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Among this week’s top items in local government are proposed toll lanes on the Interstate 405 freeway and possible criminal penalties for adults who allow underage drinking in their homes.

The hotly debated proposal for toll lanes on I-405 is set to come to a head this week, with two key Orange County Transportation Authority meetings.

The issue has sparked a forceful reaction from local residents, officials and business owners, who call it a “double tax” that would create “Lexus lanes” for the wealthy while working-class people wait in traffic.

Meanwhile, proponents say the toll lanes would in fact help reduce traffic congestion and that action is needed now in order to prevent state officials from installing them anyway and keeping the tolls.

Leading off this week, the OCTA’s Regional Planning and Highways Committee is meeting Monday to decide on a staff recommendation that the toll lanes move forward.

Then on Friday, the full OCTA board plans to vote on the proposal, which is expected to draw a large turnout.

Both meetings are at OCTA’s headquarters, 600 S. Main St., Orange.

Also this week, county supervisors, at the suggestion of Supervisor Todd Spitzer, are set to vote on a “social host” ordinance that would levy a $750 fine on adults who knowingly allow minors to drink alcohol in their homes in unincorporated areas. A second offense would be prosecuted as misdemeanor.

At their Tuesday meeting, supervisors are also set to end county “pick-ups” of their employee pension contributions and put an initiative on the June 2014 ballot to end pick-ups of employee pension contributions for county supervisors whose terms start in 2015.

Additionally, some cities are taking action on bicycle infrastructure this week.

Dana Point council members are scheduled to seek a bicycle and pedestrian improvement grant, while Huntington Beach council members are set to pave the way for creating a bike boulevard on Utica Avenue at a total cost of $1.2 million.

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

Monday, Nov. 4

OCTA Executive Committee – 9 a.m.

OCTA Regional Planning and Highways Committee – 10:30 a.m.

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Directing the city attorney to prepare a city charter amendment that would require a primary election for the mayor’s seat.
  • Agreement with Vineyards Development for a new multifamily housing development.
  • Updating the city’s building and fire codes.
  • Conditional use permit to sell alcohol at Ritters Steam Kettle Cooking Restaurant at 1421 W. MacArthur Blvd.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

Mission Viejo City Council – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Orange County Council of Governments Technical Advisory Committee – 9 a.m.

  • Update on Orange County’s long-range transportation plan.
  • Discussing the Orange County bikeways project.

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

Anaheim City Council (Special Meeting) – 3 p.m.

  • Workshop on a changed “quality rental housing program.”

Anaheim City Council (Regular Meeting) – 5 p.m.

Fullerton City Council – 5 p.m.

Dana Point City Council – 5 p.m.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

Lake Forest City Council – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Municipal Water District of Orange County board of directors – 8:30 a.m.

  • Discussing water supply and cost issues concerning the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Irvine Unified School District (Special Meeting) – 2 p.m.

  • Study session on facilities.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of unspecified case of anticipated litigation.

Ladera Ranch Maintenance Corporation board of directors – 5 p.m.

  • Closed session with unspecified agenda items.

Orange County Water District Board of Directors – 5:30 p.m.

  • Approving district support for development of the Poseidon Resources desalination plant in Huntington Beach.
  • Approving the sale of South Street properties to Family Development Group Inc. for $1 million.

Municipal Water District of Orange County board of directors (Special Meeting) – 5:30 p.m.

  • Discussing important regional issues such as the Bay Delta conservation plan, drought conditions, water reliability issues “and other key Orange County issues.”

Aliso Viejo City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Approving an agreement with Fieldman, Rolap & Associates for financial advisory services.
  • Approving new city logo branding to be produced on city items such as business cards, letterheads and signs.

Orange County Sanitation District (Special Meeting) – 6:30 p.m.

  • Closed session discussion of arbitration in the lawsuit Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority v. Orange County Sanitation District.

Ladera Ranch Annual Neighborhood Representatives Meeting – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7

SCAG Community, Economic and Human Development Committee – 10 a.m.

SCAG Regional Council – 12:15 p.m.

Foothill Communities Association board of directors – 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8

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

  • Deciding whether to pursue installing toll lanes on Interstate 405 as part of a freeway widening project.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Southern California Transit Advocates – 1 p.m.

  • General membership meeting, open to the public.

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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