Costa Mesa officials want to continue operating the Balearic Community Center into next year, but they probably could not afford the lease with the city's projected budget deficit.
The city is talking with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, which owns Balearic, in hopes of reducing or waiving next year's $71,000 lease. The community center is home to many programs and services including the early childhood program, the day camp program and contract classes, such as karate and yoga, among others.
"We recognize that it's a difficult time for all public agencies, and we're hoping the budgets of the school district and the city turn around; but in the meantime, I think it's appropriate for us to help where we can," Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard said. "We have a positive relationship, and we wanted to offer it as an acknowledgment of both the good relationship we have as well as the fiscal reality."