On The Agenda

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

  • Setting a public hearing to extend the city’s trash hauling services agreement with Republic Waste Services of Southern California.
  • Appointment of Jon Traw as the contract building division head.

Closed Session

  • Appointment of a new city manager.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 19

  • Councilman Joe Carchio’s proposal to direct the city’s Human Relations Task Force to study bullying in the city.
  • Paying the costs of environmental documentation by Michael Brandman Associates that is required by state law for two proposed residential developments.

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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On The Agenda

Orange County CEO Tom Mauk may kick in more toward his pension, highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas around the county.

If supervisors approve the agreement, Mauk will pay 100 percent of his employee contribution toward his pension. The change would mean Mauk would pitch in an extra $900 per pay period, according to a staff report.

Controversy surrounding the compensation of the county’s executives and managers has been in the headlines since May, when the county’s performance auditor issued a scathing report on the merit bonus program. He concluded that the executive bonuses were de facto salary hikes, because they were given to virtually every manager.

Last week, a Voice of OC story revealed that county managers were quietly given a pay raise last month under the controversial “Pay 4 Performance” program.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s meeting agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Setting the maximum rate for ambulance transport services.

Closed Session

  • Existing litigation involving three cases: William D. Fitzgerald v. Orange County, et al.; Orange County Patients Collective v. Orange County, Keith Miller (Deceased) v. Orange County, Worker’s Compensation Matter.
  • Real estate negotiations.
  • Evaluation of the director of internal audit.
  • Labor negotiations with Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

Closed Session

  • Potential litigation over plans to expand James A. Musick Jail.
  • Evaluation of the city manager.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Election of mayor and mayor pro tem.

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Annual report for the Garden Grove Agency for Community Development.

Closed Session

  • Real estate negotiations.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • The city’s spending plan for $75,000 in State Law Enforcement Services Funds.


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