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Among this week’s expected actions in local government will be the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ adoption of the county budget for the coming fiscal year and action by the Orange County Transportation Authority on Anaheim’s controversial streetcar project.

County supervisors plan to hold a hearing Monday and approve a total budget of $5.3 billion for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Officials have had to scramble in reaction to a court ruling that the county may no longer collect about $73 million in property tax revenue, which amounts to around 11 percent of its discretionary spending.

And efforts to recoup those funds from the state hit a snag when Gov. Jerry Brown’s office criticized Orange County supervisors for exempting their offices from an across-the-board 5-percent cut among county departments.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer then vowed to reverse his swing vote on the issue, thereby applying the cut to supervisors. The vote is expected at Monday’s meeting.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, county supervisors are set to approve their official response to a grand jury report alleging a “culture of corruption,” approve a deal to add 331 beds to Theo Lacy jail and raise fees for removing and keeping dead bodies from $318 to $371.

And OCTA directors on Monday are scheduled to move forward with a controversial taxpayer-funded streetcar project in Anaheim, whose estimated $319-million price tag was found to be higher than any of the last 11 streetcar projects proposed nationwide.

Agency directors also plan to approve $2.5 million in capital projects for Metrolink and hold back $600,000 in payments.

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

Monday, June 24 

Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors — 9 a.m

 Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting —12:30 p.m.

  • Approve changes and adopt fiscal year 2014 budget.

Closed Session

Laguna Niguel City Council — 1:30 p.m.

  • Evaluating the performance of the police chief.

San Clemente City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Interviewing and appointing candidates to the Planning Commission, Coastal Advisory Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, June 25 

Orange County Board of Supervisors — 9:30 a.m.

  • Approving an agreement with the Orange County Sports Foundation for the aquatics-ice complex at the Regional Park at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin.
  • Approving a $100,000 per-year membership to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority.
  • Selecting Navex Global to provide online Equal Employment training for the County’s approximately 13,500 nonmanagement-supervisory staff.
  • Awarding a $3.1-million per year contract to the New Irvine Ranch Conservancy for land management services at the Irvine Ranch Open Space.
  • Approving a contract amendment with the city of Orange that allows the county to add 331 beds to the Theo Lacy jail, with the city receiving 3 percent of revenue from the federal immigration detainee contract.
  • Approving official response to the grand jury report “A Call for Ethical Standards: Corruption in Orange County.”
  • Increasing the fee for removing and keeping a dead body by 17 percent, from $318 to $371.

Irvine City Council — 4 p.m.

San Clemente City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Interviewing and appoint candidates to the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, Human Affairs Committee and Golf Course Committee.

Wednesday, June 26

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council — 7 p.m.

  • Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 law enforcement services contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for $7.4 million.

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, county supervisors consider slashing grand jurors’ compensation, and more cities approve budgets for the new fiscal year.

Following a series of critical grand jury reports taking direct aim at the Orange County Board of Supervisors, supervisors are set Tuesday to consider reducing jurors’ compensation by 70 percent.

The proposal would cut their daily attendance fee from $50 per day to $15 per day. The county’s staff report doesn’t give a reason for the compensation cut.

This year’s grand jury has been particularly critical of county supervisors, with reports such as “CalOptima Burns While Majority of Supervisors Fiddle” and “A Call for Ethical Standards: Corruption in Orange County.”

It comes after supervisors, citing the reports, recently denied the grand jury’s request for an additional $20,000 to finish their work for the year.

The grand jury is expected this year to issue two more reports on CalOptima, the county-run health care program.

While supervisors continue to express frustration with this year’s grand jury, they’re also set Tuesday to implement one of the grand jury’s recommendations regarding CalOptima.

They are set to vote on appointing another member of the Board of Supervisors to the CalOptima board. The grand jury suggested that more than one supervisor serve on the board. Under the proposal, CalOptima staff would also give regular presentations to supervisors.

And budget approvals are continuing across Orange County this week, with action expected in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Lake Forest.

Costa Mesa council members are also scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $15,400 annual compensation increase for city CEO Tom Hatch, retroactive to February, along with reductions in his sick leave and vacation cap.

His new base salary will be around $218,000 plus a $650 monthly car allowance and $250 monthly technology allowance.

And finally, Anaheim council members are set to appoint residents to serve on the city charter review commission, amid intense debate over whether council members should be elected by council districts.

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

Monday, June 17

Santa Ana City Council (5:45 p.m.)

  • Notice of intent to levy a business improvement district and setting a public hearing to approve the district.
  • A $48,000 agreement with Matchpoint Tennis Academy to manage and operate the Cabrillo Tennis Center for a five-year term.
  • Second reading of the city’s two-year budget.
  • Setting administrative fines for code enforcement violations.

Mission Viejo City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Rejecting a claim made by an unnamed minor against the city for an unspecified amount.

