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Leading this week’s public meeting items are Santa Ana choosing an interim city manager and Orange County supervisors planning to increase campaign contribution limits.

Santa Ana City Council members are set to gather Tuesday in closed session to continue discussions on selecting an interim city manager to replace Paul Walters after the council decided last week to fire Walters. The firing process, which has hardly begun, will also be discussed at the meeting.

Additionally on Tuesday, county supervisors are scheduled to plan an increase to campaign contribution limits for elected county positions. The limit would rise $100 to a new amount of $1,900 per contributor, based on county officials rounding up a $75 increase in the consumer price index.

The meeting is also the first since the county grand jury issued a highly critical report on the majority of supervisors ceding control of the county’s health plan for the poor to Supervisor Janet Nguyen in 2011. A majority of supervisors are now interested in putting all five supervisors on CalOptima’s board of directors.

And in Anaheim, council members are set to approve Spanish language translation services for City Council meetings. The move would accommodate the city’s growing Latino populace, who now comprise 53 percent of the city population.

Here are some more top issues coming up this week:

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of dismissing City Manager Paul Walters and appointment of an interim city manager.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 8 a.m.

Closed Session

Orange County Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Setting a vote at the next board meeting for raising the campaign contribution limit from $1,800 to $1,900.
  • Approve 2013 appointments of board members to various boards, commissions and committees.
  • Approve creation of the Single Family Affordable Rental Housing Program and use of $2.5 million for acquisition and rehabilitation of single family homes for affordable rental housing for low-income families, seniors and or special needs populations; approve creation of the “Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program” and authorize $500,000 to provide move-in and rental assistance to low-income families, seniors and special needs populations.
  • Approve opening of bids for the widening of the Edinger Bridge and Lincoln Ave. over the Santa Ana River.
  • Award a $2-million contract to Sea Pac Engineering for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning services for county Public Works.
  • Approve $400,000 three-year contract with Geosyntec Consultants for on-call architect-engineer services for the county Flood Control District.
  • Approve contract amendments with Aspiranet and New Alternatives for expanding the Transitional Housing Program Plus. The program has a $970,000 budget this year.
  • Approve $113,000 payment to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for producing next year’s report on the conditions of children in Orange County.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Evaluation of City Council appointed officers, including the city manager, city clerk, city attorney and city treasurer, as part of Councilman Jordan Brandman’s drive to review the city charter.

Fullerton City Council Study Session, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m.

Seal Beach City Council Study Session, Monday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m.

  • Emergency preparedness training.

Seal Beach City Council Regular Meeting, Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

  • Receive report about fishing on the pier.
  • Accept the resignation of Planning Commission member David Everson and appoint Steven Sloan to replace him.
  • Approve joint use agreements with Los Alamitos Unified School District for McGaugh gym, McGaugh pool, and the McGaugh tennis courts.
  • Approve a $20,000 contract with Barch Builders Architects to design improvements to the McGaugh pool to bring it up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
  • Approving an agreement with GovDeals for online auction services.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

  • Approval of advertising on the back of city buses.
  • Ordinance amendment to require all businesses located within the Laguna Beach 100-year floodplains to install contingency flood-proofing measures.
  • Approval of terms for new trash pickup franchise agreement with Waste Management Inc.

Laguna Niguel City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m.

  • Interviews to fill three vacancies on the Planning Commission, three on the Parks and Recreation Commission, four on the Traffic and Transportation Commission, three on the Investment, Banking and Audit Committee, four on the Senior Citizens Committee, two on the Sports Advisory Committee and three on the Public Safety Committee.

Placentia City Council Study Session, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

  • Directing staff on proposed land use amendments related to the general plan update.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Discussion of allowing recreational vehicles to be parked in the side yard of a home.
  • Public hearing on amending a conditional use permit to allow beer and wine to be consumed at the outside patio of the California Fish Grill restaurant.
  • Accepting a $4,000 donation from the Bandai Foundation to supply equipment for a youth basketball program.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of property negotiations with Lewis Operating Corp. over 3.3 acres at the northwest corner of Katella Avenue and Winners Circle.

La Palma City Council Study Session, Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

  • Receive staff presentation on preliminary 2013-14 budget and provide direction on changes for May approval of a draft budget. City staff are projecting a $1.5-million deficit in the next fiscal year.

Staff writer Adam Elmahrek and intern Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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Leading this week’s public meeting agendas are the possible firing of Santa Ana’s city manager and an effort to speed up construction at the Great Park.

In Santa Ana on Tuesday, the City Council will gather in closed session to discuss the “possible dismissal” of City Manager Paul Walters, who is seen by the council majority as too close to longtime Mayor Miguel Pulido.

Councilman Sal Tinajero says the decision on whether to fire Walters will be made at the meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the new Irvine council majority is set to get the ball rolling on its new vision for the Great Park, with plans for council members to give direction to city staff on a five-year plan for the park.

And in Huntington Beach, city leaders will vote on a proposal to allow their police chief to grant exemptions allowing certain registered sex offenders to enter city parks. The change comes amid a federal lawsuit against Huntington Beach and other cities challenging the constitutionality of their bans on sex offenders in parks.

