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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include more budget meetings and Anaheim’s plans to buy an airplane.

Continuing ongoing discussions around the county of next year’s budgets, city leaders in Costa Mesa, Placentia, San Juan Capistrano and Seal Beach will hold public sessions.

The workshops are an opportunity for the public to hear what new priorities their city leaders may be placing on spending and for council members to tell city staff what changes they’d like made. As part of public meeting rules, cities are required to open the discussion to comments from the public during a designated time.

On Tuesday in Anaheim, the City Council will decide whether to buy a Cessna Grand Caravan airplane for the police department.

The city staff report on the plane, which costs $2.2 million plus $400,000 in equipment, says it is better suited than helicopters for certain operations other than patrolling and arresting suspects, but doesn’t specify what. Anaheim staff say the purchase would be covered by the police department’s narcotics seizure fund and the sale of a police helicopter.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.

  • Purchase of $2.2-million Cessna Grand Caravan airplane for the police department and $400,000 in equipment, as well as sale of one police helicopter. Cost would be covered by the narcotics seizure fund.
  • Destruction of certain criminal case files and police reports between 1996 and 2009.
  • Adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide for City Council meeting procedure.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
  • Labor negotiations with Teamsters Local 952, Anaheim Municipal Employees Association and Anaheim Firefighters Association Local 2899.
  • Property negotiations with Orange County Transportation Authority over OCTA property at Katella Avenue and Douglas Road in Anaheim.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Study Session, Tuesday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Review of Fairview Park master plan improvements.
  • Summary of capital improvement program and discussion of funding opportunities and priorities.

Placentia City Council Study Session, Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.

  • Discussion of preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2012-13.

Buena Park City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 29, at noon

Closed Session

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

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m.

  • Introduction of proposed 2012-13 operating budget and seven-year capital improvement plan.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 4 p.m.

Seal Beach City Council Study Sessions, Wednesday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m.

  • Discussion of preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2012-13.
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include more budget workshops and proposed layoffs in Westminster.

With budget season kicking into gear, the county Board of Supervisors and several city councils will be holding budget workshops this week.

The workshops are an opportunity for the public to hear what new priorities their city leaders may be placing on spending and for council members to tell city staff what changes they’d like made. As part of public meeting rules, cities are required to open the discussion to comments from the public during a designated time.

In addition to county supervisors, city leaders in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita and Los Alamitos are set to hold budget workshops this week.

And in Westminster, budget woes have led city leaders to consider approving layoffs of 29 full-time and 38 part-time city employees, representing more than 10 percent of full-time and 25 percent of  part-time staff. The move, up for a decision on Wednesday, is expected to save the city $3.2 million per year.

Several management employees will also increase their pension payments to the full 8 or 9 percent and reduce some compensation, saving the city $209,000 per year.

Even with these cuts, the city says, it still faces a $3 million deficit for next year’s budget.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving a recommended budget for fiscal year 2012-13 and scheduling a public hearing for June 12 and 13.
  • Distributing $4.2 million to community health clinics from the nationwide Tobacco Litigation Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 ($206 billion over 25 years).
  • Awarding $25-million contract to Shimmick Construction for the Haster Retarding Basin, Pump Station and Recreational Field project.
  • Approving a $500,000 one-year contract to Xerox Corp. for leasing three digital printers.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuit: Stueve Bros. Farms LLC v. Orange County Flood Control District, et al.
  • Employee evaluation of County Executive Officer Tom Mauk.
  • Appointment of a performance audit director.
  • 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.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

  • Approval of layoffs for 29 full-time and 38 part-time city employees, representing more than 10 percent of full-time and 25 percent of part-time staff. Several management employees will also increase their pension payments to the full 8 or 9 percent and reduce some compensation, saving the city $209,000 per year.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m.

  • Purchase of $45,000 in awards, trophies and plaques for one year.
  • Adoption of city ordinance banning registered sex offenders from children’s facilities.
  • Workshop on the budget for fiscal year 2012-13, with opportunity for public comment.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.
  • Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Management Association.
  • Appointment of city manager.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Study Session, Thursday, May 24.

