On The Agenda

Topping this week’s public meeting agendas is Santa Ana’s request for proposal to the Orange County Fire Authority for outsourcing fire services.

The city is facing a $30-million budget deficit and few places to cut. Public safety costs consume nearly 80 percent of the general fund and have been gradually increasing for decades.

Costa Mesa continues its drive to outsource an array of city services. The city made national news earlier this year when it issued layoff notices to nearly half of its employees.

Here is a rundown of those items and more:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Discussion of supervisors’ authorship of staff reports related to policies and procedures.
  • Purchase of $1 million worth of bus passes for residents supervised by the Orange County Probation Department.

Closed Session

  • Initiation of litigation involving one unspecified case.
  • The case of Beach Quality Caregivers v. Orange County.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Oct. 17

  • A request for proposal to outsource fire services to the Orange County Fire Authority .
  • Agreement with Schultz and Williams to study management options for the Santa Ana Zoo.
  • Application for a $3-million Proposition 84 California River Parkways grant for trail and landscape improvements at Santiago Park.
  • Setting a hearing to dissolve the special tax district that funds Downtown Inc.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Appointment of a city attorney and city manager.
  • The case of Brett N. Lozano v. Santa Ana.

Orange County Great Park Board of Directors and special joint meeting with Irvine City Council, Thursday, Oct. 20

  • Audited financial statements for the Great Park.
  • Lease with Southern California Edison for construction of a zero-net energy home.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Oct. 17

  • Abolishing the finance and investment advisory board and creating a new investment advisory board.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • The following lawsuits: Richard Bright v. Huntington Beach; Jennifer Doan v. Huntington Beach; Omnipoint Communications (T-Mobile) v. Huntington Beach; MCP v. Vadnais, et al.
  • Potential litigation: HB Auto I LLC, v. Huntington Beach Redevelopment Agency.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Results of the payroll audit conducted by Lance, Soll, Lunghard, LLP.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Existing litigation involving the following cases: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. Costa Mesa; Newport Mesa Patients’ Association and Tri-County Patients’ Association v. Costa Mesa; Newport Mesa Patients’ Association v. Colleen O’Donoghue, real party in interest Costa Mesa; Asociacion de Jornaleros de Costa Mesa et al. v. Costa Mesa.
— ADAM ELMAHREK