Some Special Issues On Council Agenda Tuesday
The Costa Mesa City Council meets again on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, with a Closed Session meeting planned prior to that meeting 4:00 p.m. There's plenty to pique your interest in both meetings and you can read the agenda HERE.
SOBER LIVING LAWSUIT AND LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
The Closed Session has four items on it - one item involves litigation between the City of Costa Mesa and Yellowstone Women's First Step House, Inc., and Sober Living Network, Inc. The remaining three deal with labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, the Costa Mesa Division Managers Association and Unrepresented Executive Employees. If you wish to comment on any of those items before they begin their discussions present yourself before the council at 4:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The meeting will shift to Conference Room 5A following Public Comments on those items.
COUNCIL COMMENTS AND MORE
After the Open Session begins and following Public Comments and Council Members Comments (4 minutes each), the Consent Calendar will be discussed. These items, unless pulled for separate discussion by a member of the public, staff or council, will be voted upon in one vote. At the last council meeting we had that rare occurrence happen.
Early in the Consent Calendar - Item #2, HERE, is Warrant #2571, which tells us how the City spent more than $8.6 million of your tax dollars. Here's a sample of what you will find if you scroll down through that long, long list.
For example, there are two segments with more than 45 pages listing quarterly Retiree Medical Insurance Payments totaling more than $350,000 to retired employees. Other entries of interest include:
- Clean Street - $60,590.98 - Street Sweeping 12/16 plus more
- G4S Secure Solutions, Inc. - $51,322.68 - Jail Facilities Svcs - Deec. 16
- Jones & Mayer - $152,831.73 - Legal Svcs (various)
- Motorola - $2,259,666.62 - 800 MHz Upgrade Project
- STV Construction, Inc. - $71,355.00 - Prof. Svcs. Lions Park Project Nov. 16
- Management Partners, Inc. - $6,302.00 - Consulting Svcs DS 12/16-12/30
- MPS Consultant Services - $9,880.00 - Planning Consultant Services
- City of Huntington Beach - $21,980.00 - Helicopter Svcs - Dec. 2016
- ECS Imaging, Inc - $63,738.00 - Software Upgrade, Laserfiche
- Kimley Horn & Associate, Inc - $30,735.53 - Community Imprv Thru 12/31/16
- Keyser Marston Associates Inc. - $4,405.10 - Neighborhood Improv/Homeless 12/16
- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - $9,050.10 - Personnel Legal (various)
- Costa Mesa United - $55,210.95 - Athletic Facility Imp-Estancia
- Johnson Favaro LLP - $85,135.77 - NCC/Libray Poject 11/16-12/15/16
- SVT Construction Inc - $16,850.00 - Prof. Svcs Lions Park Proj. Dec 16
Item #5, HERE, is the resolution authorizing street closures for the 2017 Orange County Marathon in May. There are eight (8) attachments to that staff report, including routes for all the events and affected streets.
CMCEA COIN HEARING
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the first public hearing regarding labor negotiations between the City and the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) as required by the COIN ordinance. The staff report lists the elements of this Memorandum of Understanding, including Wage Increases, Retirement Contributions and Health Insureance Flexible Benefits Contributions. Read the staff report and the attachment which lists the fiscal impact of this agreement.
THE WATCH CONNECTION APPEAL
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is the appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a Minor Conditional Use Permit for two reserved parking spaces at 3033 Bristol Street, Suite A, (The Watch Connection). This is a de novo hearing, so everything involving this project may be presented for the City Council's consideration.
SLOWING TRAFFIC ON EAST 19TH STREET
Old Business #1, HERE, is the so-called Safe Route To Schools project involving East 19th Street from Church Street to the city limits at Irvine Avenue. It involves traffic calming measures at all intersections along that route plus a couple of monuments identifying the area as "Eastside Costa Mesa". The calming measures are similar, but not exactly the same, as have been installed along Broadway - which parallels East 19th Street a few blocks away. This project was heard by the Bikeways and Walkability Committee recently. Many Eastside neighbors spoke in favor of the project - except me. My personal view is that this will force traffic to seek less restrictive routes to and from the 55 Freeway, particularly Costa Mesa Street and, probably, 20th Street. I guess we'll find out.
EXPANDING SHUTTLE SERVICE - TAKING CARS OFF THE ROADS
New Business #1, HERE, is a $3 million project, of which the City is required to provide $310,071, to expand on the existing shuttle program between South Coast Plaza and area hotels to Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center and Disneyland, by adding midday shuttle service between the South Coast Metro area and CAMP/LAB. Attachments are provided which enhance the staff report.
HER MISTAKE - LIVE WITH IT AND MOVE ON...
The final item on the agenda, HERE, is New Business #2, the designation of which seems somehow appropriate. This is Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Genis' request to remove Planning Commission Chairman Stephan Andranian from the commission because she made a mistake when preparing her nomination forms - she marked them backwards, contrary to the instructions provided by the City Clerk - at the previous council meeting when all three commissions were staffed and certified. As I have said many times, this is a BAD IDEA and I hope Genis has used the long holiday weekend to reconsider her request. There is no clean way to remedy her mistake - any solution will only perpetuate the chaos that has ensued since she announced it the day following the last council meeting two weeks ago. I doubt if the current Planning Commission is anybody's perfect group, but it's a skilled quintet of volunteers with complimentary skills and backgrounds that could, and should, make for some balanced discussions of the sticky issues that face the commission downstream. In my view, if Genis does pursue this on Tuesday the City Council should reject her idea and let this new commission - chaired by Andranian - get on with the business ahead of it.