Happy New Year, and welcome to 2017 which promises to be an eventful year. We welcomed
in the New Year with friends from Florida who have been with us for the last 10 days; friends that we met four years ago on a trip to Alaska that we have remained very close to.
Since being sworn in on December 13th (a memory-making evening for me and my family), I
have been moving at a steady pace in preparing for my new responsibilities. I have attended two orientation meetings hosted by City department heads, met with the city manager, Dave Kiff, met with city attorneys Aaron Harp and Michael Torres, had a coffee with Councilmen Duffy Duffield and Scott Peotter, and have collaborated with our new Mayor, Kevin Muldoon, on specific committee assignments for my first year in office.
My wife and I attended some excellent events over the Christmas holidays in my official
capacity as a councilman, and I served holiday lunch to almost 500 seniors at the Oasis Senior Center along with council members Will O’Neill and Diane Dixon, as well as Dave Kiff, and our Recreation and Senior Services staff members. I have also started working with the Public Works Department on the completion of a couple of projects here on the Island that Councilman Ed Selich was not able to get completed during his last year in office.
As you know by now, the Museum House petition drive has been completed, and the petition
signatures are in the hands of the Registrar of Voters being certified. If a valid petition
containing the requisite number of signatures is determined to have been timely submitted, the City Council will have the option of either repealing the approvals for the project or submitting the project to the voters for consideration.
Also on the forefront is a revisit of the plans to build a new combined fire station and library in Corona del Mar. The bids received for this project exceeded the city engineer’s initial $5-million cost estimate. The Council originally approved this project in November, 2015. Options for the future of this project include putting the project out for bid again, or making changes in the design and scale. Look for a council discussion on this at our January 14th Council Goal Setting Workshop.
As always, I seek you input, counsel, and advice. Please feel free to respond to this e-mail or
contact me directly at 949/922-3594.
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