Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Very Busy Week Ahead

The last week of March is going to be a busy one for those of us who pay attention to municipal issues.


Monday, March 26 there will be yet another hearing in Superior Court Judge Franz Miller's courtroom to determine which of the lawsuits filed in the "Missed Charter Submission Deadline" case will be allowed to participate in the case. In addition to The City and Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley - who really doesn't care one way or the other, two other parties have filed in this case. Former councilwoman and present school board trustee Katrina Foley and another Costa Mesa resident and attorney, John Stephens filed one and a big time law firm from Los Angeles - one that Jim Righeimer ranted about last Tuesday - has filed a case with someone named Mary Spadoni (?) and 30-year City employee Billy Folsom included in the action.


On the same evening there will be a Planning Commission meeting at 6:00 in Council Chambers. You can read the agenda HERE. Among those issues to be discussed will be a Second Residential Neighborhood Enhancement Program; Lawn Standards Policy; - you can be cited if your lawn doesn't measure up and Funding for Code Enforcement Staffing - so there will be someone on staff to cite you for your shabby lawn.

On Tuesday, March 27, there will be another hearing in Ju
dge Miller's courtroom to hear arguments and decide whether Jim Righeimer's Charter will actually be placed on the June 5th ballot. The City has pulled out all the stops on this one, retaining Jones Day to represent them on this issue, too. It will be interesting to see just who is left standing after the Monday hearing to determine who will be "interventors" in this case.

Later that afternoon there will be a Special City Council meeting at 5:00 in Council Chambers with only one open session item. That is the "Engagement Letter" with Jones Day to codify their participation in the Charter issue. It's about time, since they've apparently been working on it from the beginning. There are also two closed session items. One deals with the Charter issue and the second one deals with negotiations with employee bargaining units.

Wednesday, March 28, is the regularly scheduled Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. You can read the agenda HERE. There will be an election of new officers - Chairman and Vice Chairman - and committee appointments. In addition, there will be several tree removal requests, a discussion of Donations of Memorial Trees and Plaques for Public Parks and a Landscape Beautification Award Program.


So, depending on how the hearings go on Monday and Tuesday, it's entirely possible that Jim Righeimer's Charter might not be on the June 5th ballot. And, it's likely that we will already know about that at the Special Council meeting on Tuesday afternoon. It's going to be a very interesting week - again.

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Blogger Angry White Man said...

Just curious....
Planning Commission Authority
The Planning Commission functions as an advisory body to the City Council on issues related to
the long-term growth and development of the community. In this regard the Planning
Commission holds public hearings and provides recommendations to the Council on requests for
general plan amendments, rezones, specific plans, environmental impact reports and
amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The Commission also acts as an advisory body to
the Redevelopment Agency for projects located in the Redevelopment Area.
The Planning Commission has authority to take final action on a variety of Planning Applications,
including conditional use permits, variances, planned development projects, and tentative tract
and parcel maps. Commission action on these items becomes final in seven days unless appealed
to the City Council.

where does it give the authority to the planning commission to direct staff how and where to deploy resources ?

3/26/2012 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Eric Cartman said...

To Angry White Man

The authority comes from the "licking of the boot".

3/26/2012 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous happyinCM said...

relax angry man, all is OK. If you think not, sue 'em. LOL

3/26/2012 11:29:00 AM  

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