City Hall Snapshot
July 31, 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?
Here is the latest news regarding the sober living industry and efforts to regulate it
Group home page
The Orange County Register just finished a new four-part series on the sober living industry that shined a light on how the industry operates and what lawmakers are doing to propose new ways to regulate it.

The series, written by Register investigative reporter Teri Sforza, details the quality-of-life and legal issues surrounding the sober living industry.

Click on the links below to read the Register's investigative report.

The City of Costa Mesa has some of the toughest ordinances in the state in regard to regulation of the sober living industry.

Members of the public can visit the city's Community Improvement page here to learn more about group home applications, homes under review, homes that have closed or been cited and more.
City Manager's Office
Howard Sadamoto gets the City Manager Leadership Award for July
Assistant City Manager Tammy Letourneau presented Public Services maintenance worker Howard Sadomoto with the City Manager Leadership Award for July at the monthly Meet and Greet employee event on Thursday July 26.

“Howard has always been someone you can depend on to get the job done with professionalism and courtesy,” Letourneau said. “He is a great example for all employees to follow and has been since he first became a member of the City family.”

Chargers kick off second year of training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex
The Los Angeles Chargers training camp kicked off last Saturday July 28.

Despite the heat, there were over 5,000 fans in attendance to experience the event and support their local Los Angeles Chargers.

Attending the event on Saturday were Mayor Sandy Genis and Council Member Allan Mansoor as well as City Manager Tom Hatch and other members of city staff. Chargers Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson presented a signed Phillip Rivers jersey to City Manager Hatch to commemorate the opening of the Bolts camp. The jersey will be displayed in City Hall.

The fans had the opportunity to experience fun games in the fan experience zone. Practices are held at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is free.

The Chargers are the only team in the NFL that hold a training camp at a public park. Several city departments assisted in preparation for the camp including the City Manager's Office, Public Services, Parks & Community Services, Police and Fire.
Learn your rights at the upcoming 'Business Perspective on Homelessness' seminar on Aug. 8
The Coast Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the city's Network for Homeless Solutions will hold an informational seminar titled "A Business Perspective on Homelessness" on Wednesday Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Women's Club.

The club is located at 610 W. 18th St. in Costa Mesa.

The seminar, which will be hosted by business leaders, city officials, code enforcement experts and homeless outreach staff, will focus on training of staff, property issues, security and more.

To attend please RSVP by calling 714-885-9090 or click here.
Still time to take the city's IT survey
We are asking City of Costa Mesa residents and business owners to please give us five minutes of your time and take our IT survey.

We will be compiling the results of survey to better inform us as we prepare a new Information Technology strategic plan.
Ethics Quote of the Week
"Make your character your masterpiece. All men and women are entrusted with the task of creating their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece."

- Pope John Paul II
Costa Mesa officers pay a visit to CHOC
Last week, Lt. LaPointe, Sgt. Casarez, and members of our Community Policing Unit (Officers Jones, Hernandez, and Ritchie) visited children currently under care at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). 

They arrived with our newest Costa Mesa Police Department Teddy Bears in hand to provide to the children. 

Our officers had a great time and certainly brightened the day of those kids they met with. The Police Department’s responsibilities don’t start and end with the enforcement of laws; there is the belief that community service and recognizing those special members of our greater community is an integral component of our organizational culture.  
Fire & Rescue 
Costa Mesa fire crews assist with state's wildfires
Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue has had resources deployed to the Cranston Fire (Idyllwild) since late last week. 

As of Sunday afternoon, one Strike Team Leader (a Battalion Chief), one Strike Team Leader Trainee (Captain) were re-deployed to lead one of three Strike Teams (i.e., a Strike Team includes a Strike Team Leader, a Strike Team Leader-Trainee, and five engines) from Orange County to assist with the Mendocino Complex Fire. 

Early Monday, the department also sent a specialized Field Observer (Fire Engineer) to assist on the Mendocino Complex Fire as well. 

Additionally, our Fire-Line Paramedic remains assigned to assist in firefighting efforts at the Cranston Fire. 
Firefighter recruits head to Station 4 for open house
Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue, working hand-in-hand with the city's Human Resources Division, completed the paramedic technical skills testing this past week for our current Firefighter/Paramedic and Firefighter recruitment process. 

Additionally, the department held an informational open house at Fire Station No. 4 for the successful candidates to meet with department personnel for a valued Q & A session, including a facility and apparatus meet and greet opportunity.  
Public Services
Maintenance Gears Up for Summer Painting Season
Public Services Maintenance staff recently entered the roadway markings painting season with the start of summer.

As part of this annual program, staff conducts inspections and repaints roadway markings citywide. 

In preparation for the new school year, Maintenance staff will paint yellow crosswalks and school pavement markings in the vicinity of approximately 20 public schools to enhance visibility. The roadway markings are intended to remind drivers that they are entering a school zone and should have increased awareness of potential student crossings.

The painting of school markings are anticipated for completion before the beginning of the next school year. As part of this annual program, staff will also be painting residential red curb and STOP markings throughout the summer.
Economic and Development Services
City staffers working with U..S. government to ensure Census data is accurate as possible
The City of Costa Mesa is participating in the United States Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA).

This process allows the City to review the United States Census’ current address list for Costa Mesa and to provide feedback/corrections regarding additional dwelling units, demolished units, or group quarters.

