Two Development Issues On Special Council Meeting Agenda MONDAY
HERE. You may recall this meeting was rescheduled to Monday instead of the regularly scheduled meeting date of Tuesday, October 18th so some of the council members may attend a tribute to philanthropists Julianne and George Argyros. Hint: Mayor Steve Mensinger worked for Argryos after he left USC. It will be interesting to see if all the council members attend this meeting since Katrina Foley told the council she had a conflict for this date.
MAYOR'S AWARD TO JOHN HAWLEY
Apparently Mensinger will bestow his Mayor's Award on Westside businessman John Hawley, the operator of Railmakers, a long-time Westside business that has been a cornerstone of the Harbor Area boating industry for decades.
The Consent Calendar is short, but the Warrant, HERE, has some interesting items worth your attention. For example, as I began scrolling down through the list that reflects more than $4 million in payments made on our behalf I noticed a few interesting entries that appear to be refunds for licenses for Sober Living Homes. Among those listed are:
- California Recovery, Inc. - $101.00
- Casa Capri LLC - $201.00
- Keystone Sober Living - $48.00
- Orange County Detox - $101.00
- Rock Solid Recovery, Inc - $402.00
- Safe Harbor Recovery Properties, LLC - $1,031.00
- Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women - $804.00
- Sure Haven - $724.00
- The Recovery Center - $202.00
- Time 2 Care - $52.00
$1.4 MILLION FOR RADIOS - NO DISCUSSION?
Item #7, HERE, is interesting. It's the purchase of communications equipment for more than $1.4 million. What's especially interesting is the dollar-juggling going on in the staff report to pay for it. Take a look under the Fiscal discussion.
CONVERTING BUSINESS USES TO SINGLE FAMILY HOMES
Public Hearing #1, HERE, should generate some discussion from the public. This is a General Plan amendment and Zoning Change to convert an existing business site into residential uses. This is similar to another residential site that replaced the Christian Science Church with 10 dwelling units recently. This one replaces a couple buildings and several businesses with 11 single family homes. When the Planning Commission heard this one several members of the public spoke against it.
HIGH DENSITY AT SOBECA
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is also controversial. This one is an amendment to the SoBECA Urban Plan to allow residential development at a maximum density of 40 dwelling units per acre for a total of 450 units within the urban plan. This is yet another step in increasing the density of housing in Costa Mesa.
COULD BE A SHORT MEETING... OR NOT
Although there are only a couple items on the agenda, which should indicate a short meeting, one never knows what kind of discussions these two developments will generate. And, we don't know how many council members will be in attendance.