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Among this week’s happenings in local government are a public forum on Santa Ana’s budget and a 5-percent jump in train ridership on Metrolink’s Orange County line.

Santa Ana residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on their city’s budget at a community outreach meeting on Tuesday night.

The forum, which is mandated by the city’s new Sunshine Ordinance, will be held at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers.

It’s hosted by the city’s finance department and new the new city manager, David Cavazos.

Also this week, the region’s main railroad planning agency is set to discuss ridership numbers.

Metrolink’s Orange County line saw a 4.9-percent jump in ridership between last September and this September, while overall system ridership was down 0.4 percent, according to a presentation to the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency’s technical advisory committee.

Overall ridership on Metrolink’s Orange County line was slightly less than 200,000 this September, according to the agency.

Over the same period, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route. which runs through Orange County, saw a 2.3-percent drop in passengers to 2.7 million.

The committee meets Friday.

And finally, Seal Beach City Council members are set to ban the keeping of pigs.

A city staff report recommends the change because the city’s ban on “hogs” unintentionally applied only to pigs that weigh more than 120 pounds.

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

Monday, Oct. 28

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

  • Request for proposals for customer information center.
  • Measure M2 revenue updated forecast.
  • Regional traffic signal synchronization overview.
  • Strategic plan update.

Seal Beach City Council – 7 p.m.

  • An ordinance banning the keeping of pigs of any kind.
  • Sending a letter reaffirming the city’s position on the Interstate 405 improvement project

Closed Session

  • Discussion of lawsuit against Ruby’s Diner.

Cypress City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Presentation on pedestrian safety.
  • Approving $7,000 “retention stimulus” payments for city executives and a 4-percent pay raise for middle management and confidential employees, for a total projected cost of $98,000 this fiscal year.
  • Waiving the $300 application fee for a temporary use permit for the Caldwell dental care event.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Orange County Great Park Board Special Meeting – 2 p.m.

  • Presentation on fees for the balloon and carousel.
  • Discussion about the FivePoint Communities development and Great Park plan.

Yorba Linda City Council – 5:30 p.m.

  • Selection of special legal counsel for an unspecified case.

Closed Session

  • Performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Pulone.

Santa Ana Budget Outreach Community Meeting – 6 p.m.

  • Public forum on the city’s budget, hosted by city finance officials and City Manager David Cavazos.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Laguna Woods City Council – 2 p.m.

  • Extending by three years a bush shelter franchise contract with Clear Channel Outdoor and reducing the guaranteed minimum yearly payment from $81,000 to $40,000.
  • Delegating the city’s authority to select an ambulance provider to the Orange County Fire Authority.
  • Replacing the quarterly Wood Works newsletter with periodic targeted mailings, public forums and a mayor’s column.
  • Approving a contract with PMC for climate adaptation plan development services.

Friday, Nov. 1

South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board – 9 a.m.

  • Requiring large lead-acid battery recycling facilities to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions.
  • Approving a $200,000 contract with the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine to develop hydrogen storage capability for their gas blending facility.
  • Issuing a request for proposals to upgrade hydrogen fueling stations.
  • Purchasing an additional year of maintenance support for the Ingres Relational Database Management System for $180,000.
  • Approving a $133,000, one-year extension of a contract with Cordoba Corp. for the Air Quality Institute outreach program.

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board – 9 a.m. (Update)

  • Presentation from Orange County Public Works on its program to control pollutants in storm water runoff.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against the Orange County Sanitation District.
  • Discussion of unspecified items.

LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency Technical Advisory Committee – 12:30 p.m.

  • Presentation on the latest ridership and revenue statistics and customer satisfaction.
  • Discussing the draft administrative support agreement with the LOSSAN Managing Agency.

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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Among this week’s happenings in local government are the appointment by the Orange County Board of Supervisors of a home developer to a committee that suggests changes to the county’s development review process, and a new city manager for Los Alamitos.

Among the responsibilities of the county’s Development Processing Review Committee is to “ensure consistent application of policies and procedures, codes and regulations in the development review process.”

Supervisor Janet Nguyen is recommending that her colleagues appoint Crystal Burckle, a project manager at Standard Pacific Homes, to serve on the committee.

According to her resume, Burckle’s job is to “lead project teams in the development of new home communities,” including working “closely with governmental agencies to secure project entitlements and approvals.”

Those projects include the 93-home “Avignon at Blackstone,” which her resume says is currently being entitled by the county and the city of Brea.

Other members of the committee include Michael Recupero, whose business “assists developers, landowners and businesses through the entitlement and administrative processes” and Thomas Gable, an executive with home developer William Lyon Homes, Inc.

County supervisors are also set on Tuesday to receive the 19th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County, and issue bonds to prepay the county’s fiscal year 2015 pension obligation of $347 million.

And Los Alamitos council members on Monday are set to appoint Bret Plumlee as their new city manager.

Plumlee is currently city manager for La Puente, a city of 40,000 in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County.

He was previously assistant finance director for La Mirada, finance director for Rolling Hills Estates and El Segundo and assistant city manager for La Quinta.

Plumlee is set to make a $170,000 base salary, with the city paying his full retirement costs including his employee share.

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

Monday, Oct. 21

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Labor agreements with the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and the city’s general employees union.
  • Agreement for capital improvements of fire stations with the Orange County Fire Authority.
  • Conditional Use Permit and type-47 alcohol license for El Mercado and Applebee’s restaurants.
  • Contract for computers, laptops, editing software, furniture and surveillance equipment at the Garfield Community Center.
  • Contract with Hondo Company for construction of the Garfield Exercise Park.
  • Submission of bicycle corridor improvement program applications.

Los Alamitos City Council – 5 p.m.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

Ladera Ranch Civic Council – 7 p.m.

  • (Agenda not available online.)

Tuesday, Oct. 22

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

Irvine City Council – 4 p.m.

Orange City Council – 4:30 p.m.

  • Approving a 33-percent subsidy of new sales tax increment to GL Orange, LLC, the owner of Stadium Nissan, for an estimated total of $716,000 over ten years.

Anaheim City Council – 5 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council – 6:30 p.m.

  • Making unspecified appointments to city commission vacancies.
  • Public hearing on objections to the weed abatement notices mailed to property owners on Sept. 11.

Santa Ana Unified School District – 6 p.m.

  • Presentation on school safety and lessons learned from the Sandy Hook tragedy.
  • Public hearing on charter petition for United Charter School.
  • Public hearing on Irvine/Newport Development Area Charter School.
  • Approving expulsion of students.
  • Approving acting Superintendent Stefanie Phillips’ interim employment contract.

Villa Park City Council – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Ladera Ranch Community Services Board – 5 p.m.

  • Open Homeowner Forum to hear residents’ concerns and questions.

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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Among this week’s happenings in local government are the approval of a ban on pot shops in Lake Forest and movement toward the appointment of a new police chief in Huntington Beach.

Lake Forest City Council members are set Tuesday to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits after the state Supreme Court ruled in July that the city’s dispensary ban is legal.

Such a move often sparks an outcry from medical marijuana supporters, who argue that ill patients deserve reasonable access to the drug.

While at least 21 dispensaries used to operate in Lake Forest, none do today, according to a city staff report.

Huntington Beach could be close to getting a new police chief. A special City Council meeting is scheduled Monday for discussing an unspecified candidate for the job.

The current police chief, Ken Small, announced his retirement in May after 11 years with the city.

His successor will oversee a $63-million budget and about 360 employees, about 200 of whom are police officers.

Also this week: Fullerton and Cypress update their citywide housing plans, and Laguna Beach considers installing video cameras downtown.

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

Monday, Oct. 14

Huntington Beach City Council Special Meeting — 6 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion about an unspecified police chief candidate.

Cypress City Council — 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Fullerton City Council — 6:30 p.m.

  • Presentation by state Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of an update on state policy issues.
  • Approving legal services agreements with three law firms, including Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.
  • Updating the housing element of the city’s general plan.
  • Discussing an ordinance laying out the public process for labor negotiations.
  • Update on the emergency homeless shelter at the Fullerton National Guard Armory.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of lawsuit by Ron Thomas, the father of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who was beaten to death by Fullerton police officers.

San Clemente City Council — 6 p.m.

Costa Mesa City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Considering whether to hold a rehearing on the Fairview Park entryway concept plans.
  • Upgrading the city’s Internet access with Verizon for a new bandwidth of 11 megabits per second for $91,000 per year.
  • Purchasing $440,000 of desktop computers from Golden Star Technology.
  • Awarding a $125,000 contract to Civil Source of Irvine for designing alleys.

