Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fountain Valley Planning Commission Denies Sign! (AMENDED)*

Reports from the scene at last night's Fountain Valley Planning Commission meeting tell us that the commission unanimously denied the application by Clear Channel to erect a 79 foot high LED sign near Ellis Avenue, across the Santa Ana River from Costa Mesa adjacent to the I-405 Freeway - at a location that would flood homes in a nearby section of our city with bright, garish lights all night long.

Reader and uber-actvist Robin Leffler attended the meeting and posted the following first-person report on my previous entry about this meeting:
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.

Later, in a subsequent conversation, she told me that Costa Mesa's Director of Economic and Development Services, Gary Armstrong, made a clear and forceful argument against the sign and many other Costa Mesa residents spoke to the issue as well.

I suspect Brad Zint will have something in the Daily Pilot soon with all the details.  Keep your eyes peeled for that story.  Until then, kudos to all who spoke on this issue and who may have sent emails to the Fountain Valley officials on this subject.

*I've been advised early Thursday morning that the Fountain Valley City Council will now hear this item - tentatively scheduled for their meeting on September 15, 2015.  More when we know more.

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Blogger Joe said...

If Das Rigmarshal was still in Fountain Valley, they would have built TWO signs. Oh, that's right- Fountain Valley never let him take over.

8/13/2015 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

See, some planning commissions really do listen to the people - even ones from the city next door. Must be nice. Then again, Fountain Valley was smart enough to never elect Righeimer.

8/13/2015 06:20:00 AM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

Thank you, Gary Armstrong....this woukd have been another prohect that woukd have impacted our city and resudents along tge 405. and those who spoje against it a bug thank you, also...

8/13/2015 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

The Fountain Valley Planning Commissioners proved they care about residents quality of life more than the money this would have brought to their city, and demonstrated they want to be good neighbors. Let's hope the FV City Council feels the same way.

8/13/2015 11:16:00 PM  

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