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Topping this week’s decisions in local government, the Anaheim City Council majority plans to take away one of the mayor’s few powers, and Costa Mesa approves a cost increase for outsourced reprographics services.

Anaheim officials and activists are set for an early-morning meeting Monday, an 8 a.m. special meeting called by Councilman Jordan Brandman.

The council majority is poised to strip Mayor Tom Tait of his power to unilaterally place items on council meeting agendas, a move that Tait said is retaliation for his efforts to inform the community about the pending Angel Stadium lease deal.

The move comes after Tait placed on the agenda last week a public discussion of the Angel Stadium lease, the subject of heated arguments between Tait and the council majority.

In Costa Mesa, City Council members are set to increase the amount they pay the county for outsourced reprographic services, since those costs are expected to be $28,000 more this year than originally approved by the council majority.

Council members are also set to repeal a city ordinance banning soliciting work from moving vehicles, in response to a federal appeals court ruling against Redondo Beach.

They also plan to establish an information technology department and IT director.

Finally, county supervisors are poised to pay Xerox a $109,000 “performance incentive award” on a computer and phone contract that dates back to the year 2000.

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

Monday, Sept. 30

Anaheim City Council (Special Meeting) – 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

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

  • Approving a $170,000 change order to ISI Detention Contracting Group for overhauling the electric sliding doors in the central men’s and women’s jails.
  • Approving an $18,000, one-year contract extension with Paetec Software Corp. for managing billing for the county’s internal public network telecom services.
  • Approving a $60,000 increase to the county’s law enforcement services contract with the Orange County Transportation Authority, raising the cost to $5.7 million for this fiscal year.
  • Awarding a $2-million contract to PUB Construction for general contracting services on unspecified projects.
  • Approving five leases with Civic Center LLC for the public defender’s office at $602,000 per year.
  • Awarding a $109,000 “performance incentive award” to Xerox State and Local Solutions.

San Clemente City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Approving a contract with Chandler Asset Management to manage the city’s investment portfolio for $30,000 for nine months.
  • Introduction to the draft centennial general plan.

Dana Point City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Awarding a contract to Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates for parking management in Town Center.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Rejecting legal claims filed by Marlene Stark and Ewing Brown.
  • Approving a 2-percent increase on service rates for basic life support and advanced life support ambulance transportation.

San Juan Capistrano City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Approving a $459,000 contract with Pacific Winds Building for the installation of emergency generators at the ground water recovery plant and for three portable generators for the wells that feed into the plant.
  • Approving a one-year contract with Interwest Consulting Group for traffic and city engineering for $181,000.

Lake Forest City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Approving the affordable housing agreement for the development of 187 low-income apartments built by Meta Housing Corporation.
  • Approving a three-year contract with Emanuels Jones and Associates for lobbying services at $34,000 per year.

La Palma City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Authorizing spending $1.5 million from general fund reserves in order to establish an irrevocable trust with the California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust.
  • Approving a deposit-reimbursement agreement with La Palma Sign Partners to cover city expenses to advance the concept of digital billboards.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Aliso Viejo City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Receiving an economic development status report.

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, members of the Anaheim City Council will discuss their controversial proposed lease terms for Angel Stadium, and Garden Grove Council is set to give police officers a pay raise to offset new pension payment requirements.

Amid an uproar from activists and reassurances from city leaders about a proposed new stadium lease with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the City Council is slated to again discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday.

In a 4-1 vote earlier this month, the council approved a framework for negotiations that grants team owner Arte Moreno the land around the stadium for 66 years at $1 per year.

Many of the questions surrounding the deal center on a lack of publicly-available studies that show how much tax revenue the city would reap under the proposed deal.

A lease proposal on the table now would allow Moreno to use revenue from development of the property to finance up to $150 million in improvements for the stadium. More than 5,100 residential units, 3 million square feet for office space and 3 million square feet for commercial space could be built on the land.

Moreno also would be allowed to drop “Anaheim” from the team’s current name, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Also coming up on Tuesday, Garden Grove council members are set to give police officers a pay increase to compensate for higher pension contribution requirements under a new state law.

The state law, known as PEPRA, will require the officers to increase their pension payments from 9 percent of salary to 12 percent. The city is set to boost their salary by 3 percent in order for the officers to not bear that extra cost.

On top of that 3-percent increase, council members are set to approve another 4-percent salary raise for police officers, phased in over the next two years, and permit higher payouts for unused sick leave.

Overall, the changes are expected to cost taxpayers an extra $1.1 million per year.

And Santa Ana Unified School District board members are slated to appoint a new superintendent to succeed Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, who retired this summer after two years on the job.

Meléndez de Santa Ana has gone on to serve as the top education advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In the meantime, Charles McCully, retired Fresno Unified School District superintendent, has served as interim superintendent at Santa Ana Unified.

