On the Agenda

Coming up this week in public meetings, county supervisors again discuss their new CEO’s salary, and the Lake Forest City Council explores greater transparency.

Another uncomfortable moment could be in store on Tuesday, as county supervisors once again discuss salary options for preferred county CEO candidate Chandra Wallar.

Their discussion last week almost immediately turned contentious, with some supervisors uncomfortable talking about the issue publicly and union leaders accusing supervisors of planning to bump the position’s salary to cover pension costs.

Those accusations drew a sharp rebuke from Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who challenged the claims as inflammatory.

Supervisors are also set to approve $6 million in construction contracts on Tuesday without an explanation in the staff report for where the money can be found.

And in Lake Forest on Tuesday, council members are set to discuss options for opening their city up to greater transparency.

The menu of options includes speeding up response times to public records requests, requiring department heads to discuss records responses with requestors and posting campaign contribution disclosures online.

This week’s top issues:

OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussing appointment of a new county CEO.

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

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, March 4, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Approving joint use agreement with Santa Ana Unified School District for use of Roosevelt Elementary School park, and construction cost of $4.9 million.
  • Modifying the city’s alcohol sales and entertainment laws.  Staff are requesting that a decision be delayed at least three months.
  • Closed session discussion of purchasing a car repair shop at 1222 East 4th St. from Walter W. Cole, Jr. and Antoinette Cole.

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

  • Approving an agreement to pay $15,000 toward a feasibility study for a joint use track-and-field facility at Costa Mesa High School from the $300,000 already budgeted for the project this fiscal year.
  • Approving a $30,000 contract increase for Keyser Marston Associates Consulting for a new total of $130,000.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approving a $60,000 one-year contract extension with Townsend Public Affairs for grant writing and lobbying services.
  • Approving a one-year contract extension with the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley for $152,000.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m.

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

  • Authorizing the purchase of $175,000 worth of public utility credits for $96,000 from the city of Rancho Santa Margarita for expanding underground electricity infrastructure.

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

  • Approving a $330,000 contract with CRW Systems to install new land management software for the Community Development Department.  

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Considering open-government policies and practices, including possibly speeding up response times to public records requests, requiring department heads to discuss records responses with requestors and posting campaign contribution disclosures online.
  • Approving appointment to the League of California Cities. 

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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