Monday, November 14, 2011

The Week Ahead

If you watched the Costa Mesa Minute this morning - over there on the right side of this page - then you saw Dane Bora tell us that we've got an extraordinary menu of meetings this week. Today the Planning Commission meets at 6:00 in City Council Chambers. Tomorrow the City Council meets at the same time in the same venue and on Wednesday the Parks and Recreation Commission meets at the same time, same place.

Two items grabbed my attention on the
Planning Commission agenda. Each were the result of requests from Chairman Colin McCarthy. In each case it is unclear what his intent is on bringing these issues to the commission for discussion.

The first one deals with parking of commercial vehicles on public streets, HERE. Apparently, based on his first pass at this issue in September, McCarthy is irritated by what he perceives to be a growing number of "commercial vehicles" being parked on city streets. The problem here, though, is it appears that he may be trying to change the definition of such vehicles to include your neighbor, the self-employed plumber or electrician, who may park his work truck on the street or in his driveway.

For the past few years there has been a focused effort to "clean up" the st
reets of our city by forcing folks with boats, recreational vehicles, project cars, etc., to remove them from sight by those of us who might be driving past their homes. I'm worried that this overture may be one step too far in the current power elite in this city as they attempt to morph Costa Mesa into Irvine. We'll know as this issue is discussed at the end of the meeting tonight.

The second issue is Illegal Garage Conversions, HERE, which is a problem in many neighborhoods throughout our city. It's not clear what McCarthy plans to do about this, though. Is he going to unleash the Code Enforcement folks to pound on doors and demand a look at your garage if they think you might be misusing it? Will they require you to empty all the storage from your garage and to park your cars inside, "or else"? This is the very last item on the agenda in what may be a fairly short meeting. We'll see.

I'll visit the agenda for the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission meetings in subsequent posts. I've got some research to do first.

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Anonymous Eleanor said...

It's really not hard to tell when a garage has been converted to living space: the overhead door is replaced by a wall, usually with a curtained window in it. It may be legal, as long as there is another garage on the property to replace the one that's converted.

I don't think the City worries much about the use of a garage for non-car-parking uses, as long as there is no structural alteration.

Mostly it's the neighbors who are inconvenienced by too many cars parked on the street and not enough curb space.

11/14/2011 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Nature Lover said...

Can't wait to see what you find out about the parking lot...oh I mean the graded field for high powered aircraft in Fairview Park.

11/15/2011 01:20:00 PM  

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