Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pines, Benches, Field Use And New Plants

The Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meets again Thursday, June 25th, after missing a meeting last month.  The meeting begins at 6:00 in City Council Chambers at City Hall.  You can read the agenda HERE.

The agenda includes a review of the proposed plant palette for medians on Mesa Verde Drive East and California Street, HERE, in the part of town where the mayor and mayor pro tem live.
Perhaps the most interesting and possibly controversial issue on the agenda is number 9a, the proposal for a NEW Field Use and Allocation Policy, which is combined with a request for SPECIAL STATUS for some specific youth sports groups: AYSO 97, Newport Harbor Baseball Association, Newport Mesa Girls Softball and Matt Leinart Football.  Read that agenda item HERE.

Commissioner Bob Graham had requested the temporary placement of a bench near the Canary Drive entrance to Fairview Park for one month to measure public response.  That agenda item is HERE.  It seems like one month might not be long enough for this evaluation.
The final two items on the agenda, HERE and HERE, are tree removal requests on Prospect Place in a neighborhood in which this kind of activity seems to have been on-going for many, many months.  Apparently Canary Island Pines, narrow planting areas, block walls and neighbors with allergies are not compatible.  Imagine that!  Seldom are these issues easy to resolve.
I'll attend and report back tomorrow evening.  With any luck it will be an early night.

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Anonymous It has to be said...

Perhaps they can repurpose one of the "vagrant friendly" bus benches for this experiment.

And they will have to orient it to face south if they want to view all that - the sunrise and golf course (to the east), the trains (to the south) AND the sunset (to the west). A south facing bench would be a lovely camping site. You know, for sleeping off the ground.

And how will they clean off the sticky food drips from a table with no easy access to water?

Oh, heck, just put in stadium seating already.

6/24/2015 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Check out the story in the OC Register about the shenanigans going on with field use in Costa Mesa.

Steve is mentioned as insisting that ML Flag Football be treated as a non-profit.

6/25/2015 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Regarding ML Flag Football:
Did Stevie do something improper or worse??

6/25/2015 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Thank you for that link, Casual Viewer! Arthur Nern, I think "worse" was done, bumping long-term Costa Mesa based sports leagues for a FOR-PROFIT business:

It's not about the kids - Brad Zint wrote about Costa Mesa American League and Newport-Mesa Girls softball getting bumped for Leinart:,0,5155477.story

And it is not about Costa Mesa either - Geoff wrote about Leinart getting priority over a long standing Costa Mesa based league:

It's about the money. And they just voted for a budget to spend a whole lot of money for sports fields for outsiders over fire, life and safety for Costa Mesans.

6/25/2015 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Re: Medians in Mesa Verde:

So that is what $600,000 of re-arranged Library funds looks like.

Can't wait to see what the $22M NCC Demo/Library will really buy.

6/25/2015 11:53:00 AM  

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