Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fountain Valley Plans 8-Story LED Sign

Our neighbors to the north, the City of Fountain Valley, is moving forward with plans for an 8-story LED message sign to be erected barely within their city limits that will create a huge chunk of visual blight for residents of Costa Mesa.  You can read Brad Zint's piece in the Daily Pilot HERE.  You can also read about this issue on the Costa Mesa web site, HERE

Officials from the City of Costa Mesa have persistently expressed their opposition to this message board, which will tower above traffic flowing past on the I-405 Freeway and the neighboring Costa Mesa neighborhoods.  There are links on that Costa Mesa page to some of the correspondence and it is my understanding that CEO Tom Hatch has written a strongly worded letter to Fountain Valley City Manager, Bob Hall, on the issue today.
This item will be heard by the Fountain Valley Planning Commission at it's meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in the Fountain Valley City Council Chambers at 10200 Slater Avenue, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  You can read the staff report HERE.  Don't let the size of the staff report scare you off.  It's 207 pages, but the issue at hand is Public Hearing #4, early in the agenda.  It will be helpful for residents of Costa Mesa to speak to the Planning Commission to make their feelings known about this issue.  You may also communicate with the Fountain Valley City Manager and Planning Commission by sending an email here: fvproud@fountainvalley.org

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Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

Could you imagine what would happen if Valley, Newport or Huntington residents showed up at a Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting to oppose something that they have planned, the Planning Commission would rubber stamp right to the Council, who would mindlessly pass it just to spite those that oppose them. That's how things happen in the Mesa!!!

8/11/2015 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Looking at the map, I wonder why they just don't move it to the west so it isn't so close to Costa Mesa? It ,looks like it would fit on the other side of the water tank.

8/12/2015 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Will Dickson and the other commissioners agree to state on the record, at each meeting, that they have not discussed agenda items with Council members, or do we need an initiative?

8/12/2015 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous It has to be said...


Out of town developers and their supporters are welcome here in Costa Mesa. Sometimes they are even appointed to commissions!

8/12/2015 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Have these idiots considered what the consequences of CALTRANS's decision to expand the freeway into a couple of toll lanes will have on the placement/removal or demolition of this sign? Or is this a ploy to hang up the toll lanes? Seems that eminent domain proceedings would have to be instituted on the sign...

8/12/2015 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

At least 30 State Street residents attended and spoke passionately and informationally. A recurring theme was "Be a good neighbor" and how seeing the sign from their backyards, frontyards, windows and Moon Park would be visual blight. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommended that the City Council not approve the application. It was great, they really cared that this would adversely affect residents even if those residents weren't in their city.

8/12/2015 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thanks, Robin... GREAT news! Sorry I couldn't be there. Hope the news media attended and will soon report the details.

8/13/2015 12:15:00 AM  

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