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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include the last set of budget adoptions for the new fiscal year beginning in July and county funding of the OC Human Relations Council.

Orange County’s cities are finishing up the regular budget season this week, with six set to adopt their final budgets in the coming days. Cities are required to approve budgets by the beginning of the fiscal year, which comes July 1 in every Orange County city but Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

Orange, Stanton, Buena Park, Villa Park, Laguna Woods and Westminster will adopt budgets this week with opportunities for last-minute comments from the public before the final decisions are made.

Also this week, the Orange City Council will consider an end-of-year request to spend $804,000 from the city’s unreserved general fund to pay for unexpected firefighter overtime costs and other expenses tied to raises given firefighters as part of their 2011 labor agreement. Without the expense, the city’s total unreserved balance is expected to be $10.5 million at the end of the week.

Council leaders will also discuss an effort by Councilman Fred Whitaker to place the motto “In God We Trust” in a prominent location in the council chamber.

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

Orange City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Adoption of $195-million city budget for fiscal year 2013.
  • End-of-year request to transfer $804,000 from city’s general fund to pay for firefighter overtime costs and other expenses tied to a March 2011 raise in the firefighters labor agreement.
  • Approval of $1.4-million contract with Jacobs Engineering Group for preparing environmental documentation for the Meats Avenue Interchange of the 55 freeway.
  • Discussion of request by Councilman Fred Whitaker to place the motto “In God We Trust” in a prominent location in the council chamber.
  • Consideration of rate increase request by trash hauler CR&R.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with all employee associations.
  • Discussion and action on unspecified “other matters” not announced until the council meeting itself.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approval of seven-year transportation “capital improvement program” to secure Measure M2 funding.
  • Renewing employment contract with Steve Connolly as executive director of the Sheriff’s Department watchdog agency, the Office of Independent Review.
  • Approving contracts or contract amendments for Sheriff’s Department policing services in 12 cities and the Orange County Transportation Authority, as well as crime lab services for Garden Grove.
  • Approval of $418,000 contract to upgrade aircraft noise monitoring software at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approval of $302,000 in funding for the OC Human Relations Council.
  • Approving fiscal year 2013 final budget.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: County of Orange v. Air California; Mark Shearer v. County of Orange and Shawn Fernandez; County of Orange v. Eastcom Corp.
  • Property lease/purchase negotiations over county-owned property in the Santa Ana Civic Center; 801 W. Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana; 405 W. Fifth Street in Santa Ana; and 200 Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana.
  • Performance evaluation of county CEO Tom Mauk.
  • Labor negotiations with 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.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving purchase of $2.6 million in furniture for the new City Hall complex.
  • Approving $1.5 million in insurance coverage for excess general liability, excess workers compensation and property.
  • Public hearings on renewing the Marine Avenue, Balboa Village, Corona del Mar, and Newport Beach Restaurant Association business improvement districts.
  • Approval of labor agreement with Newport Beach Police Association.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with all labor groups.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a potential lawsuit against the city by Five Point Communities, developer of the Great Park neighborhoods.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approval of $9.8-million Garden Grove Sanitary District budget for fiscal year 2013.
  • Approval of $32.1-million water services budget for fiscal year 2013.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.

Stanton City Council Adjourned Meeting, Tuesday, June 26, at 5 p.m.

  • Study session on proposed fiscal year 2013 budget.

Stanton City Council Regular Meeting, Tuesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Public hearing and adoption of $22.9-million city budget for fiscal year 2013.
  • Amending law enforcement contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Consideration of rate increase request by trash hauler CR&R.

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 5 p.m.

Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

  • Adoption of city budget for fiscal year 2013. Meeting agenda not posted online as of Monday morning.

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m.

  • Adoption of city budget for fiscal year 2013.
  • Approval of contracts for law enforcement; animal control; plan checking; household hazardous waste; trash and recycling; and closed captioning services.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

  • Adoption of $119-million city budget for fiscal year 2013, with a $3.7-million reduction to the general fund balance.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case
— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include a dozen cities planning to adopt budgets and Costa Mesa considering outsourcing printing services to the county.

Budget season kicks into high gear this week, with 12 cities scheduled to approve budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Budgets set for adoption include those in Costa Mesa, San Clemente, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Placentia, Brea, San Juan Capistrano, Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, La Habra, La Palma and Laguna Niguel.

Also, Anaheim, Tustin, Yorba Linda and Laguna Woods will hold public discussions of their upcoming budgets, with opportunities for public comment.

And in Costa Mesa, the city staff is recommending that the City Council approve a contract to outsource the city’s printing services to the county and eliminate a printer operator position in October.

