City Hall Snapshot
May 8, 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.
City Manager's Office
Members of city's Network for Homeless Solutions take home Golden Hub of Innovation Award
The City of Costa Mesa earned gold once again, bringing home two top awards at this years Golden Hub of Innovation Awards.

Hosted by the Association of California Cities, Orange County, the Golden Hubs showcase groundbreaking initiatives with focus on taxpayer and community benefits. The City Staffer of the Year award went to both Stacy Lumley and Mike Brumbaugh of the City Manager's Office.

Council Member John Stephens was on hand to congratulate the pair for their award.

Lumley is one of the city's four outreach workers and Brumbaugh is a code enforcement officer assigned to assist the community and businesses with homeless issues.

The pair are an integral part of the city's Network for Homeless Solutions, which has helped house nearly 300 individuals since 2013 and reconnected more than 80 with family and loved ones.

Also winning an award was the Costa Mesa Police Department, receiving a top honor in the City Programs/Departments - Public Safety category for their innovative and long-term public safety strategies.

See Police Department section below for more information.
Ethics Message of the Week
"Courage comes in two forms: physical courage and moral courage. Physical courage is demonstrated by acts of bravery where personal harm is risked to protect others or preserve cherished principles. It’s the kind of courage that wins medals and monuments. Moral courage may seem less grand but it is more important because it’s needed more often.

Moral courage is the engine of integrity. It is our inner voice that coaxes, prods, and inspires us to meet our responsibilities and live up to our principles when doing so may cost us dearly.

Moral courage is essential not only for a virtuous life, but a happy one. Without courage, our fears and failures confine us like a barbed wire fence.

The voice of moral courage is always there, but sometimes it is drowned out by the drumbeat of our fears and doubts. We need to learn to listen for the voice. The more we call on it and listen to it and trust it, the stronger it becomes."

--Michael Josephson
The past weekend, police officers conducted special DUI enforcement during busy weekend
Over the Cinco de Mayor and OC Marathon weekend, Costa Mesa police officers made a total of 11 DUI arrests. Two stand out. One was a felony arrest Friday night for DUI causing injury during a traffic collision, where the arrestee was in possession of an aerosol can and was under the influence of an inhalant.

The other one happened early Sunday. On the morning of the OC Marathon May 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Costa Mesa police officers responded to a CHP officer manning a fixed post for the Run at Mesa Drive and Santa Ana Avenue. A drunken driver was being detained for DUI, after she hit and dragged traffic cones, which were found underneath her car.

Costa Mesa police took over the investigation and conducted a Standard Field Sobriety Test, pictured here, while OC Marathon runners passed by. The 28-year-old suspect blew a BAC over the legal limit and was arrested for DUI and driving a vehicle on a suspended/revoked license for DUI.

That’s a total of 11 DUI arrests this past weekend. We’d like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and not drive under the influence. Call a driving service like Uber or Lyft, designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or use the DDVIP App. There are many options out there, so let’s keep the streets safe for everyone.
Costa Mesa police honored by ACC-OC for 'innovative and long-term public safety strategies'
A special thank you to the Association of California Cities Orange County for recognizing the Costa Mesa PD and with the Golden Hub of Innovation award.

The department was nominated for its “innovative and long-term public safety strategies and providing a benchmark of excellence within the community.”

To do that, the department focused on community policing and foot and bike patrols. We took a collaborative approach to homeless outreach with the City of Costa Mesa and the Costa Mesa Network for Homeless Solutions, as well as a multi-agency partnership to address homeless issues at Regional Talbert Park.
We targeted crime in apartment complexes with high calls for service. We established a bilingual Public Affairs Manager to keep our residents informed through Nextdoor, social media, and Nixle. And we also reinvigorated Neighborhood Watch and community outreach, including the Latino community.
Fire & Rescue 
Fire Department Promotion Ceremony breaks a record for hiring new firefighters and honors several more
The Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department held a Promotion Ceremony at City Hall to honor three new captains, a new engineer and assistant fire marshal and the historic addition of 10 new firefighter/paramedics.

