Thursday, April 28, 2016

City Council Meeting Preview

The agenda for the Costa Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 was published today.  You can read it HERE.  The meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall.  The open session will be preceded by a Closed Session beginning at 5:00.  There are four (4) items on that agenda segment - three litigation items and one regarding labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa City Employee Association.

Mayor Steve Mensinger will apparently present his award to Chick-fil-A.  Oh, well...

There are a few items on the Consent Calendar that are interesting.  Item #1, Warrant #2556, HERE,   has the normal items listed.  I'm not going to list all those that provoke me with the exception of one entry.  Early on the list is an entry for Jones & Mayer, our contract City Attorney firm for $65,175.10 for a single case - "Dadey".  This is noteworthy because that amount is approximately a third of the normal entry for the firm.  We've seen that name on the Closed Session entries in the recent past as the council apparently discussed this very expensive case.  Click on the link above to review the remainder of the Warrant.

Item #4, HERE, is an interesting entry.  This involves the emergency removal of a fuel tank at Fire Station #3 at 1865 Park Avenue, near Lions Park.  Apparently in March the underground diesel fuel tank at that station failed and leaked fuel into the soil.  An emergency purchase order was issued not to exceed $100,000 to mitigate this problem.

Item #6, HERE, is a $178,000 contract for a Temporary Web Master Consultant to design and develop the City's internal web platform and applications.  Among the goals cited is a "Homeless Tracking System".  Read the staff report for the rest.

Item #7, HERE, is the establishment of a new position - Emergency Services Administrator.  This new position will apparently replace - and use the budgeted funds allocated for - a vacant Logistical Support Manager.  The title is fairly self-explanatory, - responsibilities include the preparedness of the Emergency Operations Center - but read the short staff report for details.

Public Hearing #1, HERE, is for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Funding Priorities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME).  This will involve more than $1.2 million in CDBG funds and almost $900,000 in HOME funds.  Take a look at the staff report for the details of how these funds will be spent.

New Business #1, HERE, is the first step in the path to placing a Bond issue on the November 8, 2016 ballot for Affordable Housing in Costa Mesa.  The council must adopt the resolution by a 2/3 vote - that's actually 4 of the five members - in order for the process to move forward.  If passed the process moves forward to the Planning Commission on May 23, 2016 and then back to the City Council on June 7th and June 23rd.  If there are not four (4) votes on the council next Tuesday, then Jim Righeimer's vindictive, in-your-face bond scheme dies.  It's estimated that it will take $20,000  and a mountain of staff time for this item to be placed on the ballot.

New Business #2, HERE, the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Reauthorization and Resolution of Intention, and Review of Annual Audit.  According to the recent audit, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau will have a cash equity of $2.57 million by the end of June.  The BIA is funded by a piece of the Transient Occupancy Tax levied on eleven (11) hotels.  The purpose is to help the BIA promote tourism in Costa Mesa.

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Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

All these mayor's awards. It's like youth sports. Everyone gets a trophy!

4/29/2016 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

The awards give the Mayor a chance to look like a good guy.

4/29/2016 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

No problem- Kiwi Boot Polish is giving Riggy, Mensy, and the 5 planning puppets an award for great work taking care of the Newport bosses.

4/30/2016 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

So... the public should vote to pay for affordable housing by raising taxes, but have no say about how to spend existing tax dollars? Jim, you have some 'splainin to do.

5/01/2016 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

That bond is a joke. He knows it won't pass. We'd like to do something on that order, but I refuse to give that way less than honest Mayor Pro Tem any sort of money without any controls, guidelines, or management to control how and where it is spent.

He knows it will fail, and its a joke to him.

Very glad to see that it looks like he'll be silenced in the minority come November. Vote Mensinger out.

5/02/2016 09:00:00 AM  

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