Residents expressed frustration with what they said was an increased number of homeless people loitering in the park during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where the dais unanimously agreed to put an expiration date on the encampment. Jinhy Yoon, a San Clemente resident, said she no longer feels safe bringing her five-year-old daughter to the park.
Laura Kanter, a Queer and Trans Rights Advocate and co-founder of the Orange County LGBTQ+ Policing Partnership and the Orange County Equality Coalition, questions the decision by the Center OC to have police march in uniform at this weekend’s Pride Parade in Orange County, arguing T-Shirts are better than gun belts to show support.
The installation is the city’s latest effort to control trash flow into the bay. Other projects, such as monthly beach cleanups and the recently-purchased $1.7 million trash-filtering water wheel approved by the City Council members on Sept. 25, focus on removing existing trash from the bay’s waters.
Residents in the audience voiced concerns about the budget item not being made public to them until the meeting, and some cited possible Brown Act violations committed by the city. Public commenters called for transparency on the dais. The Brown Act is California’s government open meeting law.
The San Juan Capistrano City Council meets at 5 p.m. and will talk about the 2019-20 budget. Meeting details: http://bit.ly/2EOKiDb Agenda: http://bit.ly/2QFftWn
The Anaheim City Council meets at 3 p.m. for a budget workshop. The regular meeting at 5 p.m. will discussion on affordable and transitional housing. Meeting details: http://bit.ly/2MnQOac Agenda: http://bit.ly/2IicCyR
The Santa Ana City Council meets at 5:45 p.m. and will talk about testing taxes on marijuana. Meeting details: http://bit.ly/2WDdhUK Agenda: http://bit.ly/2Irs3F1
The Costa Mesa City Council meets at 6 p.m. and will talk about parking requirements in outdoor areas, such as common area courtyards. Meeting details: http://bit.ly/2Xv6nOc Agenda: http://bit.ly/2WjTnP5
The Laguna Beach City Council meets at 6 p.m. and will talk about potentially increasing solid waste service rates for residents.
San Clemente residents will vote in a special election Nov. 5 to fill the vacant city council seat left by Mayor Steve Swartz, who died May 8. The resolution for a special election passed 4-0 at San Clemente’s City Council meeting Tuesday, May 21. In the meantime, the dais will consist of four members until an application process is discussed for appointing someone to fill Swartz’s seat until the election. Swartz died while on vacation in Palm Springs.