City Council Meeting Preview
The Closed Session has only three (3) items on it, but two of them involves discussion with CEO Tom Hatch on labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) and, separately, with the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association (CMPOA). For that second one both Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger must recuse themselves because of the bogus lawsuit they've filed against the men and women of the CMPD.
On the agenda for the regular meeting the Consent Calendar contains some interesting items. Item #3, Warrant 2510, HERE, shows the following interesting items. None will likely be pulled for separate discussion (and trailed to the end of the meeting):
- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - $5,135.05 for legal services for an Individual Disability Appeal and 60th Anniversary investigation.
- Management Partners - $7,812.00 for Interim Management Assistance.
- Government Staffing Services - $4,200.25 for Temporary Services for Project Management and Street Superintendent.
- Michael Balliet - $7,820.00 for SRRE Consulting Services (whatever the heck that is!).
- FTOG - $3,600.00 for an Interim Buyer.
- Government Staffing Services (again) - $3,960.00 for Project Management, 1/5 - 2/7
- Norman Taub Associates - $12,267.94 for Human Resources Investigations
- Susan Sax Clifford - $450.00 for Psychological Evaluation for 4 PD candidates.
Item #6, HERE, is for Cooperative Agreements for Bicycle Corridor Improvement Programs between The City and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). There are four (4) projects involved with a total cost of nearly $1.7 million.
Item #7, HERE, is for Professional Services Agreement with KOA Corporation for $63,501.38 for the design phase of a project involving traffic calming in the vicinity of fifteen (15) schools in Costa Mesa as part of the Federal Safe Route To School (SRTS) program.
Item #8, HERE, is a resolution for street closures for the 2014 Orange County Marathon on May 4, 2014. It includes several attachments showing maps of the various races and affected streets and intersections.
MAKING IT EASIER FOR DEVELOPERS
Public Hearing #1 is the first reading of the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, HERE. This new ordinance is developer-driven, since many recent projects required significant numbers of variances and deviations from our code. It basically codifies what the Planning Commission and City Council have been doing to placate developers in recent months. The staff report says, "The proposed ordinance is not intended to increase the density in any of the multiple family residential zones, modify the minimum requirement for parking spaces, or change the approval process for small subdivisions." OK.. if you say so...
Public Hearing #2 is an appeal, HERE, filed by an attorney for adjacent property owners, of the Planning Commission's decision to allow two additions to a home at 3384 Wimbledon Way. This is a "de novo" hearing - which means they're starting from the beginning - so it might take awhile.
LIVE/WORK PROJECT ON PLACENTIA AVENUE
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is another de novo hearing on the Planning Commission's recent approval for a 36 live/work project at 2023, 2025 and 2027 Placentia Avenue. This was requested by an adjacent property owner due to:
1. Potential traffic and safety issues related to the shared use of the main driveway.
2. Potential traffic and safety issues related to redevelopment of the site with a residential
3. Lack of a definite plan for construction access
Again, this one might take awhile...
REWARD FOR VANDALISM OF CITY PROPERTY
Old Business #1, HERE, is the second reading of the new ordinance adding rewards for acts of vandalism of city property, similar to the rewards program for Graffiti. The rewards for the arrest and conviction of persons committing these crimes is, just as is the case for Graffiti vandals, up to $2,000.
REPEAL OF SEX OFFENDERS IN PARKS ORDINANCE
Old Business #2, HERE, is the second reading of the REPEAL of the city ordinance that prohibits Sex Offenders from City Parks and Sports Facilities. This repeal comes as a result of recent court cases where similar ordinances in other cities have been found to be invalid because it preempted state law.
MIGHT BE AN INTERESTING NIGHT
There could be some lively discussion during Public Comments Tuesday evening, since there have been many controversial events since the last council meeting. We'll see...