  • Workshop on proposed fiscal year 2012-13 budget, with opportunity for public comment.

Newport Beach City Council Study Session, Tuesday, May 22, at 4 p.m.

  • Workshop on proposed infrastructure budget for fiscal year 2012-13, with opportunity for public comment.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

  • Increasing firefighters’ employee share of pension costs to 8 or 9 percent of pay for the next two years. New hires would receive pension benefits based on a 2 percent of pay model rather than the current 3 percent. Estimated to save the city $325,000 over the next two years.
  • Appointing members of the charter update committee.
  • Workshop on proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13, with opportunity for public comment.
  • Increasing cost of Banning Ranch project environmental impact report by $256,000 to a total of $2.5 million, to be paid to BonTerra Consulting and reimbursed by the project’s developer.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuit: Paul Matheis v. City of Newport Beach.
  • Labor negotiations with all labor associations.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Study Session,, Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Workshop on proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13, with opportunity for public comment.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

  • Appointment of Jennifer M. Cervantez as city manager.

Closed Session

  • Appointment of city manager.
  • Labor negotiations regarding city manager.

Los Alamitos City Council Special Meeting, Monday, May 21, at 5 p.m.

  • Workshop on proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13, with opportunity for public comment.

Closed Session

  • Unspecified anticipated litigation.
  • Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

  • Repealing city ordinance that prohibits the City Council from removing the city manager from office within six months of a general election.
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include Costa Mesa voting to outsource some city services and opportunities for public comment on next year’s budgets.

More than a year after Costa Mesa city leaders announced plans to strongly consider outsourcing many city services to the private sector, the first proposed contracts will come up for a vote on Tuesday.

City management has recommended that the city outsource its jail services and street sweeping to private companies, while determining that building inspection, animal control and video production should remain in-house.

Even if city leaders approve the contracts, however, Costa Mesa can’t outsource to the private sector until a lawsuit challenging its legality is resolved.

But that’s not all that’s going on this week in Orange County’s cities.

Tustin is set to consider a ban on solicitation — such as gathering petition signatures or asking for money —– in residential areas unless the person soliciting provides fingerprint scans and obtains a permit from the city.

And budget season is now in full swing, with several cities — including Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and La Palma — set to receive presentations this week on proposed budgets for next fiscal year.

The workshops are an opportunity for the public to hear what new priorities their city leaders may be placing on spending and for council members to tell city staff what changes they’d like to see. As part of public meeting rules, cities are required to open the discussion to comments from the public during a designated time.

Budgets must be adopted by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m.

  • Approval of outsourcing jail services to G4S Secure Solutions (USA) andstreet sweeping to Arakelian Enterprises.
  • Approving a $135,000 contract with Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C. for financial auditing of the city over three years.
  • Approving $95,000 in legal expenses to the Jones Day law firm for work in February on a lawsuit challenging the city’s outsourcing efforts.
  • Destruction of unspecified police records.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: City of Costa Mesa v. D’Alessio Investments LLC, Orange County Directors Association, Herban Elements, Inc., Susan Lester, Medmar Patient Care Collective; Afshin Sharifi v. Julie Folcik, Kimberly Hall Barlow.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

  • Adoption of city ordinance banning solicitation — such as gathering petition signatures or asking for money — from cars on major streets and on commercial property. Soliciting in residential neighborhoods would require a permit and submission of fingerprint scans.
  • Approval of new contract with Police Chief Scott Jordan, the terms of which won’t be made public until the meeting. In an unusual move, the city only issued a very short staff report that does not explain the background behind the new contract.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: four unspecified cases.
  • Existing lawsuits: City of Tustin v. Keybank, N.A.; City of Tustin v. Tustin Unified School District; Mira Properties v. City of Tustin.
  • Property negotiations with Vestar/Kimco Tustin, L.P. and Broadcom Corp.
  • Performance evaluation of Police Chief Scott Jordan.
  • Labor negotiations with Tustin Municipal Employees Association, Tustin Police Officers Association, Tustin Police Support Service Association, Tustin Police Management Association, Part-Time Unrepresented Employees, Unrepresented Confidential Employees, Unrepresented Supervisory, Executive Management and Management.

