COSTA MESA — They brought in an artist rendering of their ideal recycling center, submitted paperwork to get it approved at a new location a block away, and by Mayor Gary Monahan's own assessment, they made progress toward moving the business.
Despite all that, the Costa Mesa City Council in a 4-1 vote turned down Garcia Recycling Center's request to extend its stay at 739 W. 19th Street past Feb. 14, its deadline to close shop.
Councilwoman Wendy Leece cast the dissenting vote and unsuccessfully recommended a 30-day extension.
Outside the council chambers, Garcia Recycling Center's attorney, Patricia Chen, seemed surprised at the decision and said she was disappointed.
At the Nov. 16 meeting, the council revoked Garcia's business permit, but with a caveat: "If Garcia Recycling is unable to find a suitable alternative location within 90 days, but has made diligent efforts and/or substantial progress toward relocation … then the 90 days' stay may be extended."