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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include a new labor deal for county management and progress on a tax to fund the Great Park.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a new labor contract with county management employees on Tuesday, a deal that supervisors say has managers paying their full share of annual pension contributions.

The deal will cost taxpayers $623,000 during the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year but is set to save $883,000 annually over the next two years, according to contract documents.

The managers’ deal is the first of many nicknamed the “Super Bowl” of labor negotiations because the contracts of nearly every major labor group expire this year.

Supervisors are also set to direct staff regarding the newly-centralized county real estate office and to approve a $750,000-per-year contract to maintain helicopter engines for the Sheriff’s Department.

And in Irvine, city leaders are scheduled to start the process of establishing a community services district for the Great Park Neighborhoods housing project.

The district, essentially a special property tax, would fund infrastructure and operating costs for the Great Park, as well as the neighborhoods’ infrastructure.

A sample of major items this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Extending a $151,000 annual contract with Knowledge & Intelligence Program Professionals for terrorism liaison officer training.
  • Changing the hours of operation for county libraries.
  • Acting as the county Flood Control District, approving an agreement to reimburse the city of Highland $600,000 for installation of utility conduits during the construction of a new bridge on Greenspot Road, which is a major access point to district property.
  • Approving a $750,000-per-year contract for Sheriff’s Department helicopter engine maintenance by Heli-One American Support.
  • Approving creation of a single family affordable rental housing program and authorizing $2.5 million for acquisition of single-family homes for low-income families, seniors and special needs populations.
  • Approving issuance of $270 million in pension obligation bonds.
  • Extending contract with Avasant for “advisory services” on county IT contract procurement at a cost of $355,000.
  • Giving direction to staff on the newly centralized county real estate office.
  • Adopting a 2011-14 labor contract with the Orange County Managers Association.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 17, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Appointing council members to regional boards.
  • Discussing council committee appointment process and restructuring.
  • A $50,000 agreement with Jones & Mayer to represent police officers.
  • Purchasing copper tubing from Ferguson Enterprises and S&J Supply Co.
  • Rejecting all bids for Parton Street sewer main improvements.
  • Memorandum of understanding with the confidential employees association.
  • Extension of a conditional use permit to allow construction of a new pharmacy at 115 N. Harbor Blvd.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.

  • Selecting a mayor pro tem for 2013.
  • An urgency ordinance to amend the city’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, changing the retirement formula for new hires beginning in 2013.
  • A general plan amendment to increase residential units at the Platinum Triangle project while decreasing commercial and office space and allowing redesign of the project.
  • Agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to obtain imported water.
  • Status update on the city’s graffiti removal contract.

Closed session

  • Conference with legal counsel regarding litigation between the ACLU and the city of Anaheim.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.

  • Beginning the process of forming a community facilities district — essentially a special property tax — for the Great Park Neighborhoods housing project.
  • Approving the investment policy for 2013.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

  • Accepting a $96,000 donation from Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library and $30,000 from Friends of the Huntington Beach Children’s Library.

Closed session

  • Discussing a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city’s ban on sex offenders in parks.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

  • Annual review and adoption of investment policy.
  • Receiving comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2012.

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.

  • Discussing of San Onofre nuclear power plant.
  • Approving the local hazard mitigation plan for 2013-17.
— NICK GERDA

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Newport deciding on residential dock fees and two cities filling vacant city council positions.

The Newport Beach City Council is scheduled to decide Tuesday on a controversial plan to raise fees for residential docks in city-owned areas of Newport Harbor.

Council members seemed to be moving full steam ahead with the plan last month until residents flooded a council meeting and threatened to boycott the city’s treasured Christmas boat parade.

The meeting will be Newport’s first at its brand-new, $130-million Civic Center.

And in Garden Grove, city council members are set to fill a council position left empty by the recent election. Westminster will also “consider the options available” for appointing a replacement of their own.

Oaths of office for incoming council members are also scheduled in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Hills and Cypress.

Seal Beach is scheduled to discuss a federal lawsuit against it and three other Orange County cities over their bans on sex offenders in parks. The discussion comes amid Lake Forest’s decision last week to rescind their ban, sparking what could be the beginning of a major U-turn against District Attorney Tony Rackuckas’ signature issue during the last year.

Major items coming up this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Amending Sheriff’s Department detention contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to comply with new federal standards for investigation and reporting of sexual abuse or assault.
  • Approve license agreements requiring accounting reports from several Friends of the Library nonprofits that run bookstores at county libraries and gather donations for books and library programs.
  • Add La Pata Avenue to the County Maintained Road System, so that road funds can be spent on the roadway.
  • Award $163,000 to Xerox State and Local Solutions as an incentive for positive feedback in surveys over its operation of the county’s main IT contract.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

  • Recognizing outgoing council members Claudia Alvarez and Carlos Bustamante.
  • Administer oaths of office to re-elected Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilman Vincent Sarmiento and to new council members Angelica Amezcua and Roman Reyna.
  • Selection of mayor pro tem.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to elected mayor and council members and selecting mayor pro tem.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m.

  • Meeting will be held at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim.
  • Administer oath of office to new council members Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to new mayor and city council members and selection of mayor pro tem.
  • Approve final tract maps in the Great Park Neighborhoods and in Cypress Village, respectively submitted by Heritage Fields and Irvine Community Development Co.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to new council members Dore J. Gilbert and Andrew Blount and select a new mayor.
  • Comments by outgoing Mayor Melody Carruth.
  • Approve updates to designations of assistant and deputy city attorney with law firm Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart.

