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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include unexpected new costs and lower revenue at the Great Park, the county’s appointment of a new auditor-controller and Villa Park’s appointment of a new City Council member.

On Tuesday, the Irvine City Council is set to approve midyear changes to the Great Park budget to reflect $1.4 million less revenue than anticipated and $350,000 in additional costs, a total budget impact of $1.76 million.

The largest hits to the park’s current budget came from overestimation of sponsorship revenue by $750,000 and a large reduction in the number of festivals, causing $500,000 less in funds. Unexpected added costs include $250,000 in moving expenses and improvements for the Great Park Corp. office.

The park project has faced harsh criticism over the years for its high costs and relatively slight progress.

Also on Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is slated to appoint a new auditor-controller, who oversees the county government’s finances.

Shaun Skelly has served as chief deputy auditor-controller for nearly seven years and is poised to replace David Sundstrom, who resigned late last year to take a similar post in Sonoma County. Sundstrom had served in the position since 1998. He recently clashed with supervisors over delays and added costs to property tax upgrades.

And in Villa Park the City Council plans to appoint Richard Barnett to fill the City Council seat left by Councilman Bob Fauteux’s death last month. Barnett, an attorney who ran for City Council in 2010, would serve until the November general election.

Here’s a sampling of items on this week’s agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m.

• Appointment of Shaun Skelly as county auditor-controller. Skelly has been chief deputy auditor-controller for nearly seven years.

Discussion of how to ensure that cities contracting with the Sheriff’s Department for police services pay expected costs for unfunded pension liabilities. (Continued from Jan. 24 meeting.)

Approval of a one-year, $4.2-million agreement with four contractors for IT services for the county Social Services Agency.

Approval of a one-year, $800,000 agreement with the firm CHM2 Hill for engineering services at John Wayne Airport.

Approval of a three-year, $400,000 agreement with the Dudek company for on-call habitat creation, restoration and enhancement services at flood control areas.

Closed Session

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

• Labor negotiations with Association of County Law Enforcement Management (ACLEM), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Alliance of Orange County Workers (AOCW), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Orange County Attorneys Association (OCAA), Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) and Orange County Managers Association (OCMA).

Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Appointing Richard Barnett to fill the City Council seat left by Councilman Bob Fauteux’s death last month.

Closed Session

• City employee discipline or dismissal

• Performance evaluation of the city manager.

Costa Mesa City Council, Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

• Approve hiring of the Jones Day multinational law firm for lawsuit seeking to place a proposed city charter on the June primary ballot despite a missed filing deadline.

Closed Session

• Discussion of the city charter lawsuit.

• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employee Association (CMCEA), Costa Mesa Firefighter Association (CMFA), Costa Mesa Police Officers Association (CMPOA), Costa Mesa Police Management Association (CMPMA), Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association, Costa Mesa Division Managers Association and unrepresented employees.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Changes to permitted fence and wall heights at residential properties.

Approval of a $295,000 engineering contract with MWH Global for designing a replacement cover for the Big Canyon reservoir in Corona del Mar.

Closed Session

• Existing lawsuits: Arnie Pike, et al. v. City of Newport Beach; Kenneth Kaplan v. City of Newport Beach.

• Anticipated lawsuits: two unspecified cases.

• Real estate negotiations with Girl Scouts of America for 1700 West Balboa Blvd.

• Labor negotiations with all employee associations.

• Performance evaluation of City Manager Dave Kiff.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 4 p.m.

Midyear budget adjustment for the Great Park reflecting a $1.4-million revenue decrease and $350,000 increase in expenditures.

Presentations on the San Onofre nuclear power plant by Councilman Larry Agran, the San Clemente Green environmental group and possibly the plant’s operator, Southern California Edison.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with Associated Supervisory/Administrative Personnel (ASAP).

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Approval of $485,000 contract with California Professional Engineering for installing two new traffic signals and two traffic signal modifications.

Approval of a $2.8-million contract with R.J. Noble Co. for street improvements along approximately 1.6 miles of roadway.

State-mandated disclosure of $3.4-million cost estimate if every eligible employee opts to accept a 2-year early retirement offer.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Changing agreement to exclude all future elected city officials from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Proposed water-rate increase of 3 percent per year for the next five years in addition to that 14-percent increases for each of the past two years.

Closed Session:

• Anticipated lawsuit: Cask and Clever, Inc.

• Labor negotiations with all employee groups.

• Discussion of city attorney appointment.

