STUDY SESSION
Tuesday is a big one for the City Council. It has two (2) meetings schedule in the afternoon/evening. the first one is a Special Study Session, HERE, at which three items will be discussed. It will be held at 4:30 in council chambers.
The first item to be discussed is the next cut at the 2013/2014 Municipal budget. That staff report contains answers to questions asked at the last budget study session and can be found HERE. Among the issues addressed will be a list of consultant expenses by department; number of vacant positions; capital improvements; lighting at Fairview Park and more. It's important that the budget is fleshed out at this meeting because the council is supposed to vote on the final document at their meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
CDBG PUBLIC SERVICE ALLOCATIONS
The second is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) public service grant allocations, HERE. Links to the three attachments were not provided when this agenda was posted, so you can read them HERE, the link to this item from the last study session. This item and the next one were shoved off to this study session last Tuesday.
CDBG AND HOME FUNDING PRIORITIES
The third item is the Funding Priorities for the CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), HERE.
REFINANCING LOANS UNDER COSTA MESA HOMEOWNERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The second meeting, a Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Housing Authority, will follow the study session immediately or at 6:00 p.m., also in council chambers. The agenda is HERE. The only item is a complex issue dealing with a recommended modification of the rules for the Costa Mesa Homeowners Assistance Program that recognizes the economic facts of life today. You can read the staff report HERE. Although I'd much rather you read through the long staff report for yourselves, the shortest of shorthand versions is that the staff will recommend an adjustment to the language affecting the borrower's ability to refinance their first mortgages. Right now they cannot refinance their first mortgage (Costa Mesa has provided a second mortgage) if the value of the home does not exceed the combined value of the first and second loans. Read the staff report.
FIRE RINGS OUTREACH MEETING THURSDAY
On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will hold what has been billed as a "Public Consultation Meeting to present and solicit information and suggestions from the public regarding the Proposed Amended Rule 444 - Open Burning." The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach beginning at 5:30 p.m. You can read about it HERE. Yep, it's the old "Fire Ring" issue that has been in the news so much lately and that has pitted neighboring municipalities against each other. In fact, even though Costa Mesa has no beach and no fire rings, Mayor Jim Righeimer used his bully pulpit at the last council meeting to rant about this and to propose a resolution favoring the retention of fire rings on local beaches, HERE.