Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Second Open Space Master Plan Workshop Complete

ONLY A DOZEN SHOWED UP
A disappointly small crowd, if you can call a dozen people a crowd, showed up at Lindbergh School on the Eastside of Costa Mesa Wednesday evening for the second of four planned Open Space Master Plan Workshops.  The first one, conducted last week, played to four times the number of residents, including two Parks and Recreation Commissioners.  I wrote about that one HERE.  The charts and graphs presented at that meeting were the same.  The goal was for this meeting to be exactly the same as the first one.
RJM CONSULTING GUIDED THE DISCUSSIONS
Zach Mueting, from RJM Consulting, and his staff conducted this meeting again.  Members of the City Staff were in attendance to answer questions.  He gave the same overview with statistics before breaking the attendees into two smaller groups to go through the same exercises as last week.
SMALL, BUT EFFECTIVE, GROUPS
The groups, while only a half-dozen each, were enthusiastic and accomplished a lot.  There was considerate, respectful, productive discussions at both tables and joint prioritization of issues were easily attained.
INFORMATION TO BE COLLATED
This information will be included with the results of the previous meeting, the telephone survey conducted in January and other meetings with specialized groups.
THIRD WORKSHOP ON JULY 6TH AT TEWINKLE SCHOOL
The date of the next workshop, which will focus on Sports, was announced at this one.  It will be on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 and will be held at TeWinkle Middle Schoo, 3224 California Street, Costa Mesa.    See map below.  Although focused on Sports, everyone is welcome.  No time was announced, but I'll report that as it becomes available.  No date or time for the fourth meeting is available, but Mueting said it will be within 30 days of the third meeting, so we're looking at sometime in August.  The goal is to have this process completed in September, 2016.

MERCURIO AMONG THE ABSENT
An interesting side note.  This would seem to have been a perfect time for new Parks and Recreation Commissioner-delegate Julie Mercurio to get her feet wet on an important issue that her commission will be intimately involved with... and, it's in her neighborhood.  But, she was a no-show - obviously much too busy moderating her Facebook page to bother with this kind of stuff.  I guess she already knows everything there is to know on this issue.

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