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City of Costa Mesa
Measure BB Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

17,591 votes yes (46.4%)

20,289 votes no (53.6%)

100% of precincts reporting (66/66).

Shall the Costa Mesa Measure Prohibiting Athletic Fields at Fairview Park, which prohibits the development of Athletic Fields at Fairview Park unless approved by a vote of the people, and permits implementation of Passive Recreational Uses at Fairview Park including those identified in the Fairview Park Master Plan (such as playgrounds, picnic areas, bike trails, bus access ways, and viewing areas), be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the Costa Mesa Measure Prohibiting Athletic Fields at Fairview Park Without Voter Approval, which prohibits the construction of any new athletic fields at Fairview Park without voter approval and allows passive recreational uses to occur without voter approval.

NO vote means

A “No” vote is a vote not to approve the Costa Mesa Measure Prohibiting Athletic Fields at Fairview Park Without Voter Approval.

Background

No document was submitted.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Orange County Registrar of Voters

The stated purpose of the Costa Mesa Measure Prohibiting Athletic Fields at Fairview Park without Voter Approval (the “Measure”) is to carry out the community’s desire to prohibit athletic fields at Fairview Park, while at the same time allowing for: (1) the implementation of the Fairview Park Master Plan; (2) the installation of ADA compliant trails and other facilities to ensure the Park is accessible to all Costa Mesa residents; (3) the City to utilize over $800,000 in grants from OCTA to improve bicycle pathways at the Park, and (4) the implementation of passive recreational uses at the Park without voter approval.

If adopted, the Measure would prohibit the construction of any Athletic Fields at Fairview Park without voter approval. The term “Athletic Fields” is defined by the Measure as a piece or part of a piece of property that is developed, constructed, or otherwise improved for the purpose of facilitating organized outdoor team sports, including but not limited to lacrosse fields, baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, courts for tennis and other racquet sports, golf facilities, and tracks for motorized vehicles such as go-carts, but expressly not including pathways or trails which might have multiple purposes including bicycling, walking or running.

If adopted, the Measure would allow for passive recreational uses to occur at the Park without voter approval. The term “Passive Recreational Uses” is defined by the Measure as uses generally permitted by the City’s Zoning Code in Institutional and Recreational Zoning Districts, and typically occurring in parks, except Athletic Fields, and shall include but not be limited to pathways, playgrounds, bicycle trails, viewing areas, and other similar improvements related to environmental, scenic, or recreational purposes.

This Measure comprehensively regulates the same subject as the initiative known as “An Initiative Requiring Changes in Use at Fairview Park be Subject to Voter Approval” (the “Initiative”). It directly competes with, and specifically rejects the changes to the Municipal Code proposed by the Initiative. If a majority of voters approve both the Initiative and the Measure, the one with the higher percentage of the vote will control. If both measures are approved and the Measure receives a higher percentage of the vote than the Initiative, none of the changes or additions proposed by the Initiative will be implemented.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure BB. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at 714-754-5225 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Financial effect

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Tax rate

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Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Measure BB prevents development of athletic fields at Fairview Park without a citywide vote. Fairview Park’s nature trails, model train rides, and protected habitat of vernal pools with endangered species are protected with Measure BB.

The community has made it clear that Fairview Park must remain natural and passive.

Measure BB guarantees it. Measure BB upholds the Fairview Park Master Plan, the work of dozens of residents meeting for years to establish a vision for the 210 acre park.

Measure BB prevents developers from carving off chunks of land for condo’s or homes because you will have the right to vote on it.

Measure BB allows for limited improvements to Fairview Park for new facilities (like restrooms) giving park access for the handicapped. These facilities are essential to allow compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Costa Mesans want the handicapped to enjoy the open space – Measure BB makes it possible and prevents ADA access lawsuits.

If Measure BB is successful $800,000 in grant money from the Orange County Transportation Authority will flow to Costa Mesa for Fairview Park bicycle trail improvements.

Measure BB was placed on the ballot to give residents a choice about Fairview Park’s use. It allows:

• Playgrounds

• Picnic Areas

• Bike Trails

• Environmental Improvements

• Habitat Viewing Areas

• Educational Events

• Community Events

• Adjustment to Fairview Park’s hours

Measure BB opens up Fairview Park to large segments of the community that want safe and passive recreation.

The other measure puts handcuffs on the city’s ability to make Fairview a park for everyone, not just a few naturalists trying to stop public access.

If you want $800,000 from the County, the handicapped to enjoy it, no ADA lawsuits, and the right to vote on athletic fields at Fairview Park – Vote Yes on BB.

s/ James Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Gary Monahan Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Gordon Bowley President, Costa Mesa United

s/ Ethan Temianka Vice President, Mesa Water

s/ Janet Krochman Certified Public Accountant Costa Mesa Senior Commission

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Vote No on Measure BB

Measure BB does little to protect Fairview Park. Only the citizens’ Initiative Requiring Changes in Use at Fairview Park be Subject to Voter Approval, also on this ballot, provides real protection for Fairview Park.

