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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Irvine reviewing the Great Park’s finances and Newport Beach deciding whether to take a major step toward privatizing its residential trash collection.

In Irvine Nov. 27, city leaders will review the Orange County Great Park Corp.’s fiscal year 2012 budget, including the agency’s financial statements and audit report.

Financial management of the Great Park became a hot-button issue for the City Council after a Republican majority was elected earlier this month. Members of the new majority have vowed to embark on a top-down review of about $200 million in park spending during years of alleged financial mismanagement.

In Newport Beach, the City Council is scheduled to decide whether to take a step toward privatizing its residential trash collection. Up for action is a consulting contract to develop a request for proposals to solicit offers from private companies for the service.

A staff report cites a potential one-time cash infusion of $5 million from the sale of equipment and elimination of a reserve fund, with possible ongoing savings of $1.7 million per year.

Newport is also set to approve a consulting contract to design a replacement seawall for Balboa Island and to move forward toward annexing less than two acres of residential land near Tustin Avenue.

Here’s a sample of what’s coming up this week:

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Receive the Orange County Great Park Corp.’s fiscal year 2012 financial statements and audit report by Lance, Soil & Lunghard.
  • Orange County Great Park Corp.’s 2012 year-end budget review.
  • Approval of a departmental records retention schedule for the Great Park.
  • Approval of $119,000 in fees over five years for use of Southern California Edison land for city bike trails.
  • Presentations to outgoing Mayor Sukhee Kang.

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

  • Decision on whether to negotiate a contract with HF&H Consultants to develop a request for proposals to solicit offers from private companies for providing trash collection services.
  • Approve a $223,000 contact with URS Corp. to design a replacement seawall for Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island.
  • Requesting that the Local Agency Formation Commission begin the process for annexing less than two acres of residential land near the corner of Tustin Avenue and Emerson Street.

Newport Beach City Council Special Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopt a resolution approving a model permit template for residential piers.

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

  • Approve a $2.3-million purchase of three single-family homes near Harbor Boulevard from the Neff Trust for hotel development.
  • Approve a $20,000 contract increase to J&G Industries for removal of a swimming pool at the future site of a water park hotel on Harbor Boulevard for a new total contract amount of $410,000 for the demolition of structures.
  • Approve a development agreement for construction of a 25-unit apartment complex at 12662 Dale St., with a development agreement payment to the city of $48,000.
  • Amending a planned unit development to allow a 59-feet-tall auto dealership electronic freeway-oriented sign for an auto dealership located at 9898 and 10150 Trask Ave.
  • Establishing zoning and development standards for a hotel resort on a 5.2-acre site at the northeast corner of Harbor Boulevard and Twintree Lane.
  • Adopting a resolution regarding visits by representatives and officials from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Conference with legal counsel regarding unspecified anticipated litigation.

— NICK GERDA

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include county leaders filling high-level vacant positions and Anaheim spending $5 million on land to accommodate a transit center.

With elections over, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is facing several vacancies for countywide elected offices, and some of Orange County government’s top players are jostling to fill the slots.

In addition to finding a new county CEO, supervisors need to find new people to fill the jobs of public administrator, clerk-recorder and the auditor-controller. At their regular meeting Tuesday, the board is expected to discuss establishing procedures on how to do this.

In Anaheim this week, city leaders continue to make headway with plans for a $184-million transportation hub known as ARTIC. To widen streets and help accommodate the transit center, the Anaheim City Council is set Tuesday to purchase $4.6 million of land along East Katella Avenue and South Douglass Road, plus payments totaling at least $675,000 over 15 years for lost parking at the property.

Anaheim also plans to buy 12 new buses for the nonprofit Anaheim Resort Transit system at a cost of $300,000 paid with state and federal funding.

The system, which transports tourists around Anaheim’s resort district, has received more than $11 million in government funds since the late 1990s.

Here’s a rundown of what’s on agendas this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Receiving the fiscal year 2012-13 first quarter budget report and taking various staff-recommended actions.
  • Giving direction to staff on filling vacant public administrator and clerk-recorder positions.
  • Extending anti-gang intelligence agreement with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to the end of March, accepting additional $10,000 in federal grant funding for computer equipment.
  • Accept gift of $12,200 from the Angels Baseball Foundation to support animal care at the county Animal Care Center.
  • Approve lease with CGJP-1 LLC for 2,074 square feet of office space at 14180 Beach Blvd., Suite 200, Westminster, for the probation department’s west county post release community supervision office at a rate of $2,489 per month.
  • Approve invitation for bids for the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Orangewood Children and Family Center in Orange.
  • Award a one-year, $845,000 contract to PFA Inc. for converting digital images of clerk-recorder records to microfilm.
  • Purchase of an $886,000 high definition video downlink system from Helinet Aviation Services for a Sheriff’s Department helicopter, using federal homeland security grant money.
  • Issuing a request for statement of qualifications for potentially privatizing firefighting services at John Wayne Airport and extending the current Orange County Fire Authority contract by a year.
  • Approve plans for upgrading the Mile Square Park archery range to international standards and set bid opening.
  • Approve $4.2-million contract with Tetra Tech BAS for a three-year period to provide landfill gas operation and maintenance services at south region landfills.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m.

