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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include discussion of term limits at the Board of Supervisors and efforts to allow city council members to vote themselves onto paid boards.

At Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting, Chairman John Moorlach is set to propose a measure for the June primary ballot that would extend supervisors’ term limits to 12 years.

Moorloch says the extended limits would lead to better public policy, since it takes time for members to build institutional knowledge. While he expects to be accused of trying to increase his pension benefits, Moorlach’s effort has support from at least one other supervisor, Shawn Nelson.

Elsewhere in the county, cities are starting to strike back at the state political ethics commission over its recent conclusion that mayors and city council members may not appoint themselves to boards that pay members more than $250 per year.

The Fair Political Practices Commission sent letters to 40 Orange County officials, stating that they violated the “personal financial effects provision” of the 1974 Fair Political Practices Act by voting on their own appointments, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Several cities are challenging the panel’s interpretation. Newport Beach and Buena Park will take up the issue this week.

From this week’s agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 28

Discussion of placing a measure on the June primary ballot to impose a lifetime limit of three terms (12 years) for members of the Board of Supervisors.

Discussion of placing a measure on the June primary ballot to require future members of the Board of Supervisors to enroll in a 1.62 percent at 65 pension plan.

Approving a concept plan for a regional park at the former Marine Corps air station in Tustin.

Issuing $65 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes for the Santa Ana Unified School District.

Adding “administrative service command” and commander positions to list of employees that must file conflict of interest disclosures.

Approving a $300,000 contract for one year of landscape maintenance at Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Clark Regional Park.

Closed Session

• Property negotiations over various locations, including the 100-acre county-owned Alton parcels at the former Marine Corps air station Tustin.

• Existing litigation: Ralph Espinoza v. County of Orange, et al.

• Threatened litigation: one unspecified case.

• Labor negotiations: Association of County Law Enforcement Management; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs; Alliance of Orange County Workers; International Union of Operating Engineers; Orange County Attorneys Association; Orange County Employees Association; and Orange County Managers Association.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28

Short extension of taxi cab franchises to give staff and the taxi advisory committee time to analyze requests for proposals.

Closed Session

• Performance evaluation of acting city manager.

• Discussion of city manager appointment.

• Labor negotiations: Anaheim Police Management Association; Anaheim Fire Association; and Teamsters Local 952.

• Existing litigation: Joana Terriquez v. City of Anaheim et al.

• Anticipated litigation: approximately 36 unspecified cases.

 Costa Mesa City Council Study Session, Tuesday, Feb. 28

• Homelessness task force and midyear budget review.

 Newport Beach City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 22

Sending a letter asking the Orange County Transportation Authority to “summarize recommended mitigation measures to local traffic” if the proposed 19th Street bridge is removed from the highway master plan.

Waiving $7,000 in parking fees charged to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce for last year’s Coastline Car Classic event and waive fees for next two years.

Supporting an effort to challenge a recent interpretation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission that city council members may not appoint themselves to a committee that pays member $250 or more per year.

Closed Session

• Negotiations with all labor associations.

 Orange City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28

Increasing cost of legal services contract with Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet to $120,000 for “construction-related issues” on the Grijalva Gymnasium project.

Purchasing five police vehicles for a total of $209,000.

• Consideration of placing a measure on June primary ballot to “tighten” term limits for mayor and city council seats.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with all bargaining units.

• Discussing appointment of a city attorney.

 Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28

City manager agreeing to pay 2 percent of salary toward his retirement benefits, along with extension of his employment contract from 2013 to 2015.

 Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28

• Supporting a proposed exception to state regulations that would create an exception allowing public officials to participate in voting on their own appointments to paid commissions.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with Buena Park Police Association; Buena Park Police Management Association, Buena Park City Employees Association; Technical Office Professional Association; and Buena Park Management.

