ON MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
MVCI is a community-based non-profit organization with a very simple, yet broad mission…to inform, educate, and beautify Mesa Verde. That’s pretty much it! Our Board of Directors consists of 17 dedicated Mesa Verde volunteer residents. We meet monthly and discuss community and citywide issues. We keep you and the general membership informed and educated on these important issues through quarterly newsletters and semi-annual general meetings. Over the years, we have offered relevant programs such as:
The proposed Home Ranch and Standard Pacific projects
City Programs - Neighborhood Watch, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Parks, and Police
Technology Forum - featuring City of Costa Mesa Communications Dept., Edison Co., and Pac Bell
The issue of bridges at Gisler and 19th St.
Education Forums - featuring representation from the School Board, Estancia High School, and Adams Elementary School.
Keep an eye out for future programs such as, our water, education, library, property values, or continuing updates on Standard Pacific Homes and Home Ranch. We hope you have attended general meetings in the past, and if not, we are trying to change the venue of our meetings from the Neighborhood Community Center to a more convenient location.
We have stepped up efforts to beautify common areas of Mesa Verde with our newly established Neighborhood Beautification (NB) Committee, now in the process of identifying new projects that will have the greatest neighborhood-wide benefit. Past projects included improvements of the entry pockets and signs at Adams and Shantar/Albatross, and at Adams and Placentia/Mesa Verde West. Tree trimming along the north side of Adams was also completed through our NB Committee. We hope you have noticed and enjoyed these improvements. We hope our next project includes beautifying the drainage channel area in North Mesa Verde. Over $5,700 has been contributed from members for NB projects, however, these types of projects are indeed costly, so please be patient with forthcoming results.
Through our Government Relations Committee we have successfully negotiated a reduction in the density of homes from 91 to 69 in the new Standard Pacific Homes project proposed at Adams and Mesa Verde Drive East. We are speaking at Public Hearings on Home Ranch so what is finally adopted and erected is something we can live with! We have also been key in influencing how the city currently reviews remodeling projects throughout the city. City Hall is now in the process of drafting new guidelines on home improvement projects that will minimize negative impacts and ensure such projects are consistent in character, size, and scope of the surrounding neighborhood. This is great news!
And lastly, your membership is vital, inasmuch as it tells us you support our efforts and trust us to represent you at city council and planning commission meetings, to developers, and even to other homeowner associations. We need to know that our neighbors stand behind us! We are the envy of other areas of the city in how we effect change at city hall. However, it really is not that complicated. The City Council can’t read the minds of its citizens. They need people to come forward. We come forward for you!
Over 325 of your neighbors and friends in Mesa Verde are members and believe in what we are doing. I hope you do too.
Membership; Newsletter Co-Editor & Secretary
MORE ABOUT OUR BOARD
The Mesa Verde Community, Inc. Board of Directors meets at 7:30 p.m on the first Thursday of each month. The Board currently consists of 17 volunteer members and residents of Mesa Verde who serve in many capacities. There are six different committees that make up the array of opportunities for outreach and involvement. The committees are: Neighborhood Beautification, Government Relations, Safety and Traffic, Membership, Education, and Newsletter.
The 2000-2001 Mesa Verde Community, Inc. Board of Directors include:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice Presidents
Dr. Paul Flanagan
Members At Large
Sydney Gielow; Dick Mehren; Neil Horgan; Valerie Torelli; Tom Jones; Bob Graham; Joe Panarisi; and Klaus Straschil
If you feel you would like to be a little more involved in our neighborhood and have a few hours to give, we would love to welcome you. Just call (949) 225-4296, or (714) 641-9700, and leave your name and number and we will contact you.