Tuesday, June 18

Orange County Board of Supervisors (9 a.m.)

  • Cutting grand juror stipends by 70 percent, from $50 per day to $15 per day.
  • Appointing another county supervisor to the CalOptima board, after a grand jury recommendation that more than one supervisor serve on the board.
  • Approving a $390,000, one-year agreement with the 32nd District Agricultural Association for the sheriff’s department to police events at the Orange County Fairgrounds at overtime rates.
  • Approving a $445,000 agreement with the 32nd District Agricultural Association for the sheriff’s department to police the Orange County Fair.
  • Extending an information technology contract with Govplace for sheriff’s department data storage services; no storage size is noted in the county staff report.
  • Approving an agreement with Orange County cities, universities and water agencies for using the countywide mass notification system AlertOC.
  • Awarding a $313,000 sole-source contract to L-3 Communications Mobile-Vision, Inc. for sheriff’s patrol car video system and storage upgrades.
  • Awarding a $106,000 sole-source contract to NEC Corp. of America to convert the county’s fingerprint database from NEC’s proprietary format into a national standardized format.
  • Approving the county’s seven-year capital improvement program.
  • Allowing the city of Laguna Niguel to construct and maintain a bikeway along a portion of the Oso Creek Channel.

Closed session

  • Direction to County Counsel Nick Chrisos about the county’s purchase of property for a year-round homeless shelter at 301 S. State College Blvd., Fullerton.

Anaheim City Council

Special Meeting (2 p.m.)

  • Study session on 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

Regular Meeting (5 p.m.)

Costa Mesa City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Adopting a $132-million fiscal year 2014 budget, with $103 million in general fund spending and $19 million in capital improvements.
  • Approving a $15,400 annual compensation increase for city CEO Tom Hatch, retroactive to February, along with reductions in sick leave and vacation cap.

Dana Point City Council (5 p.m.)

  • Approving a city response to the South Coast Air Quailty Management District to allow cities to keep control and regulation of fire rings within their jurisdictions.

Laguna Beach City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Adopting the budgets for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • Purchasing three propane trolleys for $530,000.
  • Approving a five-year contract with Turbo Data to process parking citations.
  • Approving a city response to the South Coast Air Quailty Management District to allow cities to keep control and regulation of fire rings within their jurisdictions.

Laguna Niguel City Council (7 p.m.)

  • Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for $9.5 million.

Lake Forest City Council (7 p.m.)

Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 law enforcement services contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for $12.7 million.

Adopting the budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

Wednesday, June 19

Aliso Viejo City Council (7 p.m.)

  • Approving the appropriations limit for fiscal year 2013-2014 at $29 million.
  • Reviewing a year-end activity report prepared by contracted lobbyist services Townsend Public Affairs.

Closed Session

  • Appointing a new chief of police

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 business in local government, the Anaheim City Council considers elections by districts, and several agencies approve new budgets.

Anaheim council members are scheduled Tuesday to consider the Citizens Advisory Committee’s final recommendations, which include requiring council members be elected by their home districts and increasing the council’s size.

District elections are a hot-button issue in Orange County’s largest city, with the debate coming amid an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit asserting that the city’s current at large election system disenfranchises Latinos and violates state law, which requires adequate representation for minorities.

Activists have complained that Anaheim’s resources are unfairly distributed to the detriment of the city’s majority Latino population. They pointed out that all of the five sitting council members are non-Latino and from affluent neighborhoods.

Opponents of council districts say the concept would trigger political gridlock, because council members would be constantly jousting to steer resources to their districts. They also describe the push for council districts as racist, as the lawsuit implies that Latinos can only be fairly represented by other Latinos.

Also, with the new fiscal year beginning in July, Anaheim and other jurisdictions, including the county, are set to discuss and approve their spending plans this week.

Anaheim will hold its first budget hearing Tuesday, with debates also scheduled that day in Costa Mesa and Irvine.

The county, which is fighting a court order that it return up to $147 million in property tax revenue to the state, is also set to approve its new budget on Tuesday.

And Orange County Transportation Authority directors plan to adopt their new $1.3-billion budget on Monday.

Following in the footsteps of several other local cities, Garden Grove is scheduled Tuesday to vote on a social host ordinance. The law would permit misdemeanor criminal charges against anyone in control of private property who allows youths under 21 to drink alcohol on the premises.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Increasing IT contract with Xerox by $1.8 million, for a new total of $17.4 million.
  • Holding a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget and approving it.

Closed Session

  • Discussing the county’s appeal of a lawsuit in which a judge ordered Orange County to pay the state more than $140 million in lost property tax revenue.
  • Performance evaluation of Internal Auditor Peter Hughes.

Anaheim City Council Special Closed Session, Monday, June 10, at 1 p.m.

  • Negotiations for the city attorney position and possible appointment.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, June 11, at 2 p.m.

