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Received After Agenda Printed <br />November 25, 2014 <br />Written Comments <br />November 25, 2014, Council Consent Calendar Comments <br />The following comments on items on the Newport Beach City Council agenda are submitted by: <br />Jim Mosher (j immosher(a)yahoo.com ), 2210 Private Road, Newport Beach 92660 (949- 548 -6229) <br />Item 1. Minutes for the November 12, 2014 Study Session and Regular <br />Meeting <br />The page numbers below refer to Volume 62. The passages in italics are from the draft, with suggested <br />changes shown in =••'_. kee-' underline format. <br />1. Page 95, last paragraph, sentence 1: "He encouraged Council to consider including <br />landscaping that will help reduce noise and the site sight of cars, ..." <br />2. Page 106, paragraph 2: "Mayor Hill commented on the photo of a woman standing in the <br />drain and noted that it is a large drain ravine going across private property." <br />3. Page 107, paragraph 5: "Motion by Mayor Hill, seconded by Council Member Curry, to <br />accept the terms as listed in the staff report, except specifying a $25,000 donation from <br />each of the property owners; and pay the balance by the General Fund." <br />4. Page 109, paragraph 8, sentence 2: "Acting Co- Director Pisani noted that many trees had <br />not been trimmed for a while by West Coast Arberist Arborists." <br />Item 4. Adopt Resolutions and Agreements for Inclusion of Properties <br />within the City's Jurisdiction in the Figtree and CaliforniaFirst <br />Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs <br />The proliferation of shadowy "Joint Powers Authorities" in California is contrary to my notions of <br />transparent open government. From the staff report this particular proposal sounds like an <br />essentially private lending agency using a governmental connection to attach its collections <br />activities to property tax bills. If the loans are related to state mandated or state subsidized <br />programs, it would seem to me they should be offered by a state agency; otherwise by private <br />lenders. I have difficulty perceiving the commonality that Newport Beach has with Selma, <br />Lancaster and Eureka, or why we would want to participate in something controlled by those <br />cities ( ?) and in which our government, on behalf of our participating residents, has no voting <br />power or representation (Attachment B starting on page 19). <br />Item 5. Adopt a Resolution Supporting an Application by the City of <br />Costa Mesa for the OCTA Measure M2 Regional Traffic Signal <br />Synchronization Program for the Fair Drive -Del Mar Avenue - <br />University Avenue Project <br />The staff report does not make clear how this project would benefit Newport Beach. Although <br />the new traffic equipment at Irvine and University might be helpful, Newport Beach's interest in <br />keeping traffic flowing north -south on Irvine Avenue might be contrary to Costa Mesa's interest <br />in directing traffic crossways to that and onto Newport Beach streets. <br />