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Whether it’s Angel Stadium or underage drinking, this week is set to be a lively one for Orange County politics and policy.

Here are the top issues we’re tracking:

1. New Crime for Underage Drinking?

Adults could face new criminal penalties for allowing underage drinking in their homes if a new ordinance by county Supervisor Todd Spitzer is approved on Tuesday.

It got major pushback from his colleagues the last time around, who argued it would violate civil liberties and criminalize 20 year-old soldiers home from war who want to toss back a couple beers with each other.

This time, the ordinance stipulates that it doesn’t give police any additional power to enter homes.

Background: Officials Clash Over Underage Drinking Law

When: Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana.

Would it be an effective tool to battle underage drinking and driving? Or does it go too far? Comment below and Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #SocialHost!

2. New Downtown Business Tax?

Chapter One

The controversial debate over Santa Ana’s downtown promotion tax is set for another round, with a proposed tax set for a council vote this week.

Background: New Tax District Approved for Downtown

When: Monday at 5:45 p.m.

Where: Santa Ana City Hall

What do you think of the new tax? Comment below and Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #SantaAna!

3. Angel Stadium Negotiations

Activist groups are pushing back against the proposed lease framework, calling it a taxpayer giveaway worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Others strongly dispute that, cautioning that the Angels could pack up and leave Anaheim.

The latest debate is set for this week’s council meeting, where outreach efforts are on the agenda.

Background: How to Keep the Angels in Anaheim

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Anaheim City Hall

What do you think of the lease debate? Comment below and Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #Anaheim!

4. Runoff Elections for Mayor?

In an effort that could curb 10-term Mayor Miguel Pulido’s chances at re-election, the Santa Ana council majority has been talking about requiring a primary election for the position.

The top two vote-getters would compete for the mayor’s spot during the general election.

The council is set to discuss that effort this week and could set in motion a voter referendum on the issue.

Background: Council Might Require Primary Election for Mayor

When: Monday at 5:45 p.m.

Where: Santa Ana City Hall

What do you think? Comment below and Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #SantaAna!

5. Report on Mayor’s Property Swap?

Santa Ana’s city attorney has been probing the controversial deal and has said she’ll report to council members this week.

But it’s a wait-and-see at this point, since the council agenda doesn’t list it.

Background: Report Pending on Santa Ana Mayor’s Property Swap

When: Monday at 5:45 p.m. (possibly)

Where: Santa Ana City Hall

What do you think about the mayor’s property swap? Comment below and Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #SantaAna!

Want to Get Involved?

This Week’s Major Meetings:

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

Anaheim City Council (Tuesday at 5 p.m.)

Santa Ana City Council (Monday at 5:45 p.m.)

  • Discussing a potential charter amendment requiring primary elections for council members and/or the mayor.
  • Setting up an additional tax for downtown businesses that would go to organizations that promote the downtown area.

Huntington Beach City Council (Monday at 6 p.m.)

  • Study session on Central Park senior center project at 4 p.m.

Fullerton City Council (Tuesday at 6:30)

Lake Forest City Council (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)

Tustin City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

Yorba Linda City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

San Clemente City Council (Tuesday at 6 p.m.)

Laguna Niguel City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

La Habra City Council (Monday at 6:30 p.m.)

Fountain Valley City Council (Tuesday at 6 p.m.)

Placentia City Council (Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.)

Aliso Viejo City Council (Wednesday at 7 p.m.)

Brea City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

San Juan Capistrano City Council (Tuesday at 6 p.m.)

Laguna Woods City Council (Wednesday at 2 p.m.)

La Palma City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

Los Alamitos City Council (Monday at 6 p.m.)

  • Special meeting at 5 p.m. for interviewing applicants for city commissions (parks, recreation, cultural arts, planning and traffic) and making appointments.

Villa Park City Council (Tuesday at 7 p.m.)

Rossmoor Community Services District (Tuesday at 5 p.m.)

  • Special meeting to approve a contract with The Orange County Advocacy Group Inc.

Surfside Colony Community Services District (Monday at 6:30 p.m.)

Ladera Ranch Civic Council (Monday at 7 p.m.)

See something interesting in the agendas? Comment below or shoot us an email!

Adam Elmahrek contributed to this post.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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After months of intense debate, the Orange County Transportation Authority seems ready to kill a proposal Monday for toll lanes on Interstate 405.

Also this week: a housing project for Costa Mesa’s homeless and a $65-million building purchase for a new OCTA headquarters.

Here is a rundown of the top local issues we’re tracking:

1. Likely Death of the 405 Toll Lanes

Transportation officials are set to officially kill the I-405 toll lanes proposal, instead opting for adding one general lane in each direction.

Meanwhile, the cities along I-405 are still calling for two general-purpose lanes in each direction.

When: Monday at 9 a.m.

Where: OCTA headquarters in Orange.

2. Homeless Housing in Costa Mesa?

A homeless supportive housing project in San Francisco.

