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City Hall Snapshot

City Hall Snapshot
October 9, 2017
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
City bond sale a huge success and will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments beyond the millions already projected

Last Wednesday Oct. 4, Costa Mesa officially went on the bond market for the Lions Park Projects and the 2007 COPs refinancing. A total of $29.8 million in bonds were offered for both the project and refinancing of existing debt.
Orders were exceptionally strong. A diverse mix of investors including 33 investor accounts and many individual investors ordered six times the amount available. As a result, the City was able to obtain better pricing (lower interest rates) resulting in additional interest cost savings over the life of the bonds.
Final pricing results in a total of $29.7 million in bonds and compares to our Sept. 19, 2017 Council agenda report as follows:
  • True interest cost is 2.76% vs. 3.11%.
  • For the 2007 COPs, the new annual payment averages $1.76 million, which equals a savings of $514,000 vs. the prior estimated savings of $503,000 per year.
  • Total savings from the refinancing increased to $4.625 million over the remaining nine years compared to $4.524 million previously reported.
  • For the new money portion, the annual payment averages $1.084 million compared to $1.133 million previously estimated and compared to the former 2003 COPs payment of $1.24 million which was the original target not-to-exceed amount when staff took the first financing concept to Council nearly two years ago.
The success of this financing plan is credited to members of the City Finance department, Public Services and the City Manager’s office as well as outside advisors including Fieldman-Rolapp, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Stifel Nicolaus & Co.
Pictured above is the city’s bond financing team of Interim Finance Director Steve Dunivent, policy and legal analyst Michelle Manu with Chelsea Redmon and Anna Sarabian of Fieldman-Rolapp.
Catch the latest edition of CMTV3’s Community Report

The latest edition of the Community Report is now airing on CMTV3 and is available for on-demand streaming here.
This episode includes feature stories on the gremlin murals at Orange Coast College, the Share Ourselves backpack program, the Table of Dignity at the OC Fair & Event Center, and the Parks and Community Services Department’s commitment to health.
The Community Report is the longest running program on CMTV3 and has been recognized with multiple STAR awards.
Central Services delivers on a heavy workload

Central Services staff continues to stay very busy servicing the needs of departments throughout the City. During the 1st quarter of FY17-18 Central Services processed a total of 1,325 requests for services, which included copies, e-print, in-house graphics and oc gov services.
A total of 504,900 color and black & white copies were made and more than 23,000 pieces of mail were processed for delivery.
I-405 expansion work to take place this week

As part of the I-405 Improvement Project, OCTA announced that beginning Monday Oct. 9, construction work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the following locations:
  • NB I-405 HOV inside lane from MacArthur Boulevard to SR-73
  • NB I-405 merge lane from Bristol Street to South Coast Drive
  • SB I-405 / SR-73 connector to Bear Street
  • SB I-405 near Harbor Boulevard to Fairview Road
  • Fairview Road bridge
  • Harbor Boulevard bridge
OCTA in cooperation with The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605).The project will improve 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the L.A. County line.
City enhances web site with new pages designed to assist residents in finding resources

The city’s website staff has created a number of new web pages and features to assist residents using the website and to better highlight city initiatives.
One addition has been a page dedicated to issues around group homes and sober living. On this page, residents can learn about city ordinances and rights of those who live in group homes. Click here to view that page.
Another enhancement is a new Google Translate button. By clicking on this section, the City’s website is automatically translated into any language the reader chooses. Click here to see the website translated from English to Spanish.
Other new website pages include:
Learn how businesses can deal with homeless issues at upcoming free seminar

Fresh Beginnings Ministries Founder and Network for Homeless Solutions Outreach worker Bill Nelson will join with local CPA Janet Krochman to give business leaders an update on how to deal with homeless.
The event titled, “A Business Perspective on Homelessness,” will take place at the Halecrest Park Social Room from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 26. To RSVP to this event please email Janet Krochman at jkrochman@jlkcpa.com.
Network for Homeless Solutions weekly update

City Outreach workers assisted 43 people this week and Code Enforcement performed four welfare checks and referred two people to City 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.
Pet of the Week: Who doesn’t love Roy’s smile?

Roy, a two-year-old tan and white Chihuahua Mix is looking for his forever home.
He’s very outgoing and is the best at making new friends. Roy also loves to play; squeaker toys are his favorite, but he likes tennis balls too. See Roy smile ear to ear when you visit with him today.
For more information go to the OC Humane Society website here. 
Here’s why your dog might be experiencing a cough

Has your furry friend started coughing? Honking, hacking or raspy coughs can be alarming, particularly when they start suddenly.
Although temporary throat or respiratory irritations may be to blame, coughing can be a sign of one of these health issues.
Costa Mesa in the News
Police
Police officers help to ensure first Walk to School Day in four years is a success

The Police Department joined other city staffers by participating in the Walk to School program on Oct. 4. Motor officers and Bike officers helped escort elementary school kids to three local schools — College Park, Victoria and Kaiser.
Walk to School day returned to Costa Mesa for the first time in four years.
Community members share a coffee with local cops

On Oct. 4, Police officers met with members of the community as the department held a Coffee with a Cop at Sidecar Doughnuts at 270 E. 17th St.
The event was held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. There was great community attendance and conversation.
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 department, we are going to publish a weekly report on our website.
Fire & Rescue
Annual Fire Open House to take place Saturday Oct. 14

Head over to Fire Station No. 4 for the annual Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue’s Open House event.
The public is invited from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet with firefighters and safety personnel to learn how to prevent fire.
The station is located at 2300 Placentia Avenue. Extra parking is available across the street at Estancia High School.
Mark Martinez honored as Firefighter of the year at the Newport Harbor Exchange Club

Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue’s Firefighter of the Year, Mark Martinez, was honored yesterday at the Newport Harbor Exchange Club.
The purpose of the event was to recognize the hard work and dedication of public servants from around Orange County.
Congratulations once again Firefighter Martinez. Thank you for your dedication to our organization and the citizens of Costa Mesa.
Firefighters to wear pink to honor those fighting breast cancer

Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue kicked off “Pinktober” to honor those that are putting forth a courageous battle against breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Members will wear pink the entire month.
Public Services
Rehab of West Bay Street completed
Public Services recently completed roadway rehabilitation work on West Bay Street from Harbor Boulevard to Newport Boulevard and on Thurin Street from Victoria Street to West Bay Street.
Grinding was completed and the construction of 1,600 tons of hot mix asphalt creating a new two-inch surface layer is complete. Work was coordinated with the Ford dealership, Stone Villa Mobile Home Park, Newport Mesa Memory Care Community, and adjacent residents’ and businesses.
Prior to this work, Public Services contractor removed and replaced damaged curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and wheelchair ramps along the segment of West Bay Street. Final construction activities will include utility adjustments, lane striping, pavement legends, and installation of traffic loop detectors.

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