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Topping this week’s actions in local government, the Lake Forest City Council is set to vote on a controversial residential development, and county supervisors again consider a massive $134-million contract with Xerox.

Tuesday’s meeting in Lake Forest is expected to be heated, with a decision expected on the first part of a plan to build about 220 homes in a mostly abandoned auto mall on the city’s northern edge.

The project’s developers have steered nearly $50,000 to support the new council majority. Questions have also been raised about whether the council majority violated the Ralph M. Brown Act in February when it voted to cancel an independent review of the developers’ feasibility studies.

Also Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to reconsider a controversial $134-million computer contract with Xerox.

The vote was delayed last week amid questions about a $27-million price hike to the contract even before it has been approved, with few details from county staff.

County staff said that about $12 million of that increase was added by Xerox itself, despite a company executive assuring supervisors last November that Xerox would stick by its $107-million final offer.

There’s a chance that the vote could be delayed further, given that Supervisor Todd Spitzer isn’t expected to attend this week’s meeting.

Dana Point council members are also set Tuesday to vote on plans to sell a 3.2-acre park property just south of where Interstate 5 meets Pacific Coast Highway.

City staff have said that the land, which was purchased for $1.9 million in 1992 — $3.2 million in today’s dollars — has never been used and is inappropriate for a park.

Should the council move forward with getting rid of the land, a public hearing would be set for Sept. 17.

While some cities are holding special meetings this week, most councils aren’t meeting because it’s the fifth week of the month.

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

Monday, July 29

Los Alamitos City Council Special Meeting – 6 p.m.

  • Discussing upcoming zoning requirements from the state (Senate Bill 2 from 2007) that places new requirements for emergency shelters, transitional and supportive housing and single-room occupancy units.
  • Approving contracts with the Los Alamitos Unified School District and City of Cypress for a school resource officer, at a cost of $179,000 this fiscal year.
  • Appointing Interim Finance Director Linda Manguson as city treasurer, after “the departure of the City’s Finance Director and City Treasurer.”
  • Increasing consulting contract by $14,600 to Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. for preparing a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) annual report

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointing a new city manager.

Tuesday, July 30

Orange County Board of Supervisors – 9:30 a.m. (Revisions)

  • Approving a $134-million contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. for voice and data network services, extending current Xerox contract to Feb. 6 for $8.2 million and a $243,000 cost increase to SAIC, Inc.
  • Renewing contract with Xerox HR Solutions for total benefits self-service administrator services at a cost of $2.2 million per year.
  • Approving a resolution authorizing county Human Resources staff to access state and federal criminal history for employees, including contract and volunteer employees, performing licensing regulatory duties who have access to Foster Family Home licensing information.
  • Approving contracts with Steve Connolly as executive director and John W. Harris as investigations analyst at the Office of Independent Review.
  • Approve response to grand jury report “Fixing the Law — Cutting Through the Tangle of Child Support and Custody.”
  • Forming a real estate ad-hoc committee composed of Chairman Shawn Nelson and Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

Dana Point City Council Special Meeting – 6 p.m.

  • Approving resolution of intention to dispose of land on Via Canon that was purchased for park space in 1992 for $1.9 million but never developed.

Lake Forest City Council Adjourned Meeting – 7 p.m.

  • Approving a general plan amendment, zoning change, development agreement, tentative tract map, site development permit and mitigated negative declaration for the Brookfield Homes development at the Foothill Ranch Auto Center.

Friday, Aug. 2

Huntington Beach City Council Special Meeting – 8:30 a.m. at the Central Library

  • Strategic planning session with mayor, council members, elected officials, city manager and department heads, facilitated by Marilyn Snider of Snider and Associates.

Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

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Topping this week’s action in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will vote on a massive computer contract, and the Anaheim City Council is set to strike an employment deal with its new city manager.

The supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to award a $134-million contract to Xerox State & Local Solutions to run the county’s voice and data systems.

The contract is accompanied by an $8.9-million contract extension for Xerox’s current contract and a $243,000 contract increase for another vendor, SAIC.

