Monday, September 16, 2013

Things To Consider For Tuesday(Amended!)

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER
As you prepare to attend the City Council meeting/Public Safety Rally Tuesday at Costa Mesa City Hall here are a few things that you'll probably find of interest.

DON'T FORGET THE SUPPORT STAFF
First, as you gather to honor the men and women who have sworn to protect and serve us, and to keep us from fire and other disasters, please don't forget those folks who also work in public safety but are part of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA).  They work in dispatch, are crime scene investigators, write reports and have been jailers.  They perform essential jobs that support the sworn officers in the field and deserve your acknowledgement, too.

LEAN PROPOSAL
And, while you're thinking about them, you might be interested in a recent press release from the CMCEA discussing their proposal to partner with The City to adopt the LEAN management process.  Here's the press release:
That's just an image of the press release.  You can follow the link to the Costa Mesa Works website and the relevant article HERE.  And, if you wish to know more about the LEAN process, click HERE.

ONLY CONSIDERING THE APPEAL, NOT THE ISSUE WRONG!

I suspect there will be more than a few of you who show up expecting to voice your views on Councilwoman Sandra Genis' appeal of the Fairview Park Improvement Project - the issue that was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and which was discussed during a lively public meeting last Thursday night.  Be advised that the council will only consider whether to approve Genis' appeal.  Unless they change the rules, they won't be discussing the pros and cons of the plans, only whether Genis' request for an appeal is valid.  If it is granted, then there would be a "de novo" hearing - a brand new hearing of this issue before the City Council at a subsequent meeting. At 9:00 a.m. I received a call from City Hall.  This issue WILL be heard and voted upon tonight.  If it had been an appeal of a COUNCIL decision, the action would have been as I described above.  Since this is an appeal of a Parks and Recreation Commission action the council WILL discuss the subject and WILL vote on it tonight.  So, bring your arguments and your pillows - it's going to be a long, long night!


BY ALL MEANS, SPEAK UP
That doesn't mean you shouldn't show up and speak on this issue, but don't expect the council to vote on the issue at this meeting.  By all means, step up and make your voices heard.

PUBLIC NUISANCE ORDINANCE
I hope you've taken the time to read the Public Nuisance Ordinance, HEREI have read it, and I'm concerned about the potential for abuse and mischief by elected leaders and their appointees.  I'm concerned about Mayor Jim Righeimer's often-stated plan to use this ordinance to put substantial pressure on owners of so-called problem motels - to drive their value down to a point where the owners will just throw up their hands and sell the properties to developers.  And, if you read it, I think you'll see where that abuse could be extended to individual homeowners if they choose.  Please take the time to read the staff report - and don't forget Attachment 3, HERE, which does a good job of summarizing the issue.

It's going to be a very interesting evening at City Hall.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous xyn bohemia said...

thank you for all of your hard work geoff! you are an invaluable resource for me and alot of others. keep up the great work..

9/17/2013 12:59:00 PM  

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