Hank Panian, Fees, Development And More
The Costa Mesa City Council meets for their first, of many, meetings in September on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 for another very interesting gathering. There's plenty on the agenda to draw a crowd. Read the full agenda HERE.
HANK IS THE MAN!
Right off the top there will be the presentation of the Mayor's Award to Costa Mesa icon, Hank Panian - a man who has dedicated much of his adult life trying to make Costa Mesa better. I'm really looking forward to this one.
There are a few interesting items on the Consent Calendar - those items that are considered "routine" and can be voted upon with one vote and no discussion. That's not likely to happen this time.
SPENDING YOUR MONEY
Item #3 is Warrant #2541, HERE, which shows disbursements we've made for the past several weeks. As always, I'll give you just a little taste of some of the money we laid out recently. These are in order as they appear, so you can read along if you wish.
- Bingo West $4 - $15,306.78 - apparently for a Bingo Console (for where? The Senior Center?)
- Clean Street - $57,799.98 - Street Sweeping Svcs, June. 15
- Jones & Mayer - $143,811.48 - Legal Svcs, various (two full pages listed!)
- Kabbara Engineering - $22,614.50 - Engineering Svcs.
- Keyser Marston Associates, Inc. - $7,125.00 - Consulting
- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - $8,802.34 - Legal, Personnel Matter
- City of Huntington Beach - $22,540.00 - Helicopter, Jun.2015
- Civil Source - $17,658.00 - Temp. Staffing
- Moore Iacofano Goftsman Inc - $20,426.75 - Gen'l Plan Update and Env. Rprt
- FTOG Inc - $2,775.00 - Special Project Consulting, 7/20-7/31/15
- Government Staffing Services Inc - $7,665.00 - Temp Svcs.
- Interwest Consulting Group Inc - $12,045.00 - Sr. Bldg Inspct. Svcs Jun 15
- Samys Camera - $1,419.12 - GoPro Camera and gear
- Scientia Consulting Group Inc - $5,590.00 - On-site Tech Support 6/28-7/11
- Costa Mesa Conference & Visitor Bureau - $187,048.05 - BIA Receipts, Jun 15
- Safe Moves - $40,154.18 - Bicycle Education Svds Jun 15
- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - $10,714.50 - Legal, General
- Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth - $13,548.00 - Legal, Various
- Easton & Easton LLP - $150,000 - Settlement Bailey v City
- Mary Goggin - $30,000 - Settlement M Goggins v City
- Government Staffing Services Inc - $11,712.50 - Temp Svcs
- White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP - $7,950.00 - Audit Svcs FY 2014/2015
COLLECTING PARKING TICKET BUCKS
Item #7, HERE, is a contract through the City of Sausalito, for parking ticket citation processing with Data Ticket, Inc. Our contract has expired and, according to the staff report, this is the most cost effective way to perpetuate the agreement with Data Ticket. Last year it cost us just over $60,000, but the revenue resulting from the citations was a net $700,495.
SEVENTEEN (17) NEW POLICE VEHICLES
Item #8, HERE, is VERY interesting. It's the request by the Police Department for an increase in the FY 15/16 budget of $372,705 for a total this year of $654,985 for the following:
- Purchase of 8 vehicles replacing 10 that were leased
- Six front line patrol vehicles will be replaced by six purchased vehicles
- Two new pick-up trucks will be purchased for Park Ranger use
- One new vehicle has been purchased for the Chief of Police
There are four (4) Public Hearings on the agenda Tuesday night. #1, HERE, is the delayed hearing on amendments to Title 8 and Title 13 of the Municipal Code related to vaping in public facilities and regulation of smoking lounges. If approved as recommended this will:
1 - Add a definition and create zoning regulations specifically pertaining to smoking lounges.
2 - Add a definition f or "smoking/vaping retailers" to preclude the establishment of lounge uses as part of a retail store.
3 - Prohibit vaping in specified public places by modifying the current prohibition of smoking in public facilities.
4 - Consider the existing two, legally-established smoking lounges as legal nonconforming uses, which may be subject to discontinuation or closure in the future under specific circumstances.
5 - Create standards to allow several zoning districts where new smoking lounges may be permitted by right or conditionally permitted.
6 - Create operational and development standards to address various potential issues.
7 - Planning Commission recommended changes to distinguish between tobacco and electronic cigarette/vaping products.
The council can either (1) continue the meeting to address additional changes to the draft ordinance. If they do that it must be considered by September 15, 2015 because the current moratorium will expire November 5, 2015; OR (2) Direct staff to modify the ordinance and forward to City Council for consideration. This would require the moratorium to be extended.
CODIFYING CAPITAL NEEDS ALLOCATIONS
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is the first reading of the Capital Asset Needs Ordinance, which codifies the policies established last March. If approved this will allocate a minimum of five percent (5%) of the General Fund Budget to capital expenditures and plan a goal of an additional one and one-half percent (1.5%) dedicated to a Capital Facilities Account. If this were in place for the current budget it would have resulted in just over $5.5 million and $1.6 million, respectively.
VACATION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is the vacation of right-of-way at 970 West 16th Street, where a new development is planned.
RIGHT-OF-WAY, PART 2
Public Hearing #4, HERE, is a vacation of a flowage easement at the same address for the same project.
PARK FEES FOR APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT, PLUS...
Old Business #1, HERE, is the second reading of an update to the Park in-lieu fees and Impact Fees (Park Fees), which includes application of those fees to apartment projects for the first time.
New Business #1, HERE, may draw a crowd. This is the General Plan Screening request for a proposed 28-unit residential project at 440 Fair Drive, near the corner of Fair and Harbor Blvd. I suspect more than one or two of the College Park neighbors will show up to talk about this item.
ALLOCATING LEINART FEES
New Business #2, HERE, is the delayed discussion of how to allocate the nearly $25,000 in fees paid by Matt Leinart Flag Football for inaccurately portraying their organization last year. Normally, such funds go into the General Fund, but there are those - Councilwoman Katrina Foley - who suggested they should be split and allocated to Costa Mesa and Estancia High Schools for athletic equipment.
New Business #3, HERE, is the designation of the voting delegate and voting delegate alternate for the 2015 League of California Cities Annual Conference. Presently Mayor Steve Mensinger is designated as the voting delegate and Councilwoman Sandra Genis is the alternate.
REFUND OF APPEAL FEES
New Business #4, HERE, is the request for refund of appeal fees for two items - ZA-15-01 involving the Solid Landings facility on West 19th Street and PA-14-41, involving the proposed Farmer's Market at the corner of Orange Avenue and Bay Street. The appellants, Ann Parker and Carrie Renfro respectively, have requested the refund of the fees they paid for their successful appeals. Parker's is $690.00 and Renfro paid $1,220.00.