City Gets 13 Bids to Buy Marbella Lot

CITY MANAGER'S REPORT: Harvest Festival, community hall closing and more.

SURPLUS PROPERTY: The city is looking to sell Lot 217, an empty parcel across from Marbella Shopping Plaza. The deadline for submitting formal bids to purchase the City owned 4.79 acre parcel closed on Nov. 13 with 13 bids submitted. The property award of sale is tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration on Dec.11.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Today is the last day for fun and games at the Harvest Festival at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for the event; parking is $5. There will be $20 all-access wristbands available for purchase for games and fun events such as laser tag, mini golf, an obstacle course and more for the family to enjoy. Concessions will be on site for food purchases. The park is located at 30753 La Pata. Please call (949) 234-1696 or visit www.sanjuancapistrano.org for more information.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Preparations continue to be made for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Historic Town Center Park beginning at 4 p.m. This special holiday event features a live stage production, orchestra performance, and the official lighting of the Christmas tree. Immediately following the ceremony guests can follow the procession through downtown to the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Rios Street Historic District for additional activities such as, face painting, a marionette show, free photos with Santa, a free Christmas train ride, hay ride, petting zoo, free crafts, live nativity, and much more. For more information call (949) 493-5911.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES ANYONE?: Senior Program Coordinator Heidi Ivanoff is working with a freelance writer and personal story coach to offer creative workshops for seniors interested in writing their “life story.” A total of five workshops will be offered starting Jan. 22 at the Community Center. The workshops are free with a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor. Anyone interested in the workshops should call (949) 493-5911.

FREE MASSAGES: Arrangements have been made to have the Massage Associates at the Community Center on Dec.  7 for seniors. Complimentary mini-massages will be given from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment will be needed.

COMMUNITY CENTER: The Community Hall at the Community Center will be closed for one week so the floor can be refinished. The closure will be in effect the week of Jan. 2-6. The Community Hall will re-open on Monday, Jan. 7. The Community Center will be open for business during that time frame even though the Community Hall is closed.

LA SALA: La Sala recently experienced some structural problems in the foyer. At least one beam supporting the upper portion of the tower, suffered some damage causing the foyer and kitchen areas to be temporarily closed. La Sala will be closed at a minimum until Jan. 2

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE: The City Council approved the Friends of the Library bookstore project that includes moving out of the existing 400-square-foot building and enclosing the 735-square-foot Bland Garden into the new bookstore. Revised plans have been submitted that must be reviewed by the city and approved by architect Michael Graves prior to working drawings. 

LOS RIOS DISTRICT PROJECTS: A Los Rios Specific Plan Amendment for the Lupe Combs House (Hummingbird Café) will be considered by the City Council on Dec. 11 to include a request for alcohol sales, addition to the historic jail building, and outside business sales. The Zoomar’s Conditional Use Permit including the dinosaur, theme areas and structures will be considered by the Cultural Heritage Commission on Nov. 27 and the Planning Commission on Dec.18. 

REATA PARK AND EVENT CENTER: On Dec. 11, the City Council will consider a proposal by the Open Space Foundation to develop the 12-acre Reata Park and Event Center project in the East Open Space near Ortega Highway and La Pata. The proposal will include a memorandum of understanding, park master plan, environmental certification and water line.

WATER BILLS: November is going to be a 35-day billing period. The allocation has been adjusted to accommodate these extra days

DEL OBISPO STREET BRIDGE WIDENING: In the past week, the contractor installed AT&T conduits under the bridge approach. The traffic signal subcontractor removed, relocated, and installed traffic signal poles. The workers also removed footings from existing removed and relocated pole locations, and installed traffic signal heads. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-December.



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