Goal #1: Keep our Community Safe.
- Upgrade our public safety infrastructure;
- Improve staffing in PD, Fire, and Code Enforcement;
- Strong enforcement against rogue dispensaries;
- Develop and implement a strong homeless shelter and homeless prevention plan;
- Modernize our Emergency Operations Center
- Continue to address the secondary impacts of sober living homes through code enforcement and pursuing legislative reforms;
- Support community policing, such as bike patrols; and
- Manage coyotes effectively.
Goal #2: Improve our Neighborhoods and Quality of Life. We will:
- Improve, expand, and add to our neighborhood parks (such as Shalimar);
- Improve, expand, and add to our open space via a Recreation Open Space Plan, along with enhancing restoration activities at our nature parks (including Fairview Park’s restoration plan and Canyon Park);
- Increase our Code Enforcement program to address neighborhood nuisances
- Develop a strong roll-out to the opening of Lion’s Park (and community center and library)
- Work to enhance our overall park and community services system, including working with NMUSD and the County on innovative programming at the new Library and Community Center.This includes a focus on early childhood development programs;
- Provide opportunity for district initiated input on infrastructure priorities;
- Invest in infrastructure improvements including streets, sidewalks, bikeways, alleyways, storm drains, parkways, medians, and trees to ensure all areas of town (especially Districts 4 and 5) are raised to the same high standard for infrastructure. This includes updating our Parkway and Median Standards and exploring the possibility of becoming a Tree City USA;
- Improve key travel corridors to beautify and improve appearance and to comply with the Active Transportation Plan; and
- Develop and implement the Westside Restoration Plan.
Goal #3: Keep the City Fiscally Sustainable. To address our long-term obligations as well as immediate needs, we will:
- Take measures to reduce expenditures by including but not limited to:
- Implementing energy efficiencies and sustainability practices at city hall, in public buildings, parks and public spaces;
- Addressing the City’s pension obligations responsibly and creatively
- Increase revenues by:
- Developing and implementing a strong economic development plan and program;
- Prioritizing Costa Mesa businesses first when issuing Requests for Proposals (RFPs),
- Moving to a more diversified revenue base,
- Addressing citywide IT infrastructure (i.e. 5G) to assist businesses,
- Encouraging new business approaches and workspaces,
- Activating the golf course as a revenue generator, and
- Rightsizing reserve funds to increase available cash where appropriate.
- Modernize our City’s IT infrastructure comprehensively and strategically to save City resources, improve constituent services, enhance the budget process and maximize other revenues;
- Obtain earlier input into the Budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process from the Council,
- Work with Directors to develop succession plans and stabilize workforce,
Goal #4: Housing. We will continue our efforts to improve housing and to end homelessness in Costa Mesa using a comprehensive way, addressing the full continuum of housing needs from crisis-shelter
- Providing for an appropriate bridge shelter and developing a permanent location for a shelter/navigation center;
- Ensuring that those Costa Mesa residents who are chronically homeless and who need specialty care get it;
- Anticipating and planning for new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) number allocations; and
- Developing a plan for compliance with our RHNA numbers that takes into consideration protection of traditional suburban neighborhoods and reducing time spent traveling to and from work.
Goal #5: Improve Mobility and Parking. We will:
- Prioritize supporting the Active Transportation Plan;
- Form an internal committee to survey and address local neighborhood parking (including in commercial centers such as SOBECA and in parking-impacted residential areas).Any parking solutions will be implemented following a determination from both studies and public outreach that the solutions are viable;
- Reduce cut-through traffic;
- Ensure strong investment in our roads;
- Develop multi-purpose trail systems citywide; and
- Initiate a Pedestrian Master Plan with focus on safe routes to parks and schools.
Goal #6: Good Government and Community Engagement. We will:
- Develop and implement a communication plan to implement robust and consistent communication and engagement practices and identify activities (such as a City Council podcast) to increase awareness and engagement in City activities;
- Improve the way that we listen to and provide information to our residents and businesses, including providing more information in Spanish and English; and
- Complete our IT Strategic Plan;
- Improve transparency and accountability as well as increasing checks and balances by improving the Budget/Finance Software (“ERP” or Enterprise Resource Planning).
- Prioritize speed and efficiency in our recruitment efforts to get closer to full staffing faster;
- Maintain up-to-date and accessible information about public works projects, significant private development sites, and other city activities.