• “Other matters” announced before recessing to closed session.

Seal Beach City Council, Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

• Approval of $88,400 contract with Gregory Hastings for services as interim director of development.

Closed Session

• Discussing the purchase of Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

• Anticipated lawsuits: two unspecified cases.

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

• Eliminating three senior typist clerk positions and laying off one senior typist clerk.

Closed Session

• Discussion of city manager appointment.

• Anticipated lawsuit: one unspecified case.

• Negotiations for purchasing property at 7711 Beach Blvd. (former Movieland site) from May Wong Hui and Jim Pattison.

• Property purchase negotiations over 8061 Page St./8062 Orangethorpe Ave. (former city yard) with Ruben Lopez and Donald Chae of The Source at Beach LLC.

— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include the county’s evaluation of CEO Tom Mauk, a review of radiation monitoring around the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and discussion in Costa Mesa about moving public comments to the end of City Council meetings.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Board Supervisors are slated to conduct an evaluation of Mauk and County Counsel Nick Chrisos during the closed-door portion of its regular meeting.

Mauk has been under pressure to fire several high-ranking officials who did not adequately respond to sexual misconduct allegations against Carlos Bustamante, a former county public works executive and current Santa Ana city councilman, when they were first received from female workers, Voice of OC recently reported. The county has also referred the Bustamante allegations to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

In San Clemente, city leaders will review a report on radiation monitoring around the San Onofre plant and decide whether to ask the federal government to add monitoring stations and publish the data as quickly as possible. This comes after 10 speakers implored city leaders to make independent radiation monitoring information available to the public in real time after recent leaks of ammonia and a small amount of radiation.

And in Costa Mesa, new mayor Eric Bever wants public comments to take place at the end of City Council meetings instead of near the beginning. He’s also proposing that council member comments occur near the beginning of meetings, instead of at the end. The change could be approved at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Costa Mesa will also receive its midyear budget review, which includes a request for adding $900,000 to the city’s expected expenses due to unexpected legal costs.

Here’s a sampling of these and other items on this week’s agendas:

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Agreement for printer repair services and call center technical support for the county emergency operations center, at a cost of $664,000 over the next two years.

Agreement for $500,000 per year, up to five years, with Roger Faubel Public Affairs for public education and outreach on storm-water drains.

Public hearing on issuing $40 million in bonds related to the Juvenile Justice Center.

Closed Session

• Employee performance evaluation of CEO Tom Mauk and County Counsel Nick Chrisos.

• Existing litigation: Albert Macias v. County of Orange, Workman’s Compensation Appeal, William D. Fitzgerald v. Orange County, et al.

• Real estate negotiations regarding 1770 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; 405 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana; 200 Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana; 801 W. Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana; and the Santa Ana Transit Terminal.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.

Review of radiation monitoring around the San Onofre nuclear power plant and possible request for federal legislation to add monitoring stations and publish the data as quickly as possible.

Closed Session

• Real property negotiations over Irons in the Fire restaurant and a portion of the second floor of the city’s Community Development Department building.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.

Changing order of council meetings, at the request of new Mayor Eric Bever, so public comments would be take place at the end of meetings instead of near the beginning, and council member comments would occur near the beginning of meetings instead of at the end.

Approving recommendations of the homelessness task force.

Creation of a “military affairs team” to raise funds for members of the armed forces, organize community events to honor returning soldiers and provide support for job placement and benefit assistance. The first meeting will take place at City Call on April 26 at 4 p.m.

Midyear budget review, including adding $900,000 to expected expenses due to “legal costs for general liability lawsuits.”

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with general employees, firefighters and fire department management, police officers and police management, and division managers.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Approval of affordable housing agreement with Avon Dakota Housing Partners for 16 units in central Anaheim, for which the city has paid $3 million for the land.

Approval of $405,000-per-year agreement with Marina Landscape for weed abatement, litter removal and vegetation control in city public areas.

Destruction of many police records more than two years old, including credit card statements, expense claims, daily activity logs, correspondence from the public, internal investigations and misdemeanor case files.

Appointment of Planning Commission member to fill the seat of Todd Ament, who recently resigned.

Authorizing up to $2 billion in bonds for construction or improvements at Kaiser Permanente’s new hospital facility on La Palma Avenue.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development et al. v. City of Anaheim et al.; Pack v. Superior Court, et al.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m.

• Releasing requests for proposals (RFPs) for ambulance, engineering and technical support services.

