YTD Calendar

The following is a running list of past events that were posted to the SPON calendar in 2018.

January 2018

January 9 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Appeal by charter boat company of Planning Commission’s October 19 approval of changes to the Lido Marina Village Parking Management Plan
      • A progress report on the General Plan Update was expected based on a tentative agenda, but will not be happening. It is not presently known when the Council will next discuss the GPU.

January 13 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm SPON GPAC group meeting
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station – Community/Training Room
(corner of Mesa and Acacia)

  • This third meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee hopes to build on the momentum and enthusiasm established at the first two energetic and productive meetings held at this location on November 18 and December 2. Originally planned for January 6, the date was moved so participants could hear City staff’s take on the Update process at the January 9 City Council meeting. Since the latter will not be happening (see above), we hope to use the January 13 SPON GPAC meeting to formulate a message to take to the Council.
  • Click here to RSVP – all are welcome, but these are popular events and we need to know your plans so we don’t exceed room capacity!

January 16 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

January 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Study session on Koll Center Residences project — continued.
    • Hearing on use permit for expansion of 76 Service Station, 1461 Superior, plus adding beer and wine sales (continued from November 9)
    • Approval of renovation plans for Balboa Theater (includes request for heights over limits in Coastal Plan) — taken “off calendar”
    • Relaxation of code-required building setbacks at 358 Dahlia Place — continued to February 8
    • Restaurant alcohol license, 2200 West Ocean Front

January 23 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Future of Peninsula Trolley program
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Extension of contract for Harbor Pointe Senior Living EIR
        • Appeal by charter boat company of Planning Commission’s October 19 approval of changes to the Lido Marina Village Parking Management Plan (continued from January 9)

January 26 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting. The January 26 session is expected to include:

  • Remarks from Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel (didn’t show — sent a field rep who said nothing)
  • “Noise 101” presentation from the JWA Access and Noise Office — detailing how aircraft noise is monitored and reported

January 29 @ 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. City Council Annual Planning/Goal Setting Session
Marina Park

    • The Council typically holds a special Saturday morning “retreat” at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the calendar year. This year it will held on a Monday evening.
    • Agenda, when published, available here (often day before special meeting)
    • Expected topics include:

February 2018

February 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELED
Civic Center Council Chambers

Despite having received numerous messages of interest regarding “mansionization” issues citywide, City staff announced (just a few hours before it was scheduled to begin) that the Planning Commission meeting was being canceled. No reason was given.

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Discussion of Cliff Haven development standards, including what to do about “mansionization”
    • Taco Bell Cantina (to be continued to February 22)
    • 358 Dahlia Place setback determination (to be taken off calendar)

February 9 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting.

  • Presentation by JWA Access and Noise Office on 1985 Settlement Agreement and other regulations they enforce.

February 12 @ 4:00 pm – City Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room
(adjacent to City Council Chambers)

February 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, appears after agenda is posted)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • John Wayne Airport issues (continued from Jan. 29 Planning Session)
      • Improvements to Council Chambers audio visual equipment
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Update Harbor policies
      • Approve Harbor Commission objectives for 2018
      • Adopt “strategies” from Jan. 29 Planning Session
      • Subpoena evidence and witnesses regarding Peotter recall petition
      • Approve tract map for Lido Villas condominium project
      • Approve remodel of police headquarters
      • Authorize Measure M2 grant applications
      • Fuel dock marina rate adjustment
      • Verizon Wireless telecom Master Lease Agreement

February 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELED
Civic Center Council Chambers

Like the February 8 Planning Commission meeting, a notice of cancellation was posted hours before its scheduled start. So this meeting never happened.  No reason was given.

