Friday, July 24, 2015

Costa Mesa Named Playful City

Well, there's some good news for your weekend.  Last night at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting - I didn't write anything else about it because the only things on the agenda were a couple tree removal items - it was announced that Costa Mesa has been named a Playful City by the organization KaBOOM! and the Humana Foundation.  Read the city announcement HERE.

From the website: Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming. The program strives to recognize communities that demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive.

And you can read more about this program HERE.  And, you can read a list of the other 240 cities throughout the country on the list HERE.  Among the cities NOT on the list are Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana and Fountain Valley.

So, kudos to all involved in this honor...

Last night, during the Commissioner Comments segment at the end of the short Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, a couple of the commissioners - with Vice Chair Brett Eckles being the most vocal - expressed chagrin and anger about the vote taken at their last meeting that apparently bestowed another year of Group 3 status to Matt Leinart Flag Football.  I wrote about it at the time, telling you that they got it WRONG at the time, but the ruling stood.  Eckles is looking for a significant tightening up of the process as they vote on issues in the future... Indeed!

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Anonymous It has to be said...


Your ball, son. Call an audible.

7/24/2015 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

It's great to be honored, but this probaby has something to do with the installation of a KaBoom playground last year by many volunteers, including Wendy Leece, who the council majority liked to marginalize (as they do the current women council members.)

7/24/2015 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Is this anything like the Sunshine Award Bill Lobdell got for the City? You know, the one for "transparency in government" ? Or is this a real award from a real group, without some special interest?

7/27/2015 09:36:00 PM  

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