• Request by The Source at Beach to waive developer agreement requirements on transfer of Redevelopment Agency properties.
• Review of the city’s strategy plan by the city manager.
• City assuming the Redevelopment Agency’s housing functions.
• Negotiations on price and terms relating to the former Franklin Motel and a former car wash on 6950 Beach Blvd. and 6076 Beach Blvd. Negotiating parties are Ruben Lopez and Don and Min Chae; and The Source at Beach.
Leading this week’s public meeting agendas is the Anaheim City Council’s discussion of the city’s records preservation policies, after Voice of OC revealed that city staff were threatened with “disciplinary action” if they did not destroy certain emails and correspondence.
The purge orders came days after Voice of OC filed a records request for email communications between city staff and council members. One of the purging directives referred to public records requests turning up documents that can be taken out of context and “damage our credibility.”
Top managers now plan on conducting training sessions on records retention during the next six months and are seeking the council’s permission to research the cost and consequences of extending email archives beyond the current 30 days.
At the county level, Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach will present his “State of the County” address at Tuesday’s meeting. Moorlach has assumed the leadership position as the county prepares to negotiate new contracts with its three main employee unions, and the new chairman, who once called union officials “thugs”, is assuming a conciliatory tone.
County supervisors will also be asked to approve the final Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, as well as policy recommendations for a year-round emergency homeless shelter. The county has faced criticism for its slow implementation of the homelessness plan, which took four years to organize.
Here’s a broader sampling of other items on this week’s agendas:
• Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Officers Association; Santa Ana Police Management Association; Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association; Santa Ana Fire Management Association; Service Employees’ International Union; Confidential Association of Santa Ana; and Santa Ana Management Association.
• Labor negotiations with the city’s executive management.
At the top of this week’s public meeting agendas are Huntington Beach’s introduction of an ordinance lifting the city’s ban on state-approved fireworks and an effort in Santa Ana to ban smoking in parks.
Huntington Beach has prohibited so-called “safe and sane” fireworks since 1987, and Mayor Don Hansen says the time has come to legalize them. Supporters cite fundraising opportunities for nonprofits, improved fire resistance of buildings and allowing personal choice on a holiday that celebrates America’s independence.
The proposal, however, has been met with alarm from the city’s police and fire chiefs, who say that despite the “safe and sane” designation, the fireworks do cause injuries and fires.
Police Chief Ken Small said that allowing the state-approved fireworks “would lead to a significant increase in the use of illegal fireworks” and would be putting the city’s police officers “in an absolutely untenable position” on the Fourth of July.
While Huntington Beach considers lifting a ban, Santa Ana is looking to impose one — a prohibition on smoking in city parks. The city points to studies showing that secondhand smoke is a carcinogen and a “significant health hazard” for children, the elderly and people with heart and respiratory diseases.
Here’s a broader sample of items on this week’s agendas:
• Permits for a T-Mobile cell phone tower at Huntington Harbour Mall.
• Request that the proposed Banning Avenue-19th Street and Garfield Avenue-Gisler Avenue bridges be removed from the Orange County Master Plan of Arterial Highways.
• Existing litigation: Pacific Mobile Home Park LLC v. City of Huntington Beach; Keith Bateman v. City of Huntington Beach; Hillcrest Contracting Inc. v. City of Huntington Beach et al. (consolidated with Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Dorsey Dean Allison et al.); MCP v. Vadnais et al.
• A city ordinance banning smoking in city parks, Eddie West stadium and the Santa Ana Zoo.
• New City Council ward boundaries.
• Purchase of $333,221 in replacement police squad cars.
• Purchase of portable radiation detectors for $103,000.
• Employment and appointment of a city attorney.
• Existing litigation: Steve Critchfield v. City of Santa Ana; Andres Junior Ramirez et al. v. City of Santa Ana.
• Exposure to litigation involving an unspecified case and initiating litigation involving an unspecified case.
• Labor negotiations with Santa Ana Police Officers Association, Santa Ana Police Management Association, Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association, Santa Ana Fire Management Association, Service Employees’ International Union (full-time employees and part-time civil service employees), Confidential Association of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Management Association.
• A new community room for the Villa Venetia and Pine Brook Village apartment complexes.
• Refund of the $1,220 fee charged a homeowner for appealing approval of extended hours for a Target store.
• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employee Association, Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, Costa Mesa Police Officers Association, Costa Mesa Police Management Association, Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association, and Costa Mesa Division Managers Association.
• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa et al.; Trinity Herbal Cooperative v. City of Costa Mesa; City of Costa Mesa v. D’Alessio Investments LLC; Orange County Directors Association v. City of Costa Mesa; Newport Mesa Patients Association and Tri-County Patient Care Association v. City of Costa Mesa; Newport Mesa Patients Association v. Colleen O’Donoghue.
• Existing litigation: City of Lake Forest v. Moen et al.; City of Lake Forest v. Pharmer’s Choice Collective et al.; City of Lake Forest v. World Cann Wellness Center; City of Lake Forest v. Charles Cafe; City of Lake Forest v. Alexander S. Rados as Trustee of the Alexander S. Rados Trust et al.
• Property negotiation for parcel number 612-163-03.
Topping this week’s public meeting agendas is a push in Irvine to have a planned high school site relocated near the Orange County Great Park.
The park is short of cash, and the park’s chance of losing its primary funding has become more likely now that the California Supreme Court has backed up Gov. Jerry Brown’s move to eliminate redevelopment agencies.
Irvine Councilman and former park board chairman Larry Agran has been pushing to relocate the planned high school site in a bid to secure funding for the park. The idea is that park leaders could tap state money for sports facilities to be used by both the high school and the park.
The push caused a rare split in the City Council’s Democratic majority. Agran wanted to pressure Great Park Neighborhoods developer Heritage Fields to promise upwards of $100 million for the park before signing off last year on a 5,000 residential-unit development.
Democratic Mayor Sukhee Kang and the Republicans on council were content to approve the project with a promise of $40.5 million from the developer and negotiate for more in the coming months.
Here are some other items you will see on this week’s agendas:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Jan. 10
Highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas is a scheduled vote by the Mission Viejo City Council on banning sex offenders from city parks, the latest city to consider the move after the Orange County Board of Supervisors first passed a ban in 2011.
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has been pressing cities to adopt a ban. County supervisor candidate Todd Spitzer, who was seen as Rackauckas’ groomed successor until Spitzer was fired from his post at the DA’s office, has also been at council meetings supporting a ban.
The San Juan Capistrano City Council is set to hear a sobering update on the state Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow the elimination of redevelopment agencies.
The decision also struck down legislation that would have allowed cities to preserve their redevelopment agencies by making payments to the state.
City officials throughout the county have called the decision a worst-case scenario. The agencies fund many urban renewal projects, including the 13.47-acre Great Park in Irvine and the widening of the Ortega Highway sidewalk in San Juan Capistrano.
Here is a rundown of what’s happening during this week’s public meetings: