Friday, April 15, 2016

Big Night At Mesa Water Board Meeting

MUCH-DESERVED RECOGNITION
Thursday night was a big one for the Mesa Water District Board, and for those of us they serve.  Last night they received proclamations from numerous official bodies, congratulating them - and us - on exceeding the State-mandated 20% water savings.  The district managed to save more than 21%, thanks to the outstanding efforts of the organization for their practical solutions to the problem, their excellent public awareness campaign and to most of us who use their services.

MY APOLOGIES
I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos... I just took my Iphone to this meeting, not expecting to "cover" it.  The distance and lighting taxed it's capabilities, so I didn't get good shots of most of the participants.  The best image is provided by Mesa Water - the group shot below.

EARLY SCHMOOZE-FEST
It was interesting to watch the many politicians in the room mingle and schmooze.  Here's a photo of Mayor Steve Mensinger having his photo taken with Michele Steel.
PROCLAMATIONS
Board President Shawn Dewane accepted proclamations from State Senator John Moorlach (in absentia); Assemblyman Matt Harper - who showed up looking all dapper in his chapeau.  I thought for a moment he might break into a song and dance number; Supervisor Michele Steel; Director Bob Ooten from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District; Mayor Steve Mensinger representing the City of Costa Mesa; President Cathy Green from the Orange County Water District; a representative of Congressman Dana Rhorabacher and others I didn't catch.  The kudos were well-deserved.
PRESS RELEASES
Additionally, as covered in the Mesa Water press release, HERE, the district bestowed awards on ten (10) groups they identified as "Mega" Mesa Water Savers.  The City of Costa Mesa also produced a page on Costa Mesa Connected, HERE, describing the event and including many images.

SPECIAL "SEGERSTROM" MOMENT
There were many highlights of those presentations.  For example, when Justin McCusker, representing C.J. Segerstrom & Sons stepped up to receive their award Dewane almost waxed poetic as he described the monumental contributions made to water issues by the Segerstrom family, and Henry Segerstrom in particular.  It was a nice touch.
KUDOS TO THE CITY
The City of Costa Mesa also received an award for their efforts in conserving water.  It was a special moment when, among the many dignitaries receiving accolades, the representative chosen to accept the award was Lead Maintenance Worker Philip Willey, accompanied by his lovely daughter.  When I spoke today with Bruce Hartley, his boss, he told me Philip was chosen because he's the guy who gets it done.  He's the one who makes sure all the sophisticated watering devices around the city work as expected and that the madates are met.  This was a very special moment for me - seeing the value of the folks who actually do the work acknowledged for their efforts.  Good for Hartley!  And, during the photo ops Mensinger made sure we knew he was there.  Councilwoman Katrina Foley also attended the meeting.
YEP, WE GOT ONE, TOO
Oh, yes... my sweet and very patient wife and I received an award, too.  We were one of two single-family residences - the other being Janice & Steven Frates - to receive acknowledgement of significant water savings.  We're very proud of this acknowledgement.  We spent a lot of time and effort designing and installing our new front yard - replacing a lawn with drought-tolerant plants, each one individually irrigated with a drip system.  As you can see from the images below, the plants - just a year old this month - have not only survived, but thrived.  Only those two bougainvillea plants were original - all the rest are new plantings.  The Santa Barbara Daisies and Mexican Sage have just exploded, as have the Kangaroo Paws, the roses and all the rest.  We hope our efforts will encourage more of you to experiment with water saving landscaping choices.  You don't have to install as many plants as we did - it was our choice to provide a demonstration garden, to show you what can be done.  And, FYI, Mesa Water acknowledged that we've saved around 40% on our water consumption.  In actuality, comparing month-to-month to previous years when we were watering a lawn, the savings have varied from around 40% to nearly 60%.
THANKS TO DEWANE AND STAFF
Thanks to President  Shawn Dewane, Directors Jim Fisler, Jim Atkinson, Fred Bockmiller and Ethan Temianka, each of whom were very cordial.  Fisler, with whom I've had social media battles in the past until he blocked me, was especially friendly and it was much appreciated.  It was nice to catch up.  I also appreciated the plug Dewane gave the blog.  Although he didn't name it, we felt the love.  And, a special thank you to Stacy Taylor, Noelle Collins and the staff for creating a special moment for those of us who received this recognition.
KUDOS TO MESA WATER
And, kudos, one more time, to Mesa Water and General Manager Paul Schoenberger and his staff for the industry-leading creativity that provides this critical resource to us, especially at a time of severe drought.


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Loaded Agenda Guarantees Late, Contentious Council Meeting

A LONG, BUSY NIGHT AHEAD

The Costa Mesa City Council will meet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall for the latest meeting.  It will be preceded by a Closed Session starting at 5:00 p.m.  You can read the agenda HERE.  My head hurts already!

HIGHLIGHTS (OR LOWLIGHTS)

Let me quickly highlight some of what will appear on that agenda for you.
In the Closed Session:
  • An issue dealing with the Voting Rights Act (also dealt with in the open session)
  • Some kind of property negotiations between Vanguard University and The City of Costa Mesa involving 2374 Newport Boulevard, 115 Santa Isabel Avenue and our Civic Center Park.
In the Open Session:
  • The COIN hearing for the Costa Mesa Police Association contract.
  • Creation of District Boundaries for District Elections.
  • Appointments to Various Committees.
  • An Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.
  • A City Medical Marijuana Initiative.
 Now, let's take it from the top...

We have no more information on the Closed Session items than is provided at the beginning of the agenda item.  We have more information before the meeting.  If so, I'll post more about it.

BIG CONSENT CALENDAR
The Consent Calendar contains fourteen (14) items - those deemed to be "routine in nature" and that could be handled with one vote.  If anyone pulls an item it will be trailed to the very end of the meeting.

HOW WE SPENT OUR MONEY

Item #2, Warrant 2555, HERE, lists more than $3.5 million of our dollars that have already been spent.  Here's a brief list of some of the more interesting items:
  • City of Huntington Beach - $17,570.00 - Helicopter Svc, Feb, 2016
  • Johnson Favaro LLP - $202,928.02 - NCC/DRC Architecture Design Svcs
  • Jones & Mayer - $139,064.01 - Legal Services - Various
  • Stradling Yocca Carlson &Rauth - $10.677.00 - Legal Services - Various
  • Hinderliter De Llamas Associates - $8,769.88 - Sales Tax Audits
And, of course, there's much, much more if you care to scroll down through the list yourselves.

SPENDING MONEY TO MANAGE OUR INVESTMENTS

 Item#4, HERE, is the renewal of the Professional Services Agreement with Chandler Asset Management, Inc for investment management services - $50,000.

I-405 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Item #11, HERE, is the Cooperative Agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority for the I-405 Improvement Project.  Like it or not, it's coming...

PLANNING CONSULTANT CONTRACT EXTENSION
Item #14, HERE, is the extension of a professional services contract with Lilley Planning Group.  Due to the demand for planning expertise, and the fact that we've had a hard time retaining planners, this item extends the term of an existing contract and will be paid out of salary savings due to the unfilled vacancies.

POLICE CONTRACT
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the COIN Ordinance-required second reading of the various proposals for the new contract between The City and the Costa Mesa Police Association, CMPA.  You can read the details in the staff report.  I see NO mention in the staff report of the report lame duck Councilman Gary Monahan requested of Contract City Attorney Tom Duarte detailing what would happen if the council chooses NOT to approve this agreement.   Mayor Steve Mensinger and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer will have to leave the auditorium for this discussion/vote because they are still embroiled in the bogus lawsuit they filed against the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department.  Approval requires that all three remaining council members approve it, not just a majority of the three.

ELECTION BY DISTRICTS BEING FORCED UPON US
Public Hearing #2, HERE, Plan For Community Participation in Creation of District Boundaries for District Elections, is directly related to that curious Closed Session item, above.  This is a BIG DEAL!  According to the staff report, a lawyer named Shenkman has threatened to sue The City for assumed violations of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) unless The City places before the voters the option to create voter districts on the November 8, 2016 ballot.  The staff has recommended that The City hold the required public hearing, approve a community participation plan and direct staff to implement the plan.  They've already hired a consultant to facilitate this process and, presuming the council approves, it will begin post haste in order to get all the required meetings completed in time for the council to meet the deadline in August for a vote to place the issue before the voters.  Please read the staff report and the attachment, HERE, that outlines the proposed process because things are going to happen very fast.