The Costa Mesa council this week will also consider canceling the city’s contract with auditing firm Mayer Hoffman McCann after the company was fined $350,000 and placed on two years’ probation for overlooking financial problems in the city of Bell.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, June 19, at 9:30 p.m.

  • Approval of a $2-million, five-year contract with Specialized Elevator Corp. for elevator maintenance and repair in sheriff-operated jails.
  • Approval of a $44-million, 18-month contract with MedImpact Healthcare Solutions for pharmacy benefit management. The current contractor, RxAmerica, “has essentially failed to meet the terms of their existing contract and is making unacceptable contractual demands before they will agree to extend their existing contract,” according to OC Health Care Agency staff.
  • Adoption of an ordinance allowing the OC Animal Care director to declare a dog “potentially dangerous or vicious” and ultimately impose requirements like maintaining liability insurance and muzzling the dog when off the owner’s property. Violations would be a misdemeanor.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: three unspecified cases.
  • Existing Superior Court lawsuit: County of Orange v. Eastcom Corp., etc., et al.
  • Existing federal lawsuits: Donald Schaeffer v. County of Orange, et al.; Phoebe Loggins, et al. v. County of Orange, et al.
  • Real property negotiations: 301 S. State College Blvd., Fullerton.
  • 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 Special Meeting, Tuesday, June 19, at 2 p.m.

  • Hearing on fiscal year 2013 budget comprising planning, community development, community services, convention, sports, entertainment, city attorney, city clerk, city treasurer, council-administration, finance and human resources.

Closed Session

  •  Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, June 19, at 5 p.m.

  • Approve employee contract with City Manager Bob Wingenroth.
  • Approve agreement with the Downtown Anaheim Association to hold a farmers market at the Ponderosa Park Family Resource Center on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Approve a two-year extension to an agreement allowing hotel developer Lake Development — Anaheim to receive up to $24 million in hotel visitor taxes over 15 years.
  • Discussion of creating a city ordinance for garage sales.

 

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Changing the starting time of City Council open meetings to 5:30 p.m. beginning July 2.
  • Second reading of 2012-13 city budget approved June 4.
  • Second reading of creation of a “police commissioner” position for new City Manager Paul Walters.
  • Accepting a $1,500 donation to the police department from real estate developer Mike Harrah’s company, Caribou Industries Inc.
  • Approval of a $400,000 contract with Wondries Fleet Group to replace police patrol cars.
  • Increasing contract with Cordoba Corp. by $332,000 for streetcar project environmental analysis.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: Manuel Sosa v. City of Santa Ana; Charlene Galarza v. City of Santa Ana.
  • Consideration of settlement request in a workers’ compensation case, Christopher Roelle v. City of Santa Ana.
  • Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Management Association and Confidential Association of Santa Ana.

Costa Mesa City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.

  • Adoption of proposed 2012-13 budget, with $132.7 million in expenses.
  • Considering cancellation of contract with auditing firm Mayer Hoffman McCann after it was fined $350,000 and placed on two years’ probation for overlooking financial problems in the city of Bell.
  • Approve outsourcing bid for printing services by Orange County Publishing Services for $50,000 next year, start a 3-6 plan to close the city hall print shop and eliminate a printer operator position when the employee retires. bid for printing services by Orange County Publishing Services for $50,000 next year, start a 3-6 plan to close the city hall print shop and eliminate a printer operator position when the employee retires.
  • Reject bid for outsourcing city building maintenance and issue new request for contract proposals.
  • Extend contract with Huntington Beach for police helicopter services for three years at $300,000 per year.

Closed Session

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

Fullerton City Council Tuesday, June 19 — cancelled.

Yorba Linda City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Discussion of the 2012-13 city budget and how to close a $1.8-million budget deficit.

San Clemente City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Lake Forest City Council Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Council Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.

Placentia City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.

  • Adopting 2012-13 city budget with $39.3 million in total expenses.

Brea City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.

San Juan Capistrano City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.

Los Alamitos City Council Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopting 2012-13 city budget with $15.7 million in total expenses.

Fountain Valley City Council Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopting 2012-13 city budget with $34.7 million in general fund expenses.

La Habra City Council Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

La Palma Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.

  • Adoption of 2012-13 budget, with the amount of expenses unavailable in the city’s online meeting agenda.

Laguna Niguel Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.

  • Adoption of 2012-13 budget, with the amount of expenses unavailable in the city’s online meeting agenda.

Tustin City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, June 19, at 4 p.m.

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

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m.

  • Discussion of proposed 2012-13 budget with opportunity for public comment.