The new superintendent’s name and the terms of his or her employment contract are not available in the district’s online meeting agenda.

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

Monday, Sept. 23

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

Cypress City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Approving a 28,500 square-foot warehouse and distribution center at 10701 Holder St. beside homes.
  • Deciding whether to overrule Public Works Director Douglas Dancs’ denial of a request for a new signage program at Cypress West Shopping Center.

Seal Beach City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Adopting an urgency ordinance extending a ban on any new smoke shop, electronic cigarette retailer or drug paraphernalia retailer.
  • Increasing City Manager Jill Ingram’s salary from $190,000 to $210,200 as well as adding $2,000 per year in city contributions to her deferred compensation plan.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Anaheim City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Discussing Angel Stadium lease terms.
  • Canceling the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce contract to administer the city’s enterprise zone, which the state has eliminated by end of this year.
  • Police department report on the impacts of state prison realignment.
  • Mapping city council districts.
  • An ordinance banning camping and storage of personal goods in public spaces.

Irvine City Council – 5 p.m.

Orange City Council – 4:30 p.m.

  • Increasing the top salary step for police captain from $167,160 to $177,470.
  • Approving a letter of understanding with the City of Orange Police Association that will ultimately cost taxpayers an extra $530,000 per year.
  • Considering unspecified changes to the City Council meeting schedule and format at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Mark Murphy.
  • Removing a city ordinance requirement that sex offenders put signs on their front doors on Halloween stating “No candy or treats at this residence.”

San Clemente City Council – 4 p.m.

  • Public hearing to the draft Centennial General Plan, draft environmental impact report, draft bicycle and pedestrian master plan and draft climate action plan.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa City Employees Association.

Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education – 6 p.m.

  • Appointing of a new superintendent and approving his or her employment contract.
  • Adopting a resolution for Path to Biliteracy and Seal of Biliteracy.
  • Authorizing obtaining request for qualifications for land appraisal services for future district projects.
  • Acknowledging the receipt of initial bargaining proposals for the district, Santa Ana Educators’ Association and California School Employees Association, Chapter 41.
  • Adopting a textbook for high school Advanced Placement Human Geography.

Closed Session

  • Discussing appointment of assistant director for food services, a high school assistant principal and an early childhood education coordinator.
  • Discussing property negotiations regarding “Carlson Avenue, City of Irvine,” with unspecified negotiating party.

Garden Grove City Council – 6:30 p.m.

  • Approving a 7-percent pay increase for Garden Grove police officers.
  • Approving the recognized obligation payment schedule for redevelopment projects for the first half of 2014.
  • Approving a $127,000-per-year graffiti abatement contract with Graffiti Protective Coatings, Inc.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Approving a 3 percent increase to the city manager’s annual salary to a total amount of $192,610.

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 will reconsider a controversial $120-million bond for Garden Grove Unified School District, and Huntington Beach City Council members could decide on an agreement for a large housing development.

The Garden Grove Unified bonds are back on the table Tuesday for supervisors to decide whether to grant the debt this time despite recent financial troubles at the district.

The district needs supervisors to issue the bonds because it’s been at risk of not meeting “its financial obligations for current fiscal year or two subsequent fiscal years.”

The district’s most recent budget of $430 million in total expenses had a $76-million deficit. The proposed budget for this fiscal year again showed a deficit, this time $60 million.

Supervisors will also have another chance to appoint David Ball to the board of the Orange County Employees Retirement System or OCERS. Previously, members of local city councils argued that supervisors should appoint a representative from city government to the public seat on the retirement board.

The appointment is a significant, because unions and supervisors’ appointees have been clashing over proposals for agencies to sharply increase their payments into the pension system to reduce its unfunded liabilities.

Members of Huntington Beach City Council are set to approve a major development agreement for a 510-unit housing project called Pedigo Apartments.

The project includes a six-level parking structure and would be built at the southwest corner of Edinger Avenue and Gothard Street.

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

Monday, Sept. 16

Aliso Viejo City Council Special Meeting – 1:30 p.m.

Closed session

  • Discussion on appointing a city manager, with announcement at the Sept. 18 meeting.