Newport Beach City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approve fee increases for residential piers at Newport Harbor.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • First City Council meeting at the new Civic Center near Fashion Island at 100 Civic Center Drive.
  • Notifying the Orange County Airport Land Use Commission of intent to overrule the commission’s determination that the 25-acre, 1,244-unit Uptown Newport project is inconsistent with noise, safety, and height standards in the John Wayne Airport land use plan.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discuss potential lawsuits by Trabuco Highlands Community Association and by an unspecified party.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

  • Waive formal bidding process and purchase 448 reverse osmosis membrane filters for $188,261 from Toray Membrane USA.

Seal Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a federal lawsuit against Seal Beach and three other cities over their bans on sex offenders in parks.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Approve sale of 0.5 acres of city property near The Outlets shopping center for $75,000 to WWG Met4K Owner.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oaths of office to newly elected council members Rob Johnson and Mariellen Yarc. Selection of mayor and mayor pro tem.
  • Presentation to outgoing Mayor Doug Bailey.

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include county leaders filling high-level positions and a new batch of city council members being sworn in across the county.

Facing several vacancies for countywide elected offices, the Orange County Board of Supervisors appears set to take action while some of Orange County government’s top players jostle to fill the slots.

In addition to finding a new county CEO, supervisors must find people to fill the jobs of public administrator, clerk-recorder and auditor-controller. Tuesday’s direction to staff on how to select the new officeholders comes after earlier plans for a discussion were postponed.

Supervisors could also enact new limitations on public comments at board meetings. If approved, an individual would only be allowed to comment on three agenda items per meeting, among other changes.

And postelection traditions are in full swing this week, with several cities welcoming new council members and other top officials into offices. Oath-of-office ceremonies are expected in Costa Mesa, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Orange, Placentia, Tustin, Yorba Linda and Villa Park.

Costa Mesa council leaders are set to follow through on their recent announcement and direct city management to rescind the remaining layoff notices for city employees.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Give direction to county staff on the process for selecting a new public administrator and clerk-recorder and modifying job descriptions.
  • Limiting public comments by an individual to a maximum of three agenda items per board meeting; placing a 20-minute limit on the public comments portion of the meeting; and requiring that people fill out information cards before speaking.
  • Renewing a DNA analysis contract with The Bode Technology Group for $1.4 million over the next year, to manage lab work for the district attorney’s DNA collection program.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Setting a public hearing to repeal the city’s property and business improvement district.
  • Award a $59,000 contract to Adamson Police Products for purchasing armored vests and “miscellaneous police equipment and traffic flares.”
  • Increasing contracts with three providers of “police vehicle conversion parts and equipment” by $67,000 in total.
  • Changing the city’s alcohol and entertainment laws.
  • Report on city policy for preserving and destroying records.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Administering the oath of office to newly-elected Council Members Bruce Whitaker, Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory.
  • Selection of new mayor.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to Mayor-elect Teresa Smith, Councilmen-elect Mark Murphy and Mike Alvarez, City Treasurer-elect Helen Walker and City Clerk-elect Mary Murphy.
  • Comments by outgoing Mayor Carolyn Cavecche and outgoing Councilman Jon Dumitru.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to Councilmembers John Nielsen, Charles Puckett and Allan Bernstein.
  • Waiving conflict of interest for Amy Freilich and the Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac law firm to represent the city in negotiations over the sale of land the former MCAS Tustin base to Regency Centers, given that the firm has represented Regency on real estate issues.
  • Approving a $255,000 contact with Vertex Communications Inc. to install Category 6 cable in all city buildings, part of $950,000 in approved IT upgrades this year.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of lawsuits involving Tustin Unified School District, which is both suing and being sued by the city.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Rescinding layoff notices to city employees and directing city staff to present a plan in February for addressing underfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities.
  • Administer oath of office to new council members and select new mayor.
  • Awarding a $162,000-per-year contract to AdminSure for workers’ compensation claims administration services.
  • Creation of a deputy city clerk position.

Yorba Linda City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to new council members.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Second reading of an ordinance prohibiting boaters from anchoring for more than three days within 3,000 feet of city beaches and recreational areas, excluding the harbor.
  • Receive annual report for the Dana Point Tourism Business Improvement District and renew related contracts for 2013.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopt an ordinance prohibiting hosting an event where anyone under age 21 consumes alcohol, with a $1,000 fine per violation.
  • Authorize, contingent on Planning Commission approval, a $1.5-million purchase of the 56-acre McGehee property to be set aside as wildlife open space. The purchase would be paid for with funds from Proposition 12, which in 2000 created a $2.2-billion bond for land and water quality programs.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Repeal a city ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from entering public parks. An appeals court declared a similar county law illegal.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.

  • Receive comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2012.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Approval of plans and awarding of $22.3 million in contracts to expand the city’s recycled water program. The city will take out an additional $2 million in loans and tap $600,000 of the city’s sewer reserve fund.
  • Changing labor agreements to define types of appointments available for employment and creation of a third-tier retirement formula of 2 percent at age 62 for new hires.

Placentia City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to Treasurer Craig Green and Councilmembers Scott Nelson, Constance Underhill and Jeremy Yamaguchi.
  • Approving a $1.3-million contract increase to R.J. Noble Co. for managing construction of the residential street rehabilitation project.

La Habra City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to Tom Beamish, Tim Shaw and Rose Espinoza.

La Palma City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Administering oaths of office to Gerard Goedhart, Peter Kim and Steve Shanahan.
  • Selection of new mayor.

Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to newly elected council members and selection of a new mayor.
— NICK GERDA and BRENDAN WILES

 

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