Could Districting Have Been Delayed Until 2020? Dana Point Was Poorly Served

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In February, Dana Point was targeted for districting under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). Since then the city rushed to comply and facilitate districting for the 2018 election, significantly reducing the voting rights of Dana Point citizens. Meanwhile the City Attorney acted to shorten the response time allowed in the CVRA by four weeks, … Read more Could Districting Have Been Delayed Until 2020? Dana Point Was Poorly Served

Dana Point Joins 12 Orange County Cities to Address Police Service Costs

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Dana Point joined a 13 City task force to address the rising cost of police services provided by contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. These costs are putting many cities under financial hardship. Dana Point’s police service costs are budgeted to be $13,299,000 in FY 2019. For fiscal year 2018, the OCSD contract cost … Read more Dana Point Joins 12 Orange County Cities to Address Police Service Costs

Dana Point City Council to Discuss Budget

The graph shows how much of the city’s available cash has been spent since 2008 when there was approximately $55 million available. The budget shows that spendable cash is projected to be about $24 Million for FY 2018 ending June 30th 2018. If the budget and associated plan is approved as currently presented, it projects … Read more Dana Point City Council to Discuss Budget

Settlement Reached in Dana Point Headlands Litigation

At the June 6th City Council meeting, it was announced that a settlement had been reached between the City of Dana Point and the Headland’s Reserve LLC. This lawsuit is a result of previous litigation with the California Coastal Commission. All this litigation eventually cost the city over $500,000 in legal fees and penalties. The … Read more Settlement Reached in Dana Point Headlands Litigation

Premium Police Services Approved for Dana Point

by Mayor Debra Lewis As published in Dana Point Times Last week, two decisions positively impacted Dana Point policing. First, City Council approved a Notice of Completion for the nearly $1,000,000 police services renovation project approved in 2016 (Project). Now all members of our police force will start their shifts here in Dana Point rather … Read more Premium Police Services Approved for Dana Point

Dana Point Finance Review Committee is Established

Dana Point Finance Review Committee

ESTABLISHMENT OF FINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE PROTECTING DANA POINT’S FINANCIAL FUTURE Recently, the City Council established an independent Finance Review Committee.  The city’s financial reporting is very complex often comprising hundreds of pages, as the picture shows. The Council should welcome and encourage input from the Committee.  More information will enable the Council to make the … Read more Dana Point Finance Review Committee is Established

Doheny Village Plan, Form-Based Codes and Expectations

Dana Point Paul Wyatt

When asked recently by the Dana Point Times to list my priorities as a new member of the City Council, I put “building trust between the City and its residents and businesses” at the top of the list. Building trust requires open, honest communication and realistic expectations. In the first Council’s Corner, Mayor Lewis wrote, … Read more Doheny Village Plan, Form-Based Codes and Expectations