Saturday, June 29, 2013

Short Meeting Probable On Tuesday

It's very likely that we will see the shortest City Council meeting in City history on Tuesday, July 2nd, when the council meets in their first meeting of the new fiscal year at 6:00 in council chambers at City Hall.  I won't be surprised if the meeting lasts only a half hour, depending on how much time officials spend patting themselves on the success of the 60th Anniversary Celebration.  If you don't want to drag your bodies to City Hall on Tuesday, you can watch the proceedings live on CMTV, Channel 3 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse or on streaming video at the city web site.

The agenda, HERE, has no Public Hearings, no Old Business and no New Business items.

Although the Consent Calendar has eleven (11) items on it, I doubt anyone will pull any of them for separate discussion, but that doesn't mean there's not some interesting information on it.

For example, Item #9, HERE, is the expenditure of more than $1.4 million for six new ambulances and equipment for them that will be necessary under former Interim Fire Chief Tom Arnold's redeployment model.  That plan has already begun implementation through the lease of two such vehicles from the Orange County Fire Authority until the arrival of our new equipment.  I say "former" because Arnold's term of service expired this past week.  Every resident and visitor should be  grateful to him for his wisdom and leadership during his tour with The City.  We wish him well on his much-deserved retirement - again.

Item #8 is the new City Emergency Operations Plan, HERE.  All 404 pages makes for some very interesting reading.  This plan was much in need of updating and the job is now done, even though this plan is a "living document" and will likely require occasional updating as circumstances in our city change.

So, neighbors, enjoy your Independence Day holiday.  Please be safe with those fireworks.  As Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger always says, "It's all about the kids.", so we hope ALL the kids of Costa Mesa - and their parents, too -  exercise caution with fireworks over the three nights they are permitted to be blasted off beginning July 2nd.  The next regularly scheduled council meeting is July 16th.

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Anonymous Newshound said...

What about the story in today's OCR about Mesa Water spending 170K on meals and travel??

ocgop/righeimer bootlicker Fisler owes us an explanation. (again).

6/30/2013 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Amber Lance said...

I hope the city council will do the right thing and vote on purchasing these ambulances and equipment, and let the fire department start taking people to the hospital and not some company that is out to make money.

Right now in certain parts of the city when you call 911, you get a fire engine, a fire ambulance and a care ambulance that shows up. The care ambulance is the one that takes you to the hospital.

6/30/2013 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Stephen Tallman said...

What's going on at Mesa Water?
I thought Fisler and his gang claim to be "fiscal conservatives?"
If the allegations are true, then the "branding" and the "travel/meals" are approaching 7 figures!

Where are all the so-called fiscal conservatives like Pollitt, Krochman, McCarthy, and CM Taxpayers? I'm calling you out.

Since Fisler is one of you he gets a pass? Is that how you guys roll?

6/30/2013 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Cash 4 Contract said...

@ Amber-of course Care ambulance and not the F.D. ambulance is the one that takes you to the hospital, Care is the ambulance company that donated cash to the Righeimer campaign and they have to get the political favors and contarcts that were promised to them.

6/30/2013 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

S Tallman,

New here?

Or you can check out my comments on FaceBook.

6/30/2013 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Tallman said...

@Bruce Krochman:
Excellent, thanks!

To all:

Anyone know if "tax fighter" Phil Morello will be picketing Mesa Water about all this?

6/30/2013 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Fisler Spin......"Furthermore, thanks to our AAA rating, we were able to finance the project at the lowest interest available, saving ratepayers money."

The Ratepayers are paying more so the District can stockpile reserves and hence, receive a triple AAA bond rating. They haven't SAVED us money...unless you consider having your water rates being raised a savings.

Now they say it's OUR District, but when they throw a $50,000 party, it's an invitation only Private event, closed to the public.

Do I have a personal vendetta against Fisler ? No...I don't even know him. I do think he's a bloviating, self backslapping , blowhard.....but then again so am I to a certain extent.

The picture of President Obama in a Hitler/Stalin uniform on his Facebook page I find offensive......but that's his right.

No ,the real reason I distrust this Water Board is for many other reasons. The one being discussed now, but to me not the Most egregious , is that they use an expensive PR firm to sell their(and others) schemes and twist the words so that, "Up" is "Down" and "Black" is "White"....and they use our dollars to do it.

Raising rates is not a ratepayer savings. Done. Period. Quit saying it is. That makes you a liar.

6/30/2013 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous No Problema said...

Is all this because real estate is slow? Will Nordstroms take Fisler back? Does Riggy have a new devlopment project he can throw to Fisler? Did Valerie's open house food bills go down after Fis started dining for district business?
Bring your RE deals to Fis and Torelli so he won't have to spend district money just to eat!

Oh, and Fis- after dessert can you sit down and pay our water bill for us? Thanks!

6/30/2013 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous cmtaxpayer said...

it looks like Fisler was the low spender along with Dewane. It was Ohlig Hall and Atkinson who seem to be the (possible) abusers though the fact that the NMUSD just spent over 90K on 1 conference recently (not over 2 years like at water) the real scandal may be there at the school board. Interesting the two lowest spenders , by far, on the water district ARE the fiscal conservatives from the OCGOP.

6/30/2013 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous planes, meals, and automobiles said...

I agree with Newshound. Fisler owes us a BIG explanation. For starters, I know he spent over 25K in the election and he only milked the district for 4K in two years of conferences while Hall and Atkinson hit em for 20K and 24K! What an idiot, bad return on investment, he needs to resign from the Finance committee if this is good as he can do.
And if he spent so little on meals, then how is he so fat?
Folks, this is over a TWO YEAR period, Fisler is a slacker to get so little. He needs to step up his game or he will go nowhere in politics. Pathetic amounts Fis.
Also, I read the article twice and was shocked to read ALL the directors had travelled on a jet! And they ate fish! Didn't know fish was so cheap at Bay Club. Heck I pay that at lowbrow places. Glad the reporter did such a good job on her investigation, going through THOUSANDS of public records it says. And they found one receipt without a name on it. That is really getting into it, finding the needle in a haystack. Congrats on that. I wonder how much staff $$ it cost the water company to produce all those old records? Oh well, they are for desal!
As an aside, I had to laugh at Leffler's remembrance of the meal in such detail. A past director has told me she is the biggest pig in the trough, taking home extras and any other thing like a balloon or such. No wonder she remembers the meal, she ate most of it. LOL
Really don't think this is front page news, no prostitutes, no alcohol, no exotic travel. But at least I didn't have to see another picture of two men kissing after their vows like has been in the papers the last two days. Thanks for that. Boycott Torelli and Fisler.(and seabass and salmon)

6/30/2013 07:00:00 PM  

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