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Topping this week’s public agendas is the appointment of a new Orange County public guardian.

Former Public Guardian John Williams, who also was public administrator, was fired from the post last month after a slew of controversies that eventually resulted in separating the two jobs.

Orange County supervisors are scheduled to appoint Lucille Lyon, who previously worked as Riverside County’s chief deputy public guardian, according to a staff report.

The Newport Beach City Council will consider contracting with Huntington Beach for helicopter services. Newport Beach previously had a partnership with Costa Mesa to fund a joint helicopter program, but Costa Mesa dropped out.

The city councils in Westminster and Buena Park will be considering legislation to save their redevelopment agencies, which were victims of the recently passed state budget.

But saving the agencies would be costly. Buena Park estimates it would have to pay more than $11 million to keep its redevelopment agency, a fee mandated by the state’s Finance Department.

The Orange City Council will consider banning red-light cameras from the city. According to language in the proposed ordinance, red-light cameras’ “primary accomplishment has been to increase revenues, not safety.”

Here’s a rundown of those items and more scheduled for the week ahead:


Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, July 26

  • Supervisors consider a boundary change between Orange County and Los Angeles County.
  • Residents in an unincorporated Orange County area of La Mirada could be levied a fee for sewage services.
  • The Health Care Agency wants to hire an assortment of outreach organizations to reach those showing early signs of mental illness.


Irvine City Council, Tuesday, July 26


Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, July 26

  • The city is targeting Morningside Recovery substance abuse rehab center for violating a zoning agreement.
  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson could get a $165,780 contract for signage and construction support services for the city’s civic center project.


Westminster City Council, Wednesday, July 27


Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, July 26

  • An ordinance to save the city’s redevelopment agency at a cost of more than $11 million.
  • Eminent domain to acquire property for road improvements on Artesia Boulevard.


Orange City Council, Tuesday, July 26



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This week’s public agendas are full of items that have made headlines in recent months.

County supervisors get their first official look at the initial draft of the redistricting plan for supervisorial districts. They’ll also deal with several pension-related matters regarding new tiers of benefits for workers and elected officials.

Santa Ana council members will consider setting a public hearing about shrinking the boundaries of a special property-tax district that funds Downtown Inc., the organization responsible for sprucing up and providing security for the city’s downtown core.

The new boundaries would remove from the district many of the vocal opponents of the tax, including an auto care shop owned by Mayor Miguel Pulido’s family. Other opponents, however, would still have to pay the tax under the new boundaries.

The Costa Mesa City Council will be weighing options for contracting out fire services to the Orange County Fire Authority.  According to a city staff report, most options would save the city money. If the council approves one of the options, the city will begin negotiations with the fire authority.

The council will also consider extending a contract with spokesman Bill Lobdell, who was hired on a three-month contract in March during the intense backlash against the city’s outsourcing plan and after the suicide of city worker Huy Pham. Lobdell’s initial contract paid him $36,000 for 90 days. He received a $14,000 extension, and now the council is set to extend the contract through December at an amount not to exceed $70,000.

The San Juan Capistrano City Council will discuss allowing residents to carry unloaded guns in city parks. Councilman Derek Reeve writes in a memo that current gun laws could be contrary to the state or U.S. constitutions.

Garden Grove’s City Council will consider allowing marijuana shops to register with the city. Because other cities have been unsuccessfully spending money to shut the dispensaries down, the city is proposing a registration process that could end up permitting the shops to operate.

Here’s a rundown of these items and more for the week ahead:

County Supervisors, Tuesday, July 19

  • A special commendation for the county parks staff for introducing native plants into areas of Modjeska Canyon hit hard by winter storms.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, July 18

  • Setting a public hearing on new boundaries of the property business management district that funds Downtown Inc.
  • Awarding of liaison services with the state to Townsend Public Affairs and liaison services with the federal government to the Ferguson Group.
  • Debating whether to grant a conditional use permit for a 60-foot-tall wireless facility for Metro PCS.
  • Considering Proposition 84 grant funds to provide water for a neighborhood that has had poor water quality.
  • Deciding whether to reduce the parking requirement for Metro Town Square, which has proposed a 10,000-square-foot restaurant on South Bristol Street.

Costa Mesa, Tuesday, July 19

  • Debate over whether the city should adopt one of three plans for turning over city fire protection to the county’s regional fire authority.
  • Extension of the contract with Four Boys New Media, headed by former Daily Pilot journalist Bill Lobdell, for media consulting services through December at a fee not to exceed $70,000.
  • Extention of a contract with GrowthPort Partners for employment consulting services. The contract would be extended through June 30, 2012, a fee not to exceed $100,000, according to a staff report.

Garden Grove, Tuesday, July 19

  • Consideration of an ordinance that would establish a registration process for medical marijuana dispensaries.

San Juan Capistrano, Tuesday, July 19

  • Discussion of a proposal to allow residents to carry unloaded guns in city parks.

Tustin, Tuesday, July 19

  • Consideration of ordinances that would begin the process of protect the city redevelopment agency from elimination by the state.
  • Consideration of waiving construction and business license fees.
  • Approval of city and redevelopment agency budgets.

Fullerton, Tuesday, July 19.

  • Consideration of a proposed water rate increase.
  • Second reading of a development agreement with Chevron-owned Pacific Coast Homes for the 760-home West Coyote Hills development.
  • Approval of staff to negotiate a lease with a library cafe concessionaire.
  • Approval of a contract for road reconstruction from Orangethorpe Avenue to the 91 freeway to All American Asphalt.


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