On the Agenda

Topping this week’s public meeting agendas is a special closed session of the Santa Ana City Council to discuss labor negotiations.

The city is facing a budget deficit that could climb to $30 million if drastic measures aren’t taken to narrow the gap between revenues and expenditures. It’s no secret that council members will be asking labor groups to make painful concessions.

The Westminster City Council is set to consider redevelopment assistance for Best Buy, which may close its store in the city. To encourage Best Buy to keep the store open, council members may approve redevelopment grant funds for energy efficiency upgrades and sales tax rebates for up to $1.3 million over 10 years.

Here’s a rundown of those items and more:

Santa Ana City Council Special Closed Session Monday, Sept. 26

Westminster City Council Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Redevelopment funds for a Best Buy store in the city in the form of energy-efficiency upgrades and sales tax rebates to encourage the store to remain open.

Irvine City Council Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • A zone change to allow development of 48 single-family homes at the site of the former Alderwood Basics Elementary School.
  • Renaming Alton Athletic Park after Army Lt. Mark Daily, a 23-year-old soldier who was killed in Iraq.
  • A $1,800 grant to the Orange County Korean Cultural Center.
  • Extending a sole-source contract with Great Park architect Ken Smith for one additional year at $120,000.

Anaheim City Council Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • A zone change to permit 13 single-family residential units on Ball Road.
  • A zone overlay change to allow multifamily affordable housing in the central and western areas of the city.
  • New agreements and extention of old agreements with 12 towing companies for police department towing services.
  • A master agreement with 21 firms for electrical engineering consulting services on an as-needed basis.
  • A master agreement with 30 consulting firms for civil engineering services on an as-needed basis.

Newport Beach City Council Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Agreements with the Planning Center for environmental services for the Koll Center Newport and Uptown Newport Village mixed-use developments.

Closed Session

  • Discussing existing litigation involving two cases: MORN v. Newport Beach and Morningside Recovery LLC v. Newport Beach.
  • Discussing anticipated litigation involving a fallen eucalyptus tree incident and another unspecified matter.
  • Labor negotiations.

— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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On The Agenda

Highlighting this week’s public meetings are City Council actions in Irvine regarding a nearly 5,000-home development around the Orange County Great Park.

Approval of the Great Park Neighborhoods, which has major implications  for the future funding of the Great Park, is scheduled for a second vote. The council majority fractured on the first vote earlier this month. It was the first time in recent memory that Councilman Larry Agran, largely seen as the council majority leader, lost a council vote.

Here’s a rundown of other items on agendas in Orange County:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Sept. 13

  • State legislation that would have supervisors contribute to Social Security, a supervisorial benefit plan that could replace the Orange County Employees Retirement System.

Closed session

  • Discussion of existing litigation regarding two cases, including William Bryan et al. v. Orange County and Paul Sosa v. Orange County.
  • Discussion of possible initiation of litigation.
  • Labor negotiations regarding terms and employment for the Orange County Managers Association.
  • Labor negotiations regarding terms and employment for the in-home supportive services provider unit represented by United Domestic Workers of America.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 13

  • An appeal filed by the Great Park Neighborhoods developer of certain conditions attached to the development.

Closed Session

  • Discussion about a lawsuit filed by the city against Pacific Bell, (doing business as AT&T California).

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 13

  • Appointment of a resident to the community services board.
  • Agreements with four towing companies for police department towing services.

Closed session

  • One case of potential litigation.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 13

Closed Session

  • Discussion of ongoing litigation, including Pacific Shores v. Newport Beach; Newport Coast Recovery and Yellowstone Recovery v. Newport Beach; MORN v. Newport Beach; and Morningside Recovery LLC vs. Newport Beach.
  • Potential litigation against Morningside Recovery LLC and other property owners to eliminate residential care facilities.
  • Labor negotiations with various labor groups in the city.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 13

  • Agreement with Arroyo Associates to conduct an organizational study of police services in the city.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of labor negotiation with various labor groups.
  • Discussing ongoing litigation, including Los Angeles Engineering v. city of Orange and Milan REI v. Mary E. Murphy, city clerk.
  • Discussing anticipated litigation regarding two potential cases.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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On The Agenda

Topping this week’s public meeting agendas is the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ second public hearing to consider new supervisorial districts.

Supervisors last month voted for new districts that essentially guarantee that the GOP will maintain a firm grip on the board seats.

Also on this week’s agenda is possible Santa Ana City Council action against Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez for recent comments she made comparing a major downtown property owner, who is Jewish, to Adolf Hitler.

Alvarez for the last two weeks made apologies that Jewish groups considered halfhearted, and she offered to apologize personally to property owner Irving Chase only after the council agenda was posted.

A rundown of these items and more:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • A second public hearing to consider modifying supervisors’ district boundaries based on 2010 U.S. census figures.

Closed Session:

  • Labor negotiations.

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • Possible council action regarding the controversy over Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez’s remark comparing a downtown property owner to Adolf Hitler.
  • An ordinance enrolling the city’s redevelopment agency in the state’s alternative redevelopment program.
  • Purchasing a new, $307,160 street sweeper to replace one damaged by fire.
  • An agreement with Scott Fazekas & Associates for building-plan check services not to exceed $300,000.
  • Extending an agreement with the Santa Ana Unified School District for lease of a city-owned tennis center.

Closed Session:

  • Discussion of appointing of a new city attorney.
  • Discussion of negotiations with various labor groups.

Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • An agreement with the Orange County Fire Authority to review the fire department plan in Sunset Beach.
  • Amendments and extensions of agreements with the Fire Management Association and the Police Management Association.

Closed Session:

  • Negotiations with all labor groups.
  • Litigation between the city and Citizen’s Association of Sunset Beach.
  • Litigation against the city regarding a junior lifeguard incident that resulted in a child’s death.
  • A cross-complaint regarding the failure of a contractor to construct the Warner Avenue gravity sewer line.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • Consideration of a reorganization and merger of various city departments.
  • Approval of a request for proposal evaluation process.
  • Discussion of ordinance that would require city officials to disclose ex parte communications.
  • An ordinance enrolling the city redevelopment agency in the state’s alternative redevelopment agency program.
  • Hiring the legal firm Hanson Bridgett for services regarding outsourcing of city services.
  • Hiring the legal firm Jones Day for services regarding the Costa Mesa Employees Association’s lawsuit against the city to stop mass layoffs.

Closed Session:

  • Conferring with labor negotiator Tom Hatch regarding negotiations with various labor groups.
  • Lawsuit brought by the Costa Mesa Employees Association to stop the city’s mass layoffs.
  • Meeting with legal counsel to discuss potential litigation.
  • Employment of a senior engineer.
  • Employment of a firefighter.

Mission Viejo City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • Appeal of a 256-unit multi-family residential development filed by Mayor Dave Leckness and Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht.

Closed Session:

  • Evaluation of City Manager Dennis Wilberg.
  • Directing labor negotiator Dennis Wilberg regarding negotiations with unrepresented city employees.
— ADAM ELMAHREK

 

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