Thursday, June 06, 2013

Fairview Park Citizen's Advisory Committee Meets Tonight


Despite frequently patting themselves on the back for their "award winning transparency", sometimes things drop through the cracks at Costa Mesa City Hall.  Today has one of those examples.  There is no reference to this meeting on the City website calendar of events.

This evening, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.,  the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting in Conference Room 1A.  You can read the agenda for this inaugural meeting HERE.  Part of that agenda is to elect a Chair and Vice Chair to direct future activities.  It will be interesting to see who emerges in a leadership role from the nine committee members: Ron Amburgey, Terry Cummings, Brett Eckles, Dr. Richard Mehren, Dennis Popp, Lee Ramos, Steve Smith, David Stiller and Anna Vrska.  It will also be very interesting to see how much control Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger tries to exercise as this group begins their assignment.

Fairview Park, frequently described as Costa Mesa's Crown Jewel, is the venue for many activities in our town and has recently had a load of money spent rehabilitating some sensitive native habitat at the north end.  Last weekend it was the site of the 66th Annual Lions Club Fish Fry and carnival and the Costa Mesa Community Run, for example.

This new committee will be reviewing all aspects of the park, including a thorough review of the Master Plan, over the next several months.  Since we have a developer-oriented City Council majority and since Fairview Park represents by far the biggest chunk of undeveloped land in the City, it's going to be very interesting to see what kind of ideas this new committee generates.  It's certainly going to be worth watching.

Unfortunately, CMTV will not be televising this meeting, either live or by tape, so you're going to have to get your information from folks who attend and report.  I'll be there and will let you know how things go.

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Anonymous Tom Egan, reality whisperer said...

It took 13 years for the original Fairview Park Citizens Committee to settle on a master plan for the park. I observed several of their monthly meetings and understand why it took so long. There are many constraints (ever hear of a Gnatcatcher or a Burrowing Owl or a Fairy Shrimp?) and many requirements placed on the park. There also are lots of stakeholders and lots of political pressures. Satisfying all of them was a herculean task.

However, from what I’ve seen of the Fire! Aim! Ready! cohort now running the town, I’d be surprised if it takes any longer than 13 months … possibly as few as 13 weeks … for the committee to publish its recommended changes to the park’s Master Plan and for the Councilmen to approve it. Remember, the city should be run like a business, according to the Councilmen.

Of course, with the aforementioned constraints and requirements that haven’t – and won’t – go away, there likely will be blowback in the form of lawsuits and stopwork orders from heavyweights such as the Coastal Commission. (Yes, even though the mesa is 70 feet above sea level, the CC has a say in the Park plans.)

We report, you decide.

6/06/2013 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Easy Fix said...

Mr. Egan:
"from what I’ve seen of the Fire! Aim! Ready! cohort now running the town, I’d be surprised if it takes any longer than 13 months.."

Let's save all this time and effort and just give the Developer and Developer Pro Tem what they want: 100,000 new commercial and residential units in place of the park. Parks are for dumb people who don't understand what's best for them. Move to Nevada if you want "open space." Or get 2nd and 3rd jobs and move to Newport like they eventually will.

6/06/2013 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I've heard Mensinger wants to put up more sports fields over there. I hope not. Many people enjoy that park in its present form, and not all of them are kids. It would be a shame, although not unexpected, to see them destroy it. I also understand they want to rid the city of the train park. Very sad. That train has been a tradition for all our children and their children.

Tom is right. All those guys can say is "yessuh" to their masters.

6/06/2013 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous what part of no do we not understand said...

Tom Eagan,

The rest of the city has been working on a Charter since 1971.

Some people move quicker than others.

Some people obstruct.

Some people complain.

Some do

The haters think everyone has a master, yet a dynamic group of involved citizens is emerging

This is all code words for the status quo

6/06/2013 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

To what part of no.... Really, the city has been working on a charter since 1971??? Why would you make such a false statement as that? (If that were the case, and we still aren't a charter city by now, don't you think that should tell you something like the citizens don't want to be a charter city?) The city has NOT been working on a charter since 1971. In 1971, the idea was put to a committee of 20 (only 13 this time around) and they decided the city should stay general law, there was no need to become a charter city. Fast forward to 2012, when "RIG"heimer cut and pasted his own personal/political agenda driven "charter" and tried to foist it on CM citizens who knew better (ALL BY THEMSELVES; had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with any union campaign agsinst it - union could have hung on to all that money unnecessarily spent!). If this new attempt, in any way, shape, or form, even smells like the council majority has been anywhere near it, you can bet your life the CM citizens will soundly reject it again! The council majority and their lemmings are the real haters in this city and the citizens of CM don't want a charter pushed for and created by them. This really is nothing more than another attempt by hater RIGheimer to further his own political career anyway.

6/06/2013 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

"a dynamic group of involved citizens is emerging"

Already emerged: Scott Baugh, Fashion Island; Napoleon Righeimer, Fountain Valley, now CM; Mensinger; Monahan; the Builders Assoc; The Tea Party.

Goal: Impose an extremist viewpoint on Costa Mesa, build thousands more commercial and housing units, make it the traffic dumping ground for Newport Beach. Preserve Newport Beach.

6/07/2013 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

what part---- wrote,
"The haters think everyone has a master"

No one said that- that is another one of your lies.
Explain the relationship between Scott Baugh and
the councildudes.

6/08/2013 11:02:00 AM  

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