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per election. This is per Section 2.90.020 of the FV Municipal Code.
As of 11/6/2018 at 11:30 a.m. For the latest on FV Crossings, please scroll down.
KIM CONSTANTINE FOR FV CITY COUNCIL 11/6/2018!
Here's my Campaign Flyer... truly a "must see".
I am KIM CONSTANTINE and I love it here! It’s truly a “nice place to live, low crime rate, clean, many neighborhoods parks including grandiose Mile Square Park. We have 2 hospitals and lots of profitable businesses. We are fortunate to have several corporations that choose to be here when they could be anywhere else. Yes, it is my pleasure to again run for our City Council so that I may best serve our "nice place to live". I have been consistently working hard for you, for years now, on major City issues and attending and participating in City Council, Planning Commission, Strategic Planning, Measure HH Oversight Committee Meetings, and Mayor’s Breakfasts. I am the only City Council Candidate who has done that. The others don’t have the attendance record I do, as 2-3 of them just recently started making "guest appearances" at a few meetings. Unfortunately, the others won't take a stand on City issues. That does not sit well with me. How does that serve you, the voter?
As your City Council Member, I will make decisions in the best interest of residents, businesses and visitors to our community based on your input and concerns. I will research, review and study all the pros and cons of the issues before I vote my conscience.
I am a proud longtime resident and member of several local organizations.
I love meeting and connecting with everyone and am fortunate fellow residents and businesses continue to share with me comments, concerns, and ideas about this great City. Please also see "Who is Kim Constantine" on the lefthand side.
You will continue to have my time and energy as a fully committed City Council Member as I remain accessible at 714-335-2280, by the contact page on this site and by email: email@example.com. Thank you for your support and vote so I may best represent you and ensure Fountain Valley remains a nice, very desirable place to live and prosperous for businesses.
Here is more of what you can expect from me:
-No new taxes. I will continue fighting against City tax increases, just as I did with Measure HH. It is irresponsible and against the best interest of our residents for the City to place increased financial burdens on us in the form of tax increases and/or new taxes and fees. Measure HH was never about public safety, police, fire, or closing the senior center, as the City put it out. It was really about unfunded staff pensions. Many residents feel duped and now pay more for delivered merchandise and vehicles they purchase outside FV.
-Stop City Hall’s wasteful spending and operate within our financial means.
-I will reach out to our businesses… what can we do for them? I’ve visited the FV Crossings businesses approximately 12 times over the last few years; they feel the City does not reach out to them. There is a need for a business committee to get feedback and develop a reasonable plan.
-I will reach out to our seniors and younger population regarding their needs.
-I will work to attract more young families with children who would appreciate our award-winning schools and housing.
-No high density housing! I will continue to fight for the longtime and profitable light manufacturing/industrial businesses in the 162-acre Fountain Valley Crossings area (at Euclid, Ellis, Talbert, and Ward). I will fight for these business to not be replaced with super-expensive, six-story-high Bella Terra-style housing. I will fight that this area does not become all housing, since the still defective approved plan now gives the planning director too much power as frequently projects can bypass the City Council. Again, the housing would not be “affordable housing”. The City Council and staff members have been attending tradeshows in Anaheim, Las Vegas, etc. – and are anxious to bring in the developers. I would encourage a hotel or 2 in the Fountain Valley Crossings areas, if it works out – NO housing, though. I would push for a hotel to have lots of spacious meeting rooms and banquet facilities.
New housing elsewhere in Fountain Valley, with traditional zoning, if a proposed project is feasible would be wonderful. Instead of the City pursuing developers that will bring us high density housing, let’s pursue some lucrative businesses and get them here).
-Ensure unfunded staff pensions are aggressively and appropriately paid down. Are you aware that the City has a $95 million dollar unfunded staff pension liability? Measure HH, the sales tax increase that took effect in April, 2017 was supposed to pay off this debt; however, the City is paying down only 17% per year (as I informed about in the 9/20 Candidates Forum). Yes, Measure HH was never about public safety, a fire station closing or the senior center closing… as I told you. The City COULD pay off all this debt within 10 years.
