Monday, June 10, 2013

Another Big Week Ahead In Costa Mesa

Those of us who pay attention to most things going on in Costa Mesa government circles will find this week another busy one.

In a semi-related issue, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors will hold their meeting at 9:00 at OCTA headquarters at 550 S. Main Street, Orange.  You can read the agenda for that meeting HERE.  You might recall that the OCTA recently ripped a nearly-healed scab off the I-405 HOT (toll) lane issue by announcing that the new Board wants to re-consider the issue again.  I don't find it on the agenda, but I suspect some members of the public may wish to address it with the Board this morning.

Later today the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, led by Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick, will meet at 6:00 in City Council chambers.  I've written about this before, HERE. As I mentioned before, the "highlight" may be the adoption of a "Mission Statement" - after doing just fine for 60 years without one.

Tuesday is a big one for the City Council.  It has two (2) meetings schedule in the afternoon/evening.  the first one is a Special Study Session, HERE, at which three items will be discussed.  It will be held at 4:30 in council chambers. 

The first item to be discussed is the next cut at the 2013/2014 Municipal budget.  That staff report contains answers to questions asked at the last budget study session and can be found HERE.   Among the issues addressed will be a list of consultant expenses by department; number of vacant positions; capital improvements; lighting at Fairview Park and more.  It's important that the budget is fleshed out at this meeting because the council is supposed to vote on the final document at their meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

The second is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) public service grant allocations, HERE.  Links to the three attachments were not provided when this agenda was posted, so you can read them HERE, the link to this item from the last study session.  This item and the next one were shoved off to this study session last Tuesday.

The third item is the Funding Priorities for the CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), HERE.

The second meeting, a Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Housing Authority, will follow the study session immediately or at 6:00 p.m., also in council chambers.  The agenda is HERE.  The only item is a complex issue dealing with a recommended modification of the rules for the Costa Mesa Homeowners Assistance Program that recognizes the economic facts of life today.  You can read the staff report HERE.  Although I'd much rather you read through the long staff report for yourselves, the shortest of shorthand versions is that the staff will recommend an adjustment to the language affecting the borrower's ability to refinance their first mortgages.  Right now they cannot refinance their first mortgage (Costa Mesa has provided a second mortgage) if the value of the home does not exceed the combined value of the first and second loans.  Read the staff report.

On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will hold what has been billed as a "Public Consultation Meeting to present and solicit information and suggestions from the public regarding the Proposed Amended Rule 444 - Open Burning."   The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach beginning at 5:30 p.m.  You can read about it HERE. Yep, it's the old "Fire Ring" issue that has been in the news so much lately and that has pitted neighboring municipalities against each other.  In fact, even though Costa Mesa has no beach and no fire rings, Mayor Jim Righeimer used his bully pulpit at the last council meeting to rant about this and to propose a resolution favoring the retention of fire rings on local beaches, HERE.

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Anonymous One Ring to Rule Them All said...

"fire rings, Mayor Jim Righeimer used his bully pulpit at the last council meeting to rant about this"

There's an implication that you're surprised. I'm not. Righeimer keeps his office in Newport, the fire rings are a Newport issue, Newport is ocgop HQ. Many of the bosses live/own property in Newport.

What happens in Costa Mesa, like the future Banning Ranch traffic debacle, is only collateral damage needed to support Newport and its needs.

Also, the State got heavy-handed and dumb on this issue. Riggy, who hates non-Tea Party government because it keeps schemers like him in check, seized on this one issue because it's simple. Smoke and mirrors. "I'll whine about government over here, while I try to put one over on government over there."

6/10/2013 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous there was one? said...

a "mission statement" for the planning commission? LOL. who ever heard of a mission statement. add that to the fact they have not had one before and it is downright hilarious. who ever heard of adding something that wasn't there before. shouldn't we always do things the same way we have been doing them? Remember, "change" like this is upsetting to a lot of people who do not like any change at all. who is representing them against change and the unsettling atmosphere it brings to their life. One frequent speaker at council seems near tears at every change in the system she addresses. we need to stop this. she is a leader of a political movement and needs to have a clear head moving forward. Change absolutely destroys her thinking mechanisms. I say NO to this mission statement thing, obviously an OCGOP mind game.

6/10/2013 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

Mission statements are not what propel organizations to greatness, it is shared purpose! If it is a statement it is written on the heart, not framed on the wall. Too many organizations waste time wordsmithing instead of inspiring. Too many are long on strategy and short on culture…and, in the words of one senior executive, “Culture will eat strategy for lunch everyday.” Chip Bell

6/10/2013 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous focus here said...

shiny object for frogs?

6/10/2013 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Thumper said...

Well said SK !!
We need to embrace the union culture or all heck will continue to break out. OCGOP better get on board and FAST. This is no petri dish, this is a union city. Paid for, bought by, and ruled by. Get it straight boyz.

6/10/2013 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Missionary said...

Let's save some time.


Provide underemployed citizens an income stream and an evening place to hang out at

Provide a special chair for Colon to publicly slump in

Provide a forum for insurance company lawyers to have their say

Reward people like Mathews who donate big

Provide a vehicle for paralegals to advance themselves

6/10/2013 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Missionary, and let's not forget, make as many meetings as possible, to collect the BIG BUCKS!

6/10/2013 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous wrong again said...

Missionary, and let's not forget, make as many meetings as possible, to collect the BIG BUCKS! says just wondering.

clueless, don't tell him the way they get paid, let him stew in misinformation pholks.

6/11/2013 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

They get paid $400 a month, which is TWICE the amount other cities pay, those that do pay...and a good share of cities' planning commission work on a volunteer basis. We are paying over $100 an hour. There is a great place to cut expenses.

6/11/2013 04:54:00 PM  

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