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.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Costa Mesa Promotes Nick Cerciello to Fire Captain

Nick Cerciello promoted to fire captain
Capt. Cerciello 
Costa Mesa Fire Chief Dan Stefano has recently promoted Nick Cerciello to the position of fire captain.
Cerciello joined the Costa Mesa Fire Department in 2006, after holding positions with Ventura County Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority and Tustin Federal Fire Department.
"Nick has demonstrated sound leadership qualities, relevant technical competencies and a strong commitment to professional development," Chief Stefano said. “We look forward to the many contributions Nick will bring to the organization in his new role.”
Photo caption: Captain Nick Cerciello (third from left) is welcomed on his first day assigned to Station No. 2 by (from left)  Battalion Chiefs Tim Vasin and Fred Seguin and Fire Chief Dan Stefano.