Friday, March 10, 2017

A VERY Busy Week Ahead In Costa Mesa



LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES!
OK, listen-up!  Next week, beginning on Saturday, is going to be a very busy time in Costa Mesa.  Here's a brief rundown of official events happening in our fair city.  I'll cover each in detail with individual reports.  Here goes...

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
 Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fire Station #1
At 10:30 a.m. there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the re-build of Fire Station #1 at the site at the corner of Royal Palm and Adams Avenue.  Here's the announcement:

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MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
Planning Commission meets for a regular meeting
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission meets beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers for a meeting that includes three (3) public hearings - all small lot developments.  Read the agenda HERE.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017
New Senior Commission Meets For The First Time
The Costa Mesa Senior Commission meets at 9:00 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W. 19th Street, for the first meeting of this re-constituted group.  The business on the agenda, HERE, is to elect officers of this new group, then apparently have a presentation on the Goals and Objectives.

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Special City Council Meeting at the Hilton Hotel
The Costa Mesa City Council will meet in a very special meeting offsite at which they will discuss Goals and Objectives.  This meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa in the Bristol Room 1 beginning at 4:00 p.m. and run until an unknown hour.  This is Mayor Katrina Foley's idea - a team-building exercise at which the council members can present their individual ideas for the near and long-term future of the city.  The agenda, such as it is, may be viewed HERE.  Because this is a scheduled meeting, the public is welcome to attend and will be permitted to comment for three (3) minutes, although the actual schedule shows only 10 minutes will be provided to the public to comment.
According to rookie Councilman John Stephens, this event will be facilitated by a consultant who will have already met individually with council members.  According to Stephens, the City will validate parking for residents who attend this meeting.  I'm thinking this will certainly be worth the price of admission and find myself wondering if boxing gloves will be available for council members.

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Police and Community Forum - Vanguard University
Costa Mesa Police Chief Rob Sharpnack, in conjunction with Mika Community Development and Vanguard University, invites Costa Mesa residents to attend a Town Hall at which Sharpnack will discuss the state of the police department, Costa Mesa crime statistics and community safety, with a Q&A portion.  This event begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Vanguard University campus, Heath Academic Center (#26 on the above site plan) in Room 109.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
Parks and Recreation Commission Study Session
The new Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a Study Session, HERE - the first such meeting I can remember for this commission - beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1A at City Hall in which they will discuss the Open Space Master Plan of Parks and Recreation, HERE, and provide direction to staff on updating that 14-year old document.  Public Comments will be taken at the beginning of this meeting, limited to two (2) minutes per speaker.

PHEW!
It's going to be a very busy week, indeed.

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