County information technology contracting has been fraught with controversy because of millions of dollars in cost overruns and delays. The bidding process on this contract was no different, including intense lobbying of supervisors and closed-door meetings among supervisors’ staff members.

The current Xerox deal, for example, was originally set to expire in 2011 but is now set to be extended again to January 2014. It has already had 19 amendments.

In Anaheim on Tuesday, council members are scheduled to vote on an employment contract with their new city manager, Marcie Edwards.

Edwards, who was known to be close to previous City Manager Tom Wood, was the city’s public utilities general manager from 2001 until this month and served as acting assistant city manager between 2009 and 2011.

Her appointment earlier this month came as a surprise, since she had said in May that she wasn’t interested in the job.

Under the proposed contract, Edwards would receive a $283,686 base salary and car allowance of around $7,800 per year or use of a city-owned car.

If Edwards is forced out of her position before December 2018, she would receive a severance equal to six months of pay.

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

Monday, July 22

Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors – 9 a.m.

Laguna Niguel City Council – 4 p.m.

  • Approving the Crown Valley Park Master Plan.

Mission Viejo City Council – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23

Orange County Board of Supervisors – 9:30 a.m. (Revisions)

  • Awarding a $134-million, five-year contract to Xerox State & Local Solutions for voice and data network services, plus an $8.9-million contract extension for Xerox’s current contract and a $243,000 contract increase to SAIC.
  • Approving proposed response to the recent grand jury report “The Culture of Harassment:  Change on the Horizon.”
  • Denying bid protest from K&J Air Conditioning on contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades at the Los Alamitos Rossmoor Branch Library, and awardinga  $342,000 contract to to Bon Air.
  • Awarding a $1.4-million construction contract to PUB Construction, Inc. for improvements at the Theo Lacy Facility Communications Building for office space to be used by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
  • Approving an $827,000 agreement with the City of Santa Ana to provide housing and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Awarding a five-year, $3.3-million contract to Sentry Control Systems for maintaining the Parking and Revenue Control System at John Wayne Airport.

Anaheim City Council – 3 p.m.

Irvine City Council – 4 p.m.

  • Transferring ownership of iShuttle buses from OCTA to Irvine.
  • Settlement agreement between Irvine and Tustin.
  • Adoption of a revised payment schedule for submission to the state Department of Finance on behalf of the successor agency to the city’s former redevelopment agency.
  • Distribution of Community Block Development Grant funds.
  • Consideration of new sister cities relationship and trade mission to Taoyuan, Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea.
  • Status report on Orange County Fire Authority ad hoc committee to study fire services equity and a contract with a consultant to evaluate OCFA services to Irvine.
  • Interim city attorney report on change orders at Northwood Community Center project and approval of budget adjustment.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting – 5:45 p.m.

  • Santa Ana/Garden Grove transit vision update.

Wednesday, July 24

Westminster City Council – 7 p.m.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council – 7 p.m.

Adam Elmahrek, Brendan Wiles and Thy Vo 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 action in local government, Orange County supervisors decide whether to form a parenting commission, and Lake Forest City Council members decide on a controversial housing project in an auto mall.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will likely turn down a grand jury recommendation that it form a parenting commission that would help steer mental health funds for counseling parents and children, monitor counseling programs and promote family court orders that “will likely yield compliance and maximum contact with both parents.”

The suggestion came from a February grand jury report titled “Best Interest of the Child,” in which the jury found that $1.3 billion in child support has gone uncollected in Orange County.

Among the recommendations was a parenting commission composed of representatives from child support services; court mediation services; family law and Hispanic sections of the Orange County Bar Association; the Legal Aid Society of Orange County; a participating counseling program; social services; and the county mental health services.

The supervisors’ proposed response, however, asserts that such a panel is “not necessary or appropriate at this time” because of the many existing resources for parents and children.

Also coming up this week, council members in Lake Forest are scheduled to vote on the main approvals for a controversial housing project in an auto mall.

