Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Next Tuesday Is Going To Be Hectic!

Y'all better enjoy your holiday weekend because Tuesday is going to be one hectic day!  Although the Finance Advisory Committee meeting, originally scheduled for 3:30 at City Hall, has been canceled, it's still going to be a very busy afternoon/evening on that first day back.

At 4:30 in City Council Chambers the City Council will hold a Budget Study Session and this one will be worth the price of admission.  Director of Finance and Information Technology Bobby Young presented the Preliminary Budget to the council last week.  You can read all 290 pages HERE.  That document, prepared with all the priorities given to Young earlier, carried a $12 million deficit, so it's going to be interesting to see what kind of discussions will take place Tuesday as the council tries to deal with that very significant shortfall.  In years past this kind of study session might drag on for a couple hours, but there is a Planning Commission meeting scheduled to begin at 6:00 that kind of slams that door.

Speaking of which, you can read the agenda for that Planning Commission meeting HERE.  This one is going to be action-packed, too.  Among the issues the commission will consider are:
  • The establishment of a 4th "Neighborhood Improvement Program", HERE.
  • An assessment of the new Capital Improvement Programs for the next fiscal year and out to 2020, HERE.
  • The consideration of the new Public Nuisance Ordinance, that will then be forwarded to the City Council for adoption, HERE.
  • And the Housing Element of the General Plan that has a tight time schedule, HERE.

There are a few other meetings next week but there is no confirming agenda available yet.  And, theoretically, there will be another in the series of "Meet The Mayor" gatherings at some site as yet not announced on Thursday.

Then, beginning Friday, we have the 66th Annual Costa Mesa/Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry, which continues through the weekend and, for the first time, includes the Costa Mesa Community Run on Sunday, June 2nd.  Whew!

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Anonymous Costa Mesa, the next Bell. said...

So if they take away Hatch's $1M slush fund and outsource him with a real CEO from the private sector, that would be about $1.5M saved.

The city need to rid of the unnecessary overpaid executive staff and stop the councilmens political war. How much has the city wasted in legal fees trying to do essentially the same thing that moorlach tried to do with the deputies and failed miserably at the cost of millions to taxpayers?

How many unnecessary PR positions like Joyce and Lobdell does the city have? Why would a city have a need for PR work if they're acting ethically and doing good for their residents? How is it that this city can spin having a 20% reduction in its police force to somehow be a good thing?

How is it that the city who has the nation's top grossing mall (south coast plaza) so broke?

The TRUTH is that its not. The councilboys has their own little agenda and it requires lots of spineless highly paid executives they can control. Their agenda has also landed the city in a pending lawsuit that will not simply go away. You cannot outsource city employees. You cannot simply file municipal bankruptcy to get out of your PERS contract.

Rather than working together with the employees to figure out a solution like raising fees like the business license tax that hasnt been raised since the 60's, this council chooses to continue their very costly war againt its employees.

Again, start adding up all the umnecesary executive staff on the 5th floor and throughout the city and add up all the legal costs.

Its going to be another eye-opening meeting!

5/23/2013 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous yellow journalism said...

anyone comparing the city, the water district, etc. to the next Bell has really lost it mentally. Check what actually happened in Bell. If that was happenig here thee would be investigations and arrests. Now, if you don't like somebody politically it seems you just say "if it rings like a bell.." or something similar. right crowe hunter? "ARE COVERUPS IN CITY WORSE THAN BELL?" would be a good story line, right?
And "Costa Mesa, the next Bell" poster is an idiot and obviously union. Of course the city needs a PR position or two, all governments do. You show a lack of knowledge. Raise taxes? How original. When is enough enough? Outsource the jail, the park maintenance, the IT dept. All without layoffs.

5/23/2013 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Biff's Conscience said...

"And "Costa Mesa, the next Bell" poster is an idiot and obviously union"

Yeah, like those teachers in Oklahoma who saved lives.

Here in CM, councilmen get into altercations with teachers.

5/23/2013 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

Not the next Bell but top heavy for sure...

5/23/2013 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous A brick, a skirt, and a can of red spray paint said...

No arrests YET.

Hey, tell it like it is. Here in CM, Mensiger didnt didnt get the nick name Chestbumper for no reason!

5/23/2013 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Bell Bottom Blues said...

The City isn't the next Bell but certain Costa Mesa Council Boys remind me of certain corrupt Council Members from Bell.

5/23/2013 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous private workers are best said...

sk: it is top heavy because we are preparing to outsource. duh. hopefully it will become a contract city with ONLY managers on hand to handle to contracts as in south county . sort of like the san district today,mostly contracted out and should be absorbed by city or water. maybe even outsource pr but that is costly.

5/23/2013 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Yellow, I thought the point of laying off the employees and outsourcing was do to away with government positions, no? Riggy wanted to run the show like a business. Yet for a guy that wants little to do with government, he sure can create a large one. I don't understand why a "government" as you say, would need PR, unless they are selling something that can't sell itself.

5/23/2013 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Costa Mesa, next Bell, its not just a smaller police force that we are dealing with, we also have a 20% rise in crime in the last 2 years. You see any correlation there?