Laguna Beach City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 15, at 3 p.m.

  • Presentation to City Council on a proposed budget for next fiscal year with feedback from council members.

La Palma City Council, Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

  • Presentation on budget proposal for next fiscal year, with comments from the public and council members.
  • Approving unspecified “minor amendments” to salary, benefits and personnel policies.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of employment of city manager.
  • Existing lawsuit: Michelle V. Kern v. Jason Stone, Roy Stone, City of La Palma, City of Cypress and Does 1 through 25.

Fountain Valley City Council Study Session, Tuesday, May 15, at 5 p.m.

  • Presentation on budget proposal for next fiscal year, with comments from the public and council members.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving a ban on parking motor homes and other large vehicles on city streets overnight.

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, May 16, at 2 p.m.

  • Public hearing on banning foam food containers, and possible approval of a ban.
  • Approval of changes to city law on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.
  • Property negotiation with Golden Rain Foundation over an area “along the east and west sides of Moulton Parkway in the vicinity of Santa Maria Avenue.”

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

  • Discussion of anti-bullying campaign in local schools.

Closed Session

  • Performance evaluation of City Manager Robert Dunek.
  • Property negotiations with Trumark Cos. and Brookfield Homes.
  • Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include a vote in Santa Ana on eliminating a law aimed at reducing money’s influence in politics and cities planning how to spend federal money for the benefit of low-income residents.

On Monday, the Santa Ana City Council is set to decide whether to repeal one of the most stringent campaign finance laws in the county.

The 1996 law prohibits for three months City Council members accepting more than $250 from anyone with a financial interest in a council vote.

Repealing the law appears aimed at helping Councilwoman Michele Martinez, who is running for the Assembly. She recently took a $500 campaign contribution from a landscaping company two months after voting to approve a city contract with the firm, leading a local political watchdog to conclude that Martinez broke the city law.

The city’s staff report justifies repealing the restriction by arguing it’s not required by state law and “unfairly affects Santa Ana Council candidates” running for other positions.

Also this week, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Westminster will hold public hearings on federal Community Development Block Grant funding for people with low or moderate incomes. Cities are given wide discretion on how to use the money, so long as it meets certain requirements and a priority is placed on benefiting impoverished residents.

And two cities, Newport Beach and Westminster, are poised to eliminate city ordinances banning the solicitation of business between pedestrians and occupants of vehicles. The decision comes after a similar law in Redondo Beach was struck down after day laborers took the issue to federal court.

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

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Repealing the city’s campaign finance law, which prohibits City Council members from receiving more than $250 from a person within three months after voting on an item in which that the person has a financial interest.
  • Approve a $181,000 construction contract with Greenland Construction for the Plaza Santa Ana project.
  • Public hearing on Community Development Block Grant funding.

Closed Session

  • Workers’ compensation case: Robert Mendoza v. City of Santa Ana.
  • Existing lawsuit: Santa Ana California Lodge v. City of Santa Ana.
  • Labor negotiations with the Santa Ana Police Management Association.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Increasing cost of contract by $325,000 with California Building Evaluation and Construction to replace generators at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approving a $1.5-million three-year contract with Natures Image to manage plants at the Frank R. Bowerman and Santiago Canyon landfills.

Closed Session

  • Workers’ compensation case: Elaine Webb v. County of Orange.
  • Existing lawsuits in state court: County of Orange v. Eastcom Corp., etc., et al.; Eric Ocloo v. County of Orange, et al.; 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.
  • Existing federal lawsuits: Margaret Reed v. County of Orange; Jeffory Weaver v. County of Orange; Aaron Brady v. County of Orange.
  • Property negotiations over 888 N. Main Street, Santa Ana.
  • Labor negotiations with the 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.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 8, at 5 p.m.

