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Historical Preservation Committee

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 All Historical Preservation Committee meetings are canceled until further notice.

The Historical Preservation Committee works with the City Council to preserve the history of Costa Mesa and with the Costa Mesa Historical Society to educate the general public about the rich history of the community.

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Costa Mesa City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and individuals interested in the committee are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the committee, call (714) 754-5300.

Or, if you are interested in participating in this Committee by becoming a member, fill out the "Committee/Commission Board Member Interest Form" available from the City Clerk's Officer or downloadable here. Members are appointed in April.

MISSION STATEMENT The Historical Preservation Committee will work to preserve and promote the historical heritage of the City of Costa Mesa.


Current Project Goals and Initiatives:

  1. Historical Markers: Identify and place five markers for an additional Phase IV.
  2. Notable Residents: Identify and research six new notables. 
  3. Fifty Years & Still: Research and recognize two Costa Mesa based businesses and two clubs or non-profits that have been in business for more than fifty years.
  4. Utility Box Art Program: Continue partnership with the Cultural Arts Committee to wrap two utility boxes with a historical image.
  5. Social Media: Use the social media platform to establish a “This Day/Month in History” to highlight interesting and historically relevant facts in Costa Mesa.
  6. The Story of Costa Mesa: Update “The Story of Costa Mesa” for the Costa Mesa Heritage Adventure in partnership with the Historical Society. 
  7. Research the feasibility of identifying and recognizing historic areas of Costa Mesa with signage.


2019 Accomplishments

  1. Historical Markers: Identified six markers for Phase III.
  2. Notable Residents: : Identified six new notables.
  3. Researched and recognized three Costa Mesa based businesses that have been in business for 50+ years.
  4. Utility Box Art Program: Partnered with the Cultural Arts Committee to feature one utility box with art wrap of a historical image.  
  5. Social Media: Publicized ongoing accomplishments and initiatives.