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Topping this week’s actions in local government, the Anaheim City Council is set to vote on a key provision in the city’s stadium lease with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and La Palma considers digital billboards, which have sparked controversy in Placentia.

Anaheim council members are set to vote Tuesday on the new negotiating points, which allow the team to drop “Anaheim” from its name altogether.

As Voice of OC reported on Friday, the deal will likely bring back sour memories for Orange County residents who felt duped when Angels owner Arte Moreno added “Los Angeles” to the brand.

Beyond full naming rights over the team, franchise owners would also receive a 66-year lease of the stadium land, including a 50-acre parcel called the Stadium District, for $1 per year.

Under that arrangement, the city would be freed from spending about $600,000 annually for stadium upkeep, according to a staff report.

The land lease outline being considered next week could allow team owners to keep all tax revenue, such as hotel room taxes and sales tax generated from developing the area.

The land around Angel Stadium is estimated to be worth $300 million.

And in La Palma, City Council members will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a contract with La Palma Sign Partners to “cover City expenses associated with advancing the concept of digital billboards in the City.”

That firm apparently isn’t fully formed yet, with the city’s agenda stating that the city manager would “execute the agreement once the formation of La Palma Sign Partners, LLC is completed.”

It vote come on the heels of a recent digital billboard controversy in Placentia, where angry residents forced council members to back down from plans to erect five electronic billboards next to homes along Route 57.

Those residents were mainly upset because plans for the billboards, one of which would go up in a residential cul-de-sac and another next to a children’s playground in a park, were seemingly being pushed through with little community discussion.

And Huntington Beach is set to adopt a $314-million total budget for fiscal year 2013-14, including a $194-million general fund budget.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Anaheim City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Extending the time the Angels may leave Anaheim’s stadium from 2016 to 2019.
  • A negotiating framework for leasing the stadium and surrounding land to the Angels.
  • A report summarizing the Police Department’s community outreach and operational enhancements.

Santa Ana City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Proposed changes to the city’s employee classifications and compensation plans and amendments to the city’s 2013-15 budget.
  • Confirming the rate policy for city-owned parking garages and surface parking lots in the downtown.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Adopting a $314-million total budget for fiscal year 2013-14, including a $194-million general fund budget.
  • At Mayor Connie Boardman’s request, sending a letter to state representatives, Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority opposing toll lanes on Interstate 405.
  • Amending the municipal code to clarify that the city has the ability to enforce entitlement conditions of approval and issue civil or criminal citations for violations.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

Placentia City Council – 6 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of federal lawsuit Jones v. City of Placentia, U.S. District Court case number SACV-1878-JST(JPRx).

Lake Forest City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Second reading of zoning change and development agreement with Foothill Village for building homes in a partially abandoned auto mall.
  • Approving final tract maps of 120 lots for single family homes on Catalina east of Dimension Drive and $611,000 in bonds related to the project.

La Palma City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Approving a deposit-reimbursement contract with La Palma Sign Partners to cover city expenses associated with advancing the concept of digital billboards within the city and authorizing the city manager to execute the agreement once the formation of La Palma Sign Partners is completed.
  • Discussion of designating the Development Committee as the city’s Planning 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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