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Highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas is the Costa Mesa City Council’s bid to place a proposed charter before the city’s voters in November.

The proposed charter would, among other provisions, remove limitations on outsourcing, prohibit union dues from being spent on political activities, force increases in employee retirement benefits to citywide votes and prevent the city from requiring payment of state-mandated “prevailing wages” on construction projects unless they’re required by law or approved by the City Council.

The ideologically driven council majority has pushed widespread outsourcing as a panacea to the rising costs of city government. The proposed charter would give the council more power to dismantle and privatize city services.

A previous attempt to place the charter on the June primary ballot failed because of an error by the city clerk’s office.

The Stanton City Council will consider placing a utility user tax rate increase on the November ballot in a bid to save the city from its looming fiscal insolvency. Stanton voters rejected a similar increase in June.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Authorizing special Mello Roos taxes across South County cities to finance more than $446 million in outstanding bonds that have built most of the region’s infrastructure.
  • Adopting a lease with Wild Rivers, Irvine, to develop a water park on 17 of the 100 acres owned by the county on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
  • Approving 2013 rates for employee health plans.
  • Selling the Santiago Truck Trail to the U.S. government for use at the Cleveland National Forest.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Stanton City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 31, at 4 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Submitting a recognized obligation payment schedule — a claim for property tax increment dollars for redevelopment projects — to the state Department of Finance.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

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At the top of this week’s public agendas is another closed-door discussion by the Orange County Board of Supervisors regarding CEO Tom Mauk’s performance after allegations that the county bureaucracy mishandled complaints that Carlos Bustamante had been sexually terrorizing several women in his department.

Bustamante, also a Santa Ana city councilman, has been charged with a host of felonies related to his alleged sexual assaults of at least seven women who were his subordinates at the county.

The Anaheim City Council is set to consider two November ballot initiatives. One would change the city’s at-large electoral system to election by council districts. The other initiative would require a citywide vote to approve hotel room-tax subsidies.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Anaheim, arguing that the city’s at-large voting system violates the California Voting Rights Act, which requires greater representation for minorities, because most elected council members reside in the city’s affluent eastern quarter known as Anaheim Hills. Council districts would require that council members live in neighborhoods from various sections of the city.

Activists behind the “Let The People Vote” initiative are expected to reveal the number of signatures collected for petitions backing the initiative.

Here’s a rundown of other agenda highlights:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, July 24, at 9 a.m.

  • Adopting a $1.3-million law enforcement agreement with the city of Yorba Linda.
  • Purchasing 13 digital video recorders for sheriff patrol cars expected to work in Yorba Linda for $194,947.
  • Accepting a transfer of ownership for a warehouse on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for reuse for homeless services.
  • Authorizing the county treasurer to allow property tax payment via the Internet with credit and debit cards.

Orange County Transportation Authority, Monday, July 23, at 9 a.m.

  • Considering a staff report advising opposition to the Southern California Association of Governments alternative for transit options for the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way and West Santa Ana Branch Corridor that would provide a new transit connection between Los Angeles and Orange counties.
  • Approving the annual internal audit plan.
  • Adopting amendments to the master plan of arterial highways.
  • Adopting a limited English proficiency plan for use by customers throughout the agency who have limited English skills.
  • Adopting several contracts and approaches to increasing public outreach on the proposed widening of Interstate 405.

Anaheim City Council Meeting, Tuesday, July 24, at 4:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Moreno et al. v. Anaheim

Huntington Beach Special City Council Meeting, Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.

  • A November ballot measure that would amend the city charter to prohibit the city from restricting the sale of state approved fireworks.
  • Issuing a request to municipal city attorney firms for qualifications to determine possible cost savings through outsourcing.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, July 24, at 4 p.m.

  • Studying a 55-unit housing project at a former school site.
  • Responding to an Orange County grand jury report on redevelopment agencies and public agency compensation.
  • Submitting a payment schedule for the successor to the city’s redevelopment agency to the state Department of Finance.
  • A November ballot initiative that would provide increased city funding for schools.

Stanton City Council, Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.

  • A November ballot measure that would preserve city services through a utility users tax increase.
  • More than $1.1 million in cuts to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department services contract.
  • A fire services fee for the city’s nonresidents.
  • Emergency services fee for incidents of driving while intoxicated and for vehicle accidents.

Fullerton City Council Special Closed Session, Tuesday, July 24, at 5:00 p.m.

  • Existing litigation, including Ron Thomas v. Fullerton.
  • Employment of a police chief.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

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Topping this week’s public meeting agendas in Orange County is a possible confrontation with longtime Santa Ana Mayor Santa Ana over placing a cap on his allowable time in office.

The mayor in Santa Ana now may serve an unlimited number of two-year terms. Pulido is nearing the end of his ninth term as mayor, and he announced at the annual state of the city speech last month that he plans to run for reelection.

A push to effectively oust Pulido would signal another shift in the seven-member council’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering. While the overriding assumption has been that Pulido pulls all the important levers at City Hall, the political dynamic in recent years has been defined by gamesmanship and shifting alliances.

Also on that agenda is funding for Downtown Inc., which has been the center of a prolonged battle over a special property tax that funds the downtown booster organization. Council members are set to consider authorizing the Orange County auditor-aontroller to levy the tax for the next fiscal year.

A group of property owners have been fighting the tax for more than a year, arguing that it was imposed undemocratically and that they receive no benefit from it. The property owners were armed with new ammunition after a recently released Orange County grand jury report concurred with their sentiments and declared that the tax district was formed illegally.

