Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Life or Death For Redevelopment Agency?

In a press release from Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell this evening - too late to field questions - the Costa Mesa Redevelopment Agency announced that it will hold a special meeting this Friday, August 26th, at 4:30 in City Council Chambers at Costa Mesa City Hall.

According to the press release, this meeting is to determine whether to agree to pa
y the state about $1.4 million to keep the agency alive.


Legislation passed earlier this year to help close California's budget gap forces redevelopment agencies to pay the state if they want to continue to operate. The new state laws are being challenged in court, and the state Supreme Court agreed last week to hear the case.


This special meeting is needed because the legislation requires agencies , by Sunday, to adopt an "enforceable obligation payment schedule" for the rest of 2011.

Because this meeting is being held in council chambers during the normal workday we assume it will be televised live on CMTV beginning at 4:30.



Anonymous say it ain't so said...

Mark this date. I just might agree with Pot Stinker?

8/23/2011 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous RickandJenn said...

No comments from those in the gallery who beat up on the Council for not using RDA money to save the ABLE program. Do you get it now??

Hope the cities stick it to the State in Court. What a poor way to try and balance your state budget--kind of akin to selling the Fairgrounds!!

8/24/2011 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Actually, RickandJenn, you've missed the target again. The law that threatens the RDA now was not in place at that time. And, they didn't have to take money from ANYWHERE to salvage the ABLE program for at least a couple more years - there was plenty of cash available to them without asking either city for more. No, the demise of ABLE was pure politics and, for sure, had nothing to do with public safety - this council obviously doesn't care about that.

8/24/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Really? said...

Really Geoff, Council Members with young families are purposely harming public safety based on politics? Do you ever listen to yourself.

I have a young family and I support the council direction.

I can't see any way to support your thinking.

For many elderly public safety is important. I think fear is driving emotions.

8/24/2011 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous RickandJenn said...

Pot Stirrer, once again you have not done your homework. If you look back at the meeting on the RDA, the law was clearly in the works and the Agency was warned not to use the money to pay everyday bills. I'm one of many who believe our new helicopter program is WAY BETTER than ABLE. Just look at how often you see it hovering in our City.

Explain to me the "politics" behind getting rid of a very expensive helicopter for the same (or even better service) with a cheaper program? That's not politics, it's common sense and good LEADERSHIP!

"Really" is right. The fear-mongorers continue to fuel the fire in this City. Luckily, the residents aren't having it. When you look at the facts, the helicopter and Redevelopment Agency decisions were great for this City.

8/24/2011 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger feral390 said...

Really?..... your coun-sell abolished the ABLE program and reduces the police force from 164 to 125 and you claim that is NOT harming public safety?

8/24/2011 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...


Helicopter crew from another city much better than one we had our own city long time. Everybody know they take care of their city first, our city last, that OK with me because Riggmarshal tell me what to think.

125 cops better than 165 cops because Riggy and Menssy will come to my house and chest bump bad guys.

8/24/2011 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Really x 2 said...


More cops does not make you safer. Less criminals makes you safer. More cops put up the tape quicker.

You want more cops? Get them to realistically open their contracts. Otherwise, hope the & CMFD like overtime. I don't see a new hire being approved without a materially different contract.

Until then I am sure you and the other Haters will hate.

Me, I say to Riggy ... "dont stop!".

8/24/2011 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Troll ReallyX2 wrote:

"..I say to Riggy ...dont stop!"

Me: Please keep your personal life to yourself.

8/24/2011 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous noster said...

Based on what?

I'm one of many who believe our new helicopter program is WAY BETTER than ABLE

8/24/2011 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike 1 said...

I thought the cops offered to return to the table, but the notices went out anyway.

8/24/2011 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Regarding Helicopters said...

I hate helicopters so I can assure you the HB helicopter is a much bigger nuisance than ABLE ever was, if that means anything to anybody.

8/24/2011 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Daisy Mae said...

I do hope the City Council decides to keep it's Redevelopment Agency. It looks like the city has the funds to pay the ransom to the State even though it is illegal and I hope the courts shoot it down. Redevelopment money belongs to the Cities and Costa Mesa has many areas that will benefit. I think ABLE was a money waster from day one. This is one area that I agree with a Council majority decision. To bad Starns was not let go along with ABLE. Another thing I do not understand is why aren't police on the layoff list if the Council majority despises them so much? Why aren't they looking to contract out police along with fire since it is their salaries, benefits and pensions that cost the city so much money?

8/24/2011 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Ganin said...

Who is Starns?

8/24/2011 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...


8/24/2011 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I preferred ABLE to our visiting copters from HB.

8/24/2011 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Daisy Mae said...

Ganin...I was referring to Costa Mesa Police Commander Tim Starn. I accidentally put a "s" at the end of his name in my previous post. The guy who is still being paid in that capacity even though the ABLE helicopter program has been dismantled.

8/24/2011 06:18:00 PM  

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