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Taco Bell Cantina — late night liquor license (to be continued)
    • 358 Dahlia — request for reduced setbacks (to be taken off calendar)
    • 16 Bay Island — Coastal Development and discretionary height increase to 33′ (maximum allowed for single family residence) per Bay Island Use Permit
    • (other noticed items taken off calendar)

February 20 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

February 24 SPON GPAC meeting

  • This will be the fourth in a series of monthly independent workshops preparing residents to participate in the forthcoming General Plan Update and urging the City to heed our grassroots input. All are welcome, but due to limited seating those interested in participating need to RVSP for time and location.
  • The main segment of the February 24 meeting will focus on the promises made in the existing General Plan and the extent to which they have been met, or not, with emphasis on City staff’s assessment of that as seen in their Annual Status Report to the state.
  • This month’s SPON GPAC agenda is here and for reference, here is a link to City staff’s 2016 Annual Report (as presented to the Council on March 28, 2017). It includes a copy of the Implementation Program followed by the status of each task. A new report for calendar year 2017 will be presented to the Planning Commission on March 8, and to the City Council on March 27.

February 26 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Community Development 2018 Update
Civic Center Community Room
(next to City Council Chambers)

  • A meet and greet with planning staff regarding private development projects they will be working on in 2018. This is the first time the department has held such an event.
  • There will apparently be a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m., followed by a chance to mingle.

February 27 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Nine Coastal Development Permit applications, all for residences built to the 29 foot height limit
  • Application for tattoo parlor on Old Newport Blvd

February 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, posted weekend before meeting)
  • City Manager’s Newsletter (reports on recent department activities, published Friday before meeting)
  • Agenda available here
    • 5:30 pm: Closed Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Award contract for CdM “Fibrary” (Fire Station/Library replacement)
      • Award contract for Newport Elementary playing field rehab project
      • Approve two new solid waste haulers
      • Approve contract with City Firefighters Association
      • Approve contract for dredging lobbyist
      • Approve contract for hearing officer
      • Approve agreement for emergency diversion of recycled water into Upper Bay’s San Diego Creek

March 2018

March 7 @ 9:00 am – California Coastal Commission — Ocean Blvd item POSTPONED
Oxnard Harbor District offices, Port Hueneme CA

  • Update: the Ocean Blvd item has been postponed per the CCC agenda as amended on March 6 (it is expected to be re-noticed and heard at a later meeting)
  • March 7 agenda here (includes button to view by live stream).
  • On that agenda (now postponed)Item 11a was to be a procedural hearing to accept for future hearing, or deny, the appeal of the City’s approval of the permit for the development in China Cove at 2607 Ocean Blvd.
  • The only issues under consideration at the procedural hearing were to have been whether there is reason to doubt the City’s approval was consistent with its certified Local Coastal Program, and if so, if there is reason to believe the lack of compliance had detrimental effects.
  • The staff report (with exhibits) recommended a finding of “substantial issue.” That is, accepting the appeal for a future hearing.

March 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Annual General Plan status report (see SPON General Plan Update page for explanation — last year’s report is here)
    • Atria Senior Living — redevelopment of existing senior convalescent and congregate care facility near Hoag Hospital.
    • Taco Bell Cantina — late night liquor license (continued from earlier meetings and being continued to March 22)
    • Craft Brewery Ordinance — add new use to Zoning Code that would allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing, with tasting rooms, in the Industrial Zoning District of West Newport Mesa (being continued to March 22)

March 9 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting.

  • JWA staff will be providing a presentation explaining the “Access Plan” under which interested commercial carriers are assigned slots consistent with the Settlement Agreement

March 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, posted weekend before meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Early look at Capital Improvement Program of FY2018-2019
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Award contract for Port Master Plan lobbyist
        • Award contract to evaluate impact of sea level rise on City tidelands
        • Storm drain repair and animal shelter veterinarian contracts
        • Franchises for trash haulers
        • Resolutions identifying road and transportation improvement projects eligible for grant funding
        • Acceptance of grant for harbor oil spill equipment
        • New Council policy prohibiting tax measure advocacy
        • New furniture for remodeled police headquarters

March 14 @ 2:00 pm – Quarterly Noise Meeting
John Wayne Airport – Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. – 3160 Airway Avenue

  • State-required opportunity for public to meet with and question JWA noise officials.
  • These meetings are normally limited to one hour. One can prepare by reviewing the various noise reports posted on the JWA website
  • Discussion at past meetings is summarized at the end of the state-required quarterly Noise Abatement Reports.

