This Week’s Civic Agenda

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Orange County Transportation Authority directors will meet Monday morning to finalize voting on annual committee assignments, coming out of a contentious meeting last week that resulted in Costa Mesa losing it’s seat on the board of directors to Huntington Beach.

At their Tuesday morning meeting, OC Supervisors will consider a last-minute, temporary moratorium on issuing new permits for senior housing in North Tustin.

The proposed moratorium follows a vote earlier this month eliminating senior housing from approved uses for a vacant lot in North Tustin, where the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County had proposed building a senior living facility.

Supervisors also will consider amending local ordinances to allow the public works director to contract directly with vendors for contracts under $100,000.

Anaheim Makes Moves Toward District Elections

Anaheim city council members Tuesday will repeal a 2013 ordinance as part of the city’s first steps toward electing council members by district.

Members of Anaheim City Council at a recent public meeting. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

Members of Anaheim City Council at a recent public meeting. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

After voters passed Measure L in Nov. 2014, a ballot measure replacing the city’s at-large voting system with one in which council members are elected by district, the city must now meet a July 2016 deadline for submitting new district maps to the county Registrar of Voters.

Before the passage of Measure L, council members rejected an advisory committee’s recommendation for a ballot measure, instead passing the 2013 ordinance, which requires council members to live in the neighborhoods they represent but  maintains the at-large voting system.

Read the staff report here and the full agenda here. 

Council members will also approve a $167,000, 1-year agreement with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to sponsor several business events, including an economic development conference, business awards luncheon and job fair.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm.

Buena Park To Look at District Elections

Buena Park officials are also exploring options for single-member district elections, after a city-commissioned report showed racially polarized voting in the city.

At their meeting Tuesday evening, the council is likely to approve a $30,000 contract with National Demographics Corporation to draw up options for voting districts and create a public outreach and implementation plan for transitioning to district elections.

Read the full agenda online.

Garden Grove Considers Banning Sale of Pets From Puppy Mills

Garden Grove city council members are considering banning the sale of animals from large-scale commercial breeders in city pet stores.

Huntington Beach currently has an ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs and cats from such commercial breeders, often known as puppy mills or kitten factories. Stores can only sell animals obtained from a shelter, humane society or rescue organization, according to the ordinance.

Aliso Viejo and the city of Glendale also have similar ordinances, according to a city staff report. 

Tuesday’s city council meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Westminster Considers Re-Naming Asian Garden Mall Signs

Westminster Mayor Tri Ta and councilman Tyler Diep are proposing the renaming of two street signs in front of the Asian Garden Mall.

The proposal would change two street signs for the Asian Garden Mall and Cultural Court off Bolsa Avenue to read “Saigon.”

The Asian Garden Mall in Westminster.

The Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. Photo by Thy Vo.

The Asian Garden Mall and Cultural Court shopping center, early projects of Little Saigon developer Frank Jao, have been criticized for being generically “Asian” with Chinese-influenced motifs rather than having a distinctly Vietnamese cultural identity.

In 1996, Jao sought to build a bridge connecting the two projects, but faced heavy opposition from community activists protesting the project’s design.

Ta and Diep are proposing the change in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Black April, a historic date observed by many Vietnamese refugees in remembrance of the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

Wednesday’s city council meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Read the full agenda here. 

Other public meetings this week:

Monday

Cypress City Council – 6:30 pm

Orange County Transportation Authority – 9:00 am

Seal Beach City Council – 7:00 pm

Tuesday

Board of Supervisors – 9:30 am

Anaheim City Council – 5:30 pm

Buena Park City Council – 5:00 pm

Brea City Council Special meeting – 12:45 pm

Garden Grove City Council – 6:30 pm

Irvine City Council – 5:00 pm

Laguna Hills City Council – 7:00 pm

Newport Beach City Council – 7:00 pm

Stanton City Council – 6:30 pm

Villa Park City Council – 6:30 pm

Wednesday

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council – 7:00 pm

Westminster City Council – 7:00 pm