Of Design, Problem Motels and I-405 Extortion
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission, led by their "dynamic" chairman, Jim Fitzpatrick, will again tackle some interesting issues during their final meeting of the month on Monday, October 28th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. By the way, help me out... I'm going to try to keep track of the number of times Fitzpatrick utters the words "Cool!" and "Excellent!" during the meeting. Thanks for your help.
FIXING A COUPLE OF DESIGN PROBLEMS
The first item of special interest is Public Hearing #1, HERE, which, if approved, will make significant changes to the Residential Design Guidelines dealing with second floor side yard setbacks and the second floor to first floor ratio from 80% to 100%. In my view, both of these changes are long overdue and will make building or remodeling homes less costly and more practical. It's about time!
SQUEEZING "PROBLEM MOTELS"
The other VERY interesting item is New Business #2, HERE, which deals with so-called Extended Occupancy Motels. This staff report requires no action by the Planning Commission, but will "provide a basis for forthcoming matters the Planning Commission will be considering regarding extended occupancy motels."
READ THE STAFF REPORT
As you scroll down through the fairly short staff report you'll see some pretty graphic images of rooms at some of our motels around town. Recently Code Enforcement has been clamping down on so-called "problem motels" in the city, nailing them with fines in the thousands of dollars to encourage them to clean up their businesses. You may recall that Mayor Jim Righeimer has stated repeatedly in the recent past that he wants to force some of those businesses out of business by making life so difficult for them from an enforcement standpoint that they will re-consider their valuations of their properties. His goal is to have them sold on the cheap to developers who would replace them with apartments. In fact, at one time Righeimer said the city might have to buy up some of those properties at market rates, then sell them at a loss to developers! I don't know about you, but I sure don't want MY tax dollars used to line the pockets of his developer buddies.
ONE MORE STEP TO EXPULSION
In any event, this report is one more step to lay the groundwork for the expulsion of those businesses from our city.
I-405 TOWN HALL MEETING TUESDAY
On Tuesday, October 29th, at 6:30 p.m. the seven so-called corridor cities who oppose the latest scheme by the Orange County Transportation Authority to widen the I-405 Freeway and impose High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on us will hold a Town Hall meeting in Westminster. As I wrote HERE, the meeting will be in the Westminster Community Services Building, 8200 Westminster Blvd. in that city. I've provided you with a copy of the announcement and two maps to help you find your way.
LARGE TURNOUT REQUIRED