A "GAME CHANGER"
To describe this as a "game changer" in Costa Mesa politics doesn't even come close to defining the impact if this item passes in November.  The obvious reason for this action is to provide certain minority groups - Latinos and Asians - a better chance to have representation on the City Council.  The council positions would be elected by district, but it won't affect the upcoming election.  However, the NEXT one, in 2018, will be a doozy!  Under one interpretation of the law, the entire City Council could be ousted and a new one, using the districts, could be elected - using staggered terms as is presently the case.  The drawing of boundary lines is going to be very interesting.  It's impossible to imagine any configuration that would put our current mayor and mayor pro tem in separate districts - they live a few yards apart on the golf course.  Of the remaining three council members, it's likely that each might be in different districts - but none live in what will likely be a "Westside" district.  This is going to be VERY interesting!  And, no mention is made about possibly increasing the number of council members to seven (7).

FINGERPRINTING COMMISSIONERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
New Business #1, HERE, is the request by Councilwoman Katrina Foley to require all current and future City Council appointees to the City's commissions and committees to submit to a fingerprinting procedure prior to taking their respective positions.  This process is "Livescan" screening.  This discussion will be interesting.

CITY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT
Speaking of which, New Business #2, HERE, is the appointments to various committees.  There are 28 positions, both regular and alternates, available for consideration and a large number of applicants applied to one or more of those committees.  Read the staff report for the details.  Also read the attachments which provide information and qualifications for each of the applicants by committee.  The committees for which vacancies will be filled are:
Bikeway and Walkability Committee - 3 regular
Cultural Arts Committee - 3 regular, 1 alternate
Finance Advisory Committee - 9 regular
Historical Preservation Committee - 5 regular, 2 alternates
Housing and Public Service Grant Committee - 4 regular
Pension Oversight Committee - 1 regular

INCLUSIONARY HOUSING ORDINANCE DISCUSSION
New Business #3, HERE, is the discussion of Katrina Foley's request for an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to be presented to the City Council to facililtate the creation of affordable housing in the city.  According to the staff report, it was not clear if the council majority supported such an ordinance, so this staff report was prepared to give the council more information with which to make a decision regarding such an ordinance.  If they do, they must provide more direction to the staff on several segments of such an ordinance so staff can complete the task.  I think there is ZERO chance the council will approve moving this forward.

ANOTHER MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE
On the other hand, New Business #4, HERE, the resurrection of Gary Monahan's Medical Marijuana Initiative - or some version of it, has a pretty good chance of passing and being placed on the November 8, 2016 ballot.  There are already two (2) competing citizen-initiated medical marijuana initiatives that WILL be on the ballot.  In the election, only one - of two or three - would become law.  The idea here is to craft a measure that would beat the other two and provide a framework for governing medical marijuana in Costa Mesa.

FUNDING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
The final item on the agenda, New Business #5, HERE, is a proposal to approve a resolution for funding commitment for sports facilities capital improvements to include Newport Harbor High School in addition to Costa Mesa and Estancia High Schools.  60% of the students at Newport Harbor are Costa Mesa residents.

A LONG NIGHT AHEAD...
 This is going to be another highly-charged marathon meeting - bring a pillow.






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Thursday, April 14, 2016

An Interesting Election Season Ahead

UNLIKE ANY OTHER
We have before us an election season that will likely be unlike anything we've ever seen in Costa Mesa before - and part of it has nothing to do with what's on the ballot.

WHO KNOWS HOW MANY COUNCIL CANDIDATES?
Yes, we will likely see 8-10 candidates vying for one of the three city council seats being contested.  It is presumed that both incumbents, Mayor Steve Mensinger and Councilwoman Sandy Genis, will run and likely hold their seats.  Gary Monahan's finally termed out again - it's about darn time! - so it's really his seat in play.  Lee Ramos has announced he's running - again.  Former councilman Jay Humphrey says he's running again and hopes to be the victor for Monahan's seat.  You will recall that he lost a seat in the last election by only 47 votes.  Barrister and former candidate John Stephens says he's running again - he lost by 155 votes the last time he ran.  And, the one-note-samba, Al Melone says he's running again and has zero chance of winning.  And the official date for pulling papers is still months away!

MULTIPLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUES
The ballot will contain a lot of "stuff".  We will certainly have two (2) medical marijuana issues - probably three because the city is making noise about resurrecting Monahan's initiative, or something like it, to take control of that issue.  And, it's possible there will be a state-wide recreational marijuana initiative, too.

DUELING "GROWTH" INITIATIVES
And then there's Costa Mesa First's Smart Growth Initiative.... that's not really the name of it, but the actual name is too long and I prefer this one since it's accurate.  The power elite - and developer-friendly - members of the City Council have decided to have the city staff create a competing issue in an attempt to defeat the Smart Growth Initiative.

MAYBE A FAIRVIEW PARK INITIATIVE...
Signatures continue to be gathered by the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance for an initiative to protect that 200 plus acres and the protected species and irreplaceable artifacts from development.

...AND TWO BOND ISSUES
And, it is possible that there will be two bond issues on the ballot totalling more than $50 million in obligations for the voters to consider.  The first - a bond to rebuild our main library/community center complex at Lions Park - may be for around $34 million.  The second, Jim Righeimer's vindictive, punitive $20 million bond for affordable housing, is clearly being placed on the ballot at great  expense as an in-your-face move against affordable housing advocates.  When it fails - and it likely will fail - he will waive that defeat in their faces and - as he's said already - dare them to bring affordable housing before the council again.

All that will make November 8th very interesting.

THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA
However, I'm most concerned about the impact of social media on this upcoming election.  We've seen council majority-friendly folks create a Facebook page following the model used in Huntington Beach the last time around.  This page - CLOSED page, falsely using the term "public" in it's name when it's anything but public - allegedly has over 6,000 members who apparently engage in group-think exercises where only one side of issues is permitted.  Folks may not even view the activity on that page unless permitted membership.  And, worse, denizens of that page skulk out to other OPEN pages and provoke folks to write critical comments and, if they're also members of that CLOSED page, they may be bounced off for those unrelated transgressions.  Meanwhile, character assassination takes place and misinformation is spread without an opportunity to rebut.

THE POWER ELITE PROMOTE THIS DECEPTION
What worries me the most, though, is the fact that several members of the council majority - all of them, actually - are frequent posters on this page.  And, many of their appointees also participate regularly.  Council members and commissioners who participate also tout the page as "THE" place to get good information and have good discussions on important issues - from the dais of their respective groups.  It's obvious that there is a growing assumption by them that they think they are seeing the true will of the people on that page - a blatant false assumption, since it's closed to many of us who have differing viewpoints.

STIFLING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION...
This sad commentary is a perpetuation of the institutionalized stifling of public participation on issues in this city.  The City Council has discouraged public comments by arbitrarily limiting the number who may speak early in meetings and forcing the remainder to wait until the bitter end - sometimes well into the next day - to have their views/grievances heard.

...SEVERAL WAYS
Similarly, they force items pulled from the Consent Calendar to be trailed to the end of the meeting, too, so if a person wants a clarification on, for example, a particular expenditure on a Warrant, that information will not be discussed until the end of the meeting.

BLOCKING PUBLIC AWARENESS
And, the council majority has forbidden Award-winning Costa Mesa Television from recording ANY candidate forums this cycle.  In years past those forums were important to each election and, although a couple hundred people attended most of them, many thousands more could watch the taped replay at their convenience and see the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates.

SEMI-PRIVATE MEETINGS
Rather than entertain issues important to everyone in the appropriate venue - a City Council meeting - the Mayor has chosen to have tightly-controlled,  semi-private gatherings on Sunday afternoons where residents can meet with him in small groups to discuss their issues.  There are no reports from those meetings and City Staff are required to attend on one of the few days they might spend with their families.

MISUSE - AND PERHAPS ILLEGAL - OF CITY STAFF
And, now we have rumblings that members of the City Council have been personally assigning city staffers to observe and harass members of the public who are legally going about collecting signatures on petitions for initiatives they hope to place on the November ballot.  If true, this is clearly a misuse of the power of their office and a misuse of staff resources at a time when they are severely strained due to under staffing.

KEEP ON SPEAKING!
One can only hope that members of the public will continue to bring issues to light that are important to the entire city - not just developers, who will hit and run - even considering the considerable obstacles being placed in their way.  We hope they will continue to step up and speak up - the stakes are too important to permit the power elite to quash public participation.

