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Santa Ana’s new labor agreements with service employees and police officers is the biggest news from public meeting agendas this week.

Santa Ana has been in crucial negotiations with its labor groups over the last few months to help fill a $30-million budget hole going into next fiscal year. While the potential deals make progress in closing a massive, built-in budget deficit, some costs — like deferral of police overtime payouts — are scheduled to revive in 18 months, making the fix only temporary.

Anaheim City Council is set to contract with new building division head Jon Traw. Previous division head Scott Fazekas resigned after Voice of OC articles showed that his firm, Scott Fazekas & Associates, had been receiving the majority of the city’s outsourced plan review work, raising conflict of interest questions from good-government experts.

Council members in Anaheim are also scheduled to take a first look at extending the city’s trash hauling agreement with Republic Waste Services of Southern California. The waste hauler invested $40 million in expanding and modernizing its materials recovery facility and is seeking a 13-year extension of its seven-year agreement with the city, according to a city staff report.

Here is a rundown of those items and more:

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 19

  • Agreements with service employees and police officers unions.
  • A public hearing to set new council ward boundaries.
  • Amendment to agreement with Cordoba Corp. for additional technical analysis in an amount not to exceed $120,800.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • Setting a public hearing to extend the city’s trash hauling services agreement with Republic Waste Services of Southern California.
  • Appointment of Jon Traw as the contract building division head.

Closed Session

  • Appointment of a new city manager.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 19

  • Councilman Joe Carchio’s proposal to direct the city’s Human Relations Task Force to study bullying in the city.
  • Paying the costs of environmental documentation by Michael Brandman Associates that is required by state law for two proposed residential developments.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: T-Mobile v. Huntington Beach; Hillcrest Contracting v. Huntington Beach et al.; and MCP v. Vadnais et al.
  • Potential litigation involving one unidentified case.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • Appointing Joe Flez as city manager.
  • Fullerton Airport construction.
  • Parking regulations on various streets.
  • Labor agreement with Fullerton Management Association and compensation for confidential and unrepresented employees.
  • Merging the Engineering and Maintenance Services departments.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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Orange County CEO Tom Mauk may kick in more toward his pension, highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas around the county.

If supervisors approve the agreement, Mauk will pay 100 percent of his employee contribution toward his pension. The change would mean Mauk would pitch in an extra $900 per pay period, according to a staff report.

Controversy surrounding the compensation of the county’s executives and managers has been in the headlines since May, when the county’s performance auditor issued a scathing report on the merit bonus program. He concluded that the executive bonuses were de facto salary hikes, because they were given to virtually every manager.

Last week, a Voice of OC story revealed that county managers were quietly given a pay raise last month under the controversial “Pay 4 Performance” program.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s meeting agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Setting the maximum rate for ambulance transport services.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation involving three cases: William D. Fitzgerald v. Orange County, et al.; Orange County Patients Collective v. Orange County, Keith Miller (Deceased) v. Orange County, Worker’s Compensation Matter.
  • Real estate negotiations.
  • Evaluation of the director of internal audit.
  • Labor negotiations with Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

Closed Session

  • Potential litigation over plans to expand James A. Musick Jail.
  • Evaluation of the city manager.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Election of mayor and mayor pro tem.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Annual report for the Garden Grove Agency for Community Development.

Closed Session

  • Real estate negotiations.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • The city’s spending plan for $75,000 in State Law Enforcement Services Funds.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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Highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas is Orange County’s hope to win $100 million in state grant funds to expand James A. Musick jail.

County officials have plans to add as many as 750 new jail beds with the grant funds. A bid to expand the jail in 2008 was dropped after stiff community resistance.

Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s proposal to reshape CalOptima’s governing board is back on the county Board of Supervisors agenda. Nguyen’s CalOptima governing reforms ran into strong opposition when she first proposed them in October.

Also, Huntington Beach and San Juan Capistrano city councils are scheduled to appoint new mayors.

Both cities have council-elected mayors serving one-year terms. The mayors of those cities, like all Orange County cities, serve under the council-manager form of government in which the mayors’ only additional authority is to preside over council meetings.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • A proposal by Supervisor John Moorlach to have county residents vote on having all-mail ballot special elections to fill certain vacancies on the Board of Supervisors.
  • Renewing an agreement with the state’s Franchise Tax Board to help collect unpaid, court-ordered debts.
  • A $150,000 federal grant for a project to reduce police contact with minority youth, and a $75,000 sole-source contract with the W. Haywood Burns Institute for consulting services during the project.

 

Closed Session

  • Initiation of litigation regarding one case.
  • Existing litigation regarding the cases of Jason Deats v. Orange County and George Jaramillo v. Orange County.
  • Anticipated litigation involving two cases.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 5

  • Setting a public hearing to consider changing ward boundaries.
  • A request for proposal to provide nine carnivals at city parks.

 

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Appointment of a city attorney.

Anaheim City Council, Monday, Dec. 5

  • A study session to review Mayor Tom Tait’s regulatory task force relief report.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6

 

Closed Session

  • Initiation of litigation involving two cases.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 5

  • City Council election of the new mayor and new mayor pro tem.

 

Closed Session

  • Litigation involving the case of Miranda Sosa v. Huntington Beach.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6

 

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. Costa Mesa; Timothy M. Slappy v. Robert Harris; Helyn May Elitzak v. Costa Mesa.
  • Anticipated litigation involving one case.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Dec. 5

  • Mayor Dave Leckness’ state of the city address.
  • The Community Development Agency’s fiscal year 2010-11 annual report.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • A presentation regarding web-streaming of City Council meetings.
  • An agreement with R.J. Brandes’ Blenheim Facility Management for access to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

 

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Litigation involving Daniel Friess v. San Juan Capistrano and Grenier v. San Juan Capistrano.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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