Thursday, October 17, 2013

Planning Circulation

Last night I, along with a half-dozen of your neighbors, attended the General Plan Circulation Element Workshop in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The meeting was sparsely-attended, with staff and consultants outnumbering the residents who took time from their busy lives to hear the presentation from Transportation Services Manager Raja Sethuraman and provide input into the General Plan Update process.

As part of his presentation Sethuraman provided us with drafts of two vision statements, below, onto which specific goals will be attached as the General Plan Update is fleshed out.  He also gave us snippets of of information from the current General Plan, updated in 2000, to provide us with perspective.
(click on images to enlarge)

Those of us in the audience, most of whom had done their homework and came prepared to ask questions and give reasoned opinions, had the chance to do just that.  The meeting stretched until 8:00 p.m. and seemed to be a worthwhile effort.  Sethuraman and Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz provided good information to us.

As part of his presentation Sethuraman discussed the current status of the I-405 Enhancement Project, giving us basically the same presentation he gave the Planning Commission Monday.  I wrote about that earlier, HERE.  He encouraged us all to attend the Town Hall meeting in Westminster on October 29th.  See that previous entry for directions and more information.

Oh, yes - Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger lumbered in about an hour into the meeting, plopped onto a chair along the wall and remained mute, tinkering with his cell phone for about forty-five minutes before walking out, apparently to take a call.  He didn't return.

The next General Plan Update meeting will be the Preferred Alternatives Workshop and will be held at the same venue on Wednesday, November 20th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

Better he had nothing to say for a change. Nice!

10/17/2013 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous xyn bohemia said...

i'm starting to get irritated with the comments of "low turn" out re: all of the road shows & general plan meetings-- my life circumstances don't allow me to attend every freaking meeting! but... i do spend hours researching issues-- watching streaming meeting on cmtv etc, etc. i dont appreciate being told that i have to "show up" to make my comments or have input-- ya know, i dont have to be physically present when i pay any of my state federal, property and sales taxed-- it is not required! i lived in newport for 13 years-- have seen all of their amendments and changes to general plan years after it has been approved to fit developers, oil companies and whoever else who will make $$ why should i expect anything different with costa mesa? i don't want my home and neighborhood to be changed at the whim of 3 buffoons on city council- im trying to keep it together here-- i dont need anymore threats from ANYONE. respectfully, xyn

10/18/2013 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Where"s My Coffee? said...

Did you see the great comment in the DP by Joe Nedza calling out Sessler for his assinine comments about law enforcement hiring when he has no experience or background in that area? He points out that Sessler should stick to his APPOINTED position as a planning commissioner.

Well, he has no experience in that area either, yet there he is.

10/19/2013 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Where's My Coffee- Exactly!
I read and commented on that great letter from Mr. Nedza. He nailed it!
There are a few CM Planning Commissioners who jumped on the bandwagon of vilifying Clay Epperson because of corrections ( which I question the validity of) to his commentary in the DP.
They are the first ones to trash our fine CM Police officers, current and retired.. It's sickening!
Who in the hell do they think is keeping them safe?
Scott Baugh and Jim Righeimer?
Clay had the honesty and integrity to apologize for his mistake and set the record straight.
Have Mensinger or Righeimer ever done that?? Hell NO! They have neither the honesty nor the integrity required to do so.

10/19/2013 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Did anyone happen to see Fisler's comment to the Daily Pilot's article on the Top 100 Cities?

10/20/2013 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Usually never bother with Fisler comments, as he usually has nothing more to say except to correct minor typos.

10/20/2013 05:51:00 PM  

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