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Among the items on Orange County’s city council agendas this week, the Irvine City Council will consider requesting more stringent conditions for the relicensing of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and Yorba Linda is set to decide whether to stop having Brea Police Department patrol its streets.

The question in Irvine is whether to issue a letter to federal regulators expressing concern about the recent radiation leak at San Onofre and asking that the plant find a way to store its spent nuclear fuel off-site before being relicensed.

It also calls for a review of seismic and tsunami risks, as well as security and fuel storage issues, during the plant’s relicensing process.

Councilman Larry Agran has been outspoken in his worries about the plant, which has been shut down for more than two months while officials investigate a small radiation leak.

In Yorba Linda, city leaders will determine Tuesday whether to stick with the Brea Police Department as its law enforcement agency or start negotiations with the Anaheim Police Department or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The city says it’s considering the other agencies in order to cut costs.

And Rancho Santa Margarita appears close to appointing a city manager, with a rapid-fire series of meetings over the weekend and on Wednesday. The City Council will be discussing negations over the new city manager’s contract.

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

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m.

  • Approval of a letter to federal nuclear regulators expressing concern about San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and asking that the plant find a way to store its spent nuclear fuel off-site before being relicensed.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with Associated Supervisory-Administrative Personnel.

Yorba Linda City Council, Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Deciding whether to change its police service provider from the Brea Police Department and to begin negotiations with the Anaheim Police Department or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuit: Arnie Pike, et al. v. City of Newport Beach.
  • Tidelands property negotiations for 710 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, with Stanley A. Solomon as trustee for the Curci 1999 Dynasty Trust, First American Trust Company as trustee of the Turner Revocable Trust No. 1 and John Curci.
  • Tidelands property negotiations for 2101 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, with Ardell Investment Co.
  • Labor negotiations with all employee associations.
  • Performance evaluation of City Manager Dave Kiff.

Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m.

  • Appointment of Assistant City Manager-City Clerk Jarad Hildenbrand as City Manager.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointment of a new city manager.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointment of new city manager and terms of the new city manager’s contract.
  • Property negotiations with In-N-Out Burger over the northwest corner of Santa Margarita Parkway and the southbound interchange of the 241 Toll Road.
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include Costa Mesa canceling layoff notices for its firefighters and cities approving bans on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores.

After facing for more than a year the prospect of losing their jobs, members of Costa Mesa’s roughly 90-member fire department may have their layoff notices rescinded on Tuesday.

The City Council is set to take up the measure after exhausting its options to outsource the services to another agency. It rejected a proposal from the Orange County Fire Authority and didn’t receive any offers on a follow-up call for bids.

The fire department is also now showing interest in reorganizing itself to improve service while cutting costs, according to the city.

Tuesday’s decision would mark a milestone in the city’s overall outsourcing battle.

Elsewhere in the county, the cities of Huntington Beach, San Clemente and Laguna Beach are set to approve bans this week on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores. The move comes amid increased attention on the treatment of pets at so-called “puppy mills,” where animals are said to often be kept in cramped and unsanitary cages.

Irvine banned such sales last October.

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

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m.

  • Canceling layoff notices for the city’s fire department after rejecting an outsourcing proposal from the OC Fire Authority, receiving no other offers and learning of an interest by the city’s fire department to reorganize itself.
  • Approving a call for proposals for an internal city performance auditor to evaluate the efficiency of city functions at a cost of $100,000 per year.
  • Approve contract with the Liebert Cassidy Whitmore law firm at up to $300 per hour per attorney for “employment relations matters,” including labor negotiations and lawsuits.
  • Decision on Target store request to remain open an extra hour until 11 p.m. every day but Sunday. Neighbors have complained about Target’s efforts to change its agreement and point to the retailer’s 1½-year violation of the current store hours agreement.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuits: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa; Julie Folcik vs. Orange County Registrar of Voters.
  • Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
  • Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employee Association, Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, Costa Mesa Police Officers Association and Costa Mesa Police Management Association, Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association and Costa Mesa Division Managers Association.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 17, at 5:00 p.m.

  • Changing city policy so that a majority of City Council members can block a fellow Council member’s proposal to place a topic on the next meeting’s agenda. The mayor could still place items on the agenda if requested to the city manager outside a council meeting.
  • Considering a request by Councilwoman Kris Murray to strip Councilwoman Lori Galloway of her position as mayor pro tem four months into her one-year term.
  • Approving $15.9-million contract with Environmental Construction to construct a plaza at the Anaheim Convention Center.
  • Approving a $503,000 agreement with Psomas to design improvements to the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Ball Road.

