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Goings on in Santa Ana top an interesting week of public meeting agendas.

Santa Ana City Council members are scheduled Monday to consider a budget stabilization plan to tackle a possible $30-million budget deficit.

They’re also set to consider a resolution to dismantle the special tax district that funds Downtown Inc., which has been at the center of an ongoing gentrification debate in the city.

Also on the Santa Ana agenda is a six-month exclusive negotiating window with professional soccer team Chivas USA to build facilities at Willowick Golf Course. Earlier in the year, the possibility that the team would take over the golf course sparked an outcry from local residents, who are worried about traffic and noise.

Finally, council members are also to consider changes to the city’s rules on City Council meeting times and locations to better comply with the state’s open meetings law known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. The changes follow several articles in Voice of OC and posts on the Liberal OC blog detailing Brown Act violations.

San Juan Capistrano City Council will discuss “decorum” at the council meetings in the wake of Councilman Derek Reeve’s boast at the last City Council meeting that he named one of his dogs after the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Reeve’s comments drew rebuke from local Muslim leaders.

There’s more outsourcing afoot in Costa Mesa. City Council there is to consider outsourcing jail services, building inspection services and video production services.

Earlier this year, mass layoff notices were handed to city employees, a controversial move the council majority said was necessary to save the city from a looming pension crisis. Critics of the city’s plan to outsource many city services say the council majority is acting out of an ideological bent.

Here’s a rundown of those items and others on this week’s agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Sept. 20

  • An ordinance that would change the boundary between Los Angeles County and Orange County.
  • Approval of the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting schedule.
  • Acceptance of a $484,711 federal grant to hire a new forensic scientist to work on previously reported DNA cases at the Orange County Crime Lab.
  • Approval of an amendment to the Social Services Agency master agreement that would allow contractors who provide transitional housing counseling for foster youth to subcontract the counseling.
  • A contract with Clean Harbors Environmental Services for hazardous waste transportation from the county’s collection centers, and a contract with PSC Environmental Services as the alternate hazardous waste transportation firm.
  • An agreement with LSA Associates Inc., for a $640,000 contract to prepare documents for the La Pata Avenue project that satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act.

Closed Session:

  • Discussing initiating litigation involving two unidentified cases.
  • Discussing ongoing litigation in the case of Gary Byerley v. Orange County.
  • Discussing labor negotiations, including terms and conditions of employment, with the Orange County Managers Association.
  • Discussing labor negotiations with in-home supportive services employees, represented by United Domestic Workers of America.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Sept. 19

  • Discussion of a possible budget stabilization plan to solve the city’s ongoing budget deficit.
  • A resolution stating the city’s intent to disestablish the special tax district that funds Downtown Inc.
  • An agreement with professional soccer team Chivas USA for a six-month exclusive negotiating window to build Chivas USA facilities in the city.
  • A labor agreement with the Service Employees International Union.
  • Amending the established City Council public meeting time and place to better comply with the state’s open meeting law.

Closed Session:

  • Discussion of labor negotiations with several labor groups.
  • Discussion of appointing a new city attorney.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 20

  • Discussion of “decorum of the City Council” in the wake of a council member announcing that he named one of his dogs after Muhammad, the Muslim prophet.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Sept. 19

  • The City Council, the Community Services Commission, the Planning Commission and the Investment Advisory Commission are holding a special public meeting to tour the Oso Creek Trail.
  • Approving the employment contract for W. Keith Rattay, assistant city manager and director of public services.

Closed Session:

  • Discussing negotiations for property at 24701 San Doval Lane.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Sept. 19

  • Revising fees attached to credit card processing, facility rentals, lifeguard hourly rates and parking rates.
  • An exclusive negotiating agreement with VF Outdoor Inc. (Vans) to possibly develop a 2.7-acre property into a skate park and allocation of $60,000 toward an environmental impact report.
  • Approval of an amendment to the contract between the city’s redevelopment agency and Kane, Ballmer & Berkman for up to $150,000 in additional legal services.

Closed Session:

  • Discussion of labor negotiations with all labor groups.
  • Discussion of the lawsuit Anita J. Newman v. Huntington Beach, in which a bicyclist claims she was hit by a parking control gate near the Huntington Beach Lifeguard headquarters.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, September 20

  • Adopting a payment schedule to allow the city’s redevelopment agency to continue operating.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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