Here are some more issues coming up this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointing a new performance audit director.

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m.

  • Repealing the ordinance that allows the special downtown property tax that funds Downtown Inc.
  • Business license tax abatement ordinance.
  • Consolidating and appointing council subcommittees.

Closed Session

  • Evaluation and possible dismissal of the city manager.
  • Evaluation of the city attorney.
  • Possible litigation related to Downtown Inc.

Orange County Great Park Board, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m.

  • Developing a five-year business plan for the park.
  • Update on staff readiness for the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Anaheim City Council Special Meeting, Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of ongoing lawsuit, Moreno et al. v. City of Anaheim.

Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

  • Allowing the police chief to grant an exemption allowing a registered sex offender to enter a city park.
  • Adding two job positions: police administrative services manager and assistant to the city manager.
  • Scheduling a Feb. 19 vote on a reusable bag ordinance.
  • Revising development impact fees.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approval of a $579,000 five-year, sole-source contract with Northrop Grumman to maintain the police department’s dispatch and mobile computer systems.
  • Adjustments to employment contract with police management to adhere to CalPERS standards regarding holiday pay.

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

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.

  • Increase the employee-paid contributions to CalPERS.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

Staff writer Adam Elmahrek and intern Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

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Topping this week’s public meeting agendas are purchase of property in Fullerton for a homeless shelter and consideration of civilian oversight for the Anaheim Police Department.

The county Board of Supervisors is set Tuesday to take a big step toward a year-round homeless shelter with the expected purchase of a $3.2-million property in Fullerton. With no year-round emergency shelters in the county, advocates have long said such a facility is sorely needed in the nation’s sixth most populous county.

Supervisors are also expected to increase an existing contract for repairing and purchasing jail mattresses from an original cost of $185,000 per year to $430,000 per year for each of the next three years. Officials are citing an increase in jail population due to taking on state prisoners and more federal immigration detainees.

And in Anaheim on Tuesday, city leaders will review various models for civilian oversight of their police department. Last summer’s unrest over a police shooting of an unarmed man prompted Mayor Tom Tait to ask that city staff look at oversight options.

There’s also talk in Anaheim of a controversial hotel subsidy being brought back to the City Council at the end of the month.

Here’s a sample of the major items coming up this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approve a $3.2 million purchase of property at 301 S. State College Blvd. for a year-round emergency shelter and service center for homeless families and individuals.
  • Increasing existing contract cost with Pacific Maritime Industries Corp. for repairing and purchasing jail mattresses from an original amount of $185,000 per year to $430,000 per year for each of the next three years.
  • Approve a $334,000 sole-source contract with Decade Software Co. for one year of software services for the the Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division.
  • Approve a property exchange with Mission Viejo to add open space to O’Neill Regional Park, secure rights for the Arroyo Trabuco Riding and Hiking Trail and support the city’s development of a local dog park.
  • Selection of McKenna, Long & Aldridge for advice on land use, environmental law and planning for county property at the former El Toro Marine Corps air base. Costs are expected to be about $75,000 a year.
  • Approve a $216,000-per-year contract with Corelogic Solutions for the creation and mailing of property fraud prevention courtesy notices.
  • Approval of an $874,000, one-year contract with AT&T Global Services for phone call forwarding services at the Social Services Agency’s customer service center.
  • Appointment of real estate accountant Mark Wille to the Audit Oversight Committee and retired law firm director John J. Moohr to the Public Financing Advisory Committee.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.

  • Consider the implementation of various police oversight models.
  • Approve a development agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority to increase access to renewable energy generation and transmission resources.
  • Appoint council members to regional public agency boards.
  • Submit an applicationfor a grant of $75,000 from the Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry “An Urban Forest For Every City” program to provide funding for the purchase of 540 trees to plant in city parks.
  • Increase the campaign contribution limit from $1,800 to $1,900.

Closed Session

  • Confer with legal counsel regarding litigation involving a police shooting, a medical marijuana dispensary and the ACLU lawsuit to establish City Council districts.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.

  • Request proposals for auditing services.
  • Appoint council members to outside agencies and city committees.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.

  • Purchase three propane trolleys for $530,000 to use during the Summer Festival.

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

  • Approve an agreement with consultants Veronica Tam and Associates to update the housing element of the general plan for the 2013-2021 cycle.
  • Appoint two new members to the Planning Commission.
  • Discuss the potential establishment of a dog park.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

  • Approve conditional use permits for AT&T and Verizon Wireless to upgrade their cellular towers to 25 feet tall at Sheep Hills Reservoir to increase coverage and broadband speed.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.

  • Form a geological hazard abatement district in a neighborhood of the Campanilla Owners Association to take action in the event of a major slope failure.

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Staff writer Adam Elmahrek and intern Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

 

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The new year’s first big week of public meetings kicks off Monday with the swearing-in of new county Supervisor Todd Spitzer and re-elected Supervisor Janet Nguyen and continues Tuesday with the Irvine City Council’s new Republican majority taking on the Great Park.