Measure BB puts no limits on grading or paving at Fairview Park.

Measure BB prohibits athletic fields for “organized outdoor team sports” at Fairview Park without a vote of the people, but opens the door to much more intense uses. And there’s no limit on facilities for individual sports– or indoor sports.

Measure BB allows up to twenty five percent of the park to be developed with buildings. Do we want Fairview Park more highly developed than Lions Park?

Under Measure BB, use of Fairview Park is “not limited” to uses listed in the Fairview Park Master Plan. Use of Fairview Park would “not be limited” to paths, playgrounds, bike trails, viewing areas or other, yet to be identified improvements for environmental, scenic, or recreational purposes.

The city scraped and graded a Federally protected wetland which provided habitat for an endangered species. The city dumped tons of dirt in a canyon providing habitat for endangered birds. The city dumped truckloads of gravel in a vernal marsh.

What else do they want to dump in Fairview Park?

The politicians who came up with Measure BB want free rein to continue to degrade and destroy Fairview Park’s resources without restraint by Costa Mesa voters.

Measure BB has one purpose: To dupe you into voting no on the citizens’ Initiative Requiring Changes in Use at Fairview Park be Subject to Voter Approval, which really protects the park. Politicians want to keep control without accountability to the public.

Don’t be fooled! Vote No on Measure BB.

Learn more at http://www.fairviewparkalliance.org/ Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626485264275535

s/ Dr. Richard Mehren Former Chair, Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee President, Fairview Park Preservation Alliance

s/ Sandra Genis Land Planner Costa Mesa City Council Member

s/ Katrina Foley Costa Mesa City Council Member Former Trustee, Newport-Mesa Unified School District Business Attorney

s/ Wendy Leece Former Costa Mesa City Council Member Former Trustee, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

s/ Jay Humphrey Former Costa Mesa Council Member and Vice Mayor

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Measure BB is a politically driven initiative that does just two things:

• Lets you vote on athletic fields for “organized outdoor team sports” at Fairview Park;

• Prevents you from voting on any other significant changes at Fairview Park, a right provided by the citizens’ Initiative Requiring Changes in Use at Fairview Park be Subject to Voter Approval (“Citizens Initiative”).

The Citizens Initiative received over 7,000 signatures to get on the ballot; Measure BB made the ballot by a 3-2 vote of the City Council. MEASURE BB DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT TRAILS, model trains or endangered species at Fairview Park.

MEASURE BB DOES NOTHING TO KEEP FAIRVIEW PARK NATURAL. Measure BB places no limits on alteration of Fairview Park except for athletic fields for “organized, outdoor team sports” NO LIMITS on grading or paving.

MEASURE BB DOES NOT UPHOLD THE FAIRVIEW PARK MASTER PLAN; permitted uses are “not limited to those… in the Fairview Park Master Plan.”

MEASURE BB DOES NOTHING TO PROVIDE HANDICAPPED ACCESS to Fairview Park, but the Citizens Initiative provides for compliance with ADA and all other Federal laws.

Measure BB permits “All Passive Recreational Uses” (Section 4) defined as those “typically in parks.” But Fairview Park is not a “typical park.” It is a natural beauty, Only the Citizens Initiative will keep it that way.

Measure BB allows uses permitted in Costa Mesa’s Institutional and Recreational Zones such as libraries, public offices, police/fire stations, country clubs, and day care facilities.

Don’t be deceived.

Vote NO on Measure BB!

s/ Sandra Genis Land Planner Costa Mesa City Council Member

s/ John Stephens Attorney

s/ Jason Webster Sales Representative

s/ Jack Ross Former Member Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee

s/ Alex Reich Software Engineer

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure BB is simple, vote Yes and you get to vote on the future changes to Fairview Park. If future politicians want to add sports fields – Measure BB gives you the right to vote on it.

Measure BB reflects the collective work of preservationists, youth sports advocates, senior citizens, and naturalists, and taxpayers that want to retain Fairview Park’s natural state.

Yes on Measure BB allows us to make the improvements that allow handicapped to use Fairview Park. Why do those opposing Measure BB want to keep the handicapped out?

Measure BB protects Fairview Park for everyone.

Measure BB guarantees that no sports fields will ever be built – unless the public votes for them.

Opponents of Measure BB make wild claims about mass grading, vernal pools (aka mud puddles), and endangered species habitat as though Fairview Park is Yosemite. It’s not.

Fairview Park is a quiet coastal sage open space area that is an important passive recreational asset for Costa Mesa. Measure BB keeps it that way.

The tired old arguments from Measure BB’s opponents have no basis in fact.

They want to scare you with threats of development. Hundreds of hours of citizen involvement have gone into the Fairview Master Plan that is embodied in Measure BB and prevents development.

Who do you trust, the citizens that want protect Fairview Park by giving you a vote on any changes, or the few that want to limit access even to the handicapped?

Vote Yes on Measure BB.

s/ James Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Gary Monahan Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Gordon Bowley President, Costa Mesa United

s/ Janet Krochman Certified Public Accountant Costa Mesa Resident

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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