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Costa Mesa faced unprecedented challenges this year. We endured health and major economic crises. To overcome these challenges, our council, staff, and community stepped up. Together, we:​

  • Fed needy families

  • Assisted seniors

  • Froze evictions

  • Offered rent relief

  • Issued small business grants

  • Moved businesses outdoors

  • Educated the public through my weekly Mayor's Town Halls

  • Maintained public safety services

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we protected and enhanced Costa Mesa by:

  • Restoring public safety services – 911, fire, and police;

  • Fighting the expansion of John Wayne Airport;

  • Improving neighborhoods and roads;

  • Hiring a highly-skilled management team with experience in finance, crisis response, and homelessness;

  • Defending and enforcing our rules on rehab homes;

  • Reducing homelessness through our shelter and housing services team;

  • Implementing non-toxic maintenance policies and other environmental reforms;

  • Opening a new library and fire station;

  • Promoting economic growth and tourism.

Homelessness & Affordable Housing

  •  Partnered with Mayor Pro Tem Stephens to initiate partnership with Jamboree Housing to build an affordable senior housing village at our Costa Mesa Senior Center

  • Led the effort to open a homeless shelter on April 5, 2019.

  • Leading effort to secure federal and state funding to build permanent supportive housing and emergency shelter.

  • Supported the City’s Network for Homeless Solutions Taskforce.  

  • Advocated for Sober Living Home reform both locally and through state and federal legislative reforms.

  • Supported hiring Orange County's top lawyers to manage Sober Living Home Litigation and provide advice for council resulting in verdict favoring the City of Costa Mesa and determining the City's ordinance to be lawful. Costa Mesa is the first city to win in trial. 

  • Led effort to revise and tighten up the Sober Living Home ordinance to make more protective for patients and public. Traveled to Sacramento and Washington DC to lobby for reforms.

  • Took on Big Pharma by joining 10 other cities & the county in Opioid Addiction Litigation to reimburse city for all the costs of the epidemic plaguing our city.

  • Initiated the Mobile Home Park Advisory Committee to support our Seniors.

  • Initiated and participating on the Fairview Development Center Ad Hoc committee to work with Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to development a plan for housing on the 114 acres.

  • Successfully advocated to include affordable units in several Costa Mesa multi family housing projects and for two Habitat for Humanity builds.  

Protecting Our Environment

  • Partnered with Councilmembers to spearhead the creation of a Costa Mesa City Energy and Sustainability Services Manager position.

    • ​Responsibilities include developing and administering the city’s environmental conservation and sustainability programs, planning and directing recycling and waste management, identifying opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and meeting with developers and city staff to bring a “green” perspective to project design.

  • Partnered with Councilmember Marr to lead the city to join Irvine in a JPA for community choice energyLed the charge to encourage builders in Costa Mesa to incorporate LEED standards through incentives. Costa Mesa now has 52 LEED certified buildings. 

  • Pushed the City to adopt public building policies that have the highest standards in the state by striving to have 40 to 50% less impact on the environment based on U.S. Green Building Council’s standards. 

  • Supported and voted to eliminate styrofoam in all city buildings and parks, including golf courses. 

  • Pushed to integrate solar panels and solar energy on all school campuses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  

  • Proposed and secured votes for a resolution opposing offshore drilling in 2018. 

  • Led the efforts and passed Costa Mesa’s Organics First Pest Management & Weed Abatement Plan to move toward a non toxic Costa Mesa.

Supporting Our Public Schools

  • Initiated and voted for city and school district partnership to improve sports fields on three campuses.

  • Initiated funding program to support infrastructure and equipment improvements for our elementary schools and additional funding for our middle & high school facilities. 

  • As a school board member, advocated and voted to build three athletic facilities, two new middle schools, and two high school performing arts centers.

  • As a school board member, advocated and voted for specialty signature academies including arts, dual-immersion language, technology, engineering, and science.

  • Supported our Community Colleges in building modern facilities, including the Orange Coast College Recycling Center. 

Public Safety

  • Advocated and voted to increase first responder staffing to better protect our community. 

  • Voted to keep Metro Fire Station 6, which the prior council had voted to close in 2013.

  • Prioritized negotiating a new labor contract with the Costa Mesa Fire Association, including providing better health benefits to our firefighters.   

  • Led efforts to build a new Fire Station 1 on Royal Palm to replace the uninhabitable building.

  • Voted for remodel and expansion of Costa Mesa Police Department station.

  • Led efforts to reevaluate the prior Council’s decision and led effort to move forward with an Ambulance transport model with reduced cost to residents, better care, and added bonus of revenue to the city instead of a private outsourced third party vendor.

  • Supported Police Chief efforts to increase staffing and reinitiate special units, including Bike Patrol, Gang, Drug, and K-9 units.

  • Advocated to retrain police officers for homeless task force.

  • Voted to purchase a mobile command unit & built security wall around police station.

  • Voted to reinstate the real time online activity log for crime reporting in Costa Mesa.

  • Consistent support to improve technology and equipment needs. 

Infrastructure Improvements

  • Supported, encouraged and led the process to build Lions Park Projects with a new modern state of the art library, community center, 1 acre park, and improved play areas.

  • Helped secure $1 million in state funding to build a new playground in a park-poor neighborhood

  • Initiated and supported street and median improvements on Bristol, including a new cross walk to connect The Lab & Camp.

  • Supported street and median improvements throughout the city, especially on major thoroughfares like Harbor and Placentia. 

  • Initiated Bike Committee & Active Transportation Plan. 

  • Supported new multi-purpose bike and walk trail systems on Arlington, Adams Avenue, Paularino Channel, Gisler, and Merrimac.

  • partnered with Councilmembers Marr & Reynolds to initiate public right of way transformations to sreeteries, parklets, and redesigning of public right of way to allow restaurants and other businesses outdoor space on 18th, 19th and Placentia. 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Recommended 10 point plan to the City Council with nearly $3million in cuts of wasteful spending.

  • Voted to continue to increase the financial reserves the City maintain—more than $56 million now.

  • Supported financial review of the Self Insurance Fund and disclosure of transactions over $25,000.

  • Uncovered numerous mismanagements of budget & improper use of equity as cash, including finding more than $2 million in CIP funding for projects not moving forward.

  • Led negotiations of frugal but functional contracts with police and fire that increased health benefits to cover family of 4 and increased compensation, but did not increase unfunded pension liability. Our employees have a fair and competitive package, but pay more into their contribution than any employees in CA. 

  • Voted on 15 balanced budgets


Mayor Foley has been recognized as the Daily Pilot's top 100 most influential people making a difference in Newport Mesa, and by the OC Register's top 100 in Orange County, as well as by LA Style Magazine as one of the Top 100 Women in Southern California who are shattering the glass ceiling.

In 2019, Mayor Foley received the 'Above and Beyond' award from Angel Light Academy. 

In 2011, Katrina was recognized as a Woman that Matters for families for the Sage Women Awards, and as a Community Leader Advocate for Youth Sports by Costa Mesa United.

In 2010, she was awarded the Orange Coast College “2010 Outstanding Citizen of the Year” for her volunteer services and activities in the Costa Mesa and OCC community.  

In 2009, Katrina received recognition from the Sierra Club for her efforts to Go Green in Costa Mesa.  

In 2008, Katrina was awarded the Board member of the year award for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association for her work on the Pediatric Cancer Research Gala Fundraiser.

In December 2007, she was awarded the Advocating Healthy Families Super Star Award from the Health Funders Partnership of Orange County, and in April 2007, she was awarded the ChildSpace John Upton Award for her work to enrich and lighten the load of families in Costa Mesa.

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