  • Public hearing on granting taxicab franchise licenses to Yellow Cab Company of Northern Orange County, California Yellow Cab and A White and Yellow Cab Inc.
  • Approving $410,000 contract with the Psomas engineering firm to update the city’s sewer master plan for central Anaheim.
  • For the third time increasing cost of consulting contract with KPMG for the ARTIC transportation project by $180,000.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: claim by Michael Buss and another, unspecified case.
  • Labor negotiations with the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association.

Costa Mesa City Council Study Session and Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Update on 405 freeway improvement plans.
  • Introduction of next fiscal year’s preliminary city budget.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with the 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, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a city ordinance either completely banning the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores or allowing their sale only if obtained from a shelter, humane society or rescue organization.
  • Public hearing on changing development impact fees to generate an estimated $20 million in added revenue to the city over the long term.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with Management Employees Organization.
  • Potential lawsuits: Pacific Mobile Home Park v. City of Huntington Beach and another, unspecified case.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

  • Repealing city ordinance prohibiting the solicitation of business between pedestrians and vehicle occupants. A similar law in Redondo Beach was struck down by a federal appeals court.
  • Public hearing on significant amendments to this year’s and last year’s Community Development Block Grant funding plans.
  • Public hearing on the coming fiscal year’s Community Development Block Grant funding plan.
  • Creating a charter update commission.

Closed Session

  • Negotiations with all labor associations.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on the coming fiscal year’s plans for Community Development Block Grant funding and the HOME Investment Partnerships Act program.
  • Repealing city ordinance prohibiting the solicitation of business between pedestrians and vehicle occupants. A similar law in Redondo Beach was struck down by a federal appeals court.
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include Westminster’s possible layoff of up to 70 city employees.

City leaders had created a redevelopment zone comprising the entire city, according to the Orange County Register, allowing the city to partially fund employee salaries using redevelopment funds. Now that the state eliminated redevelopment, the city’s general fund would have to pick up the tab.

The city’s general fund deficit went from a projected $3.8 million to $10.5 million after redevelopment was axed, according to a city staff report.

City leaders decided Monday to postpone any decision on the layoffs until a study session on Friday.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is expected to make new appointments to the board of directors of CalOptima, the county’s health plan for the poor and elderly.

The appointments come after Supervisor Janet Nguye~n’s successful drive to reshape the board, with the healthcare industry having a larger role in governing the agency. The appointments would fill four vacant slots on the board.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 1, at 9 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Existing lawsuits: Joseph James v. Orange County; Orange County Flood Control District v. Altfillisch Construction Co.; California Department of Finance and Dr. Jack Scott, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges v. Orange County Auditor-Controller Jan Grimes; Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs v. Orange County.
  • Anticipated lawsuit involving one unnamed case.
  • Real estate negotiations regarding various properties, including 801 W. Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana; 405 W. Fifth Street, Santa Ana; 200 Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana; and 1770 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.
  • Labor negotiations.

Westminster City Council, Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

  • Laying off up to 70 city employees.
  • Disbanding various city committees.
  • Approving the obligation payment schedule for the successor agency to redevelopment.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m.

  • A city ordinance to regulate soliciting and prohibit trespassing on commercial properties during nonbusiness hours and prohibit skateboarding on commercial properties.
  • Purchasing property necessary to complete the Tustin Ranch Road extension project.

Closed Session

  • Possible lawsuits involving two cases, and exposure to possible lawsuits involving two cases.
  • A liability claim by Newport Gasoline Service.
  • Existing lawsuits: Tustin v. Keybank; Tustin Unified School District v. Tustin; Tustin v. Tustin Unified School District; Mira Properties v. Tustin.
  • Peformance evaluation of the police chief.
  • Labor negotiations.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Existing lawsuit: Julie Folcik v. Orange County Registrar of Voters and Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

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