On the Agenda

We’re in the fifth week of January, and because City Council meetings schedules are based on the first four weeks of a month, this week is fairly light in public agendas.

Here’s what is happening:

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 1

• Increasing the cost of the existing land use and planning consulting contract with Environmental and Regulatory Services from $175,000 to $411,500, for starting work five months early.

• Doubling the cost of an existing land use and planning consulting contract with Lawrence Associates from $50,000 to $100,000, for additional work proposed for to the contract.

• Adoption of an ordinance amending the city’s zoning code.

• Adoption of City Council policy on distribution of tickets and passes.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 31

• Demanding payment of $950,000 in fees from the Community Redevelopment Agency for Nexus Development Corp.’s “Lake Towers” project.

• Assuming the Community Redevelopment Agency’s role in investing in the state’s “local agency investment fund.”

Closed Session

• Negotiations with Vista del Rio Housing Partners on terms of property transfer of land at 1600 Memory Lane owned by the Community Redevelopment Agency.

Costa Mesa Investment Oversight Committee, Tuesday, Jan. 31

• City and development agency treasurers’ reports for the last quarter of 2011.

• Update on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy by the city’s law firm, Jones & Mayer.

San Clemente City Council IT Strategies Workshop, Tuesday, Jan. 31

• Discussion of the city’s information technology infrastructure; software services; website content and layout; and future technology goals.

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 31

• 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.

Closed Session

• 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.


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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:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Jan. 24

• State of the County address by Chairman John Moorlach.

• Approval of the final Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and policy recommendations for a year-round emergency shelter.

• Hiring armed private security guards at John Wayne Airport for $766,000 over the next year.

• Approval of a concept plan for a regional park at the former Marine Corp Air Station in Tustin.

• Appointment of Frank Ospino as the county’s public defender.

• County CEO Tom Mauk agreeing to pay the full employee portion of his retirement contribution.

Appointment of a member of the Board of Supervisors to the board of the CalOptima health care agency.

Contract with Inyo County in east-central California for the provision of autopsies.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Scott Nelson v. Deborah A. Kwast, etc., et al.; Morrison Pump Company, Inc. v. SSC Construction, Inc., et al.

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

Negotiations on future sale and purchase of various properties.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 24

• Discussion of record management practices and policies.

• Waive compliance with the council’s competitive bid policy and approve a $1,766,500 contract with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to implement the Anaheim Enterprise Zone program.

• Acceptance of a $318,400 bid (plus sales tax) for jet fuel over the next year for the police department’s helicopter.

* Amendment to an economic assistance agreement for the GardenWalk Hotel Project.

Closed Session

• Discussion of city manager appointment.

• Existing litigation: Whitehouse v. The City of Anaheim, et al.

• Anticipated litigation: 36 unspecified cases.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 24

• Expanding the prohibition of smoking to within 100 feet of a park, park facility, or beach while located on public property.

Approval of an agreement with the Irvine Co. to allow the firm an exception for storm water discharge into areas of special biological significance.

• Public hearing on the conversion of tennis areas at the Newport Beach Country Club into hotel rooms and increasing the size of the golf clubhouse.

• Adoption of a fire hazard severity map.

• Consulting contract for $99,500 to analyze services performed by the city refuse division.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: City of Newport Beach v. Dennis Lee Holland, et. al.

• Labor negotiations with all labor associations: Association of Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards; Lifeguard Management Association; Newport Beach Fire Management Association; Newport Beach Firefighters’ Association; Police Management Association; Police Employees’ Association; City Employees Association; Newport Beach Professional & Technical Employees Association; Newport Beach Employees League; and Newport Beach Part-Time Unit.

• Performance evaluation of the city clerk.

Santa Ana City Council, Special Closed Session, Tuesday, Jan. 24

• 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.

• Discussion of city attorney appointment.



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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:

Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 17

• An ordinance allowing a two-year trial of the sale and use of state-approved fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

• During the 4 p.m. study session, a review of the city’s financial performance and long-term fiscal outlook by Finance Director Lori Farrell.

• Resignation of Christina Ryan Rodriguez from the Human Relations Task Force and appointment of six people to the panel.

• Project plans and a $2.4-million construction contract with Hardy and Harper for the Center Avenue, Magnolia Street and Springdale Street Rehabilitation Project.