  • Buying a portion of properties on East Katella Avenue and South Douglass Road for $4.6 million, plus payments over 15 years totaling $675,000 to $837,000, to accommodate the proposed ARTIC transit center.
  • Purchase of 12 new buses for the nonprofit Anaheim Resort Transit system at a cost of $300,000, paid with state and federal funding.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

  • Potential approval of a city strategic plan developed by Management Partners.
  • Posting a list of upcoming vacancies on city commissions. Three seats on the Planning Commission and three on the Community Services Commission will open up in March.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m.

  • Approval of ordinance prohibiting boaters from anchoring outside the harbor for more than 72 continuous hours within a thousand yards of Dana Point beaches and recreational areas.

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

  • Approving a request for proposals for architectural design and construction management of a new Civic Center.
  • Approve an agreement with the county to limit expansion of the Musick jail, including limiting inmate population to 3,100 and housing only minimum security inmates.
— NICK GERDA and BRENDAN WILES

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include the county reviewing its overall strategic plan and Anaheim approving a $9.6-million consulting contract for its proposed Anaheim Rapid Connection resort streetcar system.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will meet at the Santa Ana Police Department on Tuesday to discuss its strategic plan, which details the county’s strategy for tackling its most pressing financial and policy issues.

Among the elements up for discussion are how to stabilize the county budget, implementing “a competent and cost effective technology model,” wrapping up labor negotiations over employee benefits and implementing social and health care mandates.

In Anaheim, the City Council will consider approving of a major consulting contract with Hill International for its proposed streetcar system that would primarily run through the city’s resort district.

Under the contract, Hill would “provide consultant services” for environmental review and preliminary design.

Here is a rundown of agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Strategic Planning Workshop, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 a.m.

  • Discuss county strategic plan, including budget stabilization, implementing “a competent and cost effective technology model,” wrapping up negotiations over employee benefits and implementing social and health care mandates.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Special Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Approve start of negotiations with Xerox, SAIC, and Verizon for countywide IT services.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m.

  • Approve a $9.6-million consulting contract with Hill International Inc. for the Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC) fixed guideway project.
  • Approve a $100,000-contract increase to KPMG LLP for ARTIC project management consulting and financial advisory services and allow city staff to approve expenses up to 15 percent above the new total contract amount.
  • Approve in concept establishment of a pilot program to assist homeless families with children in Anaheim schools.
  • Approve purchase of a $254,000 (plus tax) urban search and rescue (USAR) trailer for the Fire Department from Emergency Vehicle Group Inc. of Anaheim.

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

  • Receive fiscal year 2012 capital improvement and special funds year-end report.
  • Receive comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2012.
  • Issue a $38.7-million bond for Assessment District No. 11-24.

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

  • Approval of reimbursing The Irvine Company $123,000 for Newport Center tree replacements, per a 1985 agreement.
  • Approving $20,000 in salary increases for the city clerk and city manager while increasing the amount they pay toward their retirement benefits.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approving a new four-year contract for the city manager, the details of which are not included in the city staff report.
  • Approval of a $143,000 contract with Siemens Industry Inc. for Energy Management System software upgrades.
  • Receive a report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
— NICK GERDA

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Tustin approving a massive apartment development and Huntington Beach banning camping in public areas.

While the attention of most in the county is fixed on election results Nov. 6, Tustin city leaders are set to approve a 533-unit apartment development at the former Tustin Marine Corp helicopter base.

The apartment complex is being proposed by The Irvine Co., which would pay the city $30 million for the land and another $15 million for infrastructure construction.

In Huntington Beach, the City Council is scheduled to ban camping and storage of personal property in public areas, including parks and the Civic Center. The measure, which would be punishable by a misdemeanor, is similar to ordinances in other cities aimed at discouraging homeless people from sleeping in public.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Approval of The Irvine Co. development of 533 apartments at the former Tustin Marine Corps helicopter base. The company would buy the land from the city for $30.1 million and pay $15.3 million toward construction of infrastructure.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.

Approve prohibiting camping and storage of personal property in public areas, including parks and the Civic Center. Violations are punishable as a misdemeanor.

Approve appropriation of $97,000 for the settlement of City of Huntington Beach v. Alvarez, et al., related to the Garfield Avenue Widening Project.

Approve appropriation of $297,000 to repair an oil well at the Civic Center. The well is expected to provide $347,000 in annual revenue, according to city staff.

Increase by $72,000 an existing environmental review contract with RBF Consulting for the cleanup and reuse of the former firing range in Huntington Central Park.

Increase an existing contract with the law firm Kane, Ballmer & Berkman from $99,000 to $349,000, because city officials “determined that the funds budgeted were inadequate.”

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m.

Approving a two-year extension for purchasing electricity from Nobles Americas, which city staff estimate will save the city $83,000 next year.

Increasing by $24,000 an existing contract with RBF Consulting for the Interstate 5-Avenida Vista Hermosa project.

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

Presentation updating the public on the city’s transition to Sheriff’s Department police services.

Appointing Finance Director Dave Christian to fill in as the temporary city manager when the city manager is absent. His annual salary is also set to be increased by 5 percent.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Purchase of 125 Microsoft Office 2010 software licenses at $265 per license.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.

Approving the city treasurer’s statement for September, showing about $1.4 million spent that month, $940,000 received and an ending cash balance of $35 million.

— NICK GERDA

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