Monday, February 10, 2014

Planning, Budgets, Charter And Tea Partiers

A BUSY WEEK AHEAD IN COSTA MESA
It's going to be another busy week in Costa Mesa.  Four important meetings on four consecutive days... Whew!

PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Monday, February 10, 2014, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission will hold its first meeting of the month in City Council Chambers beginning at 6:00 p.m. and has a full agenda, HERE:
  • Code Enforcement Update, HERE.
  •  Public Hearing#1 - A request for first and second story additions at 3384 Wimbledon Way, HERE.
  •  Public Hearing #2 - A request for major changes at the Wild Goose, 430 and 436 East 17th Street, HERE.  This has been requested to be continued until February 24, 2014.
  • Public Hearing #3 - A 36-unit development at 2023, 2025 and 2027 Placentia Ave. HERE.
  • Public Hearing #4 - A Conditional Use Permit to sell wine at 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H, HERE.
  • Public Hearing #5 - A Conditional Use Permit to sell distilled spirits at 3313 Hyland Avenue, Suite #A6, HERE.
  • Report on G&W Towing CUP status and recent noise complaint, HERE.
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET STUDY SESSION
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the City Council will meet in Council Chambers at 4:30 for the Mid Year Budget Review, HERE.  This meeting will include a discussion of the use of the $7.1 million surplus, actual revenues and many other subjects.  There are eight (8) attachments that are worth a look.  Click on the item to link to the attachment:
1. Analysis and Recommended Uses of the FY2012-13 Surplus
2. Mid-year Budget Report Summary—General Fund 
3. General Fund Revenue Chart
4. Budget to Actual Analysis—General Fund Revenues
5. General Fund Total Expenditure Chart
6. General Fund Salary & Benefit Chart
7. Budget to Actual Analysis—General Fund Expenditures
8. Contingency Funds

If you take a few minutes and scan those charts you'll find some interesting information.  For example, on #8 you will see that almost 70% of the Contingency Fund has been depleted, and how.

 Under #7 you'll see a department-by-department list of how much of the budget for salaries and benefits have been used during the first six months of the fiscal year.  For example, the CEO's Office has only 40.28% remaining while the several segments of the Police Department have significantly more than 50% remaining.

CHARTER COMMITTEE MEETS WEDNESDAY
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 the Costa Mesa Charter Committee, facilitated by Drs. Kirk Bauermeiser and Mike Decker,  meets again to continue its relentless slog toward the creation of a Charter document that the City Council will find acceptable.  The meeting changes venues this time and will meet beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1A - a much cozier venue than the Emergency Operations Center, which is not available.  The agenda may be viewed HERE.

Specific items on the agenda are:
  • A Review of the Minutes, HERE.
  • Meeting Summary and Review of Norms, HERE.
  • COIN, HERE.
  • Conflict of Interest, HERE.
  • Form of Government, HERE.
  • Pension Timeline, HERE.
  • Proposed Charter Language, HERE
A BUSY NIGHT FOR THEM
A look at this agenda gives me the sense that it will be a long meeting and it's likely that they won't finish all the items on the schedule.  The clock is ticking since they hope to have a final document ready to present to the City Council by the end of this month.  We'll see.

TEA PARTY MEETING
And, for you rabid partisans, the Newport Mesa Tea Partiers hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Halecrest Swim and Tennis Club, 3107 Killeybrooke Lane from 6:30 - 8:30 and will feature among the speakers the grand pooba himself, Scott Baugh, plus Second District Supervisor candidates Michelle Steel and Allan Mansoor.  I will not be at this one, but I suspect Old Barry Friedland will have his Costa Mesa Brief camera on hand to film the event and post it on his YouTube site.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I see nothing in that Planning Commission Agenda Report that indicates that these live/work units are not just going to be legal garage rentals. That bottom area is a prime place for renting out for residential purposes. All that is, is simply a garage extension. So why then can't everyone else rent out their garage for living purposes? It can be called a live/work unit also. Its all in how you call it, huh? These are a very bad decision for this city. Where is all the parking for these "businesses" going to be? On Placentia? Yeah, right.

Sounds like the staffing budget for the 5th floor is getting a little thin? No surprise there. That building will tip over soon.

Sadly, I think its because Righeimer doesn't know what he's doing, so he hires many more employees than is really needed as a stop gap measure. Heck, he needs one full time person just to keep Steve out of trouble, apparently.

2/10/2014 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

I'd like to see the study they used to determine that here is a demand for the live-work units. How can the work unit operate as a business if there is nowhere for the clients to park? Inadequate parking is a never-ending headache which drives down property values and creates problems with neighbors.

2/10/2014 06:02:00 PM  

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