The project’s developers steered nearly $50,000 to support council members in the last election cycle. They plan to build about 220 homes in an abandoned auto mall on the city’s northern edge.

Questions have also been raised about whether the council violated the Ralph M. Brown Act in February when it voted to cancel an independent review of the developers’ feasibility studies. The agenda stated that the issue would only be discussed.

Whether a vote will actually take place Tuesday isn’t clear. City staff is recommending that the item be continued to July 30.

The Laguna Niguel City Council is set to adopt a resolution “supporting transparent and open government,” but it’s unclear what practical steps they have in mind. The city’s online agenda doesn’t include links to staff reports or attachments – including the proposed resolution on transparency.

Monday, July 15

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Ordinance changing rules on alcohol sales and entertainment.
  • Mayor Miguel Pulido’s proposal for public art on utility boxes.
  • Contract with Townsend Public Affairs for state government liaison services.

Irvine City Council Special Closed Session – 1:30 p.m.

  • Discussing appointment of a city attorney.

Tuesday, July 16

Orange County Board of Supervisors – 9:30 a.m. (Revisions)

  • Select Navex Global to provide online equal employment training for the county’s nonmanagement and supervisory staff and begin contract negotiations.
  • Approving lease with Pacific Harbor Hospitality Group LLC for restaurant space at Dana Point Harbor, for $114,000 per year, or 9 percent of gross receipts, whichever is higher.
  • Approving contract with Parking Concepts to operate county parks’ parking lots, with PCI to receive 33 percent of gross parking receipts.
  • Approving response to the grand jury report “Best Interest of the Child – Lost Child Support Costs $1.3 Billion.”

Closed Session

  • Performance evaluation of Internal Auditor Peter Hughes.
  • Property negotiations with Wild Rivers Irvine over leasing county property at the former El Toro air base.

Dana Point City Council – 5 p.m.

Lake Forest City Council – 5:30 p.m.

  • Approving zoning change, development agreement, tentative tract map, site development permit and mitigated negative declaration for the Brookfield Residential project, with staff recommending continuation to July 30 meeting.
  • Approving an agreement with Orange County to coordinate and provide Emergency Mass Notification Services (Alert OC) through 2017.
  • Hearing an appeal of the planning commissions denial of a liquor license for the Foothill Ranch Car Wash.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

San Clemente City Council – 6 p.m.

Laguna Niguel City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Adopting an unspecified resolution “supporting transparent and open government.”

Wednesday, July 17

Aliso Viejo City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Rejecting claims against the city brought by Jason Lagas, Nathan Helman, and Adam and Fahim Hokoki.

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 South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to vote on controversial restrictions for beach bonfires, and Irvine considers adding $1 million to its Great Park budget to accommodate outsourcing.

The AQMD’s governing board is scheduled Friday to establish new regulations banning beach fire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties within 700 feet of a residence and giving cities greater power to ban fire rings in their jurisdiction.

The proposal is a softening of its position from an all-out ban in the face of a major backlash from many local residents and elected officials, who argue that the bonfires are a quintessential part of Southern California culture.

The ban has been advocated by residents of Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar neighborhood, who complain that the fires are hazardous to their health and well-being.

The new proposal would also ban beach burning when high levels of fine particles are forecast in coastal air and request proposals for low-emission, nonwood fire pits, such as those using natural gas.

Even with the lighter approach, the meeting is expected to draw numerous local residents on both sides of the issue.

The Irvine City Council is set Tuesday to approve a midyear budget adjustment adding $1 million in costs for outsourcing Great Park programming to a nonprofit organization.

The city staff report doesn’t explain why the outsourcing is expected to cost more.

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

Monday, July 8

OCTA Board of Directors — 9 a.m.

Tuesday, July 9

Irvine City Council Special Meeting — 3 p.m.

  • Budget adjustments for costs associated with outsourcing certain Orange County Great Park programs.
  • Appointment of a City Council subcommittee for a proposed Campos Verdes project development agreement.