• Approval of $615,000 contract with Hondo Co. for improvements to the Golden Loop and Maple Street bike trails

• Appointment of Luis R. Martinez to the Personnel Board, nominated by Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Robert Sayne vs. City of Santa Ana.

• Public employee appointment: city attorney and city manager.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, March 19.

• Presentation on plan to reorganize the police department.

Directing city staffJoe  to prepare ordinance banning the commercial sale of dogs and cats, at request of Council Member Joe Carchio.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Squirrell v. City of Huntington Beach, et al.; Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Dorsey Dean Allison, et al.; Pacific Mobile Home Park v. City of Huntington Beach.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, March 20.

Starting process to increase water rates, amid a city report finding that Fullerton overcharged residents with a 10 percent “franchise fee.”

Closed Session

• Real property negotiations with the William J. Johnson & Luella E. Johnson Trust; Cynthia Ortiz; Garret Family Trust regarding 1128, 1131 and 1132 E. Walnut Ave.

• Labor negotiations with police union.

• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

• Existing litigation: Edward M. Quinones v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Veth Mam v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Ernest Gerald Benefiel v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Maureen Flynn Becerra v. City of Fullerton; Hanson, et al v. City of Fullerton.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

Extending contract with Interwest Consulting Group and increasing from $1.7 million to $2.2 million per year for plan-check work, issuing permits for building, electrical, plumbing and other permits, and work inspection.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: City of Lake Forest v. Moen, et al.; City of Lake Forest v. Pharmer’s Choice Collective, et al.; City of Lake Forest v. World Cann Wellness Center; City of Lake Forest v. Charles Cafe.

• Labor negotiations with all city employees.

• Real estate negotiations regarding various properties with owners Sun Ranch Capital Partners and USA Portola Properties, LLC.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.

Ending participation in the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination project due to additional costs required by the project’s administrator.

Closed Session

• Anticipated litigation: damages claim by Jo Anne Ferguson and one unspecified case.

— NICK GERDA

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The top issue on this week’s public meeting agendas is consideration by the Orange County Board of Supervisors of whether sexual misconduct allegations against Carlos Bustamante, a former public works executive, should be referred for criminal prosecution.

Also, Costa Mesa will be selecting a new mayor after current Mayor Gary Monahan’s surprise announcement last week that he is stepping down.

The months-old misconduct allegations regarding Bustamante, who also serves on the Santa Ana City Council, were brought back into the spotlight last week.

An investigation is said to have revealed serious problems in how county CEO Tom Mauk and other top county executives responded to complaints from employees that Bustamante was aggressively confronting female workers.

The supervisors met in closed session on the matter March 9 and will meet again on Monday.

In Costa Mesa, the timing of Monahan’s resignation on March 9 came as a surprise. He made no mention of plans to step down during the City Council meeting earlier in the week and has not elaborated on his reason beyond needing to spend time on “increased family and business commitments.”

Stanton’s City Council is also expected to make an appointment on Tuesday, after last month’s resignation of Councilman Ed Royce. The council is set to choose from three candidates.

Here’s a sampling of these and other items on this week’s agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Monday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.

• A closed-session performance evaluation of county executive officer Tom Mauk, regarding his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former public works executive Carlos Bustamante.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Appointment of new mayor and mayor pro tem, following the unexpected announcement last Friday that Gary Monahan will step down as mayor.

Costa Mesa City Council Study Session, Tuesday, March 13.

Community Development Block Grant recommendations.

Presentation on future Harbor Boulevard improvements.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Authorizing $1.86 million contract with Hillcrest Contracting for replacement of Peninsula Point alley.

Appointing Chandler Bell or Dave Girling to fill the vacancy on the Harbor Commission and Tim Brown, Willard Dunlap or Steven Coyne to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission.

Directing staff on steps to remove the 60 fire rings at Big Corona and the Balboa Pier.

Appointments to the aviation committee.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Morningside Recovery LLC, et al v. City of Newport Beach; City of Newport Beach v. Dennis Lee Holland; Friends for Good Planning v. City of Newport Beach.

• Anticipated litigation: three unspecified cases.

• Labor negotiations with all employee groups: lifeguards, lifeguard management, fire management, firefighters, police management, police officers, city general employees, professional and technical employees, part-time employees and Newport Beach Employees League.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

Reviewing Great Park developer’s request to more than double the amount of homes on the project from 4,900 to 10,700 residences and convert more than 1 million square feet of nonresidential area to accommodate the additional residences.