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Choosing between three options for moving ahead with the city’s strategic plan engagement process.
  • Conditional use permits to sell alcohol at Native Son Alehouse on Fourth Street and A Boudin Restaurant on Main Street.
  • A $75,000 contract with Evan Brooks Associates for streetcar project management and advocacy services.
  • Agreements with Downtown Inc. and the Santa Ana Business Council to distribute funds from the special business tax for programming.
  • An $84,350 contract with Lexipol for police department policy manual maintenance, support and training services.
  • Amendments to the neighborhood stabilization program to allow for redevelopment activities.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Terminating city-school agreements with Fountain Valley, Ocean View, Huntington Beach City School Districts and Coast Community College District, which outline city use of selected school facilities to conduct community recreation programs.
  • Delegating authority to the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District for cleaning and maintenance within the its boundaries.
  • Appointing Kenneth Domer as assistant city manager.
  • Approving a development agreement with Pedigo Gothard, with Pedigo South Edinger and with the George W. Psaros Trust for the Pedigo Apartments, a 510-unit multifamily residential development with a six-level parking structure at the southwest corner of Edinger Avenue and Gothard Street.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

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

Closed Session

  • Discussion of successful state lawsuit challenging the county’s diversion of more than $73 million in property taxes to itself.
  • Discussion of county lawsuit alleging it was defrauded by computer contractor Tata Consultancy Services.

Dana Point City Council – 5 p.m.

  • Approving a resolution to award city employees a salary increase to coincide with a requirement that city employees increase their contribution to pensions.
  • Authorizing a letter in opposition to Assembly Bill 604, known as the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act, which would allow commercial sale of medical marijuana.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Approving a $52,000 final payment to Cognify Inc. for information technology support and a computer-aided dispatch and records management system.

San Clemente City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Approving a solar permit fee waiver program to provide a $300 free credit for commercial solar electric and solar water heating permits.
  • Approving a contract with Noble Americas to purchase electricity at a rate of $48 per kilowatt-hour.

Laguna Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

Lake Forest City Council – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Aliso Viejo City Council Special Meeting – 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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Topping this week’s actions in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors discuss whether to appeal the Saddle Crest ruling, and Cypress officials refuse to disclose who they’re negotiating a property deal with.

Supervisors are set for a busy meeting Tuesday, with several items expected to draw lots of interest.

Atop the list is a $132-million computer contract with Xerox that has been fraught with accusations that the company broke a promise not to raise its price and then used threats to try to coerce the county into paying the higher cost.

Supervisors are also scheduled to discuss a recent Superior Court ruling that they failed to follow state law and the county’s own land use plans when approving the 65-home Saddle Crest development in rural Trabuco Canyon.

Activists have called on Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who represents the canyons area but entered office after the project’s approval, to oppose an appeal of the ruling.

And finally, supervisors are also set to add 90 new Social Services Agency workers in preparation for the new state healthcare exchange under Obamacare and to increase the maximum basic life support fee for 911 private ambulance transportation from $717 to $731.

On Monday, Cypress City Council members are scheduled to go into closed session to discuss property negotiations, but they aren’t disclosing who the other party is despite a state law recommendation to the contrary.

The city lists the property in question as 8721 Cypress Street.

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

Monday, Sept. 9

Orange County Transportation Authority — 9 a.m.

Cypress City Council — 7 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of property negotiations with an undisclosed party regarding 8721 Cypress Street.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

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

  • Approving a $132.4-million, five-year contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions to manage the county’s voice and data networks and upgrade phones to Voice over IP.
  • Approving property tax rates for fiscal year 2013-14.
  • Approving contract with National Corrective Group and CorrectiveSolutions for GPS tracking of adult inmates in a home detention program after supervisors voted to cancel the current contract with Sentinel Offender Services effective Sept. 30.
  • Approving a master Health Care Agency contract with unspecified medical providers.
  • Approving a $4.1-million, one-year contract with Flagship Airport Services for custodial maintenance services at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approving the addition of 90 full-time Social Services Agency positions and converting 54 existing extra help positions to regular status in preparation for the opening of the state healthcare exchange pre-enrollment.
  • Approving contracts with Reilly & Associates, Bickmore Risk Services, Scott & Whitehead, and Woodruff Spradlin & Smart to provide employment investigations on an as-needed basis.
  • Approving official response to the grand jury report “To Protect and To Serve: A Look at Tools to Assist Law Enforcement in Achieving Positive Outcomes With the Homeless Mentally Ill.”
  • Increasing the maximum basic life support fee for 911 private ambulance transportation from $717 to $731.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a recent Superior Court ruling that supervisors failed to follow state law and the county’s own land use plans when approving the 65-home Saddle Crest development in rural Trabuco Canyon.

Orange City Council — 4:30 p.m.

  • Public hearing on zoning properties to urban mixed use in the Katella Corridor 2010 General Plan Land Use Focus Area.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting — 4:30 p.m.

  • Study session on a proposed zoning change allowing 15-home small-lot developments in multifamily residential zones.

Irvine City Council — 5 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council — 6:30 p.m.

  • Presentation of Target Stores giving a donation to the police department.
  • Approving $62,000 in expenses to demolish four single-family homes to make way for a hotel development.

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, 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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