Laguna Beach City Council — 6 p.m.

  • Approving a contract with Pro-911 Systems to install nine video cameras in the downtown area for $55,000.
  • Rejecting claims filed for the alleged wrongful deaths of Alberto Casique-Salinas and Armando Garcia-Gonzales.

Lake Forest City Council — 7 p.m.

  • Expanding a contract with Tyler Technologies for implementing EnerGov software.
  • Banning medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Discussing a potential ban on use of electronic devices by members of the City Council or commissions during public meetings.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Oversight Board of the Garden Grove Successor Agency — 2 p.m.

  • Approving the implementation agreement with Garden Grove MXD Inc. for the Waterpark Hotel.

Garden Grove City Council Special Meeting — 6 p.m.

  • Directing staff on how to address the presence of coyotes within city limits.

Aliso Viejo City Council — 7 p.m.

  • Approving $50,000 in costs to develop a Town Center specific plan.

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 react to concerns of potential bid rigging at the county Fire Authority, and Irvine makes its government a bit more transparent.

County supervisors are scheduled Tuesday to follow through on removing the Orange County Fire Authority’s ability to award ambulance contracts in unincorporated areas.

The issue of potential bid rigging at the agency emerged after Supervisor Todd Spitzer revealed an email showing that Fire Authority staff organized a special meeting for current vendors before bidding.

In Irvine, city government is set to become a bit more transparent. The City Council is scheduled Tuesday to approve posting officials’ campaign finance disclosures and economic interest statements online.

And Irvine council members are also set to approve a new agreement with the county Fire Authority that calls for payments to the city to partially compensate for taxpayers’ greatly overpaying for fire services.

That was the subject of a heated debate two weeks ago, when Councilman Larry Agran and two other council members threatened to remove Councilman Jeff Lalloway as the city’s representative to the Fire Authority if he didn’t promote the deal.

Lalloway said the deal doesn’t go far enough to compensate taxpayers.

On the Garden Grove City Council agenda is approval of $42 million in bonds for the private Waterpark Hotel project, along with the transfer of city land to the developer.

And the Orange City Council is set to cut the frequency of public meetings from twice to once per month and change starting times from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In suggesting the move, city staff are citing recent light agendas and the staff time required to prepare for meetings.

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

Monday, Oct. 7

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting — 10 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion about starting litigation over an unspecified issue.

Los Alamitos City Council Special Meeting — 5 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of labor negotiations and appointment of a new city manager.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

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

  • Removing the Orange County Fire Authority’s ability to award contracts for ambulance services in unincorporated areas.
  • Requesting approval from the California Board of State and Community Corrections for $80 million to build jail rehabilitation, treatment and housing space.
  • Approving a $400,000, one-year architect-engineer contract with Project Dimensions for unspecified projects at Orange County Community Resources.
  • Canceling the Nov. 19 regular meeting, at the request of Supervisor John Moorlach.

Orange City Council — 4:30 p.m.

  • Scheduling council meetings from twice per month to once, and setting starting time at 5:30 p.m.
  • Approving a contract with Hardy and Harper for implementation of Community Development Block Grant street improvement funds for $808,000.

Anaheim City Council — 5 p.m.

Irvine City Council — 5 p.m.

  • Approving amended joint powers authority agreement for the Orange County Fire Authority and directing city staff to prepare a strategy for the payments that the new agreement would bring to the city.
  • Extending by seven months the office lease at 32 Discovery at the Great Park.

San Clemente City Council — 5 p.m.

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

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

  • Receiving an update on student dress code policies.
  • Public hearing on a charter petition for 21st Century Global Academy.
  • Deciding whether to approve or deny a charter petition for Magnolia Science Academy.
  • Acknowledging charter petitions from United Charter School and Irvine/Newport Development Area Charter School.
  • Adopting initial bargaining proposals for the 2013-16 school years from the Santa Ana Educators’ Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 41.
  • Appointing an acting superintendent and related terms.

Closed session

  • Property negotiations over Carlson Avenue in the city of Irvine.

Garden Grove City Council — 6:30 p.m.

  • Approving the implementation agreement for the Waterpark Hotel, including transferring city property to the developer and issuing $42 million in tax bonds for the project.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Westminster City Council — 7 p.m.

  • Extending 2013 furloughs to include Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Amending city land use code and rezoning a 21-acre area for emergency shelters, transitional and supportive housing for the homeless.

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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