City Council Meeting Preview
The agenda for the Costa Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 was published today. You can read it HERE. The meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The open session will be preceded by a Closed Session beginning at 5:00. There are four (4) items on that agenda segment - three litigation items and one regarding labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa City Employee Association.
Mayor Steve Mensinger will apparently present his award to Chick-fil-A. Oh, well...
CONSENT CALENDAR - THE WARRANT
There are a few items on the Consent Calendar that are interesting. Item #1, Warrant #2556, HERE, has the normal items listed. I'm not going to list all those that provoke me with the exception of one entry. Early on the list is an entry for Jones & Mayer, our contract City Attorney firm for $65,175.10 for a single case - "Dadey". This is noteworthy because that amount is approximately a third of the normal entry for the firm. We've seen that name on the Closed Session entries in the recent past as the council apparently discussed this very expensive case. Click on the link above to review the remainder of the Warrant.
FUEL TANK LEAK
Item #4, HERE, is an interesting entry. This involves the emergency removal of a fuel tank at Fire Station #3 at 1865 Park Avenue, near Lions Park. Apparently in March the underground diesel fuel tank at that station failed and leaked fuel into the soil. An emergency purchase order was issued not to exceed $100,000 to mitigate this problem.
Item #6, HERE, is a $178,000 contract for a Temporary Web Master Consultant to design and develop the City's internal web platform and applications. Among the goals cited is a "Homeless Tracking System". Read the staff report for the rest.
NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR POSITION
Item #7, HERE, is the establishment of a new position - Emergency Services Administrator. This new position will apparently replace - and use the budgeted funds allocated for - a vacant Logistical Support Manager. The title is fairly self-explanatory, - responsibilities include the preparedness of the Emergency Operations Center - but read the short staff report for details.
CDBG AND HOME FUNDING
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Funding Priorities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME). This will involve more than $1.2 million in CDBG funds and almost $900,000 in HOME funds. Take a look at the staff report for the details of how these funds will be spent.
RIGHEIMER'S VINDICTIVE BOND
New Business #1, HERE, is the first step in the path to placing a Bond issue on the November 8, 2016 ballot for Affordable Housing in Costa Mesa. The council must adopt the resolution by a 2/3 vote - that's actually 4 of the five members - in order for the process to move forward. If passed the process moves forward to the Planning Commission on May 23, 2016 and then back to the City Council on June 7th and June 23rd. If there are not four (4) votes on the council next Tuesday, then Jim Righeimer's vindictive, in-your-face bond scheme dies. It's estimated that it will take $20,000 and a mountain of staff time for this item to be placed on the ballot.
REAUTHORIZING THE BIA
New Business #2, HERE, the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Reauthorization and Resolution of Intention, and Review of Annual Audit. According to the recent audit, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau will have a cash equity of $2.57 million by the end of June. The BIA is funded by a piece of the Transient Occupancy Tax levied on eleven (11) hotels. The purpose is to help the BIA promote tourism in Costa Mesa.