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Sorry, folks. As I said earlier this month, I will be out of town most of the time. Unfortunately, This past weekend found me with coffee and no reliable we-fi to access the agenda or write a column. I’ll make it up to you with an in-depth report of anything worth reporting on the city council meeting tonight. Later this week, we have an article on one of Tustin’s First Ladies, Ursula Kennedy. Ursula is a good friend of this blog and we recently heard she is being prominently honored. That post will come out later this week.

Until then, take the high road. The low one usually has poor lighting and storm drains.

-Jeff

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On the Planning Commission Agenda, May 8, 2012

Sorry, we have been out of town for a few days to attend the Annual California Peace Officer Ceremonies in Sacramento. I meant to post while I was up there but activities (and the prospect of great food)  kept me away from the keyboard. While I was gone, some of our readers sent me some interesting items which will make for good posts this week. Give me a day and I will be back in force.

There is not much on the Planning Commission agenda tonight. However, the one item, which is a public hearing, is the Del Rio Building, which we wrote about in March. We heard there had been some design changes that the city was not happy with. The owners had orginally planned on putting office space on the second floor of the building and then changed it to an apartment for the owners. The city was not happy with the change as they felt the ground contamination had not been adequately cleaned from the lot for living space. The owners have subsequently returned to the originally planned office space. According to the staff report accompanying the hearing, the contamination will not interfere with you if you are only having coffee or buying a new ring from the retail stores on the ground floor or affect you if y you only work 8 hours a day on the second floor. But, if you slept there….

Of course, there were some other design issues the city had problems with as well. The experts in Old Town decided the facade needed rearranging. They sent it back. I have seen the renderings for both. The changes were minimal and could hardly be noticed. However, the city experts in Old Town were adamant about having it there way.Hopefully, this will be the end. If the Planning Commission approves the design review and it is not appealed, the Del Rios should have a new building in a few months. We wish them success and look forward to having a cup of coffee at Old Town’s newest business.

It’s Showtime

We’re not sure if the Tustin City Council made a mistake or if they had a moment of clarity, due to Deborah Gavello’s absence. In any case, we heard they did the right thing about the anti-skateboard, anti-homeless, anti-solicitation ordinance they were supposed to have a first reading on tonight and sent it back for a rework. Apparently, the Girls Scouts actually did come and tug at their heartstrings, lamenting about the permits for 1100 scout moms during cookie season. We heard that Jerry pulled back because no one gets between him and his cookies. Hopefully, they will ask the City Attorney to rethink the whole Livescan fingerprint issue which is what we have a heartache with (along with the obvious push against the homeless in our city). At $120 a pop, there will be no cheap solicitations in our town. We’ll have more later. -jg