The top issues to track on this week’s public meeting agendas include Santa Ana outsourcing its fire services, an official report on statements by Fullerton police after the Kelly Thomas beating and Rancho Santa Margarita’s consideration of a city ordinance banning sleeping in cars at night.
Faced with a projected $30-million budget deficit next year, the Santa Ana City Council will consider Tuesday night whether it absorb its fire department into the county fire agency.
The Orange County Fire Authority says the deal will save the city $10.5 million in its current budget. Recent contract documents state the agency could take over Santa Ana’s fire services as early as April 6.
The city’s current firefighters would be offered jobs at the county agency, but the proposed move has lead to a divide between younger Santa Ana firefighters and their older colleagues.
In Fullerton on Tuesday, attorney Michael Gennaco will present a report detailing the findings of his investigation into apparently misleading public statements by the police department after the July police beating death of Kelly Thomas.
And Rancho Santa Margarita will consider prohibiting sleeping in vehicles at night on city streets and public property between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
A city staff report says the proposed ordinance was prompted by a September incident in which an armed man was found sleeping in his vehicle near a school. Some advocates say sleeping bans such as this criminalize homelessness and are an effort by cities to push the problem elsewhere.
Items on this week’s agendas:
Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21
• Authorizing agreement with the Orange County Fire Authority to outsource the city’s fire and emergency medical services.
• Approve a $105,000 contract for jail management system maintenance with Advanced Technology Information Management Systems (ATIMS).
• Decreasing by $40,000 homelessness prevention grant funding to Olive Crest, an organization that seeks to prevent child abuse. Increasing funding to Public Law Center and Mercy House by $20,000 each.
• Existing litigation: Andres Junior Ramirez, et al. v. City of Santa Ana; Basilio Martinez v. City of Santa Ana; Santa Ana California Lodge, LLC v. City of Santa Ana
• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.
• Discussion of appointing a city manager and city attorney.
• 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.
Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21
• Presentation of report by attorney Michael Gennaco into apparently misleading public statements by the Fullerton Police Department in the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas police beating death last summer.
• Consideration of Occupy OC’s request that the city adopt a policy to use local banks and credit unions when feasible; have the mayor request that colleges within Fullerton limit credit card companies from marketing on campus; and formally oppose the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
• Public hearing to consider issuing up to $14.5 million in bonds for financing a 95-unit affordable rental housing development for seniors and approximately 3,200 square-feet of retail space at 345 E. Commonwealth Ave.
• Award $523,000 construction contract to R. J. Noble Co. for the Rosecrans Avenue Reconstruction Project from Gilbert Street to Canyon Drive.
• Existing litigation: Safeway Towing Services, Inc. dba Bob’s Towing v. City of Fullerton.
• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 22
• Adopting a city ordinance banning sleeping in vehicles on city streets and public property between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
• Labor negotiations with city manager.
• Consideration of appointment and employment of city manager.
Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21
• One-year agreement with Hewlett Packard for $135,000 of hardware and software support services.
• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa, et al.
• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.
• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employees 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.
Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21
• Establishing fees for an independent medical examiner for workers’ compensation claims.
• Appointments to Mobile Home Advisory Board.
• Existing litigation: Keith Bateman v. City of Huntington Beach; Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Dorsey Dean Allison, et al. (consolidated with Hillcrest Contracting, Inc. v. City of Huntington Beach); Barber v. City of Huntington Beach.
• Labor negotiations with Huntington Beach Management Employees Organization.
Los Alamitos City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21
• Discussion of potential Brown Act violations during the open session of City Council meetings, at the request of council members Gerri Graham-Mejia and Warren Kusumoto.
• Existing litigation: City of Los Alamitos vs. Citizens for a Fair Trash Contract.
Aliso Viejo Planning Commission, Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Cancelled
Cancelled due to City Council decision to temporarily suspend the commission.
— NICK GERDA
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