Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include discussion of term limits at the Board of Supervisors and efforts to allow city council members to vote themselves onto paid boards.
At Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting, Chairman John Moorlach is set to propose a measure for the June primary ballot that would extend supervisors’ term limits to 12 years.
Moorloch says the extended limits would lead to better public policy, since it takes time for members to build institutional knowledge. While he expects to be accused of trying to increase his pension benefits, Moorlach’s effort has support from at least one other supervisor, Shawn Nelson.
Elsewhere in the county, cities are starting to strike back at the state political ethics commission over its recent conclusion that mayors and city council members may not appoint themselves to boards that pay members more than $250 per year.
The Fair Political Practices Commission sent letters to 40 Orange County officials, stating that they violated the “personal financial effects provision” of the 1974 Fair Political Practices Act by voting on their own appointments, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Several cities are challenging the panel’s interpretation. Newport Beach and Buena Park will take up the issue this week.
From this week’s agendas:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Discussion of placing a measure on the June primary ballot to impose a lifetime limit of three terms (12 years) for members of the Board of Supervisors.
• Discussion of placing a measure on the June primary ballot to require future members of the Board of Supervisors to enroll in a 1.62 percent at 65 pension plan.
• Approving a concept plan for a regional park at the former Marine Corps air station in Tustin.
• Issuing $65 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes for the Santa Ana Unified School District.
• Adding “administrative service command” and commander positions to list of employees that must file conflict of interest disclosures.
• Approving a $300,000 contract for one year of landscape maintenance at Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Clark Regional Park.
• Property negotiations over various locations, including the 100-acre county-owned Alton parcels at the former Marine Corps air station Tustin.
• Existing litigation: Ralph Espinoza v. County of Orange, et al.
• Threatened litigation: one unspecified case.
• Labor negotiations: Association of County Law Enforcement Management; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs; Alliance of Orange County Workers; International Union of Operating Engineers; Orange County Attorneys Association; Orange County Employees Association; and Orange County Managers Association.
Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Short extension of taxi cab franchises to give staff and the taxi advisory committee time to analyze requests for proposals.
• Performance evaluation of acting city manager.
• Discussion of city manager appointment.
• Labor negotiations: Anaheim Police Management Association; Anaheim Fire Association; and Teamsters Local 952.
• Existing litigation: Joana Terriquez v. City of Anaheim et al.
• Anticipated litigation: approximately 36 unspecified cases.
Costa Mesa City Council Study Session, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Homelessness task force and midyear budget review.
Newport Beach City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 22
• Sending a letter asking the Orange County Transportation Authority to “summarize recommended mitigation measures to local traffic” if the proposed 19th Street bridge is removed from the highway master plan.
• Waiving $7,000 in parking fees charged to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce for last year’s Coastline Car Classic event and waive fees for next two years.
• Supporting an effort to challenge a recent interpretation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission that city council members may not appoint themselves to a committee that pays member $250 or more per year.
• Negotiations with all labor associations.
Orange City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Increasing cost of legal services contract with Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet to $120,000 for “construction-related issues” on the Grijalva Gymnasium project.
• Purchasing five police vehicles for a total of $209,000.
• Consideration of placing a measure on June primary ballot to “tighten” term limits for mayor and city council seats.
• Labor negotiations with all bargaining units.
• Discussing appointment of a city attorney.
Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• City manager agreeing to pay 2 percent of salary toward his retirement benefits, along with extension of his employment contract from 2013 to 2015.
Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Supporting a proposed exception to state regulations that would create an exception allowing public officials to participate in voting on their own appointments to paid commissions.
• Labor negotiations with Buena Park Police Association; Buena Park Police Management Association, Buena Park City Employees Association; Technical Office Professional Association; and Buena Park Management.
— NICK GERDA