— NICK GERDA

 

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The top issues to track on this week’s public meeting agendas include Santa Ana outsourcing its fire services, an official report on statements by Fullerton police after the Kelly Thomas beating and Rancho Santa Margarita’s consideration of a city ordinance banning sleeping in cars at night.

Faced with a projected $30-million budget deficit next year, the Santa Ana City Council will consider Tuesday night whether it absorb its fire department into the county fire agency.

The Orange County Fire Authority says the deal will save the city $10.5 million in its current budget. Recent contract documents state the agency could take over Santa Ana’s fire services as early as April 6.

The city’s current firefighters would be offered jobs at the county agency, but the proposed move has lead to a divide between younger Santa Ana firefighters and their older colleagues.

In Fullerton on Tuesday, attorney Michael Gennaco will present a report detailing the findings of his investigation into apparently misleading public statements by the police department after the July police beating death of Kelly Thomas.

And Rancho Santa Margarita will consider prohibiting sleeping in vehicles at night on city streets and public property between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

A city staff report says the proposed ordinance was prompted by a September incident in which an armed man was found sleeping in his vehicle near a school. Some advocates say sleeping bans such as this criminalize homelessness and are an effort by cities to push the problem elsewhere.

Items on this week’s agendas:

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21

• Authorizing agreement with the Orange County Fire Authority to outsource the city’s fire and emergency medical services.

• Approve a $105,000 contract for jail management system maintenance with Advanced Technology Information Management Systems (ATIMS).

• Decreasing by $40,000 homelessness prevention grant funding to Olive Crest, an organization that seeks to prevent child abuse. Increasing funding to Public Law Center and Mercy House by $20,000 each.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Andres Junior Ramirez, et al. v. City of Santa Ana; Basilio Martinez v. City of Santa Ana; Santa Ana California Lodge, LLC v. City of Santa Ana

• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

• Discussion of appointing a city manager and city attorney.

• Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Officers Association, Santa Ana Police Management Association, Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association, Santa Ana Fire Management Association, Service Employees’ International Union, Confidential Association of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Management Association.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21

Presentation of report by attorney Michael Gennaco into apparently misleading public statements by the Fullerton Police Department in the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas police beating death last summer.

• Consideration of Occupy OC’s request that the city adopt a policy to use local banks and credit unions when feasible; have the mayor request that colleges within Fullerton limit credit card companies from marketing on campus; and formally oppose the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Public hearing to consider issuing up to $14.5 million in bonds for financing a 95-unit affordable rental housing development for seniors and approximately 3,200 square-feet of retail space at 345 E. Commonwealth Ave.

Award $523,000 construction contract to R. J. Noble Co. for the Rosecrans Avenue Reconstruction Project from Gilbert Street to Canyon Drive.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Safeway Towing Services, Inc. dba Bob’s Towing v. City of Fullerton.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 22

Adopting a city ordinance banning sleeping in vehicles on city streets and public property between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with city manager.

• Consideration of appointment and employment of city manager.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21

One-year agreement with Hewlett Packard for $135,000 of hardware and software support services.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa, et al.

• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employees Association; Costa Mesa Firefighters Association; Costa Mesa Police Officers Association; Costa Mesa Police Management Association; Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association; and Costa Mesa Division Managers Association.

Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21

Establishing fees for an independent medical examiner for workers’ compensation claims.

• Appointments to Mobile Home Advisory Board.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Keith Bateman v. City of Huntington Beach; Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Dorsey Dean Allison, et al. (consolidated with Hillcrest Contracting, Inc. v. City of Huntington Beach); Barber v. City of Huntington Beach.

• Labor negotiations with Huntington Beach Management Employees Organization.

Los Alamitos City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21

• Discussion of potential Brown Act violations during the open session of City Council meetings, at the request of council members Gerri Graham-Mejia and Warren Kusumoto.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: City of Los Alamitos vs. Citizens for a Fair Trash Contract.