TO THE POWER ELITE - STOP WHINING!
We know the power elite read this blog - they whine about the content and comments frequently.  So, to them - stop whining and pay attention to the voices of your constituents!  That's your job!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DUI Checkpoint Friday Night



A CHANGE IN POLICY?
For the first time in years the Costa Mesa Police Department told us where and when a DUI Checkpoint will be conducted!  In the recent past they've chosen to announce the date and time of the  checkpoints, but didn't tell us where they would be located, waiting to snatch up transgressors.

 BEAR AND BAKER...
The press release about this checkpoint is shown below.  Click on the image to read it more easily.  The event will be held at Bear and Baker Streets starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th and will continue until 2:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16th.  You've been warned!


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Planning Commission "Continues" General Plan Two Weeks


GENERAL PLAN REVIEWED, THEN CONTINUED
Monday night the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, minus Chairman Rob Dickson who was absent due to illness, heard the staff report, two excellent reports from consultants and comments from fifteen (15) residents, then decided to "continue" the item until their meeting on April 25th.
FLYNN CLARIFIES THE SCHEDULE
The meeting began when Assistant Development Services Director Claire Flynn provided some clarification of the staff report and corrected the presumption by many in the community that the Commission would vote to move the General Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Report to the City Council.  She confirmed that the commission is under no obligation to do so and, in fact, would be well-advised to wait until after April 18th - the final day for written comments on the documents - before beginning to consider sending it up to the council.  More no that in a minute.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
During Public Comments a half-dozen residents addressed several issues.
SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINED
Cindy Black suggested that, since Commissioner Tim Sesler is such a fan of a prominent social media page, he should investigate the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance page and the Costa Mesa Sandbox page - where one can post without fear of retribution.
FAIRVIEW PARK DEFENDED
Kim Hendricks spoke on Fairview Park and the illegal activities that have happened there over the years using her slide show to demonstrate the problem areas.

RIGHEIMER CROWING PREMATURE
An unidentified person told the commission that the settlement between The City and Solid Landings is not yet finalized - it has not been signed yet - so the crowing by "you-know-who" is premature.  We presume she meant Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer.  She also alerted us all to a group home at 126 E. Rochester.
WATER CONSERVATION EMPHASIZED
Tamar Goldmann addressed an article in the Los Angeles Times on the need to conserve water and told the commission they need to be cognizant of that fact when approving projects.  She said we should be requiring permeable pavers whenever possible.

SOBER LIVING HOME C.U.P.
Mary Spadoni addressed the issue that had been removed from the agenda - the request for a Conditional Use Permit for to contiguous sober living homes and wondered why it was even on the agenda in the first place since we have ordinances against what they want to do.
NEARBY NEIGHBOR ALSO CONCERNED
An unidentified young man spoke to the same issue.  He didn't know the item was not on the agenda until he arrived at Council Chambers.  He owns property nearby and is concerned about the impact of those homes on the neighborhood.
COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
During Commissioner Comments Sesler thanked that unidentified person for the information on the Solid Landings settlement - but he called it "Solid Living"....
ABANDON SOCIAL MEDIA
Colin McCarthy suggested we all need to stop using social media and cited things he did with the time he saved by abandoning Facebook recently.