5/23/2013 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous uncle early said...

pr in government is not about selling something "jw". look it up, it has to do with governmental affairs.
as for rise in crime as a correlation to Bell, well all cities would then correlate.
I thought people were talking about 6 figure councilmen, 500K police chiefs,corruption, etc. when talking about Bell . Didn't know it was about crime. I think we are safer than Bell though. We got great cops, the malcontents are retiring or transferring. now we are getting a force to serve us, not them. and if you don't have proof of corruption or even a lead in story about it , just drop it towards the boyz. stop the war on the boyz. bell, corruption, illegal, secret, geez.

5/23/2013 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Similar corruption in the IE. said...

If you want to read about another corrupt city that somewhat resembles Costa Mesa, you should check out Moreno Valley. This city also wants to become a charter city so that the council has more power. The mayor is a total power hungry lunatic who is under investigation with the rest of the city council by the FBI. Senior staff are leaving in droves. Check out the stories at the Press Enterprise. So many similarities to what is going on in Costa Mesa.

5/23/2013 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Uncle Early, my reference was not regarding Bell. The person I addressed the post to was "Costa Mesa, next Bell".

We have a 20% crime rate in the last 2 years, AND a reduction in force. Started when Riggy gained control.

5/23/2013 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

And..."Uncle Early", thats the whole point. We aren't supposed to be existing like a government. We are supposed to be run like a business. Yet...we have more government than ever. (do I have to spell it out for you? Makes me think this is either Fisler or Mensinger).

5/23/2013 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous name that angry man said...

We think jist wondering is Geoff West. Or maybe an alter ego

5/24/2013 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Faye D said...

What are the "mini-sweeps" they were referring to in the next neighborhood improvement plan? Anyone?

5/24/2013 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Faye D.,
As I understand it,the"mini-sweeps" are targeted at specific properties, not necessarily within the Neighborhood Improvement Program area.

5/24/2013 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

NOTE: The Special Study Session has been re-scheduled in Conference Room 1A because the Planning Commission meeting is schedule to begin promptly at 6:00. As I said, it's going to be a hectic day.

5/24/2013 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan, reality whisperer said...

Thanks, ‘Similar corruption in the IE’

I googled “Moreno Valley city charter” in the Press Enterprise per your suggestion. I found an editorial and articles that substantiated what you write.

For example, “EDITORIAL: Moreno Valley still needs rationale for charter push” is one of the points people are making in Costa Mesa. That is, “We haven’t seen a good reason for CM to have a charter.”

An article about a community forum sounds like it could have come from CM: “They are rushing through this process,” Givens said. “This method of trying to do this in two months, there’s something fishy about that.” Craig Givens is a member of a group called Concerned Citizens of Moreno Valley.

Here’s another: “Residents agreed, describing the move as a power grab, and repeatedly asked Stewart for an explanation.” Richard Stewart is a Councilman who supports having a charter.

As to the personality of the Mayor, check this out from the Press Enterprise: ‘Actual verbatim excerpt of profoundly profane MoVal Mayor Tom Owings’ voluntary testimony before a RivCo grand jury:

“Me! Me! ME!
%@#(%$(%$)#($@! Me!
%@#(%#($@! Myself!
& I %$Gotta

5/25/2013 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger zz said...

Costa Mesa never had a PR employee before this Council appointed one, and another, and another.... We got along for more than half a century without one. We had a public information officer who simply provided factual information to any citizen who asked for it -- no spin. No problem.

5/25/2013 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

name that angry man said...
"We think jist wondering is Geoff West. Or maybe an alter ego"

Who is this "We" you speak of?

5/26/2013 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

"Costa Mesa never had a PR employee before this Council appointed one, and another, and another.... We got along for more than half a century without one."

Then a carpetbagger came to town and voters needed to be convinced that his extremist agenda was normal.

Millions of wasted dollars and an employee death later, they still aren't.

5/27/2013 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Vague made up rules sound unconstitutional said...

Here's my take on "mini sweeps" = enforcement by code "officers" who know little or nothing about the law. The city's municipal codes are made up rules like a community association that turns into city law. The rules/laws are made up by civilian planners who take orders from the 5th floor. Then, the code "officers" are ordered to enforce the 5th floors wishes, even if they dont personally feel right about it. Some might even be told to write their so-called fix-it ticket civil citations and see what happens.

When you have chest bumpin bullies and diet coke drinkers play fast and loose with a bunch of made up "laws", you run into legal problems and legal fees. In comes Jones and Mayer...cha ching! (costa mesa is a cash cow that just keeps paying)

So my recommendation to both residents and business owners who finds themselves victims of the mini-sweeps, is to challenge the violation if you truly feel youre right. Fight the ticket with not only the civil citation hearing, but pay the few dollars to have your case heard by a real judge. You dont need an attorney, bring your photos and present your case to a judge who will listen to you.

Citizens of even costa mesa have search and seizure rights. Dont fall victim to a random search or think you have to let city staff onto your property. Theyre not your friend. Theyre not there to help you.

Thay being said, you have to be reasonable. You must stand the test of the reasonable person. Is it yout fault that the motel you own attract drug addicts? No. Is it your fault if you dont upkeep your motel? Yes. So start cleaning up motel owners. A fresh coat of paint and start fixing up your units!

5/27/2013 06:58:00 PM  

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