Aliso Viejo Planning Commission, Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Cancelled

Cancelled due to City Council decision to temporarily suspend the commission.

— NICK GERDA

 

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include an expansion of Newport Beach’s smoking ban and the elimination of a neighborhood park from the master plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin.

As the law stands now, Newport Beach prohibits smoking on beaches, boardwalks, piers, nearby playgrounds, community centers and inside any public building. With city staff citing public health benefits from expanding the ban, the City Council on Tuesday will consider a prohibition of smoking within 100 feet of a park, beach or community center while on public property.

The proposed ordinance would also require people to obtain the city’s permission before charging fees for instructional activities at city parks, beaches and recreation facilities.

The Tustin Planning Commission will consider recommending changes to the specific plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, including eliminating a nine-acre sports park from a neighborhood, increasing the commercial-business area by 9.6 acres and allowing additional rental units. The commission also plans to discuss changes to the city’s zoning code.

Here’s a sample of what’s on this week’s agendas:

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14

• An ordinance expanding the city’s smoking ban to within 100 feet of a park, beach or community center while on public property and requiring people to obtain the city’s permission before charging fees for instructional activities at city parks, beaches and recreation facilities.

An ordinance allowing the city to increase administrative citation fees from the current $100 to $1,000 for “problem cases” like “repeat offenders” or “blatant intent to violate” certain city codes.

• Expanded city regulations to allow chickens in residential home lots outside of the Santa Ana Heights neighborhood.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with all labor associations.

• Performance evaluation of the city clerk.

• Existing litigation: Christian Benard v. City of Newport Beach, et al.; Paul Matheis v. City of Newport Beach, et al.

• Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case.

Tustin Planning Commission, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:05 p.m.

• Changes to the specific plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, including increasing the allowed amount of rental units, eliminating a noine-acre sports park from a neighborhood and increasing the commercial-business area by 9.6 acres.

• Amendments to the city’s zoning code, including changing the name of “retail commercial district” to “neighborhood commercial district.”

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

• Final public hearing on content of proposed city charter and last opportunity for new language to be added.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Contract with Ocean Blue Environmental Services Inc. for $110,000 per year to remove hazardous and biological materials from city properties.

Extending an existing contract for red-light camera traffic enforcement with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. for six months. Expected to be revenue-neutral for the city.

• Presentation of gender equality report by the Community Services Department.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with Orange County Employees Association; Employee’s League; International Association of Fire Fighters Garden Grove Local 2005; Garden Grove Police Association; and Garden Grove Police Management Association.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m.

• Starting the formal process of excluding future elected officials from retirement benefits.

Contract for engineering design services with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for $226,723.

Contract with the law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore to provide labor negotiation services for $90,000.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with all bargaining units.

• Appointment-employment of the city attorney.

• Performance evaluation of the city manager.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m.

Permit for a cell phone tower in the parking lot of SeaCoast Grace Church and across Cerritos Avenue from residential homes.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: City of Cerritos et al. v. State of California et al.; Cypress School District v. City of Cypress.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

• Property negotiations over 4545 Myra Avenue.

• Performance evaluation of city manager.

— NICK GERDA

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include city manager rumors in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa approving an offer by top manager to increase their portion of pension contributions and the county’s appointment of a new public defender.

In Santa Ana, city officials will be discussing the appointment of a permanent city manager during closed session, which comes as a surprise to at least one council member.

Former City Manager Dave Ream retired last year, and the city has spent tens of thousands of dollars on a nationwide search for a replacement. People close to City Hall have speculated that Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez are trying to appoint interim City Manager Paul Walters, who is also the city’s police chief, as permanent city manager.

Costa Mesa will also likely approve a request by top managers that their portion of yearly pension contributions be raised by an average of about $6,250. The city says this is the maximum amount allowed by the state pension agency. The move appears to set the stage for the city to request its rank-and-file employees to increase their pension contributions.

