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November 24, 2015 <br />Insider's Guide <br />From: Kiff, Dave <br />Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 6:10 PM <br />Subject: Insider's Guide - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 <br />Here's what may be of interest to you on the Newport Beach City Council meeting of Tuesday, November 24, 2015. I've <br />moved meeting information to the end of this e-mail. <br />There is no Study Session at this meeting. This clearly means that everything has been studied to death. O <br />On the Regular Session's agenda starting at 7:00 p.m., here is what jumps out at me: <br />• It's time for the vote and vote tally on Assessment District #117 (parts of Corona del Mar). This utility <br />undergrounding district covers the area bordered by Bayside, Avocado, PCH, and Carnation. If you live in this district <br />and still want to vote, make sure you review the materials or contact our Public Works staff (Mike Sinacori at 644- <br />3342). The public hearing for this item is moved up to the start of the 7:00 p.m. meeting so that we can tally the <br />votes before the end of the evening. The public is welcome to observe the tally. We don't expect any hanging chads <br />(I am starting to date myself — can you believe that was 15 years ago now?). <br />• Eastbluff Park will get some new ballfield improvements. <br />• MacArthur Boulevard is next in line for rehabilitation (this is a pretty big job — street rehab means much more than <br />just a slurry seal), this time between PCH and Ford Road. It's a project of over $2M, and will take advantage of <br />quieter asphalt to help reduce road noise to the neighborhoods around MacArthur. <br />• We've asked the City Council to authorize us to move the animals in the current animal shelter in Huntington Beach <br />to another location. The proposed placement of the new but possibly temporary shelter is off of Riverside in Santa <br />Ana Heights, in the "residential kennel" zoning area. We so appreciate the kennel operator's willingness to help out <br />with our animals. Additionally, an item asks the Council to enter into an agreement with a local vet to provide <br />veterinary services for the shelter animals. <br />• The Lido House Hotel returns for a public hearing to ratify some of the relatively minor changes that the Coastal <br />Commission made to the project plan and the coastal land use zoning for the "old" City Hall property. This is a <br />minor but important step for all of you following the LHH. There isn't any reason for concern here, in my opinion — <br />it's a procedural step. This also includes the Council's formal agreement for the FiiN program, which is a new twist <br />on the low-cost overnight accommodations that the Coastal Commission now requires of many hotel <br />proposals. With the FiiN program, the City (working with the Newport Dunes) would bring kids from Title 1 schools <br />to the Dunes for overnights. During the daytime, the kids will learn about the bay ecosystem, water safety, and <br />much more. We hope to see construction of the Hotel starting in Spring 2016. <br />The new Fire Station + Branch Library for Corona del Mar is set for concept design approval and a formal budget — <br />the proposed budget is at $8,000,000. This provides some savings versus building two separate facilities, but the <br />budget proposed is a bit larger than before because many community members (and members of the Library Board <br />of Trustees) preferred a design that increased the square footage from the initial concepts. <br />Following an RFP process (Request for Proposals — generally an invitation for bids), the City is proposing to award the <br />management of the moorings to the County of Orange. Folks in the harbor know that the County Harbor Patrol <br />currently manages our moorings, but we all felt that it was prudent to go out for bid to see what alternatives were <br />out there. Moorings cost about $300K to $330K/year to manage. <br />Another discussion item will be the Affordable Housing Task Force's recommendation to award about $4.2M in <br />affordable housing funds to three very worthy programs — one is Seaview Lutheran Plaza (in CdM), where existing <br />units will be rehabbed and the "covenants" that keep them affordable extended well into the 2060s. Another is a <br />cooperative venture by Habitat for Humanity and the OASIS staff that would establish a program to assist seniors <br />citywide who want to stay in their homes — so this program would provide some maintenance and improvement <br />money to help with upgrades that can make existing homes more livable (such as handrails, ramps, etc). The third <br />