Sunday, September 06, 2015

Something To Chew On For Tuesday's Study Session

The Costa Mesa City Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint study session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m at the Neighborhood Community Center (Lions Park) at which one of the two items on the agenda will be the Proposed General Plan Land Use Alternative For the Year 2015-2025 General Plan Update.  You can read that staff report HERE.

Way down several pages in that staff report there's a page that begins with a paragraph that looks like this (the highlighting is mine): (Click on the image to enlarge if necessary.
As I read through the staff report that entry caught my eye and I tried to figure out why... Then it dawned on me.  I did some more research and found this entry from a recent listing by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce:

Those of you that follow civic matters may recall that Brent Stoll - of Rose Equities - was recently the subject of some controversy when he was appointed to the Bikeways and Walkability Committee but is not a resident of Costa Mesa - a requirement for that appointment.  Stoll lives in Santa Monica.  As you can see, he doesn't even work in Costa Mesa.  So, he was removed and another person was appointed.

Then, at the last meeting of that committee, he shows up - this time as the appointed representative of the Chamber of Commerce!  I might not have thought a thing about it except for the previous bogus appointment - when he was erroneously appointed when many other qualified residents were available for that position.  As I've said before, because his wife is fully immersed in bike issues in Santa Monica and he apparently works with her on that stuff, he probably brings knowledge and some degree of expertise to the table... but...

And now, here is his company mentioned in the staff report as having "expressed interest in a change in the land use designation to allow mixed use development including a high-density residential component".  Curious... no?

Anyhow, this is just one more thing to contemplate as you do your homework for the study session... one more reason to view development-related issues with a jaundiced eye.

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Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Wowza! that's amazing. Why would a developer get his comment in the staff report for Council consideration and I don't see any of the scores of just plain old residents and tax payers who commented during the "Great Outreach" getting staff report ink? The overwhelming majority said they did not want high density, more traffic or 3 story projects. This out of town whoever gets more influence than dozens of Costa Mesa folks? ?????!

9/07/2015 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Costa Mesa has a higher than average percent of renters vs. homeowners than many other cities in Orange County. High density developments end up being populated by a high percentage of renters. I think we're "moving forward" over a cliff. One location with a high number of police calls was the Vista Del Lago apartments (since renamed). These projects are promoted as appealing to young, hip urban professionals, but who is actually living there? I guess when you're in the apartment business (Steve),or real estate development (Jim) every piece of land looks like a place to build apartments.

9/07/2015 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Just looked at the location. Isn't that SOCO? Where is the world would people park?

9/07/2015 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Okay, so let me get this straight. Righoles over on Public Square are whining about industrial/commercial being away from the freeway, and the residential up near the freeway, and want to change that. So given the opportunity to plant some industry next to the freeway, what do they do? Residential. Same with the 125 Baker, as well as the high rise residential near the Performing Arts Center. I don't think they know what they want, except money. Any swinging dick that proposes a project, it doesn't matter where it goes, will be approved because obviously there is money in it for Righeimer. As I said before, we have no General Plan.

9/07/2015 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Heart, its all $$$ in Rig's pocket.

9/07/2015 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous It has to be said...

The website: does not exist, and neither does 18900 Teller Avenue in Irvine.

9/07/2015 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous It has to be said...

whoops, 18900 Teller does exist. It was aquired by Greenlaw Partners, and Greenlaw navigated through the re-entitlement process to allow for development of up to 1,600 residential units and supporting retail.

9/07/2015 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

As if there is any doubt about what is up. I did my 2 hours of research on this guy this morning. Simply a sleeper waiting in the wings on the deals that more likely than not, are part of the actual general plan that is in a safe deposit box, along with the slush fund, that only club members have access to. The man is either a beard for a huge private investor, or possibly he is a family member of a small, wealthy family. But make no mistake that this is an innocent little bunny boy bike rider. Look as deep as I did and you will know why.

All speculation and fantasy on my part of course...

9/07/2015 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous lovemygarden said...

I have only been through part of the staff report, but with respect to the Rose Equities interest in developing the Robinson Pharma property, note that staff indicated that if the general plan amendment needed to develop that property was included in the general plan update, the developer could avoid FUNDING OR IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY BEYOND THE REQUIRED MITIGATION IMPACT FEES [I added the emphasis]. So we have a mixed use (residential and commercial) development that is near a scant few services, and is a bit of a walk to public transportation. If you want to grab a quart of milk or some new undershorts from Target, you’ll probably want to drive your car. Ride your bike down Harbor? No way, Jose! So the residents of Costa Mesa will be paying for Rose Equities’ impact on traffic. Thanks a lot Brett of Santa Monica!

By the way, did you see that traffic estimate? 20% more trips if you use the City’s calculation. If you use the Costa Mesa First method of calculating, which is more in line with Newport, Fountain Valley and other cities who have modernized their method, then we’ll have even more vehicles on the road. And I don’t believe those numbers include pass-through vehicles or Banning Ranch.

9/07/2015 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous breaking bad said...

CostaMayberry didn't last long. Nor did CostaMonica. Seems like CostaManhattan is now the brand. Next grand idea be on the lookout for a moat design around our borders to make us an island.

9/07/2015 06:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Lots of future ghetto being built by OCGOP friends and contributors.
All the little rigbots who are selling out CM will live with this damage until they move away or pass away.

The likes of Riggy, Mensy, and the major sell-outs will eventually relocate to Newport and laugh as you sit in traffic or have 50 people from the 909 peering into your kid's bedroom from 5 stories up.

Speaking of ghetto, does anyone know what the vacancy rate is at S0CO? It doesn't look very successful. Maybe the developers can tear it down and build high density residential.

Don't forget to re-elect Stevie.

Google "favela."

9/07/2015 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Ouch! Too much to chew on, not very palatable. I think I broke a molar on one of the hidden rocks!

9/08/2015 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I'm really serious. Rig, et al. are telling their sycophants that they want to put the industry up near the freeway, and the residential on the Westside, closer to the ocean. Okay, that part at least makes sense. And they've sold people on it. But that is not what is happening. I can think of at least 3 projects that are in complete conflict with that theory. So when is the city going to wake up? Traffic expected to increase 20%. Please sign the Costa Mesa First Initiative, so the residents can vote on these large projects (such as the Rose Equities project).

9/08/2015 08:27:00 AM  

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