Being the only Candidate for City Council who attends the Measure HH Advisory Committee Meetings, I learned that the $11.5+ annual sales tax increase revenue is not enough and that they will seek to extend the tax before it ends in 2037!
Additionally, for nearly 2 years now, the City has been under investigation for their role in Measure HH propaganda as then-Mayor Collins somewhat cryptically announced in the November 20, 2017 City Council Meeting and more recently in the August 21st City Council Meeting by Council Member Brothers stating she, “attended the probable cause hearing with the FPPC in Sacramento with the City Attorney”. The current budget calls for expenditures of:
34% Reserves / 24% Public safety
17% Debt paydown / 15% Employee retention
5% Senior and Youth programs / 5% Capital improvements
There needs to be a real budget review, to include Measure HH revenue to ensure that the city revenues can support actual city expenses. Attracting and retaining quality employees is critical to any organization’s success, but wasteful spending will only perpetuate shortfalls in the future. I propose a thorough analysis by qualified organizations to review the efficiency of how we are operating as a city.
-I support putting City contracts out to bid.
-Repeal the Gas Tax. We are taxed enough!
-I will work to give our citizens open access to Council meetings. People are limited to 3 minutes to speak at City Council Meetings and limited on which topics we may speak. As the only Candidate for our City Council speaking out about free speech in these meetings, I was effective at reversing the Council’s decision to limit us even further.
-A 65’ high LED Reader Board with brightly lit national advertising 24/7 for by the 405 Freeway at Euclid and Ellis? No, not for any amount of revenue to the city -- driving distraction and it was already determined the brightly lit signage would shine into many Costa Mesa bedrooms. More critical to Fountain Valley residents, is that it sets a precedent for other advertising signs with bright lights in more areas of our city just like the Las Vegas Strip.
-I will work closely with County Officials to resolve the homeless issue. Since the closure of the homeless encampment on the Santa River Trail, the homeless population in Fountain Valley has moved to our parks and shopping centers.
-The 405 Improvement Project has begun. The city of Fountain Valley will be impacted for a minimum of 5 years. All 7 of our bridges are going down. Are you aware of the 405 Outreach Team emails?
Unfortunately, FOUNTAIN VALLEY CROSSINGS is a done deal:
In January, City Council unanimously approved "Fountain Valley Crossings", the largest redevelopment in our City's history. The light manufacturing / industrial area of 162 acres near the 405 Feeway at Ellis/Euclid was rezoned for mixed use. City Council approved the tremendously flawed EIR as was, ignoring Planning Commission recommendations for 2 parking spaces per unit.
It was a deeply flawed EIR with the most minimal parking per super expensive high density housing unit, so it'll be more lucrative to the developers they are anxious to see come in. It would cost more for ample parking! ;) Greenspace in the plans? No grassy areas, so children in the new high-density housing complexes will play in parking lots of existing nearby businesses. Here's the 1/23/2018 City Council Meeting video.
Timestamp 0:35 on thisvideoreflects former City Hall staffer Matt saying,
"We are looking for DEVELOPERS and new businesses to work with existing property owners to unleash the retail, office and residential opportunities...." Yes, City Hall is seeking developers and has participated in several tradeshows promoting FV Crossings.
(Developers = stack and pack high density housing, like HB and photos below.
See the maphere, on page 8 of where the new, super expensive housing units of up to 6 stories will be (of course, it's changeable for EVEN MORE OR ALL HOUSING, as that's in the plans for those who read them. More marketing materialhere.
What about existing businesses that don't own their land? The City has incentives for property owners, and are anxious for them to sell out to the developers. Wonder what the costs were for the video and all these brand new marketing materials. Months ago, it was well over a million dollars... $1,000,000! The still very defective FV Crossings Plan was never read by our Planning Commission and City Council. That's especially clear by viewing the 5/10/2017 Planning Commission video. For someone who has really read all the plans, it is extremely painful to watch. Here's the 1/23/2018 City Council Meetingvideo.