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July 15, 2012
Costa Mesa City Clerk Julie Folcik submitted her resignation Friday, a city official confirmed. Folcik, who had been with the city for about 10 years, was suspended with pay in March after she missed a deadline to submit Costa Mesa's proposed charter for the June primary ballot. Reached at her home in Long Beach, Folcik said it was difficult deciding to leave the city of Costa Mesa. "It gives me something to think about," she said. "Sometimes I feel that God creates new space where new opportunities can present themselves.
NEWS
June 11, 2012
Costa Mesa City Hall has hired an interim city clerk. Brenda Green previously served as Stanton's clerk. She worked that Orange County city for 12 years before being laid off in 2011. She has also worked in several state lawmakers' offices. Green will earn $57 an hour, equating to about $118,000 annually, and will serve indefinitely. She is filling in while City Clerk Julie Folcik remains on paid administrative leave. Folcik was suspended earlier this year after city officials said she failed to meet a paperwork filing deadline that would have placed the city's proposed charter on the June 5 election ballot.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 18, 2012
Former Costa Mesa City Clerk Julie Folcik said her decision to resign from the city was difficult but voluntary. "It was hard to get to this point," said Folcik, seated on the porch of her craftsman home in Long Beach. "It was just a really hard decision to come to on my own. " Folcik, 48, spent almost a decade managing city documents and preparing City Council agendas, but her career was put on hold in March when the city investigated why she accidentally missed a deadline to get the city's proposed charter initiative on the June ballot.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 30, 2012
Costa Mesa City Clerk Julie Folcik was repeatedly reminded by election officials of the deadline to get a proposed city charter initiative on the June ballot, emails show. The exchanges, obtained by the Daily Pilot through a California Public Records Act request, could cast doubt on the claim that Folcik was merely mixed up about the 5 p.m. March 9 deadline — an argument she made in a failed attempt last week to put the initiative on June's ballot even though she missed the deadline.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 12, 2012
Raises for two of Newport Beach's top city administrators, another round of proposed tidelands rent increases and a discussion of city employee compensations are on Tuesday night's jam-packed council meeting agenda . The council will vote on a 3% raise for City Manager Dave Kiff and an 11% raise for City Clerk Leilani Brown. According to a staff report, that would bump Kiff's base annual salary from $225,000 to $231,750 and Brown's from $110,830 to $123,800. If the contract amendments pass, both will contribute about 9% of their pay to their pensions, with added provisions that that percentage will increase as other city employees' pension contributions increase.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 14, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council dug into executive compensation with two agenda items at its meeting Tuesday night — one that recommended methods for setting salary ranges for future management-level hires and another that gave raises to two top administrators. Council members heard from consultant Bruce Lawson of Fox Lawson and Associates, who presented a plan for categorizing executive positions and setting salary ranges for those categories. Future reports will move on to classify compensation levels for all city employees.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is seeking applications for seats on five city committees. In total, 33 vacancies must be filled, and the application deadline for all positions is 5 p.m. March 28. To apply, visit the city's website or the city clerk's office for an application. Completed applications may be delivered to City Hall, 77 Fair Drive; mailed to the city clerk at P.O. Box 1200, Costa Mesa, 92628-1200; faxed to (714) 754-4942; or emailed to cityclerk@costamesaca.gov . The following committees have vacancies: six on the Cultural Arts Committee, five on the Historical Preservation Committee, six on the Housing and Public Service Grants Committee, nine on the Pension Oversight Committee and seven on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on five city committees and on the senior center's board of directors. Needed are four regular members and two alternates for the Cultural Arts Committee, six regular members and two alternates for the Historical Preservation Committee, four members for the ad-hoc Housing and Public Service Grant Committee, one member for the Pension Oversight Committee and eight for the Finance Advisory Committee....
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March 4, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on five city committees and on the senior center's board of directors. Needed are four regular members and two alternates for the Cultural Arts Committee, six regular members and two alternates for the Historical Preservation Committee, four members for the ad-hoc Housing and Public Service Grant Committee, one member for the Pension Oversight Committee and eight for the Finance Advisory Committee....