March 14 @ 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Newport Heights Neighborhood School Traffic Meeting
Jorgensen Room – Mariners Branch Library

  • Meeting to discuss traffic study results

March 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Tattoo Studio at 365 Old Newport Blvd (continued)
    • Taco Bell Cantina (2121 W, Balboa Blvd) — late night liquor license (continued from earlier meetings)
    • Craft Brewery Ordinance — add new use to Zoning Code that would allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing, with tasting rooms, in the Industrial Zoning District of West Newport Mesa (continued from March 22)

March 20 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Details available on request)

March 26 @ 6:00 pm Community Meeting
Civic Center Community Room
(adjacent to City Council Chambers)

  • Finley Tract parking

March 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • Labor contract negotiations
      • Consider initiation of undisclosed litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Presentation by District Attorney Tony Rackaukas on human trafficking
        • Contracts for Peninsula crosswalk striping, Peninsula Park and Bayview Park improvements
        • Amendments to 2015 Urban Water Management Plan
        • Introduce franchise ordinance for additional waste hauler
        • Item 11: Annual General Plan status report (see SPON General Plan Update page for explanation)
        • Item 12: Port Master Plan — contracts for lobbyists

March 31 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm: SPON GPAC meeting.

  • All are welcome, but due to limited seating, those interested in participating should RSVP here for location.
  • The main segment of the March 31 meeting will focus on the importance of cities having “open data” — and the difficulty of making it engaging to the public — with a fascinating guest speaker — Chris Carter, GIS mangager from the City of Anaheim.

April 2018

April 3 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee
Marina Park (Parking Code: 170434)

April 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Agape Art Collective (proposal for tattoo parlor, 365 Old Newport Boulevard)
    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Expansion (4340 Campus Dr)
    • Initiation of omnibus amendment for cleanup of Zoning Code and related LCP provisions

April 10 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Various presentations
      • Closed session on “Sanctuary State” litigation and other matters
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Approve additional waste hauler franchise
      • Adoption of Urban Water Management Plan amendments
      • Authorize Peninsula Trolley contract for 2018 and grant request to OCTA
      • Contracts for traffic signal rehabilitation and sidewalk grinding
      • Amendment to City Manager’s contract regarding a “transition period” ending August 31
      • Resolution opposing “Sanctuary State”

April 10 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Various presentations
      • Closed session on “Sanctuary State” litigation and other matters
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Approve additional waste hauler franchise
      • Adoption of Urban Water Management Plan amendments
      • Authorize Peninsula Trolley contract for 2018 and grant request to OCTA
      • Contracts for traffic signal rehabilitation and sidewalk grinding
      • Amendment to City Manager’s contract regarding a “transition period” ending August 31
      • Resolution opposing “Sanctuary State”

April 11-13 California Coastal Commission meeting
Redondo Beach Public Library

  • Item 6c on the April 11 agenda will be the Executive Director’s routine monthly Legislative Report. As it did last month, the report is expected to make mention, in passing, of the City’s pending Port Master Plan legislation, which proposes to amend the Coastal Act to have the City treated as a commercial seaport. See the latter page for directions on providing comments to the Coastal Commission about the City’s proposal.
    • Note:  Item 6c was “trailed” from April 11 to Thursday, April 12, at which time, after hearing the staff report (which contained a three-page analysis) and public comment, the Coastal Commission voted 9:3 to take a position opposing AB-1196.
  • The City expected the following two SPON Watch List items to be heard at the April CCC meeting, but they are not on the agenda. It appears they will be heard, instead, at some future meeting
    • Appeal of 2607 Ocean Blvd development permit
    • Jurisdictional boundary change request to take certain state tidelands areas out of the “original jurisdiction” of the Coastal Commission and give the City permitting authority (part of City’s requested Local Coastal Program Amendments)

April 14 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm: SPON GPAC workshop

  • All are welcome to this public workshop, but due to limited seating those interested in participating should RSVP here for location.
  • Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. and Jennifer Lilley, an urban and regional planner, will be providing insights on how to better engage government officials to effectuate change.

April 17 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Details available on request)

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