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Topping this week’s discussions in local government, Santa Ana and Rancho Santa Margarita plan next year’s budgets.

The Santa Ana City Council is set Tuesday to discuss next year’s general fund budget, which serves as the main spending plan for services such as police, firefighting, parks, libraries and recreation.

Santa Ana officials didn’t attach a staff report on the issue; its current year general fund budget is $196 million.  More than half of that — $101 million — is spent on police, plus a $9-million annual payment on the debt for the police headquarters and jail.

City leaders will take public comment at the meeting.

The lack of information on Santa Ana’s discussion this week stands in contrast to Rancho Santa Margarita, which provides a staff report and initial budget figures for its Wednesday study session.

That city is considering a $15.6-million general fund budget and a $6-million capital improvement and street maintenance budget, though those amounts could change as discussions continue.

In unusual budget news for recent years, Rancho Santa Margarita expects to rake in 10 percent more general fund revenue than it had expected — an extra $1.6 million.

About $1 million of the money comes from unspecified “miscellaneous revenue.” With another surplus projected in 2014, this year’s extra cash appears headed for the city’s reserve fund.

Placentia plans to explore on Tuesday a study on shared police services. The city of 51,000 budgeted about $11.2 million for police services this year, a rate of about $220 per resident.

Here’s a rundown of agenda items across Orange County for this week:

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at Southwest Senior Center

  • Study session on the fiscal year 2014 general fund budget.

Closed Session

  • Negotiations with with the city’s police officers and service employees labor groups.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 30, at 5 p.m.

  • Contract extension with Jon Traw for building official services.
  • Increasing the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center budget by $5.3 million using federal grant funds.

  • Extending a pilot bicycle sharing program.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Negotiations with administrative, general, professional, police and police management employee labor groups.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

  • Rejecting a claim of $14,000 for damage to Greg Verbenec’s motorcycle from a traffic accident involving a city fire truck in October 2012.

Yorba Linda City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, at 4 p.m.

  • Interviewing 25 applicants and appointing nine to serve as the city’s first landscape maintenance citizen advisory committee.

La Habra City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m.

Closed session

  • Negotiations with police, municipal and general services employee labor groups.

Placentia City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation and discussion of shared police services study.

  • Discussing electronic message reader boards.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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Topping this week’s discussions in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to discuss lawsuits alleging retaliation against a sheriff’s official and violations of the open records law.

At their meeting on Tuesday, county supervisors plan to discuss a lawsuit brought by former sheriff’s Lt. Bill Hunt, alleging that then-Sheriff Mike Carona retaliated against him for running against Corona in the 2006 election.

A judge has ordered the county to reinstate Hunt to a job equivalent to his previous position of overseeing police services in San Clemente and to pay more than $330,000 in back pay, raises, penalties and attorney fees.

Carona was the subject of a federal corruption probe and was ultimately convicted of witness tampering. He’s now serving a 5½-year federal prison sentence in Colorado.

Supervisors are also scheduled to discuss the ongoing public records lawsuit brought by Voice of OC, which seeks to force the disclosure of a letter by a high-ranking county official that alleges a host of improper dealings among supervisors and other officials.

The letter, sent last July by Deputy CEO Alisa Drakodaidis, accuses members of the Board of Supervisors of outright corruption involving contracts, hiring and promotions within county Public Works and possibly elsewhere in the county bureaucracy, according to sources who have seen it.

The county has released a redacted version.

Here’s a rundown of what’s up for debate this week across Orange County:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving a 10-year agreement with Orange for pedestrian-bikeway improvements and maintenance.
  • Approving a two-year, $8.8-million master agreement with various providers of adult mental health inpatient services.
  • Awarding a $5.5 million contract to Powell Constructors for the Edinger Avenue bridge widening over the Santa Ana River.
  • Approving a contract increase from $3 million to $5.2 million for Atkins North America, Inc., Bureau Veritas North America, Inc., Tait and Associates, Inc., and Willdan Engineering for land use planning and engineering services, due to “significant unanticipated demands in plan check services” related to the Ranch Plan development.
  • Declaring an emergency and authorizing the Sheriff’s Department to negotiate and award a $425,000 contract to Trane U.S. for replacing a 300-ton centrifugal chiller at Theo Lacy Jail Facility.

Closed Session

  • Wrongful termination lawsuit by Bill Hunt, former candidate for sheriff.
  • Public records lawsuit by Voice of OC.
  • County CEO appointment.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation with vendors over the Northwood Community Park project.
  • Negotiations with various city employee labor groups.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving a community development block grant draft action plan with an estimated budget of $179,000.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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Topping this week’s decisions in local government, Anaheim plans a resolution supporting immigration reform, and cities decide how to spend federal cash for community development.

Anaheim council members are scheduled Tuesday to approve a resolution endorsing comprehensive federal immigration reform and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally.

