Fairview Park Initiative Petitions Submitted
This morning representatives of the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance submitted what we were told was more than 7,100 signatures on petitions to place their initiative on the November 8, 2016 ballot. (The City Clerk's office just verified that a total of 7,135 signatures were submitted.)
Those signatures will be counted by the City Clerk, Brenda Green, and her staff, then promptly shipped off to Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley for authentication. He has 30 working days, excluding weekends and holidays, to complete the task. It takes slightly less than 5,000 valid signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot.
Presuming enough valid signatures were gathered, the petitions will be returned to the City of Costa Mesa and a certification resolution will be prepared for the City Council to approve authorizing the placement of the initiative on the ballot. It's likely that will happen sometime in June.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you wish to visit the website of the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance click HERE.
If you wish to view the 6-page initiative click HERE.
If you wish to read the Fairview Park Master Plan click HERE.
What is unknown at this time is whether members of the City Council majority, in a fit of pique, will demand that a counter-measure be placed on the ballot, too - as they did with the Smart Growth Initiative.
PROTECTING THE "JEWEL"
Fairview Park, described by many as Costa Mesa's "Jewel", has been under siege for several years. Because there are more than 200 acres of mostly open space, certain elements within the city simply salivate over the possibility of building a sports complex on part of it. City officials created the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee to assess the park, its current uses and possible other uses and advise the City Council on their findings. That body currently is dormant pending the completion of the update of the Open Space Master Plan of Parks and Recreation. It seems odd that they would be placed on hiatus when their work could impact the update of that document.
Having attended most of those meetings in the past it was clear that, by far, the community sentiment expressed to the committee was for the park to be left in a natural state - without active sports infrastructure or other significant "improvements". This initiative was created to insure that Fairview Park would remain a natural, undeveloped park for future generations of Costa Mesans.