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Topping this week’s actions in local government, Anaheim leaders react to a report recommending that residents vote on council districts, and cities plan next year’s budgets.

The Anaheim City Council is set Tuesday to formally receive the final report of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement, which recommended that the council approve a ballot measure asking voters whether they want district elections for the City Council.

The committee, which was formed after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit alleging that the current at large voting system disenfranchises Latino residents, made its suggestion after seven months of deliberations, testimony from experts and comments from dozens of residents.

Other recommendations by the panel included: increasing the size of the council – not including the mayor – from four members to six or eight; translation into Spanish during City Council and community meetings; and holding six to 12 community meetings per year.

Elsewhere, several cities are holding budget discussions this week: Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Buena Park and Placentia.

The workshops provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on their city’s spending plans and on the balance among public safety, community services, infrastructure improvements and other priorities.

Fountain Valley City Council members are slated to interview candidates for city manager Wednesday morning.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

  • Follow-up study session on the 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets.

Closed Session

  • City manager performance evaluation and appointment.
  • Negotiations with the city’s service employees and police officers bargaining groups.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Presentation by Southern California Edison on summer readiness in view of the expected continued shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
  • Extending employment contract with City Manager John Sibley by one year at a base salary of $213,000.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-2014 preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets.

Newport Beach City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 3 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-14 budget and updates on current-year budget.

Newport Beach City Council Regular Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

  • Awarding a $133,000 contract to Alta Planning + Design of Los Angeles, California to create a bicycle master plan.
  • Scheduling a public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget for June 11.
  • Disestablishing the Central Balboa Business Improvement District (also known as the Balboa Village Business Improvement District).

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

  • Fiscal year 2013-2014 budget review.
  • Receiving an update on general plan implementation.
  • Awarding a contract to CARE Ambulance for the city’s medical emergency transport services.

San Clemente City Council, Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m.

Fountain Valley City Council Special Meeting, Wednesday, May 29, at 8 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Interviews of city manger candidates.

Placentia City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation on preliminary operation and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Seal Beach City Council, Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

  • Declaring an emergency at the restaurant building on the Seal Beach Pier in order to grant repair contracts without advertising for bids and authorizing a $100,000 budget adjustment for the repairs.
  • Amending the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Specific Plan.
    Introducing an ordinance regarding emergency shelters.
  • Accepting resignation of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Graham McAllister and advertise the opening.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of lawsuit City of Seal Beach v. Ruby’s Diner.

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 actions in local government, Orange County grapples with how to budget for a potential loss of $73 million in yearly revenue, and Santa Ana plans to oppose a ban on beach bonfires.

Orange County supervisors are set Tuesday to hold their first public session on dealing with a recent court decision that could cost them $73 million per year, 11 percent of their general fund.

The response could include a mix of budget cuts, drawing on reserves and increases in revenue streams like the public safety tax.

The current recommended budget stands at $5.4 billion. A public hearing is planned for June 11 and 12.

And in Santa Ana on Monday, council members are set to weigh in on a controversial proposal to ban beach bonfires in Southern California.

Newport Beach has been spearheading the ban, with coastal residents in places like Corona del Mar concerned about health effects from open fires.

That has pitted Newport against its northerly neighbor Huntington Beach, which adamantly supports the bonfires as part of California’s culture.

Santa Ana’s decision Monday will be key, given that Mayor Miguel Pulido sits on the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the government agency empowered to issue such a ban. Pulido has previously indicated that he opposes the ban.

A final decision at the South Coast AQMD is expected July 5.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 recommended budget, developing a budget reduction plan that incorporates the loss of vehicle tax revenue and scheduling a public hearing on June 11 and 12.
  • Approving one-year master agreement with various providers of outreach and engagement services ($2,719,044).
  • Approving additional funding up to $200,000 for Latino Health Access.
  • Approving a nine-month extension to Intratek Computer for information technology professional services and printer repair services at a cost of $268,000.
  • Selecting Balfour-IDS as the primary architect-engineering firm and Watry-Turner as the alternate firm for John Wayne Airport’s Parking Structure C phase two project.
  • Approving a $321,000, one-year contract renewal to Barry’s Security Services for private security guards at the Seven Oaks Dam, Glassell Complex and Collins Complex.
  • Approving an agreement with the The Raise Foundation to continue serving as the county’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council.
  • Approving a $703,000, 1½-year extension for an IT contract with Intratek Computer, Inc.

