Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include an expansion of Newport Beach’s smoking ban and the elimination of a neighborhood park from the master plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin.
As the law stands now, Newport Beach prohibits smoking on beaches, boardwalks, piers, nearby playgrounds, community centers and inside any public building. With city staff citing public health benefits from expanding the ban, the City Council on Tuesday will consider a prohibition of smoking within 100 feet of a park, beach or community center while on public property.
The proposed ordinance would also require people to obtain the city’s permission before charging fees for instructional activities at city parks, beaches and recreation facilities.
The Tustin Planning Commission will consider recommending changes to the specific plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, including eliminating a nine-acre sports park from a neighborhood, increasing the commercial-business area by 9.6 acres and allowing additional rental units. The commission also plans to discuss changes to the city’s zoning code.
Here’s a sample of what’s on this week’s agendas:
Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14
• An ordinance expanding the city’s smoking ban to within 100 feet of a park, beach or community center while on public property and requiring people to obtain the city’s permission before charging fees for instructional activities at city parks, beaches and recreation facilities.
• An ordinance allowing the city to increase administrative citation fees from the current $100 to $1,000 for “problem cases” like “repeat offenders” or “blatant intent to violate” certain city codes.
• Expanded city regulations to allow chickens in residential home lots outside of the Santa Ana Heights neighborhood.
• Labor negotiations with all labor associations.
• Performance evaluation of the city clerk.
• Existing litigation: Christian Benard v. City of Newport Beach, et al.; Paul Matheis v. City of Newport Beach, et al.
• Initiation of litigation: one unspecified case.
Tustin Planning Commission, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:05 p.m.
• Changes to the specific plan for the former Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, including increasing the allowed amount of rental units, eliminating a noine-acre sports park from a neighborhood and increasing the commercial-business area by 9.6 acres.
• Amendments to the city’s zoning code, including changing the name of “retail commercial district” to “neighborhood commercial district.”
Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
• Final public hearing on content of proposed city charter and last opportunity for new language to be added.
Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.
• Contract with Ocean Blue Environmental Services Inc. for $110,000 per year to remove hazardous and biological materials from city properties.
• Extending an existing contract for red-light camera traffic enforcement with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. for six months. Expected to be revenue-neutral for the city.
• Presentation of gender equality report by the Community Services Department.
• Labor negotiations with Orange County Employees Association; Employee’s League; International Association of Fire Fighters Garden Grove Local 2005; Garden Grove Police Association; and Garden Grove Police Management Association.
Orange City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m.
• Starting the formal process of excluding future elected officials from retirement benefits.
• Contract for engineering design services with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for $226,723.
• Contract with the law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore to provide labor negotiation services for $90,000.
• Labor negotiations with all bargaining units.
• Appointment-employment of the city attorney.
• Performance evaluation of the city manager.
Cypress City Council, Monday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m.
• Permit for a cell phone tower in the parking lot of SeaCoast Grace Church and across Cerritos Avenue from residential homes.
• Existing litigation: City of Cerritos et al. v. State of California et al.; Cypress School District v. City of Cypress.
• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
• Property negotiations over 4545 Myra Avenue.
• Performance evaluation of city manager.