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NEWS
November 14, 2013
Woody's Wharf filed court papers Wednesday seeking to invalidate a City Council decision to ban dancing at the longtime Balboa Peninsula restaurant, court records show. Woody's filed what's known as a writ of mandate - a directive seeking to stop a government action - against the city and Councilman Mike Henn, according to Orange County Superior Court Records. The legal move comes after the Newport Beach City Council officially denied Woody's Wharf several requests on Tuesday, including an extension of its patio hours until 2 a.m. and to permit dancing inside.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 7, 2013
Two Costa Mesa employees who organize special events have been placed on paid administrative leave, city officials confirmed Wednesday. Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce and Special Events Coordinator Christine Cordon, were put on leave Tuesday pending the outcome of an outside investigation, said two high-ranking city officials, each of whom requested anonymity. The reasons for the leaves were not disclosed. Eastside resident Geoff West was the first to report the news on his blog, "A Bubbling Cauldron.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 18, 2013
Should Costa Mesa have a charter? How should such a city constitution be created? A City Council session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, is expected to address these and other questions. A news release from the city said it has grappled with whether Costa Mesa, a general-law city, should draft a charter and whether by a commission of 15 voter-elected members or a committee of appointees, the number of which and process of choosing would also need to be determined.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 27, 2013
Costa Mesa named a new city clerk Tuesday, nine months following her predecessor's decision to step down after missing an election deadline. Brenda Green, who has served as interim city clerk since June, came out on top of an open recruitment process, according to the announcement. "I'm very happy," said Green, who explained she came to Costa Mesa after hearing about the interim position by word of mouth. Green will earn $116,736 a year, according to the city's announcement.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is accepting applications for the board that advises the Senior Center. There are three vacancies, each for two-year terms. Costa Mesa residency is not required to serve on the board, but city officials said "interest in the Costa Mesa Senior Center and being actively engaged in the community is necessary. " The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 28. Board members' duties include fundraising. Each member must also be able donate at least $500 annually to the center.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is seeking applications for seats on five city committees. In total, 33 vacancies must be filled, and the application deadline for all positions is 5 p.m. March 28. To apply, visit the city's website or the city clerk's office for an application. Completed applications may be delivered to City Hall, 77 Fair Drive; mailed to the city clerk at P.O. Box 1200, Costa Mesa, 92628-1200; faxed to (714) 754-4942; or emailed to cityclerk@costamesaca.gov . The following committees have vacancies: six on the Cultural Arts Committee, five on the Historical Preservation Committee, six on the Housing and Public Service Grants Committee, nine on the Pension Oversight Committee and seven on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 14, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council dug into executive compensation with two agenda items at its meeting Tuesday night — one that recommended methods for setting salary ranges for future management-level hires and another that gave raises to two top administrators. Council members heard from consultant Bruce Lawson of Fox Lawson and Associates, who presented a plan for categorizing executive positions and setting salary ranges for those categories. Future reports will move on to classify compensation levels for all city employees.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 12, 2012
Raises for two of Newport Beach's top city administrators, another round of proposed tidelands rent increases and a discussion of city employee compensations are on Tuesday night's jam-packed council meeting agenda . The council will vote on a 3% raise for City Manager Dave Kiff and an 11% raise for City Clerk Leilani Brown. According to a staff report, that would bump Kiff's base annual salary from $225,000 to $231,750 and Brown's from $110,830 to $123,800. If the contract amendments pass, both will contribute about 9% of their pay to their pensions, with added provisions that that percentage will increase as other city employees' pension contributions increase.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 19, 2012
Several local high school students gathered last week to share their summer experience gaining first-hand knowledge of the political system. American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, and its ladies auxiliary unit, hosted a Boys and Girls State Dinner Friday to recognize the students and hear about their experiences spending a week in summer creating and running their own city, county and state governments. "It was really fun and interesting hearing other's stories and perspectives and what they got out of it," said Estancia High School senior Hayden Swift, 17. "It sounded like everyone got a lot out of it. " Post and Auxiliary Unit 291 sponsored 25 boys and nine girls from Sage Hill, Newport-Mesa Unified, Irvine Unified and other school districts to attend the American Legion's Boys State and Girls State programs at Cal State Sacramento for the boys and Claremont McKenna College for the girls.
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