Goal #1: Keep our Community Safe. We will:
a. Upgrade our public safety infrastructure;
b. Improve staffing in PD, Fire, and Code Enforcement;
c. Strong enforcement against rogue dispensaries;
d. Develop and implement a strong homeless shelter and homeless prevention plan;
e. Modernize our Emergency Operations Center
f. Continue to address the secondary impacts of sober living homes through code enforcement and pursuing legislative reforms;
g. Support community policing, such as bike patrols; and
h. Manage coyotes effectively.
Goal #2: Improve our Neighborhoods and Quality of Life. We will:
a. Improve, expand, and add to our neighborhood parks (such as Shalimar);
b. 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);
c. Increase our Code Enforcement program to address neighborhood nuisances
d. Develop a strong roll-out to the opening of Lion’s Park (and community center and library)
e. 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;
f. Provide opportunity for district initiated input on infrastructure priorities;
g. 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;
h. Improve key travel corridors to beautify and improve appearance and to comply with the Active Transportation Plan and reducing speeds; and
i. 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:
a. Take measures to reduce expenditures by including but not limited to:
ii. Implementing energy efficiencies and sustainability practices at city hall, in public buildings, parks and public spaces;
iii. Addressing the City's pension obligations responsibly and creatively
b. Increase revenues by:
i. Developing and implementing a strong economic development plan and program;
ii. Prioritizing Costa Mesa businesses first when issuing Requests for Proposals (RFPs),
iii. Moving to a more diversified revenue base,
iv. Addressing citywide IT infrastructure (i.e. 5G) to assist businesses,
v. Encouraging new business approaches and workspaces,
vi. Activating the golf course as a revenue generator, and
vii. Rightsizing reserve funds to increase available cash where appropriate.
c. Modernize our City’s IT infrastructure comprehensively and strategically to save City resources, improve constituent services, enhance the budget process and maximize other revenues;
d. Obtain earlier input into the Budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process from the Council,
e. Work with Directors to develop succession plans and stabilize workforce,
f. Secure outside advice to assist in changing of systems to improve our revenue projections, including relating to cannabis, and to provide stronger data on sales tax trends (brick and mortar locations v. online), and more.
Goal #4: Address Housing Shortages and Homelessness. 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 to supportive housing to affordable market rate for all; including:
a. Providing for an appropriate bridge shelter and developing a permanent location for a shelter/navigation center;
b. Ensuring that those Costa Mesa residents who are chronically homeless and who need specialty care get it;
c. Anticipating and planning for new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) number allocations; and
d. 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:
a. Prioritize supporting the Active Transportation Plan;
b. 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;
c. Reduce cut-through traffic;
d. Ensure strong investment in our roads;
e. Develop multi-purpose trail systems citywide; and
f. Initiate a Pedestrian Master Plan with focus on safe routes to parks and schools.
Goal #6: Good Government and Community Engagement. We will:
a. 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;
b. Improve the way that we listen to and provide information to our residents and businesses, including providing more information in Spanish and English; and
c. Complete our IT Strategic Plan;
d. Improve transparency and accountability as well as increasing checks and balances by, without limitation, improving the Budget/Finance Software (“ERP” or Enterprise Resource Planning);
e. Prioritize speed and efficiency in our recruitment efforts to get closer to full staffing faster;
f. Maintain up-to-date and accessible information about public works projects, significant private development sites, and other city activities.