But whether the council may even consider the levy could depend on whether Councilman Carlos Bustamante, facing 12 felony charges for alleged sexual assault crimes, will attend the council meeting. Council members did not have a quorum and were thus unable to consider the issue at the last council meeting.

Here’s a list of highlights from other public meetings this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Second reading of an ordinance banning certain individuals from owning vicious dogs.
  • Follow-up review from the performance audit director on the progress of planning since a critical 2009 audit.

Orange County Transportation Authority Executive Committee, Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, July 16, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Discussion of possible ballot measure regarding term limits for the mayor and City Council members.
  • Authorizing the Orange County auditor-controller to levy by Aug. 10 the special tax that funds Downtown Inc.
  • Refer to the ethics committee discussion of a possible ballot measure to form an ethics oversight committee and other charter and ethics matters.
  • Temporary deferral of development impact fees.
  • Agreement with Corbiz LLC to preserve a historic property at 217 N. Broadway.

Closed Session

  • A lawsuit filed by Max Madrid against the city clerk to allow Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez to run for a fourth term.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m.

  • Requiring the consent of two council members to review, rehear or appeal decisions by city staff, committees and the City Council. Such reviews now can be ordered by one council member.
  • Deciding which city services need auditing.
  • An agreement to mitigate traffic impacts resulting from the Newport Banning Ranch mixed-use project.

Closed Session

  • A request for a special leave of absence for one unspecified employee.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m.

  • A 4 p.m. study session to review the manager’s proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget.
  • A $25,000 reward for information leading to the felony conviction of two suspects who allegedly attempted to murder two police officers.
  • Recommending that the Orange County Transportation Authority widen I-405 without adding toll lanes.
  • Reconsidering a construction project to save trees that would be uprooted.
  • Placing a cap on the retirement property tax rate for fiscal year 2012-13 to pay for pre-1978 employee retirement benefits.

Westminster special City Council closed session in the council conference room, Monday, July 16, at 4 p.m.

  • Evaluating and possibly firing the city manager.

Westminster special City Council closed session in the council conference room, Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m.

  • Considering dismissal of an unspecified city employee.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.

  •  The 2012-13 fiscal year budget.
  • A November ballot measure to repeal the fireworks ban.
  • Acquiring a business condominium to go forward with a road grade separation project.
  • The 2012-13 fiscal year agreement with the Orange County Office on Aging.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m.

  • Designating an author for the ballot argument for a measure that would eliminate council members’ salaries and benefits.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

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Highlighting this week’s city council meetings in Orange County are an Anaheim public workshop on implementing council districts, Costa Mesa’s proposed city charter, slashing Stanton’s police budget and the response to a scathing grand jury report in Laguna Hills.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Anaheim, arguing that the city’s at-large council member elections violate the California Voting Rights Act by underrepresenting Latino residents. Four of the five council members reside in Anaheim Hills, the city’s affluent eastern quarter.

Anaheim council members said they want to receive comment from a wide cross section of the city’s residents at the scheduled workshop before making a decision on creating council districts. Regardless of what might be said at the forum, the ACLU contends, representative government is a right that cannot be denied.

Costa Mesa is holding its second public hearing on changing the city’s governing status to a charter city, which would allow city leaders greater authority over local affairs. Costa Mesa’s City Council, in its drive to privatize much of city government, has pushed for a charter that would, among other things, remove limitations on outsourcing and prohibit using union dues for political activities.

The Stanton City Council is set to consider cutting $1.4 million from its Orange County Sheriff’s Department services budget. While major cuts to public safety are considered unthinkable in most cities, Stanton is on the brink of insolvency, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A grand jury report  found that two city councilmen misused their influence at a nonprofit organization to intimidate officials at Brandman University in an attempt to suppress academic freedom. The controversy stems from a report commissioned by Laguna Hills Councilwoman Barbara Kogerman that cited her city’s top executive as being the highest paid city manager in Orange County.

Laguna Hills City Councilman Allan Songstad Jr. and Tustin City Councilman Jerry Amante, the officials named in the grand jury report, allegedly met with Brandman officials and said that by scrutinizing city managers, the interns who worked on the city manager compensation report harmed their ability to find employment at city halls.

The councilmen said that Kogerman is the real unethical culprit because she stamped the names of a university professor and the interns on a report that she authored. They also say that the accusations are based on a massive exaggeration that the two councilmen have the influence block the interns’ employment all over the county.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, July 10, at 5 p.m. (Brookhurst Community Center)

Closed Session

  • Discussion of two lawsuits against the city, including A White and Yellow Cab v. Anaheim and Moreno et. al. v. Anaheim.

Anaheim Special City Council Meeting, Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m.

  • Public workshop on the California Voting Rights Act and City Council districts.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, July 10, at 5 p.m.

  • Converting a vacant building at the Irvine Business Complex into a Montessori preschool.
  • Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway’s proposal to continue supporting Irvine schools.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation involving two cases: Sandy Wedgeworth, et al v. Newport Beach, et al; and Paul Matheis, et al v. Newport Beach, et al.
  • Labor negotiations.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

  • Forming a subcommittee to respond to a grand jury report’s conclusion that city officials abused their influence.
  • Managing the city’s coyote population.
  • Pay increases for contract city attorney firm Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart.
  • Fiscal year 2012-13 civic center budget.

Stanton City Council, Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Slashing $1.4 million from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department services budget.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

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