And the county Board of Supervisors is set to appoint Frank Ospino as Orange County’s permanent public defender. Ospino has served in the public defender’s office since 1985, other than two years as a private attorney in the early 1990s. He has been interim public defender since August.

Here’s a sampling of what else is on this week’s agendas:

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 7

Appointments of Frank Ospino as public defender and Susan Novak as clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

Approval of concept plan for a regional park at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin.

Agreement to exchange property at Tustin Legacy with the South Orange County Community College District.

Amendment of agreement with Computer Deductions from $20,531 to $354,518 for sheriff-coroner mainframe computer hardware-software license, maintenance and support.

• Appointments to Emergency Medical Services Quality Assurance Board; Mental Health Board; Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board; Senior Citizens Advisory Council; Community Action Partnership; Veterans Advisory Council; and Public Financing Advisory Committee.

Closed Session:

• Property negotiations with Wild Rivers and Big League Dreams over county-owned land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.

• Labor negotiations with Orange County Attorneys Association and Orange County Managers Association.

• Existing litigation: John Williams v. Orange County Board of Supervisors; County of Orange v. Asfour Family Corp.; Stueve Bros. Farms v. Orange County Flood Control District; Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange et al.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 7

Developing a plan to consolidate, merge or contract for fire services among Anaheim, Fullerton and Orange.

Amending the time limits for speakers at City Council meetings.

Amending city zoning code to allow emergency shelters to be located in industrial areas, subject to development and performance standards.

Closed Session:

• Appointment of city manager.

• Anticipated litigation: City of Anaheim v. Richard B. Beck, Universal Solutions for Alternative Energy, Inc., Chris Curtis and John Yenser; and approximately 35 other potential cases.

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 6

• Adoption of ordinance banning smoking in city parks.

• Purchase of a propane-powered sewer pipe truck for $142,800.

• Agreement with RBF Consulting for $164,631 to prepare an environmental impact report for a parking structure at Mater Dei High School, a private Catholic school.

Closed Session:

• Appointment of city attorney and city manager.

• Existing litigation: Steven Lodge v. City of Santa Ana.

• Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Officers Association, Santa Ana Police Management Association, Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association, Santa Ana Fire Management Association, Service Employees’ International Union, Confidential Association of Santa Ana, and Santa Ana Management Association.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 7

Approval of request by top city management to increase their portion of pension contributions from 31.5 percent to 39 percent.

Beginning the formal process with the state pension agency to implement a 2 percent at 60 retirement formula for new hires, per an Oct. 2010 agreement with the Costa Mesa City Employees Association.

Resolution opposing the proposed 19th Street-Banning Avenue bridge and requesting that the Orange County Transportation Authority begin removing the bridge from its highway master plan.

• Consideration of Councilwoman Wendy Leece’s request for a policy on electronic communication by City Council members during council meetings.

Agreement with Hewlett Packard for software services totaling $329,442, plus purchases of $119,603 in the first year.

Extending management assistance contract with Management Partners through the end of the year for $85,000.

Approving increased fees for renting parcels at the Del Mar and Hamilton community gardens.

Closed Session:

• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa; Newport Mesa Patients’ Association and Tri-County Patients’ Association v. City of Costa Mesa.

• Newport Mesa Patients’ Association v. Colleen O’Donoghue

• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employee Association, Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, Costa Mesa Police Officers Association, Costa Mesa Police Management Association, Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association, and Costa Mesa Division Managers Association.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Feb. 6

Adopt ordinance legalizing state-approved fireworks on Independence Day.

Presentation by power plant operator AES on its plans to rebuild its plant along Pacific Coast Highway.

• Amending the zoning code to require a conditional use permit for all new wireless communication facilities, including carrier-operated cell phone antennas.

Closed Session:

• Litigation: Keith Bateman v. City of Huntington Beach; Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1950, Master Civil Action No. 08-2516 (S.D.N.Y.).

— NICK GERDA

 

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