  • First session of the fiscal year 2013-14 city budget hearing.

Regular meeting at 5 p.m.

  • Considering a ballot measure to change the city’s at large election system to council districts, as recommended by the city’s citizens advisory committee.
  • Urging Congress to act on campaign finance reform specifically in response to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, June 11, at 5 p.m.

Orange County Transportation Authority, Monday, June 10, at 9 a.m.

  • Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 budget and withholding $800,000 from Metrolink until future OCTA board approval.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Approving a social host ordinance creating misdemeanor criminal liability for a person in control of private property to allow youth under 21 to drink alcohol on the premises.
  • Approving a contract with The Association of the Vietnamese Language and Culture Schools of Southern California to conduct the 2013 Moon Festival.
  • Approving annual levy of assessments for Garden Grove Street Lighting District No. 99-1, Garden Grove Park Maintenance District and Garden Grove Street Lighting District.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of property negotiations over Willowick Golf Course

Costa Mesa City Council Study Session, Tuesday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Discussion of fiscal year 2013-2014 preliminary budget.
  • Considering the Community Development Block Grant Public Service Grants for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Special Meeting at 6 p.m.

  • Modifying the Costa Mesa Homebuyer Assistance Program to allow for refinancing of first trust deed mortgages and re-subordination of Costa Mesa’s second trust deed mortgages.

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

  • Adopting a resolution opposing the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s proposed adoption of a Project Labor Agreement favoring union contractors on Measure Q construction projects.
  • Directing staff to draft a resolution supporting beach bonfire rings in coastal Orange County.
  • Amending municipal code to allow “transitional housing” and “supportive housing” in single-family residential, duplex residential, multi-damily residential, Old Towne mixed use, and public institution zoning districts either as a “permitted” or “conditionally permitted” use.

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

  • Receive presentation from the Orange County Transportation Authority on West County Connectors project.
  • Approving $20,000 payment to Townsend Public Affairs for advocacy efforts related to the I-405 Improvement Project.
  • Appointment by Councilwoman Margie Rice of one resident to the Community Services and Recreation Commission.

Adam Elmahrek 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, several cities adopt new budgets, and supervisors meet on a potential $140 million hit to the county budget.

Budget season is in full swing this week, with many cities debating and approving new spending plans for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1 in every city but Huntington Beach.

Approvals are scheduled in Santa Ana, Brea, Fullerton, Los Alamitos, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

Fountain Valley, La Palma and Yorba Linda plan to discuss next’s years proposed budgets and likely will make changes.

A city’s budget is often considered its most important document, laying out spending priorities and goals for services like parks, police, libraries and street maintenance.

Each of the budget meetings provides an opportunity for residents to weigh in and add their voice to the mix.

A special closed session is scheduled for county supervisors Monday to discuss an ongoing lawsuit by the state Department of Finance after a judge ruled that the county owes the state more than $140 million.

Supervisors are appealing that decision after losing their case last month.

The issue is the result of an omission several years ago by supervisors and county legislative staffers, who ignored warnings after they refinanced the 1994 county bankruptcy debt.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Monday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a California Department of Finance lawsuit in which a judge recently ruled that the county must return more than $140 million in property tax revenue to the state.

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

  • Approving the city’s two-year budget for fiscal years 2013-15.
  • Approving a $364,000-per-year helicopter services contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Approving a $50,000 contract to Management Partners Inc. to prepare the city’s five-year strategic plan.
  • Approving a $200,000 contract to Acire Inc. to provide design-build services for construction of secure bike parking facilities.
  • After-hours conditional use permit for The C4: Cure For the Common Deli.
  • Amending the city’s sunshine ordinance to extend the deadline for adopting the city’s five-year strategic plan, among other minor changes.

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

Fountain Valley City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-2014 operating budget and setting adoption hearing for June 18.

Closed Session

  • Direction to negotiator on terms and benefits to be paid to the new city manager.

Brea City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6:15 p.m.

  • Study session to “clarify regular meeting topics.”
  • Approving fiscal year 2013-2014 budgets.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, June 3, at 4 p.m.

  • Presentation by the police department on its proposal to install video cameras downtown, as well as recommendations surrounding alcohol sales downtown.
  • Repealing the city’s ban on hypnotism by anyone other than licensed psychologists.

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

Los Alamitos City Council Special Meeting, Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopting the fiscal year 2013-2014 operating and capital improvement budgets.

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

  • Making adjustments to the fiscal year 2013-2014 proposed city budget.

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

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the law enforcement services agreement for fiscal year 2013-2014 for $6.6 million.
  • Adopting the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

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

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving an agreement to receive prosecution services from  Orange County.
  • Adopting the operating budget and capital improvement program for fiscal year 2013-2014.
  • Discussing recommendations to expand use of the city government access channel.

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

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

San Clemente City Council, Monday, June 4, at 6 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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