Thursday, March 07, 2013

Meetings and Minutia

Cleaning out the corners of my alleged mind I offer the following collage of information for you, in no particular order.

This afternoon the Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee meets again at the Emergency Operations Center adjacent to Police Headquarters at 5:30.  Those tireless volunteers will continue to craft plans for the various elements of the celebration this year.  This is the logo that will be used.  See if you can figure out what the individual elements represent.  They are still looking for more volunteers.  For more information go HERE.

Beginning tonight and running for three nights the award-winning Estancia High School Drama troupe presents a classic - "Guys & Dolls" at the Robert B. Wentz Theatre at Newport Harbor High School.  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  You can read Bradley Zint's coverage in the Daily Pilot HERE.(Photo credit: Danielle Ridge and Axel Lomas by Don Leach, Daily Pilot)

The City announced today, HERE, that Mayor Jim Righeimer will hold another of his monthly "Meet The Mayor" events on Thursday, March 28th at Fixtures Living in the SoCo Collection retail center from 6-7:30 p.m.  You will recall his first one was at a pizza store close to my home in which the host venue provided free pizza.  I wonder what kind of chow will be served at this one?  By the way, I find it an interesting coincidence that just a few days following the meeting at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza store that business will request the Planning Commission to approve an application for a conditional use permit, HERE, to stay open until 2:00 a.m. instead of 11:00.

The City also announced a $2.8 million project to capture and control excessive rainwater runoff on the Westside of town, HERE.  This project is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2014, solving what has been a problem for residents and businesses in that area for decades.

We were also advised by the E-Notification system - it really DOES WORK - that the Study Session planned for next Tuesday, the 12th, has been cancelled.  At the last council meeting Tuesday it was mentioned that Interim Fire Chief Tom Arnold would be presenting - again - his latest iteration of his plan to improve service and save money by a major reconfiguration of the Costa Mesa Fire Department.  So, that project - already agreed to by the previous council in principle - gets further kicked down the road.  That's too bad, because the plan sounded like a winner.

I already covered the last council meeting, but there were some interesting/amusing elements I didn't mention.  For example, Wendy Leece called out Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger for using the word "culprits" in a quote in an article by Mike Reicher in the Orange County Register that dealt with the pension enhancement negotiated several years ago.  Leece implied that Mensinger was accusing the council that approved of being criminals.  I had to smile as I watched Mensinger jerked to attention in his chair as though he'd received an electric shock, abruptly twisted himself bodily in his chair to confront Leece, but Righeimer held him off until she finished.  Then he attempted to correct the record, indicating Leece didn't understand the word.  Leece promptly read him the dictionary definition of the word - which shut Mensinger up.  Don't mess with a teacher, Steve!

During one of his typical stream-of-consciousness mini-rants Righeimer stated that the Costa Mesa Police Department was "the highest paid".  Well, that's just not true.  He never corrected the record, but I suspect someone will look for data to refute his statement.

The most entertaining moment came, however, when a beautiful Golden Labrador Retriever - apparently some kind of service dog - that was in the auditorium with a handler managed to make a statement many of us who attend council meetings over the years can fully understand.  The poor thing just barfed all over the aisle carpet as folks lined up for Public Comments.  The handler was seen scurrying around with paper towels, mopping up the effluent.

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Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

It makes me very uncomfortable to learn that a business provided free pizza to the Mayor's get-together when the owner had a discretionary business permit pending before the city. I won't go so far as to say it's an in-kind campaign donation, because there's no election pending. But I hate to see an elected official incurring a debt (of gratitude?) to anyone with business pending before the city.

3/07/2013 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Bottom Line said...

Righeimer needs to disclose everything Pitfire provided and what they received in return.

3/07/2013 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Question Napoleon said...

Where are the L.A. Times, OC Register, and Daily Pilot regarding Pitfire's permit app and it hosting the Righeimer event?

3/07/2013 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Spoils said...

elections have consequences. we won look at planning and council any questions? we get to eat lots of pizza. hi sk

3/07/2013 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Free pizzas and a pending business permit from the same restaurant? No bueno!
So the same councilboys and their shills who cry "union thug tactics" at the drop of a hat are engaged in some real life shady dealings?
Hmm- I don't trust them with Talbert Park, either.
I spite of Mensinger's claim to the contrary, none of them are environmentalists, but two of them are land developers. Riggy has more than a fleeting interest in not maintaining it as open space.
Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.

3/07/2013 08:01:00 PM  
Anonymous City pizza sucks said...

The election was won by the people because the BS charter was defeated. It lost by a huge margin because the people saw what Riggy was up to.

3/07/2013 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous free pizza said...

he doesn't have to disclose it until next year's Form 700. Have fun with your corruption theories while you can. Meanwhile the other pizza eaters don't have to disclose. who is more transparent? hi sk.

3/08/2013 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Nothing's Shocking said...

Wait a minute, political favors granted? I've never heard of anything like that around here before. Must be a new thing. Oh, wait - been going on for years, no matter who runs the show. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

3/08/2013 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

Spoils - Sometimes lots of pizza gives you indigestion, leads to being an unhealthy weight, or fills your arteries with cholesterol. But if you want to eat lots of pizza with your buddies enjoy!

You would think these questionable activities would stop, but no this crew doesn't answer to anyone, they do whatever they want. Sure hope that recall effort is successful.

3/08/2013 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

The pizza was Really Good!!!!!!

3/08/2013 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous More DUIs said...

This pizza place is decent at best, and the reason for them wanting to get their operating permit extended until 2:00am is just an indicator that this place is just another bar serving drunks and not a restaurant. Only bars are open until 2:00am.

3/08/2013 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous free pizza said...

sk: all your baseless corruption theories aside, now you want a recall? for what exactly? not the voided council decision McEvoy is hanging his hat on I hope. that is doomed if it makes it to the election.
How about this: recall board members of Sanitary District for misuse of public funds against Fitzy? He resigned PC and ended any "possible" conflict (there has been no court ruling on it, just different lawyers with different opinions). Yet they carried on to oust him, willing to spend ratepayer monies for the "personal" Perry feelings. REcall!!! hi alf

3/08/2013 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Pattern said...

It looks like weird, childish posts are flowing again after a brief respite. Was someone in rehab? If not, should they be?

3/08/2013 11:34:00 AM  

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