The move comes amid tensions between the city’s majority Latino residents and the non-Latino City Council, which is accused in an ACLU lawsuit of having a discriminatory election process.

Anaheim disputes the suit, insisting that the current voting system is fair.

And it’s that time of the year for cities to decide how to spend federal community development block grant funds. Discussions are planned this week in Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

The cash — $2.9 billion nationwide this year — pays for projects like low-income housing, infrastructure construction and anti-poverty programs chosen mainly by local governments.

Overall, the funding has been cut by 25 percent or $1 billion since fiscal year 2010.

Here’s a rundown of issues this week across Orange County:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving a $600,000, two-year veterinary services contract with unspecified veterinarians for Orange County Animal Care, a $136,000 increase from the current two-year contract.
  • Approving a final draft general development plan for Orange County Zoo improvements.
  • Approving an $812,000, five-year sole-source contract with Intellitime Systems Corporation to provide timekeeping software for county employees.
  • Accepting a state decision to grant $100 million to Orange County for expanding the James A. Musick jail, and approving a $6.9-million architect-engineer contract with AECOM Technical Services Inc.
  • Extending a project management contract with Project Dimensions Inc. by five years for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan at a cost of $4.7 million.
  • Approval of a joint community facility agreement with Santa Margarita Water District and Rancho Mission Viejo for building $33 million in transportation infrastructure at the Sendero housing development south of Ladera Ranch.
  • Approving a pre-annexation agreement for the City of Lake Forest to annex about 40 acres of unincorporated territory for Standard Pacific Homes to construct single family homes. The city would receive 30.4 percent and the county would receive 69.6 percent of the county’s share of the 1 percent basic levy of property tax.
  • Approving a public/private partnership with Related/Griffin for construction of an office building in the Santa Ana Civic Center, and a $460,000 contract with the company to develop a master plan.

Closed Session

  • Discussing appointment of a new county CEO.
  • Discussing property negotiations over unspecified county-owned and leased buildings in the Santa Ana Civic Center, to include discussions over “potential development(s).”
  • Discussing a lawsuit brought by Lyle Wilson, a district attorney’s investigator who was fired “after he refused to drop his probe into one of the district attorney’s close friends and political contributors.”

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

  • Discussing allocations of community development block grant funds for fiscal year 2014.
  • Work study session for ethics training under AB1234.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting at the Southwest Senior Center, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

  • Work study session for the fiscal year 2014 general fund budget.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 3 p.m.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.

  • Authorizing the sale of $64,000 in public utility credits to Laguna Beach for $35,000 in unrestricted funds.
  • Receiving a midyear status report for the 2012-13 city budget.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the purchase of two police motorcycles for $45,000 from Irv Seaver BMW.
  • Approving a draft community development block grant action plan.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a draft community development block grant action plan for an estimated $350,000 in grant funds.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a three-year contract with Fireworks & Stage FX America to provide Fourth of July fireworks shows at $38,000 per year.
  • Approving a contract with Control West Inc. to furnish and install 54 traffic signal controllers for $268,000.
  • Increasing fines for dog waste violations from $50 to $100.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving the purchase of four Ford trucks for $98,000.
  • Approving final plans to relocate the Friends of the Library Bookstore to the Bland Garden and approving a fee waiver of $8,000 for building plan check and permit fees.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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Topping this week’s decisions in local government, Orange County approves a massive increase to an IT contract and Laguna Hills considers advertising on Facebook.

After a two-week break, the county Boards of Supervisors face a full agenda Tuesday, making major decisions on such issues as harbor renovations and body transport services.

The most expensive item by far is a planned $127-million extension of an information technology contract with a Hewlett-Packard subsidiary.

The two-year contract extension is for a system called CalWIN, which assists Social Services Agency staff with issuing welfare and other benefits to 480,000 county residents.

If the extension is approved, the revised contract, which dates back to 1999, would be worth more than $800 million. The extension is 93 percent funded by the state and federal governments, according to county staff.

Supervisors are also set to approve an agreement to have new county managers pay more toward their retirement benefits, covering the “reverse pick-up” for the 2.7% @ 55 retirement formula.

Also on Tuesday, Laguna Hills City Council members will decide whether to use a 21st-century medium to advertise city events: Facebook.

The staff is recommending that the city spend about $500 per special event to blast invites out to the 14,000 city residents who use Facebook. The city’s total population is about 31,000.

The plan also calls for the city to delete any comments that are posted, citing First Amendment and Brown Act concerns.

Laguna Hills is also set to receive a report estimating that forming a Planning Commission would cost between $159,000 and $187,000.

And finally, the government agency that oversees the boundaries of cities and special districts is set to approve a new budget on Wednesday.