Orange City Council — 4:30 p.m.

  • Approving a contract with the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute violations of the Orange Municipal Code by juveniles at $234 per prosecution.
  • Approving an agreement to pay Discovery Science Center $17,500 for developing and presenting environmental curriculum.
  • Sending a 2012 general plan progress report to the governor’s office.
  • Paying Danny Letner Inc. $77,300 for reroofing the Ruby’s Diner at Orange Depot.

Garden Grove City Council — 5:30 p.m.

  • Approving a zoning change and developer agreement with Brandywine Homes to allow construction of 18 single-family homes.
  • Approving an $840 per-month, three-year contract with Time Warner Cable to provide Internet services to City Hall at 20 Mbps.
  • Approving a $500,000, one-year contract with Scott Fazekas & Associates for plan check services.

Newport Beach City Council — 7 p.m.

  • Approving zoning changes and formation of ad hoc committee to negotiate with RD Olson Development on re-use of the former city hall property.
  • Direction to staff regarding the future of the “Miracle Mile” area of West Coast Highway west of Dover Drive and east of Newport Boulevard.

Friday, July 12

South Coast AQMD Governing Board Special Meeting — 9 a.m.

  • Amending air quality regulations to prohibit beach fire rings within 700 feet of a residence and giving cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties greater power to ban fire rings in their jurisdiction.

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, Santa Ana moves toward a new downtown business improvement model, and Costa Mesa buys ambulances to help reshape its fire department.

A hearing is set Monday before Santa Ana City Council members on forming a downtown business improvement district and tax, part of a yearslong controversy over how best to attract customers to the city’s core.

Funding for Downtown Inc. — which promotes, cleans and provides security for the city’s downtown core — used to come from a property business improvement district, which levied a special tax.

But the earlier district died after local Latino business owners complained that it was too costly and mostly benefited the burgeoning night scene.

Under a new agreement, proceeds of the new district would be equally split between two groups — Downtown Inc. and the Santa Ana Business Council, a group composed of merchants who opposed the special property tax and are likely to conduct more Latino-oriented promotions.

On Tuesday in Costa Mesa, council members are set to approve the purchase of six rescue ambulances as part of a reorganization of the city’s Fire Department toward lower-cost responses to medical calls.

Only 2 percent of the Fire Department’s calls are for fires, according to a staff report. About 70 percent are for medical aid and rescue.

Together, the vehicles cost $1.3 million or about $222,000 each. Gurneys will cost another $91,000 or about $15,000 each.

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

Monday, July 1

Santa Ana City Council — 5:45 p.m.

  • Public hearing on forming a downtown business improvement district and tax.
  • Agreement with Matchpoint Tennis Academy for operation of the Cabrillo Tennis Center.
  • Establishment of a 2013 fiestas ad hoc committee.

Irvine City Council Special Closed Session — 1 p.m.

  • Labor negotiations with various city employees groups.

Huntington Beach City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Overview presentation of the Senior Center project in Central Park.
  • Presentation on plans to redesign the commercial portion of the Pacific City site.
  • Establishing new requirements for future downtown businesses that sell alcohol.
  • Directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance doubling fines for alcohol-related violations of municipal code during major holidays and on the beach during the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Tuesday, July 2

Anaheim City Council Workshop — 3 p.m.

  • Convention Center expansion.

Anaheim City Council Regular Meeting — 5 p.m.

  • Appointment of Michael Houston as city attorney and employment agreement.
  • Requiring city charter committee appointees to file statements of economic interest.
  • Placing on the June 2014 ballot changing the City Council’s electoral system so that council candidates have residency requirements and increasing the number of council members from four to six, with a mayor elected at large.
  • Placing on the June 2014 ballot changing the City Council’s electoral system so that council candidates are elected by districts.

Costa Mesa City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Purchasing six rescue ambulances as part of a reorganization of the city’s Fire Department toward lower-cost responses to medical calls.
  • Approving a revised Emergency Operations Plan.

Lake Forest City Council — 7 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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