“Today we come together as a Fire Family to celebrate some very special promotions and the successful completion of probation for 10 of our Firefighters, the largest group to complete probation together in the history of our department,” Fire Chief Dan Stefano said. “Today highlights the extraordinary transformation we are in the midst of and the focused trajectory we are all locked in on.”

Members of Citizens Fire Academy take part in ride-alongs and station tours
The Citizens Fire Academy is in full swing with all the attendees participating in their ride-a-longs. During the ride-a-longs, the attendees are given a tour of the fire station, shown the fire engine, and respond on any emergency responses. 

Many things are learned during their time, such as the dangers of responding code-3 (lights and sirens).
Public Services
TeWinkle Park is spruced up with new paint
Public Services Maintenance staff recently completed painting improvements at TeWinkle Park.

The painting project included the arbors that encircle Angel's Playground, the arbor at the entrance to the restrooms, and the Skate Park’s perimeter wrought iron fence.

The wrought iron fence and arbors were faded, the original paint was peeling off, and portions of the fence were rusting. Staff coordinated with the Parks and Community Services Department to ensure there was minimal inconvenience to park users. The painting project provides an overall safety and aesthetic improvement to the park while also extending the anticipated life of the structures.
Ketchum Libolt Park gets new lighting upgrades
Public Services Maintenance staff recently completed upgrades to the lighting at Ketchum Libolt Park. 

The existing high pressure sodium lights were inefficient and did not provide a sufficient amount of light.

Rear portions of the park are lit dimmly at night. Staff replaced the inefficient lights with high efficiency, brighter LED lights. The rear of the park now has a quad multi-directional light mount, which can illuminate several areas of the park similtanously. Staff also painted the light posts for an overall aesthetic improvement to the park.
Street rehabilitation work continues throughout city
Eagle Paving is well underway with the city’s street rehabilitation project. The city continues to receive compliments from the community regarding the contractor's construction operations.

The street rehabilitation work includes grinding the existing asphalt concrete street and the placement of a new asphalt concrete driving surface. Last week, Eagle Paving completed improvements on several Eastside Costa Mesa streets scheduled for repair. 

Work is now underway on streets located in Northside Costa Mesa. The upcoming phase of street improvements is in the central portion of the city and includes Logan Avenue, Pinecreek Drive, Village Way, Dale Way, College Avenue (Baker Street to Village Way), and Monterey Avenue (Salvador Street to El Camino Drive).

Once Eagle Paving has completed the street rehabilitation work, another contractor is scheduled to move into many of these same areas to slurry seal the remaining streets that did not require complete street rehabilitation, thus completing the street maintenance work in these neighborhoods
Economic and Development Services
Community Development Block Grants to be discussed at the next City Council meeting
On May 15, the Costa Mesa City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the City’s 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan. The Action Plan will serve as the City’s application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 2018 CDBG funds. 

Included in the Action Plan are the funding recommendations of the City’s Housing and Public Service Grant Ad-hoc Committee. The public hearing will be held at the Costa Mesa Council Chambers, located at Costa Mesa City Hall – 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. 

Council meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.; public hearings begin at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda and staff report will be posted on the City’s website by the afternoon of May 11, 2018. Please note that the City Clerk anticipates the May 15 City Council meeting will be a full agenda. 

As of today, HUD has not released 2018 CDBG allocation figures. The Committee’s public service grant recommendations incorporated into the draft Action Plan specifies all grants recommended for funding should be adjusted proportionally up or down based on the final allocation once published by HUD. 

The City Council will make all final funding recommendations. 
Questions can be directed to Mike Linares at either 714 754-5678 or
Parks & Community Services
Seniors go on Active Adventures in city parks
As the Active Adventure program continued its Park Series in Costa Mesa, the Costa Mesa Senior Center participants got the opportunity to hike at Canyon Park on Tuesday May 1.

Although inclement weather may have affected the attendance for the hike, the full registered roster of participants came in ready and raring to go.

What is normally a 45-minute hike turn into 60-75 minutes as the participants loved the trails and requested to extend the hike. On May 15 the program will continue its series with a walk of the Fairview Park Wetlands.
Seniors get their tech questions answered by staff
On Friday April 27 the Costa Mesa Senior Center, hosted its monthly Tech Talk program.