Lowering the speed limit by 5 miles per hour along 33 sections of major city streets.

Amending agreement with CalPERS, the state pension agency, to implement a new benefits formula for new nonsafety hires of 2% at age 55, based on the three-year highest average salary.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with Associated Supervisory-Administrative Personnel.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, March 13

Joint meeting with Rep. Ken Calvert, including discussion of a South Orange County desalination plant and expanding the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Stanton City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.

• Appointment of a council member to succeed Ed Royce, who resigned at the beginning of February.

• Approval of lease agreement with the Illumination Foundation for homeless family services at the city annex building.

• Formation of a two-person City Council committee “responsible for reviewing documents prior to public release.”

Closed Session

• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include placing a city charter for Costa Mesa on the June primary ballot and a possible ballot measure regarding Anaheim’s controversial hotel subsidies.

Costa Mesa’s City Council majority has been pursuing a charter — essentially a city constitution — largely to give city leaders more freedom in their outsourcing efforts. On Tuesday, the council is expected to vote to place the document on the June ballot.

The current draft charter would remove limitations on outsourcing, prohibit city workers’ union dues from being spent on political activities, require a citywide vote in order to increase workers’ retirement benefits and prevent the city from requiring payment of prevailing wages on construction projects unless they’re required by law or approved by the City Council.

And in Anaheim, city leaders will discuss a potential ballot measure concerning bed-tax incentives for hotel developers, an issue that has sparked a public outcry since the council majority’s January decision to grant $158 million in subsidies to a developer.

The discussion comes at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Lorri Galloway, who, along with Mayor Tom Tait, opposed the subsidy.

The city will also get an update on Ponderosa Library, which is still not open to the general public more than a year after its official opening. The city now intends on having “some level of public service hours” starting in July.

Here’s a sampling of items on this week’s agendas:

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, March 6

• Placing a proposed city charter on the June 5 primary ballot at an estimated cost of $97,500 to $127,500.

Discussion of hiring a consulting firm to provide annual performance audits of the city’s efficiency in providing services at a cost of up to $50,000 per year.

Amending a contract with the state pension agency to reduce retirement benefits of future general employees to 2 percent at 60, in accordance with an October 2010 agreement with the general employees union.

Approving a nearly $260,000 contract with Merrill & Associates for upgrading the city’s 12-year-old in-house phone system.

Closed Session

• Negotiations with labor unions representing general employees, firefighters, police officers, police and fire management and division managers.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, March 6

Discussion of placing an initiative measure on the ballot regarding the use of bed-tax subsidies as an incentive for hotel development.

Update on the Ponderosa Library, which a year after its official opening the library is still not open to the general public. The city now intends to have “some level of public service hours” starting in July.

Develop a proposal for taking over Yorba Linda’s police services, which are currently provided by the Brea Police Department.

Extending the taxi franchise licenses and increasing the number of allowed cabs for three taxi cab companies.

Purchasing $64,650 in upgrades to four 7-year-old portable chemical identification systems.

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 6

• A $400,000 three-year contract with Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc. for on-call engineering services related to watershed planning and engineering projects.

A $17,400-per-month lease agreement for 10,864 square feet of temporary office space for the Orange Count District Attorney’s office.

• A $2.5 million three-year contract with the California Department of Public Health for childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Orange County Flood Control District v. Altfillisch Construction Co.; George Jaramillo v. County of Orange

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, March 5

• Amending agreements with two labor unions, Confidential Association of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Management Association, to defer scheduled salary increases and increase employee contribution to retirement benefits to 8 percent of wages. The agreement is expected to save the city $618,000 during the next three fiscal years.

• Increasing unrepresented executive managers’ contribution to retirement benefits to 8 percent of wages and police and fire chiefs’ contributions to 9 percent of wages. The expected saving is $168,000 during the next three fiscal years.

• Purchasing $268,000 of an unspecified number of Taser stun guns from ProForce Law Enforcement.

• Approving a $2.4-million contract with R.J. Noble Co. for residential street repair.

• Beginning research of potential grant funding for a new park at East McFadden Avenue and Orange Avenue.

• Public hearing on proposed city ordinance establishing a preference for contracting with local businesses.

Huntington Beach Council, Monday, March 5

• Increasing management employees’ portion of contributions to retirement benefits until June, saving the city an estimated $83,500.

• Granting an oil and gas pipeline franchise to DCOR LLC.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Citizens’ Association of Sunset Beach v. The City of Huntington Beach.

— NICK GERDA

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