Just a little Labor Day Celebration up in Mesa Verde “North” area with the Ladies of Alabama Circle and their supporting hubs!
Enjoy the pictures!
As many of you know, in June, MVCI conducted its first survey of the community, the purpose of which was to sample the insights of our residents as to those things they feel are relevant and important. We were very pleased with how responsive the neighborhood has been, and wanted to share some of those results, We received 167 responses, to our email database of about 500 names, for a response rate of 33.4%. For the statisticians out there, this is an OUTSTANDING response rate, and we sincerely appreciate those who took the time to participate.
Following are the bar graphs representing your responses, to the “non-essay” questions. We will start out with the first four questions and continue with the others in the days to come. If we can find a concise way to report the essay question findings, we’ll do that as well. In the meantime, here are the first four:
More to come!
The City of Costa Mesa recently launched MyCostaMesa, a new mobile app that is replacing the city’s first mobile app, Costa Mesa Connect. MyCostaMesa is now available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play, and will have all the same citizen request/reporting features of Costa Mesa Connect. Citizens will no longer be able to submit requests using the old Costa Mesa Connect app beginning Friday, Aug. 24. The new and improved benefits and features of the new app include:
- Improved service request tracking system to ensure open cases are resolved in a timely fashion.
- Better and more thorough reporting system for staff to track requests for service.
- Platform that uses new and more stable software.
- MyCostaMesa allows citizens to report issues using their phone’s GPS and camera capabilities, review existing requests, send updates, and receive phone and email notifications of status changes on their issues.
- Residents can also submit a service request via the city website and review their submission history and knowledge base articles online.
- Requests can be submitted for graffiti removal, pothole repairs, dumped items, coyote sightings, etc.
- The app also provides access to Costa Mesa news, calendar listings, public meeting agendas and much more.
In last month’s President’s Corner, I reviewed comments from our recent survey. The most prevalent pertained to traffic issues; speeding, running stop signs, and noise. We brought this to the attention of CMPD, and got the immediate response of Chief Rob Sharpnack, “I think we can help you, but specifics would be helpful.” So, we got them, from you, our residents. Keep the comments coming: where, what time, what day. Is it speeding, running stop signs, etc. Be specific. We are gathering all this information and working with Lt. Victor Bakkila, traffic division. Let’s hope we can make a big dent in this problem. This will be an ongoing project, and we will keep you informed of progress.
We are working on some informational Town Hall meetings in the next few months, and will announce soon. Mark your calendar for October 4th, when we will be holding our candidate forum for City Council and Mayor.
Elsewhere in this newsletter/website, you will find more detailed info on the candidate forum, The Shops at Mesa Verde, and the opening of Fire Station One.
We still have a good inventory of our famous NO SOLICITATION signs, including mounting brackets, for $5 each. Please contact Arlene Jones at 714-540 6039.
Once again, please remember to renew your MVCI membership. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining us. We have a downloadable application on the website, or, if you’re “low tech” (like me), call me at 714-241 9951 and I’ll help you get aboard. Membership is our lifeblood, and your annual dues the only resource for our activities. We keep the membership list on the website and it is up to date. Thank you!
‘til next time,
Many of you were kind enough to complete our recent survey, so I thought I would summarize the most common themes, in response to the last survey question, “What would you like to see most from MVCI?”
1. Provide information on what is going on in town, especially Mesa Verde.
2. What is being done about the homeless and the sober living facilities?
3. Organize more community activities, I.e. town halls, etc.
4. Remind residents to keep their property presentable.
5. Stop the speeding in our neighborhoods.
6. Keep us informed as to what the city council is up to.
7. Do not engage in politics.
8. What are the benefits of membership in MVCI?
9. Why is crime increasing?
10. You’re doing fine-just keep it up.
Of course, we wish all responses were #10, but then, we wouldn’t have anything left to do. Let’s look at some of these themes. #1: we will step up the pace. Please check our website, as we try to keep it fresh. www.mesaverdecommunity.org. Also, visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1083641171668836/), and sign up for our e-mail blast at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next semi-annual newsletter is scheduled for publication in late September. #3: we’re working on several town hall events during the Winter. We will be holding a candidate’s forum in October, our annual meeting in March, and our picnic in May. #5: Would love to. We will notify CMPD of the concern in our community. #7: We don’t. We are a non-political. Non-partisan association. #8: Great question! Please visit our website as to who we are and what we do.
We will work on a more persuasive statement, but keep in mind our mission statement “Inform, Protect and Beautify” Mesa Verde. These are the ends to which we strive, in our advocacy for Mesa Verde residents. Finally, #9, CMPD statistics indicate crime to actually be decreasing, but, if it happens in your neighborhood, ….. well, that’s different. We might suggest you consider forming a Neighborhood Watch group, sponsored by our Police Dept. We can help you with that.
We appreciate your participation in our survey, and we will be doing these periodically. If you have a specific problem, please contact us through our website. We will do our best to help you. We will release other survey findings in subsequent posts.
Thanks for tuning in.
Hello again, time for my June commentary.
