City Hall Snapshot
September 26, 2018
A rundown of what's happening in and around Costa Mesa as city leaders work to solve issues and create a welcoming and thriving environment for residents and business owners alike.
Did You Know?
You can help control the coyote population
The Costa Mesa Police Department devised a Coyote Management Plan to provide guidance for City of Costa Mesa staff and the community in dealing
with coyotes within Costa Mesa.

The plan has been modeled on plans successfully used by other cities.
Guidelines and provisions do not supersede federal, state and county laws, regulations or policies. 

Click here for an annual report on coyote sightings and encounters.

Click here to report coyote sightings and learn more about the City's Coyote Management plan and coyote prevention measures.
City Manager's Office
New Fire Station No. 1 opens Saturday Sept. 29
On Saturday Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., the City of Costa Mesa will officially open a new fire station for the first time in 25 years as the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt Fire Station No. 1 takes place. 

The new station at 1570 Adams Ave. is a 11,740-square-foot facility that comes equipped with the latest in fire services technology and daily amenities.

This multi-year endeavor is a joint effort between the Fire & Rescue and Public Services departments and began in March of 2017 with the razing of the original Station 1 that was built in 1961. That building was outdated and obsolete and was in critical need of replacement. 

This new building is a $10 million city investment that is LEED Gold Certified. It has a new community room and public restroom, three fire offices, rooms for laundry, communications, exercise and training. There is also is a kitchen and dining room and 10 bedrooms and five restrooms.

This is the first fire station built in Costa Mesa since Station No. 6 was built over 25 years ago in 1993.
Court requires the City of Costa Mesa to create emergency shelter beds
The City of Costa Mesa has been a county leader in finding creative solutions to help individuals experiencing homelessness, while at the same time appropriately conducting enforcement efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, business owners and visitors.

Now the court is requiring the City to create emergency shelter beds in the city to avoid further litigation and allow Costa Mesa to enforce its laws.

Grand opening of 580 Anton brings out the crowds
Mayor Sandy Genis, Mayor Pro-Tem Allan Mansoor and several members of the city staff and several members of the public attended the grand opening party of the 580 Anton apartments in the South Coast Metro area.

The 250-unit complex developed by Legacy Partners is within walking distance of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza and is across the street from the planned Orange County Museum of the Arts.

Mayor Genis presented Costa Mesa native Tim O'Brien, the senior managing director at Legacy Partners, with a plaque to congratulate him and his firm for creating this new Costa Mesa community.

Ethics Message of the Week
Former Air Force General William Cohen wrote a fine book called "The Stuff of Heroes" in which he identified eight laws of leadership. Here are his rules:

  • Maintain absolute integrity.
  • Know your stuff.
  • Declare your expectations.
  • Show uncommon commitment.
  • Expect positive results.
  • Take care of your people.
  • Put duty before self.
  • Get out in front.
Citizen Academy tours Police Department and dispatch
The Costa Mesa Police Department's Citizens’ Police Academy has begun and the second class on took place last Wednesday Sept. 19.

The first class included introductions, and two presentations including one about media and another about recruitment.

The second class instructed the academy members about Emergency Communications and included a tour of the Dispatch center and the Police Department.
Young visitor gets a look inside patrol car and new PD Teddy Bear

The Crossing Church recently hosted a breakfast in the Police Department's backlot.

During the breakfast a young visitor from the group, who was celebrating his birthday, received inside look at a patrol vehicle and a Police Department Teddy Bear.
Fire & Rescue 
Fire crews pay tribute to Officer Oscar Reyes
The Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue showed their support for the Police Department family as they mourn the loss of Officer Oscar Reyes.
(photo courtesy of Behind the Badge).
Citizens Fire Academy kicked off on Sept. 19
Brenda Emrick and Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue CERT kicked off another Citizens Fire Academy on Sept. 19.  
Public Services
Public Services starts Redhill Avenue Median Improvements
The City recently awarded the construction of the Redhill Avenue Median Improvements, from Bristol Street to McCormick Avenue, to KASA Construction, Inc.

The project includes construction of raised landscaped medians along Redhill Avenue between Bristol Street to McCormick Avenue, which replaces currently painted medians within the project limits and will create an aesthetically pleasing and safer driving experience while improving overall traffic operations.

The work also includes irrigation, landscape and hardscape in the medians, signing and striping, removal and reconstruction of portions of sidewalk and upgrading existing wheelchair access ramps in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements at the north east corner of Clinton Street and Redhill Avenue.

The removal of the existing asphalt for installation of curb medians, removal of base and sub-surfacing and existing curb ramp and sidewalk is well underway and will continue for the next few weeks. The anticipated completion date for the project is February 2019.
Adams Avenue gets asphalt pavement rehabilitation
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Public Services completed the rehabilitation of asphalt concrete pavement in the No. 3 eastbound lane of Adams Avenue, from Mesa Verde Drive East to Royal Palm Drive.

This project was initiated after observing the formation of undulations and pavement rutting in this section of Adams Avenue, which serves as one of the City’s major arterial roadways.

The project was expedited successfully thanks to the successful coordination between the Finance and Public Services Departments and the contractor to address this high priority improvement.
Public Services wraps up alley improvements
Public Services recently completed the reconstruction of Alley No. 39 from Nutmeg Place to Baker Street, between Royal Palm Drive and Deodar Avenue. 

