Topping this week’s public meeting agendas is Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s controversial attempt to shake up the CalOptima board of directors. Although Nguyen has not made her intentions clear, she does want to put more providers on the board at the expense of representatives of the poor who utilize CalOptima.

Elsewhere, Orange County’s four largest cities meet this week to tackle matters ranging from Occupy Orange County protestors’ camping request to a city manager’s signing authority.

The Santa Ana City Council will discuss Occupy Orange County protestors’ request to camp at the Civic Center, despite a city ordinance that bans camping on the public grounds. Protestors are seeking a special exemption similar to the one granted to Occupy protestors in Irvine.

Anaheim City Council members are set for a final vote on an ordinance that slashes City Manager Thomas Wood’s contract-signing authority from $250,000 to $100,000.

Council members voted to reduce Wood’s contract authority after Voice of OC published investigations showing that the city contracted with an alleged con artist and a building division head whose private firm received thousands of dollars in outsourced plan review work. Both contracts were under the city manager’s signing limit and never went to the council for approval.

Here’s a rundown of these items and more:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Nov. 8

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: Sarkis Nargizian v. Orange County; GMC Engineering, Inc., etc. v. Orange County Public Works, etc., et al.; Marley and Fred Knox v. Orange County.
  • Anticipated litigation involving one potential case.
  • Threatened litigation involving one potential case.
  • Evaluation of county CEO Tom Mauk.
  • Labor negotiations involving Association of County Law Enforcement Management (ACLEM), Orange County Attorneys Association (OCAA) and Orange County Managers Association (OCMA).

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Nov. 7

  • Considering a request by Occupy Orange County protestors to camp at the Civic Center.
  • Considering the special property tax district that funds Downtown Inc.
  • Setting a hearing to consider changes to City Council ward boundaries.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: John Valdez v. Santa Ana; Niki Blue Christian v. Santa Ana; People of the State of California v. Behafarin.
  • Anticipated litigation involving one potential case.
  • Labor negotiations
  • Appointment of a new city attorney.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 8

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation involving one case.
  • Evaluation of City Manager Thomas Wood.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 8

  • Considering fines for party hosts who allow underage drinking at their parties.
  • Discussing what Councilman Larry Agran says is a growing litter problem on freeways that run through the city.
  • Continuing pay and benefits for city employees who are called into active military service.
  • Early public hearings on Irvine Co. plans to build 1,350 new housing units around the Irvine Spectrum shopping complex.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Nov. 7

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.
  • Evaluation of City Manager Fred Wilson.
  • Discussion of ongoing litigation of seven cases.

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