Monday, February 09, 2015

New Planning Commission Handles Light Load

EASY GOING FOR THE SHORT-STAFFED GROUP
Monday night the new, Jim Fitzpatrick-less, Costa Mesa Planning Commission managed to make it through the agenda without officers being elected just fine, thank you very much.

A LEADERLESS CREW
The new group, operating without Vice Chair Rob Dickson, whose wife just delivered a brand new baby girl that afternoon, chose to NOT select new leadership until Dickson is available at the next meeting.  Congrats to the parents and big brother on the new little Dickson.  They put off the election of Chairman and Vice Chairman until that time and recently re-appointed commissioner Jeff Mathews conducted the meeting as Acting Chairman.  He did just fine.  In fact, he probably said more words at this meeting than all his previous meetings combined.

ANDRANIAN AND MATHEWS SWORN-IN
New commissioner Stephan Andranian was sworn-in with the returning Mathews.  He's a local fella - a Newport Harbor High School graduate, where he played water polo.  His parents attended to see him sworn-in.  He seems like a nice fella.  He did his homework for this agenda and made a few tentative comments during the proceedings.  His presence adds yet another lawyer to the commission.  Bring on those lawyer jokes!

MORE "OWNERSHIP" OPPORTUNITIES
The first item on the agenda, the conversion of rental condominiums at the corner of Orange Avenue and Mesa Drive by applicant Temir Sacury was handled swiftly - 20 minutes, flat.  One speaker was concerned about them being converted into rehab homes, but there really was no response that could be given to that concern.  The item passed on a 4-0 vote.

"RAISING CANE'S" COMING TO TOWN
The second item, the replacement of the Burger King restaurant at 3150 Harbor Blvd, where it had operated for 37 years, with a brand new to California chain restaurant, Raising Cane's - a chicken-only store with more than 100 stores elsewhere in the southeast.  Their representative, Robert Montgomery, made an excellent presentation and had a large contingent of staffers and consultants available, too.  Here's his summary of why this is a good move for Costa Mesa: (click image to enlarge)
WALL-PHOBIA
The commission passed it on a 4-0 vote after a 30 minute discussion.  The only real bone of contention was a wall along the back property line that actually is completely off the property and is owned in total by the neighboring residential development.  Colin McCarthy was concerned about "something" happening to the wall and the applicant not being responsible.  Well, of course, he's NOT responsible.  Anyhow, McCarthy instructed the applicant to seek out the owner of the wall after the approval.  Strange bit of unnecessary drama on this one.

CONVENIENCE STORE, SANS BOOZE, APPROVED
The final item was the creation of a 1,200 square foot convenience store at the 76 gasoline station at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and Fairview Drive.  The only real issue here was the possible future request to sell liquor at the store.  Again, McCarthy made a big issue of this subject - correctly so, since it seemed apparent that the applicant intended to try to sell liquor at this site in the future.  There is language within the conditions of approval that will make it problematic for him to do so.  The commission approved the application, 4-0 just after 8 p.m.

MORE PAVING SCHEDULED
After City Engineer Fariba Faseli announced an extensive schedule of paving on the north and west sides of the city which will begin within a couple weeks and be completed by April, the meeting was adjourned until the next one on February 23rd.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Andranian's another rigbot with his tongue out, ready to get those boots nice and shiny a la Fitzy. He and Sesler can take turns.

2/10/2015 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

In spite of Mensinger's comment that these high rise monstrosities are "selling like hotcakes", they are not. I really think we should wait until those built have been sold before we destroy anymore neighborhoods and foist these ugly cells on anyone else.

This issue with the reserves is becoming serious. Now they can't crow about anyone "blowing through reserves" anymore as they've done that very same thing and refused to build anything towards a rainy day. Sandy has done a great job. We need to know where the money is really going. The health of this city is not good with a precarious economic situation, crime rising sharply since Rig took over and many, many unanswered questions that are owed to the residents. And now we find out our MPT is a member of hate groups. Great. Just wonderful.

2/10/2015 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger Honeyman said...

"And now we find out our MPT is a member of hate groups."

????? Coffee, can you elaborate on this?

2/10/2015 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Honeyman, here are just a few. Its all over the press, just google it.


http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/10/pfaws-ad-calls-rnc-israel-trip-hate-group.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Family_Association

Trip to Israel: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/anti-defamation-league-republican-national-committee-israel-trip-114852.html

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.639330

http://forward.com/articles/213661/hate-group-funds-republican-trip-to-israel/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-wilson/antigay-antimormon-hate-group_b_6581586.html

http://www.jta.org/2015/02/04/news-opinion/politics/adl-urged-rnc-not-to-join-american-family-association-israel-trip

2/10/2015 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

That's an MPT?

2/10/2015 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Mayor Pro Tem - MPT... pronounced eMPTy...

2/10/2015 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Coffee --
Just spent the last 15 minutes googling American Family Association and Steve Mensinger and I can find no link between the two. Please, where does your data come from? It's a pretty serious allegation.

Or is it a different hate group or groups?

2/10/2015 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Where said...

Terry, copy the link and paste it in your browser. This is the trip our MPT went on to Israel. All these links were from Google. You can also use "AFA"

2/10/2015 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Terry, all these links are from Google. You may have to copy them and paste them in your browser. You can also use "AFA".

2/10/2015 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Terry, our MPT (mayor pro tem) is Righeimer now.

2/10/2015 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Oh, gurf. So used to Steve being MPT -- Geoff, gimme the dunce cap!

I found the Israel trip OK, Cof, but didn't know Rig had gone on THAT one. Not surprising, though, in view of the fact that Marty Millard endorsed him so firmly and frequently. Maybe next time I go to Israel I can avoid stepping where he has been...

2/10/2015 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous David said...

"And now we find out our MPT is a member of hate groups."

Is there any evidence that the MPT is a member of this organization? Or did he just take the trip?

Membership would be very troubling in my mind.

2/12/2015 10:48:00 AM  

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