A Short, But Very Important, Council Meeting On Tuesday
The Costa Mesa City Council will meet for it's first meeting of June on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 beginning at 6:00 in City Council Chambers at City Hall. According to the agenda for that meeting, HERE, for the first time in a very long time there will be no closed session preceding it. There are also no presentations this meeting.
THE CONSENT CALENDAR
The Consent Calendar, which is normally presumed to be routine items which may be voted on in one vote, contains some interesting items.
MORE INTERESTING STUFF ON THE WARRANT
#3 is Warrant #2516, HERE, which lists payments recently made to vendors. Thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger we now get to see the detail of these entries and ask questions about them if we wish. Here are a few of the items listed that I found of interest:
- Costa Mesa High School Football - $1,390.00 - 60th Anniversary Volunteer Pay
- Estancia Football Boosters - $2,310.00 - 60th Anniversary Volunteer Pay
- Harbor Mesa Lions Club - $1,210.00 - 60th Anniversary Volunteer Pay
- Marx Brothers Fire Extinguisher Company - $1,045.58 - Corp Yard Extinguishers Recert. (Sorry... it just made me smile)
- Scientia Consulting Group, Inc. - $7,600.00 - IT Tech Consulting
- Sierra Java, Inc. - $251.80 - Coffee for City Council
- City of Huntington Beach - $18,221.00 - Helicopter Svcs for March
- Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau - $222,105.09 - BIA Receipts for March
- Lilley Planning Group - $25,425.00 - Planning Consultant Services, April
- Scientific Resource Surveys, Inc. - $25,025.00 - Cultural Resource Assessment, Fairview Park
- Wondries Fleet Group - $222,884.69 - Police Interceptors
- Interwest Consulting Group, Inc. - $11,953.00 - Bldg. Inspection, March
- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - $1,557.30 - Legal, 60th Anniv. Investigation & General
- San Bernardino County Sheriff Department - $4,160.00 - Ambulance Driver Training
- Vidacare Corp. - $4,741.20 - Paramedic Supplies
- Yellow Cab Co. - $1,273.00 - Neighborhood Improvement Task Force Transportation Services
CMPD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT FOR FAIRGROUNDS
Items #4, HERE, and #5, HERE, deal with Traffic Management Services to be provided by the Costa Mesa Police Department for the 32nd Agricultural Association. #4 deals with this year's Orange County Fair and #5 is for an event next April.
THE NEGOTIATION TEAM
Item #6, HERE, is the appointment of city negotiators for the Costa Mesa Fire Association negotiations and the authorization to proceed with the financial analysis required by Mensinger's COIN scheme. Assistant CEO Tammy Letourneau and two lawyers from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - Richard Kreisler and Laura Kalty will be the team.
FUNDING THE CONFERENCE AND VISITORS BUREAU
There are only two other items on the agenda - Public Hearings. The first, HERE, is the discussion of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Reauthorization and Resolution to Levy Annual Assessment. The staff report gives you the history and the accomplishments over the years. You may also find their proposed budget for participating in city events during the next fiscal year, HERE, of interest.
Public Hearing #2 is the second mandatory Public Hearing on the Draft Charter. (I almost typed "daft" - seems appropriate!) You can read that staff report HERE. It includes the Draft Charter, HERE, a comparison of General Law Cities and Charter Cities, HERE, and several changes recommended by Mayor Jim Righeimer's hand-picked Pension Oversight Committee for inclusion in the Charter, HERE.
WE DON'T NEED IT!
Those who read these pages regularly already know that I don't think we need to become a Charter City. There has been NO GOOD REASON provided for this serious change in the way we are governed. We've been a General Law City for 60 years and have gotten along just fine. The voters made their feelings known overwhelmingly two years ago when they defeated Jim Righeimer's Charter, 60%-40%. This time he, on the surface, at least, has kept his nose out of the process. However, as one who has observed the process closely for a year, I can tell you that it had his paw prints all over it.
LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT
This will likely be the last chance interested parties have to address the council on the Charter proposal before the council decides whether or not to include it on the November ballot at their
PREDICTING AN EARLY NIGHT
In any event, I'll be very surprised if this council meeting goes longer than 10:00 Tuesday - probably a lot earlier. We'll see.