The supervisor swearing-in ceremony on the front lawn of the Old Orange County Courthouse is expected to bring a new — and potentially fleeting — sense of unity and cohesion to the top levels of the county Hall of Administration.

Spitzer enters office as the board tackles replacing a host of top-level executives inside the county bureaucracy, including a replacement for ousted county CEO Tom Mauk, who left last year in the wake of the sex crimes scandal involving Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante.

And Tuesday is projected to be a day of reckoning for the Great Park, with the new Irvine City Council majority expected to order an audit of the park’s contracts, cancel the park’s public relations and lobbying contracts and trim the park’s board of directors.

The changes come with a new City Council majority that is skeptical of how the park’s $200 million in expenses have been overseen.

Here’s a sample of what’s on public agendas this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m.

  • Administration of the oath of office to supervisors Janet Nguyen and Todd Spitzer on the front lawn of the Old Orange County Courthouse.

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

  • Approve 2013 investment policy statement and amended Treasury Oversight Committee bylaws and rules of procedures.
  • Select of new board chairman and vice chairman.

Closed session

  • Discussion of California Department of Finance v. Jan Grimes lawsuit.
  • Discussion of appointing a new county CEO to be held at the headquarters complex of First American Financial Corp., 1 First American Way, Building. 5, Santa Ana.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m.

  • An exclusive negotiating agreement with the Station District developer for property at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and amendment with economic consulting services contract with Keyser Marston Associates.
  • Approval of loan documents so the nonprofit Cambodian Family can refinance its building.
  • Appointing Councilman Sal Tinajero to the Orange County Fire Authority board of directors, with Councilwoman Angelica Amezcua as the alternate.
  • Condemning property to make way for the Grand Avenue widening project.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m.

  • Cutting the Orange County Great Park board of directors’ membership to include only the five-member City Council and setting a special board meeting to elect a new chair and vice chair of the board.
  • Terminating the Forde & Mollrich public relations contract and the Townsend Public Affairs lobbying contracts.
  • Ordering a compliance and forensic audit of the the park’s contracts and allocating up to $250,000 for the services.
  • Appointing City Council delegates to the Orange County Fire Authority, county Vector Control District, Southern California Association of Governments and Irvine Ranch Water District.
  • Dissolve the Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee and discontinue further appointments to the Discovery Science Center board of directors.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

  • Submit an application or a $60,000 Community Development Block Grant for improvements to the Florence Sylvester Senior Center.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Monday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m.

  • Confirm council member Jerry Slusiewicz’s appointment to the county Vector Control District.
  • Approve a request for a waiver to allow alcohol at the retirement reception at Laguna Niguel City Hall for City Manager Tim Casey.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.

Closed session

  • Confer on two unspecified, anticipated litigation cases.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

  • Receive investment report for November 2012.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m.

  • Approve a two-year lease agreement for the North Beach Passenger Service Bike-Train Facility.
  • Approve and begin construction for improvements to the Ole Hanson Beach Club with a $2.5-million budget.

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Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Aliso Viejo updating its general plan and a report finding that Westminster’s redevelopment successor agency has more than $140 million in debt.

Aliso Viejo City Council members are scheduled this week to discuss updating the city’s general plan, which serves as a master plan for land use, traffic, public services, economic development, public space and other issues.

A series of public workshops and discussions are scheduled throughout the year, with final approval expected in December.

The city also plans to approve a new contract with Charles Abbott Associates for handling its engineering, public works, building safety and code enforcement services. Costs are expected to be $1.7 million this year, with the outsourced public works director making $137 an hour and project supervisors $170 an hour.

In Westminster, the oversight board for the city’s redevelopment successor agency will receive an accountants report showing that it has $140 million in long-term debt as of June.

The report, which is mandated by state law, also found $105 million in assets and $24 million in liabilities.

Here’s a sample of the major items coming up this week:

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Swearing in Councilmen Ross Chun and Mike Munzing and selecting a mayor and mayor pro tem.
  • Reviewing the general plan update and giving direction to staff.
  • Approving a new, 4.5-year contract with Charles Abbott Associates for handling the city’s engineering, public works, building safety and code enforcement services. Costs are expected to be $1.7 million this year, with the contracted public works director earning $137 an hour and project supervisors $170 an hour.
  • Making council appointments to regional agencies and ad hoc committees.
  • Receiving the comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2012.
  • Approving a $19,000, three-year contract with Konica Minolta to rent a photo copier, with additional print charges expected to be $24,000 over the same period.
  • Opening bids for construction contract for rehabilitating part of Canyon Wren Lane.
  • Lowering the speed limit on 10 sections of road by 5 miles per hour.
  • Discussing joining Association of California Cities – Orange County, at the request of Councilman Munzing.

Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Westminster Redevelopment Agency, Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m.

  • Receive a state-mandated accountants’ report on successor agency funds other than for low-income housing. The agency was found to have $105 million in assets in June, with $24 million in liabilities and $140 million in long-term debt.

La Palma City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Conducting a goal setting session.

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