Staff has reviewed the U.S. Census data and provide detailed revisions back to ensure that the address list is up-to-date and current. This is necessary to ensure that every member of our community has the opportunity to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census and to ensure that Costa Mesa receives its full proportion Federal funding. Funding for this exercise was provided by the U.S. Census. 
Parks & Community Services
Costa Mesa Bark Park one of the top-voted dog parks in OC
The Costa Mesa Bark Park was selected by the readers of The Orange County Register as one of the top-voted dog parks in Orange County. This honor will be acknowledged in the 25th annual Best of Orange County magazine in September. City staff are grateful for the recognition and strive to continue preserving those wagging tails at the Bark Park. The Costa Mesa Bark Park is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and closed on Wednesday for scheduled maintenance.  
Former Charger, Antoine Cason, visits SMART Camp
SMART Camp participants welcomed former Chargers cornerback, Antoine Cason, to the sports section of camp.

Antoine helped run some football drills with the kids and even took a flying leap at a tackling dummy!
Registration is open for the 2018-2019 Learn Explore and Play Program
This Learn, Explore and Play or LEAP program for 3-5 year olds focuses on enrichment activities such as active play, language literacy, socialization and development, and arts crafts.

To register please call 714-754-5175. The program begins on Sept. 4.
Staff visits Newport Center Animal Hospital
City staff took a regularly scheduled tour to Newport Center Animal Hospital, the city’s temporary contracted animal shelter.

Dr. Anthony Rizk and his staff have done a great job at keeping the facility clean and the animals happy. Staff also had the opportunity to visit with a few furry friends with wagging tails.

If you have lost your pet, please click here or contact the animal hospital at (949) 447-5959 to check if your pet has been turned in as a stray. 
Looking for artist submissions for this year's ARTventure event
For as little as $25, local artists may enter the ARTventure juried art show with $500 plus of awarded cash. All mediums are considered and art may be available for purchase. The Artist Application deadline for ARTventure is Monday, August 27, 2018.
The two-day, cultural art event will be located this year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the beautiful, multi-tiered glass lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Opening night will be Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. This will be an amazing evening filled with art, live music, and refreshments as we celebrate the incredible talents of local artists with an opening reception and awards presentation.

On Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. join the staff for an incredible, family-friendly day full of live art entertainment, including musical, theatrical, literary, culinary, and hands-on demonstration.

This free community event is organized by the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee highlighting Costa Mesa’s “City of the Arts” motto.
Happy Feet Running Club registration now open
The city's Youth Sports and Fitness team is excited to announce the start of the Happy Feet Running Club registration.

Registration is now open at both the Balearic Community Center and the Downtown Recreation Center.

This exciting program consists of two practices per week, Wednesday and Saturday, in preparation for the Costa Mesa Community Run.

Participants from the Happy Feet Running Club, will be granted free entry into the run which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 23, 2018. 
The Dive In Movie is a splash hit once again

The Downtown Aquatic Center hosted its annual Dive in Movie Friday July 20.

The event was a hit, reaching its maximum capacity within the first half an hour.

Participants got to watch Disney’s Moana while lounging on pool noodles and splashing around in the pool. 
Come learn more about pet volunteer and foster care
Animal Care Services, teamed with Priceless Pet Rescue, will be offering Volunteer and Foster Care orientations for pets on Thursday Aug. 16. from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information please call 714-754-4918 or 714-754-5128.
News Roundup
Weekly Reports
Outreach assists 46 and gets emergency housing for three people
Last week, city outreach workers assisted 46 people and provided three with emergency housing. Code Enforcement contacted 33 people and performed welfare checks on 12. Twenty of those individuals declined help, 10 accepted help and three are currently working with the city's outreach team.

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.
Eight dogs and two cats reunited with their 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
July 13 - August 12, 2018 - OC Fair , OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. This year’s theme is Free Your Inner Farmer. Enjoy all your favorite fair foods, rides, vendors, games and more. More info at .

July 28 – August 23, 2018 – Chargers Training Camp. Jack Hammett Sports Complex, 2750 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa. Practices open to the public on select days, visit for the complete schedule. All open sessions are 10a.m. – noon and free.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – Costa Mesa Concerts in the Park- Tijuana Dogs , 6 p.m., Fairview Park, presented by the City of Costa Mesa & the Costa Mesa Foundation.

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Summer Jazz on the Plaza, featuring Clifford Lamb Trio, 7 p.m. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center, Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Center 360 café. Please visit for parking information.

Monday, August 6, 2018 – Movie Monday Adventures – Star Trek , 8 p.m. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends and enjoy a screening of a movie on the plaza. Set up begins at 5:30 and the movie begins at dusk. For more information, please visit: .

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – National Night Out, 5 – 8 p.m., Costa Mesa Police Department, 99 Fair Drive, FREE event featuring displays, demos, food, fun & more.

Friday, August 10, 2018 Summer Jazz on the Plaza, featuring Brian Bromberg & his Electric Band, 7 p.m. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center, Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Center 360 café. Please visit for parking information.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 – Kids In Parents Out , 5 – 9 p.m., Downtown Recreation Center, 1860 Anaheim Ave., CM recreation staff will watch the kids while parents enjoy a night out! Participants will be treated to games for prizes, a night swim, sports, crafts, and a free dinner!

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Costa Mesa Chamber Lunch & Learn – What are Employers Looking For? , 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fete’ the Venue, 3101 Red Hill Ave., .

Thursday, August 16 – Volunteer & Foster Care Orientation , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Balearic Community Center, 1975 Balearic Dr., Learn more about volunteer opportunities to showcase your love of animals and foster pets in need.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Donation Event , 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., OCC Recycling Center, no bulky items or hazardous material accepted, hosted by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District and benefitting Goodwill OC.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Costa Mesa Movies in the Park- Despicable Me 3 , doors open 5:45 p.m. / movie begins at dusk, Angels Playground, TeWinkle Park, 885 Junipero Ave. Bring blankets and chairs and check out a movie in the park.