Boys & Girls Club Extension And Vrska Expulsion On Agenda
Following Public Comments, Council Member Comments and the report from the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Hatch, the Consent Calendar will be considered. There are eight (8) items listed on the Consent Calendar and, in theory, they are of routine nature and will not be pulled for separate discussion and be handled in one combined vote by the council. However, if one of the council members, a staff member OR a member of the public wishes to pull one of those items for separate discussion, under the rules imposed by Mayor Steve Mensinger, it will be trailed to the very end of the meeting for discussion and vote.
SPENDING YOUR BUCKS
Item #2 is Warrant Resolution #2552, HERE. This represents nearly $4 million of our tax dollars spent and is interesting to just scroll down through to see who is receiving what. Usually I'll give you a long list of things that caught my eye, either because of the amount of money involved or because of the nature of the item. Today that list will be short. Feel free to go to that link and take your own trip through millions of your dollars being expended. Here's my list:
- Costa Mesa Conference & Visitor Bureau - $198,346.11 - BIA Receipts for Dec. 2015
- Johnson Favaro LLP - $98,857.20 - DD Library&Pk Impv
- Mercy House - $40,000.00 - Grant for Homeless
- National Auto Fleet Group - $178,525.08 - Five (5) new police vehicles
- Newport Mesa Unified School District - $15,000.00 - Feasibility Study CMHS
- West Coast Arborists, Inc. - $21,317.00 - Emerg. Remov. Hazardous Trees
- Hilton Costa Mesa - $2,500.00 - Employee Svs Award Deposit
- The Omega Group Inc. - $7,025.00 - Furnish & Install. (What?)
- Jones & Mayer - $37,134.35 - Legal (Dadey)
- Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth - $3,607.50 - Legal - various
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS
There are no Public Hearings scheduled for Tuesday night.
DON'T BLINK ON THIS ONE
Old Business #1, HERE, is the second reading of a mandatory ordinance related to water efficient landscape plan and related guidelines required by new state rules. This should take five minutes, tops.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB LEASE EXTENSION
New Business #1, HERE, is an interesting issue. This is the lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area, inc., and the City for property at 2131 Tustin Avenue. The original lease was for a term of 50 years, with a proviso that the Lessee shall have the option to extend the lease for an additional forty-eight (48) years. This is where we are today. The new term would commence November 14, 2016 and expire November 13, 2064, with a rent rate of $1 per year.
RIGHEIMER'S HISSY FIT
New Business #2, HERE, is the vindictive demand by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer for the removal of Anna Vrska from the Fairview Park Citizen's Advisory Committee. No reason is required for a volunteer to be removed from a City committee, but this is clearly the result of Ms. Vrska's recent unfortunate use of the word "Nazi" when referring to the Sergeant-at-arms during the Planning Commission meeting on February 22, 2016. Righeimer will likely deny it, but there is NO other reason for this action. I wrote extensively about this in a recent post, HERE, so I won't say more now except that it demonstrates the petulant dictatorial behavior that we've seen by Righeimer ever since he took office five year ago. Ms. Vrska subsequently apologized for her use of that word. I published her apology verbatim in an entry HERE. I won't be surprised if a few residents and others speak to this issue Tuesday night.
HOPING FOR A SHORT ONE, BUT...
This meeting could be a short one, but one just never knows how long winded Righeimer might be, which stretches the time out.