CONSENT CALENDAR
Both items on the Consent Calendar were handled quickly but separately because McCarthy had a conflict on the second one.  The first passed, 4-0 and the second, 3-0.
GENERAL PLAN
That left the General Plan and Draft EIR.  Staffer Minoo Ashabi led the discussion and introduced the consultants that would be participating.  She also mentioned that the City Council had directed staff to NOT include any mention of Affordable Housing in the General Plan - perhaps because of the pending $20 million bond measure that Righeimer is using as a vindictive tool to flog the affordable housing advocates into submission.  Ashabi gave us an outline of where we stand now.  The following slides were part of her presentation.
FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THE GENERAL PLAN
Consultant Roger Dale of the Natelson-Dale Group provided us with a PowerPoint presentation on the Financial Implications of the General Plan as proposed.  These slides were his presentation.  Most of them are easily-read, but click on the image to enlarge any of them if necessary.
TRAFFIC IMPACT
Following his presentation a representative of Stantec provided a discussion of the traffic impact of the General Plan through 2035.  These are his slides - most of which are hard to read except for the titles.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
During Public Comments several people stepped up to offer suggestions/criticisms.
ANGRY
Flo Martin cited all the hard work the Bikeways and Walkability Committee had done for nearly a year to prepare their goals, objectives and polices for inclusion in the General Plan, only to have Righeimer tell them that their "policies" really should be "recommendations" - despite the fact that the committee had been using a format and template provided by the staff.
"REPURPOSING" FAIRVIEW PARK?
Jay Humphrey cited sections in the General Plan that mentioned that Fairview Park should be "repurposed", and that was inconsistent with the current plan and certainly not consistent with the wishes of the people.
FAIRVIEW PARK
Kim Hendricks outlined several sections in the documents that were inconsistent and needed to be corrected.  She spoke of the many protected species in the park - the Burrowing Owl and the San Diego Fairy Shrimp, just to mention two - that were in danger of being lost by mismanagement of the park.
DISREGARD FOR SAFETY
Cynthia McDonald, who has attended almost every meeting on the General Plan for the past three years, mentioned that she was preparing a written report/suggestions/corrections, but cited one item at this time - that she perceives a disregard for safety in this document.  She said there is no plan for managing the increase in pollution generated by the increase in traffic that the build-out of this plan will produce.
 "THREE FICTIONS"
Kathy Esfahani spoke on the lack of Affordable Housing in the General Plan, cited a letter generated in December of 2015 to which she has received no reply from staff.  She bemoaned the loss of the motels, which provide de facto affordable housing for many Costa Mesans, and said she will cover "Three Fictions" in a letter.
A REMINDER - "YOU CAN'T ACT TONIGHT!"
Cindy Black reminded the commission that they CANNOT act on the General Plan until at least April 18th.
MORE ON WATER
Tamar Goldmann continued with her observations that water needs to be part of this plan.

TRAFFIC AND TBON
An unidentified person expressed concern about the 22% increase in traffic, the lack of affordable housing and the proliferation of rehab homes in the city that seem to have not found a place in the General Plan documents.  She also suggested a visit to the TBON web page where a pin map showing sober living homes in the city may be found.
AIR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Andrea Marr cited the need to get the numbers straight - the consultants numbers varied significantly - and the need to consider Air Quality in the plan somewhere.  She also observed that many of her friends - young professionals - are leaving Costa Mesa for more affordable housing elsewhere.

REHAB RIVIERA
Another unidentified person wondered how much of our tax dollars were spent generating these reports.  She said Dr. Phil promotes rehab homes in Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles Times referred to our city as "Rehab Riviera".
AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Linda Teng spoke on behalf of the Costa Mesa Affordable Housing Coalition.
HIGH DENSITY HOUSING AND TRAFFIC
Richard Huffman was concerned about the proliferation of high density housing planned and the traffic it will bring.
SAFETY A CONCERN
Wendy Leece spoke about the need for the Safety element - parts of which had been dropped in the new plan.  She was concerned about the levels of service by both Fire and Police.
HOPE YOU ALL READ IT ALL
Robin Leffler thanked Vice Chair Jeff Mathews for his smooth handling of the meeting in Dickson's absence, then hoped that all the commissioners had read both documents so they will be prepared to make sound judgments.
LESS COPS, MORE CRIME
Mary Spadoni also cited the fact that we have fewer officers and much more crime now.  She also cited the financial and traffic impacts of Sober Living Homes seem not to have been considered in both documents.
LOOKING FOR CLARIFICATION
During the subsequent discussion both McCarthy and Stephan Andranian said they supported continuing the issue until their next meeting.  McCarthy wanted clarification of some of the disparities in some of the numbers, including the traffic numbers.  Andranian echoed that sentiment and said he was looking forward to reading all the written responses.
REALLY?
Sesler made a strange comment about "confusion and skepticism" about some of the numbers and said it would have been good to have a brief summary of the consultants qualifications.  The guy is just unbelievable!
CONTINUED, WITH AN EARLY WRAP-UP
The commission voted, 4-0, to continue this item to their April 25th meeting and the meeting ended at 8:02 p.m.!  Yea!

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