— NICK GERDA

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Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include budget adoptions and a potential halving of the number of massage parlors in Huntington Beach.

With the budget adoption deadline at the end of the month, several cities will be holding budget discussions this week, including two set to approve final budgets.

Fountain Valley, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods will hold discussions of their proposed budgets, with opportunities for public comment on spending priorities.

In Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo, city leaders could actually get ahead of the game this week if they end up approving final budgets as planned. Aliso Viejo plans to spend $19.3 million overall next fiscal year, and Mission Viejo plans to adopt a $55.9-million operating budget and $9.2 million in capital improvement expenses.

And in Huntington Beach, city leaders will consider a change to its municipal code that would cut the number of massage parlors by half to 30. Police officials say many of the shops “operate as fronts for prostitution,” with around 20 maintaining ads on prostitution websites, according to a city staff report.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 5 p.m.

Approve a two-year, $1.87-million graffiti removal contract with Superior Property Services after the contractor approved last fall couldn’t meet its obligations.

New labor agreement with municipal employees union establishing a 2 percent at 60 pension formula for new hires in exchange for two one-time payments of $1,100 and a guarantee against layoffs.

Amending the municipal code to reduce the need for regulatory permits, conditional use permits and parking variances.

Amending the city’s zoning code to allow advertising signs at the proposed ARTIC transportation center.

Allowing Anaheim’s purchasing manager to make unspecified “minor changes … which may become necessary” to an existing agreement to purchase a $2.2-million airplane for the Police Department, as well as approving a different aircraft for purchase due to a “production delay.”

Closed Session

• Pending litigation: City of Anaheim v. Everardo Avalos Jr. et al.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

• Appointment of a city manager.

• Property negotiations with the Orange County Transportation Authority over its property at Katella Avenue and Douglas Road in Anaheim.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

• Appointment of Paul Walters as both city manager and police commissioner.

• Purchasing property at 1221 E. 1st St. for $3.2 million for the planned widening of Grand Avenue.

• Approving up to $2.7 million in park maintenance landscape contracts with Master Landscape & Maintenance, DMS Facility Services, Vista Del Verde and Midori Landscape.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Harry Trattner v. City of Santa Ana; Jeffrey Talmage v. City of Santa Ana; Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club v. City of Santa Ana; Pack v. Superior Court (friend of the court brief).

• Labor negotiations with the Santa Ana Police Management Association.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

• Approval of $6.7 million in construction contracts to Black Rock Construction Co. and All American Asphalt and Pavement Coatings Co. for alley, street and sidewalk improvements.

Public hearing on a proposed city charter that would go before voters in November.

Appointing city residents to various committees.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Adopting ordinance limiting the number of massage parlors to 30 in an effort to reduce prostitution. City officials say the city now has more than 60 massage establishments.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with the Management Employees’ Organization.

• Existing lawsuits: Citizen’s Association of Sunset Beach v. the City of Huntington Beach; City of Huntington Beach v. Alvarez et al.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 5 p.m.

Receiving report and adopting recommendations of the city’s task force on homelessness and mental health, established in the wake of the Kelly Thomas police beating.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Hanson et al. v. City of Fullerton.

• Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case.

• Significant exposure to litigation: one unspecified case.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 5 p.m.

Approval of a $73,000 one-year contract with Bonanza Steam Cleaning for graffiti removal.

Amending municipal code to prohibit camping during the day in parks and on public property.

Closed Session

• Performance evaluation of City Manager Robert Dunek.

• Labor negotiations with city manager and all city employees.

• Significant exposure to litigation: one unspecified case.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

Consideration of a ban on skateboarding on Skyline Drive.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

Adopting a $19.3-million budget for fiscal year 2012-13.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Adoption of $55.9-million operating budget and $9.2-million capital improvement budget for fiscal year 2012-13.

Repealing requirement that city contractors use the E-Verify system to prevent hiring of undocumented workers in order to comply with a new state law that went into effect in January.

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

Overview of the 2012-13 operating budget and 10-year fiscal forecast.

La Habra City Council Study Session, Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Public hearing and adoption of 2012-13 budgets.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with sworn and non-sworn police, general services employees, professional employees, La Habra Municipal Employees Association and all nonrepresented management groups.

• Performance evaluation of the city manager.

La Palma City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

Discussion of proposed 2012-13 budget.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

• Presentation and public hearing on proposed 2012-13 budget.

• Approval of Orange County Sheriff’s Department law enforcement agreement.

Closed Session

• Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case.

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m.

• Discussion of 2012-13 budget.

• Modifying the medical marijuana ordinance.

Closed Session

• Potential litigation: one unspecified case.

— NICK GERDA

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