The Orange County Fairgrounds has had a busy COVID testing site open for a long time now comes good news for Costa Mesa residents a large vaccination site is also going to open this Wednesday. The news comes from former Costa Mesa Mayor and new District Two supervisor Katrina Foley.
The new vaccination center wasn’t really a surprise as i have reported in the past that their was a plan to add one at the fairgrounds and, over the past week or so the tents have been going up. April 1st the vaccines open up for people 50 and, over so the new vaccine location has come at a good time as we try to get this pandemic under control.
Good news for fans of the Orange County Fair after the announcement that this year fair will indeed happen in person instead of last years virtual fair. The fair board announced that the fair will take place from July 16th through August 15th with limited attendance allowed.
This years theme is “Time for Fun,” which is supposed to celebrate the joy of the return of Southern California’s favorite summer festival according to the fair board. Social distancing and, all the other pandemic restrictions are likely to be in place but the plan is to bring back as much of the annual carnival as possible including the carnival rides, food, entertainment, animals and, competitions.
If you are interesting on attending this years Orange County Fair tickets will go on sale May 1st and, more details will be released as we get closer to that date.
The fast casual pizza chain California Pizza Kitchen Inc has announced they are moving their corporate office from its current location in Redondo Beach to Costa Mesa. The new office space will be more open and, tech forward than its current space.
The move will take place in the next few weeks the exact timing could vary a little because of COVID restrictions. The restaurant chain has less locations than prior to the pandemic but about three quarters of its employees are back to work. The pizza chain known for its exotic toppings now has about 155 restaurants and about 7,500 employees.
The City of Costa Mesa Planning Commissioners again had hearings on the proposed LED signage at the Triangle Square Shopping Center. The issue has upset many residents of Costa Mesa who have mentioned turning Costa Mesa in to Las Vegas or causing potential safety issues with distracting signs for motorists.
The owner of the center Tyler Mateen as well as many tenants and, employees at the center have said the signage could revitalize the struggling shopping center. The current proposal for signage includes 4,960 square feet of signage on the property more than half of which would be LED type signage.
To sweeten the deal for the city in a bid to get it approved the owner I’d offering 25 percent of the ad revenue from three years after the deal is signed as well as allowing the city to use 10 percent of the ads for public service messages.
City staff recommended continuing the item why they make further revisions to the contract and, yet again the issue was pushed back this time to the April 12th meeting.
Triangle Square Restaurants Link
The City of Costa Mesa has moved forward on its plan for a ordinance requiring hazard pay for grocery workers. The city council voted 6-1 in favor of staff coming back with an emergency ordinance that would require grocery stores to provide hazard pay.
No amount per hour was decided on but it most likely would be in line with the $4 an hour other cities have passed like Long Beach and, more recently Santa Ana.
The Santa Ana law also includes pharmacy workers we will have to wait and, see what version is passed in Costa Mesa.
I work for a company that is a retail store but not a grocery store and we are faced with the same hazards and, issues every day including people refusing to wear masks but the law if it follows over cities wouldn’t include me.
You can argue one way or another of the merits of a law requiring hazard pay for retail workers but picking out only grocery or pharmacy workers is a little strange to me.
Grocery stores also have really low margins so if this is past we could see price increases to cover it, less hours for employees or even worse case like happened in Long Beach grocery stores closing.