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.
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
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.
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