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City To Hold Second Park Design Forum

Tustin SealTUSTIN, CA — The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a second Park Design Forum on March 19, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, adjacent to the Tustin Library. The Forum is designed to review the refined concept plan of the future Tustin Legacy Park that will be located on Valencia Avenue, between Landsdowne Road and Severyns Road. The first desgin forum was held February 19, 2014.

This second Park Design Forum will be held as part of the regularly scheduled Community Services Commission Meeting and give park neighbors and stakeholders a chance to review the refined plan and provide input on the 33 acre park design.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 573-3326.

City Calls For Commission Applicants

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The city recently posted the following press release that officially opens the application process for open city commission seats:

News Release

January 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:                                                                    Commission Contact:
Stephanie Najera                                                                 Erica Rabe
(714) 573-3012                                                                     (714) 573-3026

Three vacancies each on the Planning and Community Services Commissions
TUSTIN, Calif. – The City of Tustin has three Planning Commission positions and three Community Services Commission positions open. The City Council will conduct interviews and vote to fill the positions on Tuesday, March 5th at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 300 Centennial Way.
The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to evaluate development proposals and submit recommendations to the City Council regarding land use matters in Tustin. The commissioners selected will serve until March 1, 2015 or until the respective successor is appointed and qualified. Compensation is $150.00 per regular meeting attended. The term of office is two years. Applicants must reside in and be registered to vote within the Tustin City limits.
The Community Services Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and serves as an advisory body to the City Council on recreation, parks, park design, facilities and programs in Tustin. The commissioners selected will serve until March 1, 2015 or until the respective successor is appointed and qualified. Compensation is $100.00 per regular meeting attended. The term of office is two years. Applicants are required to be residents of the City of Tustin and registered to vote.

How to Apply
Commission applications are available from the City of Tustin, City Clerk’s Office, 300 Centennial Way, Tustin, CA 92780, by calling (714) 573-3026, or visiting the City’s website at
Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013. For more information please contact Erica Rabe, City Clerk Services Supervisor, at (714) 573-3026 or email at

We know who we would like to see apply for the Planning Commission. They continue to resist (your eyes are getting sleepy…) and, although this is a new city council, it still is not hard to see why folks aren’t beating down the door to apply for these positions.  A call to the City Clerk’s office revealed that, so far, only three applicants have filed for the Planning Commision and only one application for the Community Services Commission has been received.

Applications close at the close of business on February 28, 2013. Either of these commissions is a must for anyone planning to run for city council in the future. So, if you have political aspirations, this is a good starting point.

Here’s Your Chance

The city of Tustin has opened and closed the application process for vacant seats on the Planning Commission and the Community Services Commission. These appointments serve at the pleasure of the city council and are for two years each. The Planning Commission pays a stipend of $150.00 per meeting and usually meets twice a month in the city council chambers.

The Community Services Commission also serves at the pleasure of the council and the stipend is $100.00 per meeting for a once a month meeting. This Commission is an advisory body to the parks and recreation department regarding parks, design and facilities. It is a great commission that keeps the parks as what families and community members would like rather than what the city staffers think we should have. And, no, I am not complaining about the Parks Department. They do a great job at keeping our parks beautiful and safe for our families.

Seats on either of these commissions, according to the news release, require that applicants are both residents of the city of Tustin and registered to vote. Although applications had to be turned in by the close of business last Friday, this report is more to keep you informed that the Commission makeup may change very soon. It is unclear whether the interviews, which will be held by the City Council on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm, are open to the public, hopefully they are. If you have an interest in the process, you are urged to take some time and see our form of government in practice.