Ten participants got the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Recreation Leader III’s from the center and had all their tech questions answered. 

Rex the Husky is the latest pet to get adopted through the work of city staff and Priceless Pet Rescue
City Staff visited America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center and had the opportunity to network with local animal adoption agency and rescue groups. 

Rex the Husky, originally a Costa Mesa dog, was adopted through Priceless Pet Rescue at the event. Here he is pictured with his new dad learning how to sit with the use of a treat.

City staff is excited that Rex is going into a home that understands the positive benefits of training and socialization. 
More historical markers installed citywide
The Historical Preservation Committee installed six more historical brass markers at the following locations: 19th St. and Newport Boulevard (Costa Mesa Grammar School), 1785 Newport Blvd (Friday Afternoon Clubhouse, 121 Rochester (Costa Mesa Fire Station), 1740 Newport Boulevard (Hi Way Garage), 420 West 19th St. (Costa Mesa Methodist Episcopal Church) and 1796 Newport Blvd (The Red and White Grocery).

For more information on the Historical Markers Project, watch this video.
Senior Grocery Program continues in popularity
The Costa Mesa Senior Center held its Senior Grocery Program on Friday April 27.

The program had 130 participants prepared to receive food, the highest numbers in the programs history.

As a result of the continued popularity and steady growth of the program, Second Harvest Food Bank will be increasing the order for the Senior Center to match the demand and for the fourth time, program administrators will be reformatting the setup to be able to take all the additional food, the program will be receiving.
Mobile Recreation program hits the streets
On Thursday May 3, the Mobile Recreation staff was happy to have a handful of participants at the Lions Park location.

By moving closer to the Downtown Recreation Center building, Mobile Recreation staff have seen more foot traffic and participants stopping by to join in on the fun.  
David Smid featured at 'The Exhibit' Gallery
The Cultural Arts Committee will be hosting a reception for featured Costa Mesa artist David Smid at “The Exhibit” Gallery at the Costa Mesa Senior Center.

The reception is on Monday, May 14 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Don’t miss out on an afternoon of art and good company.
News Roundup
Weekly Reports
Network for Homeless Solutions Weekly Update
Last week, City Outreach workers assisted 48 people and helped one person with emergency housing.

Code Enforcement contacted a total of seven transients and referred them to Outreach services.

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.
Here is the Animal Control weekly update
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, May 12, 2018 –   Mother’s Day Brunch , 10 a.m. - noon. Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W. 19th St. Join the party and enjoy food, fun, and entertainment as mothers everywhere are celebrated. Register a loved one 18-plus to join you in the festivities. Register/cancellation deadline is Friday, May 4.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 –   Spring Bark Bash , 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Bark Park, 890 Arlington Drive. Dog costume parade, silent auction and more. For more information, please call: 714-754-5300.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Third   Annual MESA Jazz Festival , 5-8 p.m., Costa Mesa High School Performing Arts Center, 2650 Fairview Rd.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 –   2018 Art of Leadership Mayor’s Celebration , 5:30-9 p.m., Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol St. Hosted reception, dinner and live entertainment. Benefiting the arts and educational programming at local schools and organizations. For more information, please contact the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce: 714-885-9090.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 –   Craft Hour, 3-5 p.m., Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East. Thursday’s children and families are invited to join in craft fun in the Children’s Area. Enjoy craft stations and take some crafts home. For more information, please call: 714-546-5274.

Friday, May 18, 2018 –   A Mad Teen Party , 5-8 p.m., Downtown Recreation Center Gymnasium, 1860 Anaheim Ave. A free event for kids in grades 7-12. Event will feature live music, desserts, games and activities. For more information, please call: 714-327-7562.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 –   39th   Annual Les Miller Outstanding Student Awards Supper , 5:30-7:30 p.m., Turnip Rose, 1901 Newport Blvd. The Chamber invites you join in recognizing overall community and scholastic achievement of Costa Mesa’s top performing High School and College Students. For more information, please call: 714-885-9090.