Measure AA: a VICTORY FOR FAIRVIEW PARK
Fairview Park…forever. That’s one way to look at the very favorable outcome of the 2016 November election in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa voters clearly want Fairview Park to remain a natural open space park.
A year ago, many of us were busy campaigning all over Costa Mesa talking to our neighbors and asking them to please vote for Measure AA, to keep Fairview Park forever a nature park.
Measure AA requires that any changes in use at Fairview Park be subject to voter approval. It was approved by more than 2 to 1 with 27,098 “Yes” votes to 11,149 “No” votes.
A competing measure BB put up by the City Council majority to confuse voters lost resoundingly with 20,289 “No” votes to 17,591 “Yes” votes.
Approval of Measure AA allows the Model Engineer Trains to keep trains running to provide free rides for young and old alike.
To accomplish this feat, a small group of residents got together and formed a board of directors and opened a political action committee called Fairview Park Preservation Alliance. We needed to form a PAC to raise money for our campaign. Our campaign was successful because of enthusiastic community involvement under the wise leadership of Dr. Richard Mehren, a longtime resident and Fairview Park preservation advocate. Dr. Mehren led the effort to clean up Fairview Park in 1998, and in recent years served on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee.
We are proud of our efforts which maximized every dollar donated.
Our Treasurer reports that “We took in, over the course of two years, a grand total of $11,624.15; $6361.18 in 2015, and $5262.97 in 2016. During 2015 we spent $2989.82, and during 2016, the year of the big push, $8591.87 -- a bit less than the City Council put out for just one of the six or so mailers they sent to try to defeat us. We still have $42.46 in the kitty!"
It’s taken about six months for the FPPA Board to shift gears to form a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization: Fairview Park Alliance. Since we don’t have to campaign politically any more, our mission now is to work on projects to restore the Park and educate community members about the uniqueness of Fairview Park. We don’t anticipate any campaigns in the future, but we are going to keep our PAC just in case a project in Fairview Park is put forth which requires a vote of the people as required by Measure AA. We are gratefully accepting donations to fund the new nonprofit; just click the donate button on the website, or send a check to FPA, P.O. Box 2471, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2471.
We encourage you to enjoy the natural beauty of Fairview Park now that we don’t have to worry about it being developed.
We will be announcing future events on our Fairview Park Preservation Alliance Facebook page and on this website. We plan restoration projects and speaker meetings.
Our meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month. If you are interested in attending a meeting or want to learn more about helping Fairview Park, please contact Kim Hendricksat firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairview Park Forever!
The Fairview Park Alliance Board of Directors
Dr. Richard Mehren, President
Mr. Jay Humphries, Vice President
Mr. Terry Koken, Treasurer
Ms. Debby Koken, Secretaryv
Ms. Wendy Leece, Communications Director
Ms. Kim Hendricks, Board Member
Mr. Hank Castignetti, Board Member