First, thank you to our newest Lifetime Members:
Chris and Tracy Clevidence and David and Nancy Walden
Our Lifetime Club is growing. Please refer to the MEMBERSHIP LIST posting as of June 1st. There was a considerable drop off from the 2017 membership year, so If you haven’t tendered your dues for this year (Apr 1- Mar 31), now is a good time to do so. We are working on setting up “auto renew” to make it simpler for our members, so bear with us. PayPal sign ups are also being refined and will include the auto-renew feature. Stay tuned for more on this.
For the past few months you have likely noticed new construction in the center at Harbor and Adams. So, what’s going on? This past Friday, we posted a update, courtesy of the Segerstrom Co., owners and operators of the center, with information on the new section of “The Shops at Mesa Verde,” as well as what’s happening at the old Acapulco.
Bet you’ve seen some coyotes running around the community. The California Fish and Wildlife Department is very concerned that a big part of the problem is us. (We have met the enemy and he is us! – POGO) If you want to know why and what we can do about it, click here. Really good stuff!
Looks like the new fire station at Adams and Royal Palm will now open in September, ….. or maybe October? Stay tuned for news on a grand opening and guided tours, courtesy of CMFD and MVCI. Our patience will be rewarded, I’m sure.
Our cadre of MVCI volunteers is growing, now numbering seven. This is a great opportunity for you to serve your community without an obligation to time commitment. We will call on you from time to time for special projects. My goal is to reach 20 by March 31st. Will you help me? Contact me at email@example.com for more info or to enlist.
Stay connected to MVCI via our website. New postings often.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
Thank you, ‘til July,
Many in our community have wondered about the new construction taking place near the corner of Adams and Harbor. MVCI President Bob Juneman recently spoke with officials from C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, who were kind enough to share an update on these activities:
Broken Yolk Café – The newest addition to The Shops at Mesa Verde, Broken Yolk Café opens on Monday June 25th next to CVS. Originally started in San Diego in 1979, Broken Yolk has grown to 25 locations across the US. BYC serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, Open Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm and Friday thru Sunday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Learn more at www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com
Porcelain Luxury Salon Suites – Currently under construction, Porcelain Luxury Salon Suites is completely renovating what once was the Acapulco building at The Shops at Mesa Verde. Porcelain will consist of approximately 32 luxury suites for individual salon owners consolidated in one spot, from hairstylists, estheticians, nail technicians, medical spa technicians, eye lash extension, and more. We anticipate the opening of Porcelain Luxury Salon Suites around November, 2018.
Descanso – A Modern Tacqueria – Coming in the fall of 2018, Descanso Mexican Restaurant will occupy 3,700 square feet on the east end of the newly developed restaurant building. Descanso is a full-service Mexican restaurant with full-bar offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Dylan Blue Nail Spa – Coming this fall, Dylan Blue Nail Spa will replace Happiness Nails with a more modern salon. Dylan Blue Nail Spa currently has one location in Tustin and will offer manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting.
Updates were provided by Carmen Twork, from Segerstrom. Further news will include info on any additional tenants in the new structure that replaced Souplantation.
Does anyone know my history???
While planning our sign update project, it occurred to us that we really didn’t know when the original sign was placed at Adams and Mesa Verde. Also, we’re not sure who put it there – MVCI (we think), the City, etc.??? I suppose somewhere in the MVCI archives there might be an answer, but the thought of asking our readers to search your memory might be much more fun! Please think back – when was the first time (approximate date) you remember seeing it – was it when your kids were at Estancia, when you were getting exercise walking or going to play golf, was it there when you moved to Mesa Verde or visiting the Adobe and Balearic Park, etc.???
We’d like to publish your answers for fun – no names are necessary (don’t want to give away your age unless you want us to)! Also, the white sign (above) had a partner at Adams and Shantar. Did they go up at the same time? There is no prize for this survey — just a trip down memory lane. Send your memories in to the web as soon as you can, using the “feedback” page (https://mesaverdecommunity.org/feedback-2/).
Oh, by the way, here’s one of the newly refurbished signs. This is one of the many things we do as an organization to help keep our community looking good!
Arlene Jones, for the MVCI Board
Hope you are all noticing the gorgeous May flowers that the April showers brought. It’s looking real nice around the community.
Our first picnic, held Saturday, May 19th, is in the books. Twenty or so families participated; the weather was decent, the kids played games, prizes were awarded, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. You can see a few pictures below. So, I think it was a reasonable success for our first try, and we’ll do another next Spring, only a little bigger and a little better. Thanks to the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities.
Congratulations and thanks to Kyle Byron and Lisa Gonzalez for becoming our newest lifetime members. Who will be next?
Have you noticed our newly refurbished MVCI gateway signs? They’re on Adams at the corners of Mesa Verde West and Shantar. A new sign will soon appear on the northeast corner of Adams and Mesa Verde West. Your membership dues at work.
We still have a supply of “No Solicitation” yard signs available. Price is $5 each, including mounting bracket. You may purchase through our website, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we are putting together a robust volunteer group. If you would like to help us on special projects from time to time, please let us know. Just send me an e-mail (Bob@Juneman.com) with your contact info, including phone number.
Thanks for tuning in. I’ll talk to you again in June.