Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Costa Mesa & Marine Wives Need Your Help

Wanted: A few, good formal dresses for wives of city's adopted Marines
The City of Costa Mesa and the Costa Mesa Military Affairs team are seeking donations of new or lightly used prom dresses, ball gowns, cocktail dresses and accessories for the spouses of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5), the infantry battalion that the city has adopted.

The dresses will be wore at the annual Marine Ball, which will take place in November and celebrates the anniversary of the Marines Corps' founding.

The collection point for the dresses will be the footlocker in the lobby of City Hall at 77 Fair Drive. Donations will be accepted now through Sept. 18. 

For further information, please contact Dan Baker at (714) 754-5156.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Costa Mesa Active in Reducing Flooding, Improving Water Quality

Work underway on major underground catch basin to reduce flooding, improve water quality
underground catch basin 
The City of Costa Mesa is digging a big hole for itself in Lions Park.
It’s part of a $4.7 million project that will reduce flooding on the Westside during rain storms and improve water quality at local beaches.
The current storm drain system, constructed decades ago, is significantly undersized to meet the volume of surface water produced during heavy rains. The drainage project—which includes a large underground catch basin between the Downtown Community Center and the Costa Mesa Historical Society—will increase the capacity of the entire storm drain system by 20% and will substantially reduce flooding in the area.
A parallel storm drain system is also being built on Anaheim Avenue between Plumer Street and 18th Street.
In addition, the new drainage system will eliminate accumulated surface pollutants that are washed into the storm drains and flow unfiltered to the Pacific Ocean.

The project is being funded by a $2.8-million grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority. The city is matching the grant funds with drainage fees and in-kind services performed by the Engineering Division staff. Construction is expected to be completed by November.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Costa Mesa Street Improvements Continue

East 17th Street improvements taking place through October
Expect lane closures during business hours between Santa Ana and Irvine avenues
East 17th street improvement project 
Construction is underway to beautify and improve traffic flow on a two-block segment of East 17th Street. The project—expected to be completed in mid-October—will add decorative crosswalks and sidewalks, streetlights, medians, and parkway trees between Santa Ana and Irvine avenues. Right-turn lanes at the intersection of East 17th Street and Tustin Avenue will also be installed, resulting in decreased traffic congestion.
One-lane closures in each direction are in effect during construction hours, and all lanes are open during peak commuter morning and afternoon hours.

Major improvements to East 17th Street began in 2006 when the city enhanced the area between Orange and Santa Ana avenues, which has led to significant commercial renovation along that portion of the street.

“East 17th Street is a frequently utilized thoroughfare, and one of our city’s showcases for retail businesses and restaurants,” City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch said. “These enhancements will increase the visibility and accessibility of Eastside businesses, as well as improve traffic circulation and overall quality of life for our residents.”

Public Services Department staff successfully acquired a $500,000 Federal Transportation Enhancement Activities grant to fund a majority of the project’s estimated $776,995 cost. The balance will be funded through Air Quality Management District funds, and City Traffic Impact Fees.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Costa Mesa Continues Measure M Opposition

City of Costa Mesa continues to oppose use of Measure M funds for 405 Freeway toll lanes
For the past several years, the City of Costa Mesa has strongly opposed any attempt to fund toll lanes on the 405 Freeway with the use of Measure M revenues.

However, Caltrans officials recently proposed to add toll lanes to a 14-mile stretch of the San Diego Freeway in Orange County (from the Los Angeles County line to the 73 Freeway), ignoring opposition from Costa Mesa, seven neighboring cities along the 405 Corridor and the Orange County Transportation Authority.

The Caltrans plan would use approximately $1.3 billion in Measure M revenues to build the toll lanes. In 1990 and again in 2006, Orange County residents approved a half-percent county sales tax to fund local transportation improvements such as widening freeways, expanding bridges, building interchanges and improving intersections.

On Aug. 5, staff will ask the Costa Mesa City Council to pass a resolution confirming the city’s opposition to the use of Measure M funds in building toll lanes on the 405 Freeway without voter approval.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Costa Mesa Wins for Financial Reporting

City of Costa Mesa wins top award for financial reporting
The City of Costa Mesa has recently been awarded the highest award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Government Finance Officers Assn. of the United States and Canada awarded Costa Mesa the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
In addition, Asst. Finance Director Colleen O'Donoghue received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for being primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning financial report.

According to a statement by the association, Costa Mesa's annual financial report "has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR."

"Congratulations to our finance department for this high honor," City CEO Tom Hatch said. "This award is another demonstration of the city's commitment to transparency and citizen engagement."

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

City of Costa Mesa Earns Award for Saving Tax-Payer Dollars

Costa Mesa captures top award for its "Costa Mesa Minute" show
Costa Mesa Minute 
The City of Costa Mesa earned a “Golden Hub of Innovation” award for the “Costa Mesa Minute” daily news and information video last week from the Assn. of California Cities – Orange County.
The Golden Hub of Innovation awards honor local agencies that successfully implement the programs and policies that save tax-payer dollars and improve services for residents. Local and regional governments submitted nearly 60 applications in nine different categories.

Costa Mesa captured first place in the Technology and E-Government category.

“Local governments are the laboratories of innovation,” said Lacy Kelly, CEO of the Assn. of California Cities – Orange County. “We are proud to honor these leaders, whose innovations are saving taxpayer dollars and creating efficiencies in government.”

The Costa Mesa Minute is a daily video designed to give Costa Mesa residents city-related news and information in a high-quality, entertaining and easily digestible format.

The content focuses heavily in government news, including previews of upcoming public meetings, traffic delays, details of city-sponsored events and has a special focus on schools, youth sports, arts and nonprofits.

The program airs weekdays and is available on the City’s website and all city social media platforms resulting in increased transparency, information sharing, and public engagement. The show is produced by Dane Bora, Brad Long and Bill Lobdell.

“We are proud that this Costa Mesa innovation has been recognized as a the best new technology and e-government initiative for the past year in all of Orange County,” City CEO Tom Hatch said.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Costa Mesa TV Channel Wins 4 Awards

CMTV 3 wins four awards for broadcasting excellence
Costa Mesa Television Channel 3 (CMTV 3) was honored last week by the Southern California and Nevada chapter of the National Assn. of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors at the 18th Annual STAR Awards with one first place, two second place and one third place awards.

Established in 1997, the STAR Awards recognize outstanding programs produced by public, educational, and/or government access facilities serving California and Nevada communities.

CMTV 3, the City of Costa Mesa’s television station, earned top honors in the “Promo” category for its “Costa Mesa, My Sweet Home” music video production (click here to watch). The lip-dub video features 215 residents lip-syncing the words to “Costa Mesa, My Sweet Home,” a song by local musician Dan Krikorian. The 3-minute, 45-second video was shot at 47 locales around Costa Mesa.
CMTV 3 received second place awards in the categories of “Talk Show” and “Magazine Show,” and third place for “Overall Excellence in Government Programming Under $400,000 Operating Budget.” “City Talk,” a previous 4-time winner of Best Talk Show, and “The Community Report,” CMTV’s longest running show, received the second place awards.
“We are very pleased to be recognized for our work,” said Dane Bora, the city’s video production coordinator. “Every year the quality of programs receiving STAR Awards continues to impress, so it is exciting that our work was recognized for these awards.”

CMTV 3 has now been recognized by association for excellence in local programming with 14 first place STAR Awards since 1997, including eleven in the past nine years. Additionally, CMTV 3 has earned numerous second and third place honors in a variety of categories over the years.