Closed Session

  • Appointment of city manager.
  • Existing lawsuits: Brian Collett v. The City of Anaheim, et al.; City of Anaheim v. Eric Vernon Kaul, et al.

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Selecting the Dana Point Marina Co. as the new manager of the county-owned Dana Point Harbor at a proposed average cost of $1.4 million per year for five years.
  • Discussion of hiring a recruiting firm for $25,000 to search for a new auditor-controller after Shaun Skelly’s withdrawal as the chosen candidate.
  • Approve $7.4-million contract with Sukut Construction for “groundwater protection composite liner project” at Prima Deshecha Landfill.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuits: California Department of Finance and Dr. Jack Scott, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges v. Jan Grimes, in her official capacity as Interim Orange County Auditor-Controller; Anthony Carrillo v. County of Orange.
  • Performance evaluation of county executive officer.
  • Property negotiations over Tri-City Park in Placentia with the Tri-City Park Authority and the cities of Placentia, Fullerton and Brea.
  • Labor negotiations with Association of County Law Enforcement Management, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Alliance of Orange County Workers, International Union of Operating Engineers, Orange County Attorneys Association, Orange County Employees Association and Orange County Managers Association.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.

  • Accepting $157,378 in interest-free financing from Southern California Edison to install energy efficient LED lighting on Main Street and Edinger Avenue.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: Robert Braun v. City of Santa Ana; Peebler et al v. City of Santa Ana; Brett Lozano v. City of Santa Ana; Saddleback Inn LLC v. City of Santa Ana.
  • Discussing appointment of city manager

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuits: Walker v. City of Huntington Beach; City of Huntington Beach v. Joshua Hayes, et al.
  • Labor negotiations with Management Employees’ Association.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Property negotiations with Dave Donaldson over sale of the Irons in the Fire Restaurant.
  • Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m.

— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include a possible privately-administered election in Costa Mesa and a potential lawsuit over the controversial 19th Street bridge project.

On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council is expected to hire Anaheim-based Martin & Chapman Co. to administer an election for its proposed city charter at a cost of roughly $154,000.

The move comes soon after the election seemed off the table, with the city missing a deadline for election paperwork and denials by two courts to allow the June vote despite the error.

Also on Tuesday, the Newport Beach City Council will decide whether to sue the Orange County Transportation Authority over its removal of the controversial 19th Street bridge from the county’s arterial highway master plan.

This comes after public outcry by Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach residents prompted officials to scrap plans for the bridge. The Newport Beach City Council has insisted that mitigation measures be provided in the absence of the project.

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

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 10

Hiring Anaheim-based consulting firm Martin & Chapman Co. to administer a city charter election in June at a cost of roughly $154,000.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of $1.9-million contract to EBS General Engineering for Fashion Island area streets overlay and slurry.

Closed Session

• Initiation of a lawsuit over Orange County Transportation Authority’s decision to remove the 19th Street bridge from the county’s highway master plan.

• Labor negotiations with all employee groups.

• Performance evaluation of City Manager Dave Kiff.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, April 10, at 4:00 p.m.

Changing the city’s massage law to comply with state law.

Approving a bike trail along Campus Drive from California Avenue to Culver Drive.

Closed Session

• Pending lawsuit: City of Irvine v. Pacific Bell Telephone Corp. DBA AT&T California.

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

• Existing lawsuit: Tang v. City of Irvine.

Yorba Linda City Council, Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Interviews with developers to purchase the city-owned “Town Center” area bordered by Yorba Linda Boulevard, Imperial Highway, Lemon Drive and Lakeview Avenue.

Closed Session

• Property sale negotiations with Regency Centers, Weingarten Realty and Zelman Development Co. over Town Center area.

Seal Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

• Receive report on retiree health benefits by John Bartel of Bartel Associates.

• Award $435,000 contract to All American Asphalt for College Park Drive-Studebaker Road offramp intersection improvement and a $10,000 contract with Willdan Engineering for “construction support.”

• Adopting an urgency ordinance to add regulations on short-term vacation rentals.

Closed Session

• Discussion of city manager’s employment.

• Labor negotiations with unrepresented managers.

• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

• Property negotiations over sale of Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

Approval of amendment to trash collection contract with CR&R to a perpetual agreement with a five-year advanced notice required to end in exchange for additional services and revenue from the contractor. This comes after the city began consideration of putting the contract out to bid.

Closed Session:

• Discussion of city manager appointment.

• Labor negotiations with city manager.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

Approve a $2.1-million increase to a contract with Griffin Structures for managing the Civic Center parking structure construction project for unspecified additional “scope of work.”

— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include release of the county’s community indicators report and Santa Ana’s hiring of a new city attorney.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to formally receive its annual study on economic, environmental and population trends.

The 2012 Community Indicators report found improvement in Orange County’s economy, education and health, while the recession has affected the well-being of children, families and senior citizens.

One poverty indicator — the proportion of children eligible for subsidized school meals — is now at its highest level on record. More than 45 percent of Orange County’s children could receive subsidized food last academic year, up from 38 percent just four years earlier.

Additionally, nearly 38 percent of children and half of adults are overweight or obese.

On a brighter note, crime was found to have decreased for the sixth consecutive year, with Orange County having the lowest crime rate among similar areas nationwide.

And in Santa Ana on Monday, the City Council plans to appoint its first permanent city attorney in two years.

Sonia R. Carvalho has served as city attorney in Azusa, Claremont, Colton and Yorba Linda, and the agreement with her firm calls for at least $167 per hour in compensation for a total of $300,000 per year.

The city’s agreement is with the law firm Best Best & Krieger, where Carvalho is a partner.

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

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m.

• Accepting the 2012 Community Indicators Report on economic, social and environmental trends in Orange County.

• Approval of an agreement with the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge at a rate of $425-per-hour per attorney, with no limit.

• Approval of a three-year, $1.4-million contract with Civica Software for redesigning the websites of county agencies and upgrading the interface that the agencies use to manage their sites.

• Approval of a preannexation agreement with Stanton in preparation for the city’s absorption of the 11-acre Kermore Island area.

Closed Session

• Performance evaluation of County Executive Officer Tom Mauk.

• Property negotiations over Orange County Flood Control District property on Bristol Street beside the 73 freeway in Costa Mesa. No negotiating party listed.

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

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.

• Hiring Sonia R. Carvalho as city attorney from the law firm Best Best & Krieger at a salary of $300,000 per year.

• Approval of a four-month, $1.2-million contract with Care Ambulance Services for emergency transportation.

Closed Session

• Existing claims/and awsuits: Alex Urtez vs. City of Santa Ana; Joseph Vasquez vs. City of Santa Ana; Thomas Skelly vs. City of Santa Ana; Autum Koertgen vs. City of Santa Ana.

• Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Management Association.

• Anticipated claim or lawsuit: one unspecified case.

• Appointment of city attorney and city manager.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m.

• Continuing support for the proposed ARTIC transportation project and directing city staff to continue evaluating the proposed Anaheim Rapid Connection local transportation system.

• Update on the city’s graffiti removal program, for which the contractor has asked to cancel its agreement because it has failed to adequately do the job.

• Approve a $1.4-million contract with Best Drilling and Pump for drilling a new water well and demolition of two shallow wells.

• Increasing fees paid to RCS Investigations & Consulting for police officer background investigations from $1,650 to $1,800.

• Approving unspecified additional costs to Systems Research and Applications Corp. for more terrorism intelligence analysts.

Closed Session

• Appointment of a city manager.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m.

• Midyear budget review with a request for $900,000 in unexpected costs for lawsuits.

• Agreement with city division managers to increase employee share of pension costs from 8.25 percent to 10.47 percent of pay for an expected savings to the city of $35,000 per year.

Closed Session

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

• Existing litigation: Julie Folcik, vs. Orange County Registrar of Voters and Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters; Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m.

• Approve the first phase ($43,000) of a study by Citygate Associates of sharing police services with Buena Park and La Habra.

• Receive feasibility analysis for sharing fire and emergency medical services with Anaheim and Brea.

Closed Session

• Property negotiations for 503, 505, 511, 525, 529, 535 and 539 S. Raymond Ave.

• Existing lawsuit: Catherine Sobieski v. City of Fullerton.

• Discussion of employment of police chief and director of parks and recreation.

• Labor negotiations with Fullerton Fire Management Association and Fullerton Management Association.

— NICK GERDA

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