Code enforcement officer lauded

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission has nominated a city code enforcement officer for an award because of his efforts in the community.

Mike Brumbaugh, a city staffer since December 2012 and former parks commissioner, is scheduled to receive the commission's Design Award later this month.

Since September, Brumbaugh has headed an effort to revitalize the Mission Mendoza and Coolidge-Fillmore neighborhoods.

The work involves assessing the properties, talking with their owners and managers, bringing the properties up to code and ultimately making the areas better places to live, Brumbaugh said. It also included a recent neighborhood cleanup.

"This whole project is not about me," he said. "It's about the whole community coming together and doing their share to make it a better neighborhood."

Brumbaugh also credited the spearheading efforts of code enforcement officers Keith Clarke, Jon Neal and Mike Tucker.

Added commission Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick: "True to 'Team Brumbaugh,' Mike included his colleagues, residents and local businesses to accept the award for improving a community."

—Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint

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