This completes the $1.2 million Citywide Alley Rehabilitation Project, that began in September 2017. The citywide project replaced old asphalt alleyways with six inches of new concrete, containing fibrous, strength-reinforcing additives designed to provide an extended service life under the stresses of passenger vehicles and trash trucks.

The project funded the removal and replacement of 143,000 square feet of old, damaged asphalt alleyways with new, reinforced concrete construction in addition to localized sidewalk repairs, handicap ramps, and driveways.

A total of 13 alleys were reconstructed, with seven alleys on the Eastside, two alleys on the Westside and four alleys in the Spice Tract neighborhood bound by Caraway Drive and Wintergreen Place, between Coral Avenue and Mace Ave. 
Parks & Community Services
Swim activities making a big splash at Downtown Aquatic Center
The Downtown Aquatic Center has seen a boost in attendance within the past few months.

Adult swimmers use the pool to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Adult lap swim is offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. 
Teens take the plunge at city sponsored pool party
Nearly 30 Costa Mesa Teens stopped by the Downtown Recreation Center for the Take a Plunge Pool Party on Sept. 14.

Teens were treated to hamburgers, the pool, a photo booth and a scavenger hunt that concluded with a buried treasure chest.
Still time to submit your favorite photos of city parks, programs or pet activities
The first Parks and Community Services Department Photo Contest deadline has been extended to Sept. 28.

Tell a friend to submit their photos of a Costa Mesa park, program, or pet-related activity, now. 

Winners will be displayed in the Winter 2019 Recreation Guide and at the upcoming ARTventure event. 

All contest submission details can be found on this city webpage.
City staff promotes National Pet Preparedness Month
The Costa Mesa Pet Team promoted National Preparedness Month at the Pet Preparedness Day event on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Bark Park.

Staff and volunteers from Fire, CERT, Animal Care Services, and the Animal Services Committee were on hand to educate and provide resources to more than 40 people.

Newport Center Animal Hospital, the City’s contracted animal shelter provider, also provided low-cost dog vaccinations at the event. 
Fitness ROCKS for these young participants
Fitness has officially started at all 11 Recreation on Campus for Kids (ROCKS) sites.

Fitness is a 13 week one-hour program focusing on health and physical activity. For the first week, participants learned the importance of stretching before working out, fruits, and healthy fats.

They also participated in potato sack races and a little game called pass the vitamin c. 
Youth Volleyball program nets new players
The City Youth Volleyball program hosted a clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 to officially start the 2018 fall season.

There was excitement in the gym as volunteer parent coaches had the opportunity to meet with their teams for the first time.

All games and practices will be hosted indoors at the Downtown Recreation Center.  
Summer crowns new hoops champs and new fall season will soon get underway
The City of Costa Mesa Adult Basketball summer season has crowned a new champion.

Big Ballers won the title in their first season after going undefeated.

As the league continues to grow, the City league becomes more and more competitive each season.

Registration for the fall season began on Sept. 24, and will close once the leagues are full.

All games are held at the Downtown Recreation Center. 
Kids take the LEAP on construction skills
The Learn, Explore and Play (LEAP) program is enjoying a self-made construction site

New toy construction diggers are giving participants the chance to dig and discover all throughout their sandbox and playground area. 
Costa Mesa Community Run continues winning pace
The Costa Mesa Community Run put on another successful 5K and 10K race through Fairview Park.

The Community run was held on Sunday, Sept. 23. 

About 550 runners participated in the 5K/10K and 50 youth participants run in the Fun Run.  

Free indoor volleyball class is offered to public
Larry Kaban, the city's indoor volleyball instructor is taking the game outside.
This free demo class is for players 16 years and older. The demo classes will be held at Tanager Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
• Monday, Oct. 1      Class #12610
• Monday, Oct. 8      Class #12612

To guarantee your spot, pre-register online at, see above for corresponding class numbers.
News Roundup
Weekly Reports
Outreach workers assist 47 and gets housing for one
Last week, city outreach workers assisted 47 people and helped to house one. Code Enforcement contacted 30 people and 19 of those refused help.

Each week, the city compiles a report on the efforts of our outreach team to help provide assistance to homeless persons in need.

Our team reconnects homeless with their families, locates housing opportunities and helps individuals get into recovery programs and even employment.

To see past reports click on   this link.
Two cats, two dogs and tortoise reunite with owners
Animal Control officers compile a report each week detailing encounters with wild animals and pets in the city.

To keep the public informed about what is happening with the city's Animal Control division, we are going to publish a weekly report on our website.

Mark Your Calendars
Check out these upcoming events
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 –   Fire Station No. 1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony   , 10 a.m. Costa Mesa Fire Station No. 1, 1570 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. The City of Costa Mesa invites residents to celebrate the opening of the new Fire Station No. 1 with a ribbon cutting, station tours, lite bites and beverages and fire apparatus displays.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 –   On PAR Social (On programs, activities, and resources.)     5-6:30 p.m., Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W. 19   th   St., Costa Mesa. Join the Senior Center staff outside on the new front patio for a celebration of this addition and learn about the resources and activities offered by the Senior Center. Guided tours and light refreshment provided. For more information, please call: 714-327-7550.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 –   Fall in Love with the Westside   , 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Estancia High School parking lot, 2323 Placentia Ave. Local artisans market, community art collaboration, pumpkin patch, kids activities and more.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 –   Hoag Flu Shot Clinic   , 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W. 19   th   St., Costa Mesa. Hoag hospital will provide flu shots to adult ages 50 and older. Shots are limited, so registration is required. Please contact the Senior Center: 714-327-7550.