Santa Ana’s new labor agreements with service employees and police officers is the biggest news from public meeting agendas this week.

Santa Ana has been in crucial negotiations with its labor groups over the last few months to help fill a $30-million budget hole going into next fiscal year. While the potential deals make progress in closing a massive, built-in budget deficit, some costs — like deferral of police overtime payouts — are scheduled to revive in 18 months, making the fix only temporary.

Anaheim City Council is set to contract with new building division head Jon Traw. Previous division head Scott Fazekas resigned after Voice of OC articles showed that his firm, Scott Fazekas & Associates, had been receiving the majority of the city’s outsourced plan review work, raising conflict of interest questions from good-government experts.

Council members in Anaheim are also scheduled to take a first look at extending the city’s trash hauling agreement with Republic Waste Services of Southern California. The waste hauler invested $40 million in expanding and modernizing its materials recovery facility and is seeking a 13-year extension of its seven-year agreement with the city, according to a city staff report.

Here is a rundown of those items and more:

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 19

  • Agreements with service employees and police officers unions.
  • A public hearing to set new council ward boundaries.
  • Amendment to agreement with Cordoba Corp. for additional technical analysis in an amount not to exceed $120,800.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 20

Closed Session

  • Appointment of a new city manager.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 19

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation: T-Mobile v. Huntington Beach; Hillcrest Contracting v. Huntington Beach et al.; and MCP v. Vadnais et al.
  • Potential litigation involving one unidentified case.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • Appointing Joe Flez as city manager.
  • Fullerton Airport construction.
  • Parking regulations on various streets.
  • Labor agreement with Fullerton Management Association and compensation for confidential and unrepresented employees.
  • Merging the Engineering and Maintenance Services departments.

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