The public is set to weigh in on which type of housing project they want to see built for between 20 and 40 homeless residents.

It’s an outgrowth of the city’s homeless task force, which called for creating a supportive housing project and a possible access center.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Costa Mesa City Hall.

3. New Headquarters for Transit Agency?

The proposed building.

The State Compensation Insurance Fund building on East Fourth Street would be the transportation agency’s new home under a $65-million proposed deal.

When: Monday at 9 a.m.

Where: OCTA headquarters.

Other

Monday, Dec. 9

Orange County Transportation Authority Board – 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

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

Costa Mesa City Council – 4:30 p.m.

Anaheim City Council – 5 p.m.

Irvine City Council – 5 p.m.

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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Opening statements in the long-awaited criminal trial of the Fullerton police officers involved in the beating death of Kelly Thomas are on tap for Monday.

Also Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority will again debate toll lanes on one of America’s busiest freeways, and the Santa Ana City Council will discuss a proposal to make it harder for Mayor Miguel Pulido to be re-elected.

Here is a rundown of these and other top local issues we’re tracking this week:

1. Officers On Trial in Kelly Thomas Beating Death

Two former Fullerton police officers will face opening arguments over the death of Kelly Thomas, whose 2011 death sparked outrage locally and internationally.

The officers have pleaded not-guilty to the charges, which include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

When: Monday at 9 a.m.

Where: Superior Court in Santa Ana (Map)

2. Officials Likely to Kill 405 Toll Lanes – for Now

A month ago, local officials in areas along Interstate 405 in northwest Orange County cried foul over plans to install toll lanes on the congested freeway.

Now their effort seems to have paid off, with transportation officials reversing course and recommending a nontoll path for the foreseeable future.

When: Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Where: OCTA headquarters (Map)

3. Primary Elections For Santa Ana’s Mayor?

Santa Ana’s longtime mayor could be in for a tougher re-election battle if a proposed primary election requirement is approved by voters next year.

His foes on the City Council are set to discuss the issue on Monday and could direct city staff to pursue a charter amendment vote.

Pulido has served 10 terms as mayor and recently provoked controversy over making a $200,000 profit from a business deal with a city contractor.

When: Monday at 5:45 p.m.

Where: Santa Ana City Hall (Map)

4. Huge Public Bond for Private Mobile Home Parks?

The operator of mobile home parks in Lancaster, Yucca Valley, Lakeport, Vista and Brea is set to receive $70 million in public bond money, with one set of approvals going before Brea city officials this week.

The funds for Caritas Affordable Housing Inc. seem to be a remnant of now-defunct redevelopment agencies, which injected public money into private development projects.

When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Where: Brea City Hall (Map)

Other Issues

Monday, Dec. 2

OCTA Executive Committee – 9 a.m.

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

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Creating an arts and culture commission.
  • A ballot measure to require a primary election for the mayor’s seat, among other items.
  • Appointing a representative to the Orange County Vector Control District.
  • A $5,000 grant program for low-income new entrepreneurs.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Choosing a new mayor for 2014, and comments from outgoing mayor Connie Boardman.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

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

  • Update on future projections from the Center for Demographic Research.
  • Bikeways update from OCTA bikeways planner Carolyn Mamaradlo.

Orange County Great Park Board – 2 p.m.

Costa Mesa City Council – 6 p.m.

Fullerton City Council – 6:30 p.m.

Brea City Council – 7 p.m.

  • Approving the issuance of $70 million in bonds to benefit the private mobile home parks in Lancaster, Yucca Valley, Lakeport, Vista and Brea operated by the company Caritas Affordable Housing, Inc.
  • Approving a final tract map for a 48-home development at the northeast corner of Imperial Highway and Valencia Avenue by La Floresta LLC.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Orange County Airport Commission – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5

LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency Technical Advisory Committee – 10:30 a.m.

Meeting agenda not posted online as of Monday morning.

Foothill Communities Association Board – 7 p.m.

  • Discussion of community issues facing the 20,000-plus residents of unincorporated North Tustin.

Friday, Dec. 6

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

  • Approving a $250,000 contract with Clean Fuel Connection Inc. to establish 20 electric car DC fast chargers as the building block of a statewide network.
  • Approving $300,000 contracts each with Earth’s Flame Inc. and Blazing Design Inc. to develop and demonstrate propane and natural gas fire rings.
  • Changing regulations requiring large lead-acid battery recycling facilities to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions.

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

  • Directing Ideal Uniform Rental Service and the Colleen R. Green Trust to clean and abate the effects of PCE pollution at 13811 A Better Way, Garden Grove.
  • Discussing a federal lawsuit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against the Orange County Sanitation District.

County Commission to End Homelessness – 11 a.m.

  • Appointing Karen Roper as permanent executive director.
  • Updates from implementing groups.
  • Approving an emergency shelter model cost analysis.

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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