Closed Session

  • Performance evaluation of Peter Hughes, director of internal audit.
  • Discussion of ongoing litigation: Kathleen Tahilramani v. County of Orange
  • Discussion of ongoing litigation: California Department of Finance, et al. v. Jan Grimes, et. al.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budgets.
  • Adopting a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Adopting a resolution opposing a proposed ban on beaches by the South Coast AQMD.
  • Approving a $3-million loan agreement with Depot at Santiago.
  • Approving a three-year contract with ABM Building Maintenance Co. for janitorial maintenance services at the police department at an annual cost of $1.1 million.
  • Approving destruction of obsolete public works records.
  • Approving a $3,000 grant from the California Center for the Book for the “True Notebooks” program.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 5 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 7  p.m.

  • Approving the purchase and installation of traffic signal controllers from Econolite Group for $62,000.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m.

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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Budgetary issues dominate this week’s municipal agendas, with county leaders scrambling to react to a judge’s order that could cost $140-million and Anaheim set to grant a controversial $158-million tax subsidy to a hotel developer.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to have its first official discussion after a judge ordered the county to pay the state $140 million.

That ruling set off a flurry of reactions among political leaders, with two county supervisors calling for across-the-board cuts while state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, plans to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown directly to restore the funding.

Supervisors are also set to approve a massive $74-million computer contract with Science Applications International for running the county’s data center for five years.

And in Anaheim on Tuesday, City Council members plan to vote on a $158-million room tax subsidy to the developer of hotels near the GardenWalk outdoor mall.

The council had approved the subsidy last January against the advice of their city manager, sparking protests from residents who considered it a corporate giveaway at their expense.

Last year’s approval, however, was struck down by a judge because the public had not been given proper notice.

Now the deal is back on the table, with city staff arguing that the project will produce “a positive increase in revenues to the general fund” as soon as construction is finished.

That differs from last year’s assessment by then City Manager Bob Wingenroth, who wrote that the city’s general fund “will not benefit from the TOT [room] taxes associated with this project until the cap of $158 million is achieved by the Developer or 15 years after the opening of the hotels, whichever comes first.”

The subsidy is expected to be supported again by the council majority, whose political campaigns were largely financed by Disney and other resort businesses.

And finally, with budget approvals due by the end of June, several of Orange County’s cities and agencies — including Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and the Orange County Transportation Authority — are scheduled to debate their financial plans this week.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving a $416,000 contract to the sole bidder for overhauling electric sliding doors at the central men’s and women’s jails.
  • Approving a $710,000 contract with Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center for providing school readiness services.
  • Approving a $218,000, one-year contract with Pacific Bell Telephone Company (dba AT&T DataComm) for Health Care Agency network equipment maintenance.
  • Approving a second one-year extension to The Alpha & Omega Group Security Services for Health Care Agency security guard services, at a cost of $130,000.
  • Approving a $146,000, two-year contract with the Dana Point Harbor Association for promoting businesses and events at the harbor, the 13th amendment since the original 1991 contract was signed.
  • Accepting land from RMV Community Development and DMB San Juan Investment North to enable $8.3 million in Measure M2 dollars to be spent on a new road for the future Ranch plan development.
  • Approving a $709,000, 1.5-year agreement with 3Di for information technology support at the Probation Department.
  • Awarding a $19.5 million construction contract to Wood Bros. for remediation at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of the state’s VLF fees lawsuit (Orange County Superior Court #30-2012-00559592-CU-WM-CJC).
  • Discussion of the prosecution of rescued hiker Nicolas Cendoya for methamphetamine possession (OCSC #13CF1410).

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m.

  • Granting a $158-million room tax subsidy to the developer of two four-star hotels near the GardenWalk outdoor mall.
  • Extending the proposed construction start date for the GardenWalk hotels.
  • Starting the process of reviewing the city charter.
  • Extending the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce contract to operate the city’s enterprise zone at $1.8 million over five years.

Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m.

Tustin City Council Special Meeting, Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a development agreement and exchange of 89 acres of former Marine base property between the city and the South Orange County Community College District and adding a new street (Bell Avenue).

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving a $108,000 contract with Aegis for traffic signal maintenance.
  • Reviewing the draft budget and five-year strategic plan for fiscal year 2013-14.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a $24,500 contract with Pyro Engineering to provide the 2013 Fourth of July fireworks show.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Monday, May 13, at 8:30 a.m.

  • Reviewing the draft budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

San Clemente City Council, Thursday, May 16, at 4 p.m.

  • Receiving a report on the draft budget for fiscal 2013-14.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Wednesday, May 15, at 3 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 actions in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new CEO, and the Costa Mesa City Council will consider forming a city charter committee.

The supervisors are set to appoint Waste & Recycling Director Mike Giancola as county CEO on Tuesday, nine months after the previous CEO Tom Mauk resigned.

Giancola has proven to be a controversial pick, having been accused of involvement in an illegal salvaging operation at county landfills and using county workers to do private work for him.

Individual supervisors have said they’re confident the allegations, made in a whistleblower’s lawsuit last year, are unsubstantiated. As of last week, however,  they apparently hadn’t read the county’s investigative report into the issue.

Costa Mesa council members, meanwhile, will be deciding whether to form a city charter committee, as the council majority seeks voter support behind a local constitution after their previous charter proposal failed in November.

Also, Santa Ana council members may change their meeting days from Mondays to Tuesdays. City leaders have complained that the Monday meetings leave too little time for council members to be briefed on agenda items.

And finally, San Clemente is set to decide whether to develop a ban on single-use plastic bags, a hotly debated topic these days.

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.

  • Appointing Mike Giancola as county CEO and directing the county counsel to prepare a letter on the handling of workplace complaints regarding Giancola’s wife.
  • Reappointing public affairs consultant Matt Cunningham to the county Parks Commission at the request of Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
  • Approving a $248,000, one-year contract with Charles R. Eastman for Sheriff’s Department helicopter mechanic services.
  • Approving a $325,000 contract extension to Exclusive Network Enterprises for temporary information technology help services.
  • Increasing an IT contract with IBM from $860,000 to $1.1 million.
  • Approving several millions of dollars of IT contracts with various providers without an indication of whether they are sole-source contracts.
  • Approving response to the grand jury report “Best Interest of the Child — Lost Child Support Costs $1.3 Billion.”

Closed Session

  • Property negotiations with Wild River Irvine for leasing county property at the former El Toro military base.
  • Discussion of the lawsuit Lyle S. Wilson v. County of Orange, et al.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a one-year, $84,000 federal government liaison services contract with Holland & Knight.
  • Changing council meeting days from the first and third Mondays of the month to the first and third Tuesdays.
  • Community Development Block Grant program funding allocations.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Follow-up session on council policies, practices and  procedures.
  • Review and discussion of fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a 2013 Mello-Roos tax to pay down $20 million in principal for bonds issued for Headlands Reserve.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Rejecting claims filed by Eli Grossman for $525 for medical bills and alleged false arrest and by Jefferey B. Lurner for $15,000 for alleged assault and battery by a police officer.
  • Approving a $21,400 contract with Adamson Police Products to purchase 31 ballistic vests.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Conducting a study session on the 2013-2015 biennial budget and a six-year capital improvement plan.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan with an estimated budget of $373,000.
  • Discussing the development of a five-year strategic business plan to be adopted in June.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a $94,000, two-year extension with Bonanza Steam Cleaning for graffiti removal services.
  • Authorizing staff to rebid the Mission Viejo Dog Park project and reject the 20 previous bids.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Designating Jack Lashbrook as city patriarch, nominated by the San Clemente Historical Society.
  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan with an estimated budget of $352,000.
  • Discussing incentives for the possible restoration and reuse of the Miramar Theater and Bowling Alley.
  • Discussing implementing a single-use plastic bag ban.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving the purchase of an emergency generator for the Police Services building for $58,000.

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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