Orange County’s Local Agency Formation Commission or LAFCO plans to spend about $1 million in fiscal year 2014 – of which $25,000 is for travel expenses and another $75,000 for unspecified “other” contract services.

Under state law, LAFCO must approve its budgets by May 1 of each year.

Here’s a rundown of what’s up for debate this week across Orange County:

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

  • Approving $127 million in contract increases to HP Enterprise Services for information technology services for a new total of $806 million.
  • Approving an agreement with the Orange County Managers Association requiring new management employees to pay the “reverse pick-up” for the incremental cost of the 2.7% @ 55 retirement formula.
  • Approving an agreement to pay $8.3 million in Measure M2 public funds to Rancho Mission Viejo Inc. for constructing a road connecting Antonio Parkway with the future extension of the Foothill Transportation Corridor.
  • Increasing a contract with LSA Associates for environmental review documentation for the La Pata Avenue Project by $280,000 for a new total of $920,000.
  • Approving a $300,000 one-year contract with Traditional Funeral Services for on-call body transport services at a rate of $155 per case. The company was the sole bidder.
  • Approving a $380,000 contract with RedRock Security and Cabling to install a portable radio amplifier for security officers in Terminal C at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approving a two-month, $63,000 extension of the $2.5-million emergency public communication contract (AlertOC) with Blackboard Connect.
  • Approving a $4.4-million, five-year contract extension for Project Dimensions Inc. (PDI) to continue providing project management services for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Monday, April 8, at 5 p.m.

  • Wide-ranging discussion of unspecified council “practices, policies and protocols.” No further specifics are provided on the agenda.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, at 3 p.m.

Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, Monday, April 8, at 9 a.m.

  • Agreement for on-call transportation planning consultant services.
  • Measure M2 performance assessment report.
  • OCTA sales tax update.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

  • Directing city staff to develop a mobile app for the city and Facebook pages for special events. The staff recommends a Facebook advertising budget of $500 per event.
  • Receiving a report estimating the cost of forming a Planning Commission to be between $159,000 and $187,000.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

OC Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Wednesday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m.

  • Approving a 2014 fiscal year budget of $1 million.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointing a new executive officer.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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Topping this week’s biggest decisions in local government, Costa Mesa moves forward with plans for housing the homeless, and county leaders interview candidates for clerk-recorder.

Costa Mesa City Council members are set Tuesday to advance plans for permanent supportive housing for the city’s homeless residents by approving financial negotiations with Wakeland Housing and Mercy House Living Centers.

The move includes starting the process of site selection and follows a recommendation by the city’s homelessness task force to create supportive housing for the homeless.

Also on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to conduct public interviews of the 11 remaining candidates for county clerk-recorder.

Whoever is ultimately appointed would be in charge of keeping records such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and property ownership records as well as a $14-million budget and about 100 budgeted employees.

On Monday, Huntington Beach plans to direct its city attorney to draft an ordinance requiring prompt public disclosure of last-minute political mailers beyond requirements under state law.

San Clemente is set Tuesday to advertise 21 positions soon to be vacant on city commissions and committees that will need replacements by the end of June.

Here’s a rundown of what’s up for debate this week across Orange County:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m.

Closed session

  • Appointing a new county CEO.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, April 1, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Streetcar project update by city staff and consultant.
  • Awarding an $84,000, one-year contract for federal government liaison services to Holland & Knight.

Closed Session

  • City attorney evaluation.
  • City manager appointment.
  • Anticipated litigation with the state Department of Finance.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving negotiations with Wakeland Housing and Mercy House Living Centers for financial terms to build permanent supportive housing for homeless residents of Costa Mesa and authorizing staff and Mercy House to start the site selection process.
  • Changing city law to prohibit storing personal property in public places — usually applied to homeless people — and allowing the city to seize the property.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

  • Directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance requiring prompt public disclosure of last-minute political mailers beyond requirements under state law.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m.

  • Approving an ordinance regulating rental properties.
  • Approving a three-year contract with Vavrink, Trin, Day & Co. for auditing services at $25,000 per year.
  • Submitting a grant application to the Orange County Transportation Authority for up to $525,000 in Measure M Project V funds to be used for summer weekend trolley programs along Pacific Coast Highway and from Dana Hills High School to the harbor and for year-round shuttles from Dana Hills High School for special events.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Discussing expanding the city’s use of the local government access channel.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion about buying land from developers Trumark Cos. and Brookfield Homes.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation to the council regarding San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station restarting Units 2 and 3 and a resolution to receive reports on the safety and costs of doing so.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

  • Authorizing the city clerk to advertise the opening of 21 vacancies on city commissions, committees and the Downtown Business Association board of directors, whose terms will expire on June 30.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

  • Consideration of an appeal to build a 14 feet by 40 feet dinosaur statue at a petting zoo that the Planning Commission initially denied.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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