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.

Closed Session:

• 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.

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 17

• 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.

Closed Session:

• 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.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 17

• Formation of a Costa Mesa Housing Authority to assume the housing functions of the city’s redevelopment agency.

• An audit firm’s findings about the city’s payroll policies and procedures.

• 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.

Closed Session:

• 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.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 17

Street sweeping contract.

Proposal for the development of 151 attached homes in the Foothill Ranch Auto Center.

• Transfer of affordable housing responsibilities from the city’s redevelopment agency to the Lake Forest Housing Authority.

• Discussion of potential video recording of council meetings.

Closed Session:

• 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.

La Habra City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 17

• A $163,000 construction contract for an “alley improvement and beautification” project.

• Designation of the La Habra Housing Authority as the successor agency for the housing responsibilities of the city’s redevelopment agency.



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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

• Determining the county Auditor-Controller replacement process.

• Appointing the board’s new chair and vice-chair.

• Anticipated litigation involving one case.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: AMR corporation, debtor, United State Bankruptcy Court.

• Labor negotiations with Association of County Law Enforcement Management and Orange County Managers Association.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 10

• Increasing pension contributions for new management employees.

• Extending a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Closed Session

•Appointment of a new city manager.

• Initiation of litigation regarding 35 potential cases.

• Existing litigation: Whitehouse v. Anaheim.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Jan. 9

• Designating Santa Ana the successor agency to its soon-to-be-dissolved redevelopment agency.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations.

• Appointment of a new city attorney.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 10

• Suggesting to the Great Park Neighborhoods developer an alternative site for construction of a new high school.

Trash clean-up along freeways.

• Selecting a new mayor pro tem.

• Designating the successor agency to the soon-to-be-dissolved redevelopment agency.

• Reappointing council members to paid and non-paid boards and commissions.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Jan. 9

• Designating Huntington Beach the successor agency to the soon-to-be-dissolved redevelopment agency.

Closed Session

• Discussion with city attorney regarding legal opinion issued by state Supreme Court on redevelopment agencies.

• Omnipoint Communications, Inc. v. Huntington Beach.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 10

Extending employee pension contributions for the Police Association, Police Management Association and Fire Management Association until new labor agreements are adopted.

• Purchasing three lifeguard vehicles.

Mayoral appointments to council-citizens ad-hoc committees.

• Setting the City Council meetings calendar for 2012.

Closed Session

• Existing litigation: Frizzell v. Newport Beach; Morningside Recovery LLC v. Newport Beach; MORN v. Newport Beach.

• Labor negotiations.



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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:

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 3

• A request for proposal to outsource facilities maintenance services.

• Increasing the city’s tow rates.

• Creation of an economic development director/deputy city manager position.

• Approval of the city’s financial and budget policies.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations.

• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. Costa Mesa; Timothy M. Slappy v. Robert Harris, Costa Mesa.

Mission Viejo City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 3

Banning sex offenders from city parks.

• Mayor Frank Ury’s proposal to waive home improvement building permit fees from Jan. 1 to July 4.

• Adding portable toilets to the Marguerite Tennis Center renovation project.

• City Council committee and regional board appointments.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations.

• Real estate negotiations for the city to acquire a 7.1-acre site at 26742 Oso Parkway from Mission Viejo Oso Parkway Development.

Tustin City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 3

• Appointment of George W. Jeffries as city treasurer.

• Developing a governing structure for the Tustin Legacy Project.

• City Council appointments to committees and regional boards.

Closed Session

• Exposure to litigation involving two unspecified cases and initiating litigation involving two unspecified cases.

• Liability claims against the city by Edgar Pacheco, Cameron Santos and Cindy Johnson.

• Real estate negotiations.

• Existing litigation: Tustin Unified School District v. Tustin; Tustin v. Tustin Unified School District; T-Mobile West Corp. v. Tustin; Tustin v. Keybank; Mira Properties v. Tustin.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 3

• An update on the state Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing the elimination of redevelopment agencies.

• Discussion of the placement of municipal signs throughout the city.

• Discussion of the city’s waste-hauling agreement with CR&R.

• Discussion of the allusion to deities during City Council invocations.



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