Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Costa Mesa Seeks Public Input

Public input sought for city's Consolidated Plan at Feb. 12 meeting
The City of Costa Mesa Housing and Community Development Division—which is in the process of preparing the city’s Consolidated Plan—and will seek input from residents and other stakeholders at a community workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Costa Mesa Senior Center
(695 W. 19th Street).

The Consolidated Plan identifies needs and priorities related to housing, community service, public facilities/infrastructure, and economic opportunities that are funded with federal monies. Federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Grant funds are utilized over a five-year period to address the needs outlined in the Consolidated Plan.

Residents and stakeholders interested in providing input may also submit an online survey available on the City’s website.

For additional information regarding the survey or workshop, or to learn more about the Consolidated Plan process, contact Mike Linares at (714) 754-5678 or mike.linares@costamesaca.gov.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Costa Mesa Mayor Announces Listening Tour

Mayor Mensinger announces '2015 Listening Tour'
Steve Mensinger footballCosta Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger has announced a “2015 Listening Tour” to allow residents five ways to more easily access to City Hall and share their hopes and concerns with the mayor.

  • Meet the Mayor. Mayor Mensinger will hold “Meet the Mayor” sessions at City Hall and other locations around town from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. The first “Meet the Mayor” will be at City Hall (77 Fair Drive) on Jan. 11.
  • Walk and Talk with the Mayor. At 5:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month, residents can participate in the “Walk and Talk with the Mayor” for approximately a 90-minute walk. The group will meet at the Estancia High School parking lot (2323 Placentia Ave.) adjacent to the tennis court.
  • Coffee with the Mayor. To set up a meeting over coffee, please e-mail Mayor Mensinger (mayor@costamesaca.gov) or contact the City Council’s executive secretary, Sharon Rodelius, at (714) 754-5107.
  • Write the Mayor. E-mail the Mayor Mensinger at mayor@costamesaca.gov and you’ll get a response back within 24 hours.
  • Invite the Mayor. Schedule permitting, Mayor Mensinger would love to accept your invitation to ribbon-cuttings, nonprofit meetings, public or private school classes on local government and more. To schedule an event, please e-mail Mayor Mensinger (mayor@costamesaca.gov) or contact the City Council’s executive secretary, Sharon Rodelius, at (714) 754-5107.
“I’m looking forward to listening to my fellow residents and finding out how we can continue to improve our fine city,” Mayor Mensinger said. “This will be a great learning experience for me, and I know residents will be impressed at the responsiveness of their local government.”
For more information about the “2015 Listening Tour,” please call the City Council’s executive secretary, Sharon Rodelius, at (714) 754-5107 or email her at sharon.rodelius@costamesaca.gov.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Only 2 Days Left for Costa Mesa Residents

Residents have until Wednesday, January 7th to apply to serve on three city commissions.
Wednesday is the deadline for Costa Mesa residents to apply to serve on one of three city commissions: Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Senior Commission.
The five-member Planning Commission has three vacancies (each four-year terms). This commission functions as an advisory body to the City Council on issues related to the growth and development of the community. The commission holds public hearings and provides recommendations to the council on requests for General Plan amendments, rezones, specific plans, environmental impact reports and amendments to the city’s Zoning Ordinance. The board has the authority to take final action on a variety of planning applications, including conditional use permits, variances, planned development projects, and tentative tract and parcel maps.
The five-member Parks and Recreation Commission has three vacancies (each four-year terms). This commission assists the City Council and various city departments with issues related to parks and parkways.

The five-member Senior Commission has five vacancies (three for four-year terms, and two for two-year terms). This newly established commission will serve as an advisory body to the City Council in matters related to the operation of the Costa Mesa Senior Center. 

Those interested are encouraged to complete a Committee Application Form from the City Clerk’s Office or from the City’s website (www.costamesaca.gov/apply).
Planning commissioners and Parks and Recreation commissioners must be registered to vote in Costa Mesa.
The completed application may be submitted online; mailed to Costa Mesa City Clerk, Post Office Box 1200, Costa Mesa, California, 92628-1200; faxed to (714) 754-4942; or hand-delivered to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

The deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7. Appointments are tentatively scheduled for the January 20, 2015 City Council meeting.

For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (714) 754-5225 or cityclerk@costamesaca.gov.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Costa Mesa Helping Citizens with Rain

In anticipation of rain storms predicted to hit this week, the City of Costa Mesa is making free sandbags available to residents and putting emergency crews on standby to deal with any flooding, downed trees, inoperable traffic lights or other weather-related issues.

"We don't anticipate any major problems, but we want to be ready just in case," City CEO Tom Hatch said.

Crews from the city's Public Services Department have also cleared out the catch basins of storm drains to reduce any potential flooding.

Costa Mesa residents can fill up to 15 sandbags for free (shovels provided) at the Placentia Fire Station at 2300 Placentia Ave.

Friday, October 10, 2014

$6 Mil Budget Surplus for Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa finishes 2013-14 fiscal year with at least a $6 million budget surplus
Costa Mesa’s General Fund finished the 2013-14 fiscal year with at least a $6 million surplus, according to the city’s preliminary audited numbers.

The surplus—which represents 5.5% of the General Fund budget—was achieved through a combination of higher-than-expected revenues and disciplined spending and financial management, allowing the city to finish in the black for the fourth consecutive year. Over the past four fiscal years, the city’s budget surpluses have added up to $19.4 million ($6 million for 2013-14; $7.1 million for 2012-13; $2.5 million for 2011-12; and $3.8 million for 2010-11).

“We are pleased to deliver to taxpayers another significant surplus,” said the City’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch. “We look forward to discussing with the City Council and community how to incorporate the surplus into our future financial planning.”
Final audited numbers will be available in November when the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is completed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OC Airport Commission Meets Tonight in Costa Mesa

Airport Commission to discuss John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement and Environmental Impact Report
The Orange County Airport Commission will meet Sept. 17 to discuss the extension and amendment to the 1985 John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Airport Commission Hearing Room at 3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa.

The Airport Commission will discuss the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which includes the terms of the proposed project; alternatives; impacts such as noise, air quality, utilities and transportation; and feedback received from the public regarding the draft EIR. 

Final recommendations made by the Airport Commission will be considered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 30 at the Hall of Administration, 33 West Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana.

For more information about the Settlement Agreement and upcoming meetings or to view the commission agenda, visit John Wayne Airport’s website at http://www.ocair.com/communityrelations/settlementagreement/.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Costa Mesa Challenges Appeals Court

Costa Mesa files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on group homes ordinance

Costa Mesa and four other Southern California cities have submitted an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that declared Newport Beach’s group-homes ordinance unconstitutional.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this year that while the Newport Beach had enacted a facially neutral zoning ordinance to regulate group homes, the law was unconstitutional because of purported discriminatory statements made by individual council members and the public during its adoption.
The amicus brief states in its summary:
“The Ninth Circuit’s decision overturns decades of deference to local land use decisions that are facially-neutral and are supported by findings that evidence a rational basis for the regulation, and abrogates a city’s ability to regulate land uses where an individual legislator makes potentially improper statements that have not been recited or adopted by the legislative body as a whole. The Ninth Circuit applies a level of scrutiny reserved for racial discrimination, fundamental rights and suspect classifications to land use decisions involving sober living facilities. This heightened standard of review thwarts a city’s ability to adopt and enforce ordinances aimed at protecting public health, safety and welfare, the so-called “social or economic legislation,” and is in conflict with the rational basis standard applied in other circuits.”
In a May 6 e-mail to Costa Mesa City CEO Tom Hatch, Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff said legal experts estimated that likelihood that the Supreme Court would take up the case was 20 to 25%, and that amicus—or “friends of the court”—briefs from other institutions and individuals would help maximize those chances.
Bradbury, Claremont, Laguna Beach and San Clemente joined with Costa Mesa to file the brief.
“Briefs carry a lot of weight with the Court, and are especially valuable in demonstrating that an issue presented for review transcends the parties to the case,” Kiff wrote.
The City of Costa Mesa paid $10,000 to be one of the amici cities. You can read the amicus brief here.