On The Agenda

Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include unexpected new costs and lower revenue at the Great Park, the county’s appointment of a new auditor-controller and Villa Park’s appointment of a new City Council member.

On Tuesday, the Irvine City Council is set to approve midyear changes to the Great Park budget to reflect $1.4 million less revenue than anticipated and $350,000 in additional costs, a total budget impact of $1.76 million.

The largest hits to the park’s current budget came from overestimation of sponsorship revenue by $750,000 and a large reduction in the number of festivals, causing $500,000 less in funds. Unexpected added costs include $250,000 in moving expenses and improvements for the Great Park Corp. office.

The park project has faced harsh criticism over the years for its high costs and relatively slight progress.

Also on Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is slated to appoint a new auditor-controller, who oversees the county government’s finances.

Shaun Skelly has served as chief deputy auditor-controller for nearly seven years and is poised to replace David Sundstrom, who resigned late last year to take a similar post in Sonoma County. Sundstrom had served in the position since 1998. He recently clashed with supervisors over delays and added costs to property tax upgrades.

And in Villa Park the City Council plans to appoint Richard Barnett to fill the City Council seat left by Councilman Bob Fauteux’s death last month. Barnett, an attorney who ran for City Council in 2010, would serve until the November general election.

Here’s a sampling of items on this week’s agendas:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m.

• Appointment of Shaun Skelly as county auditor-controller. Skelly has been chief deputy auditor-controller for nearly seven years.

Discussion of how to ensure that cities contracting with the Sheriff’s Department for police services pay expected costs for unfunded pension liabilities. (Continued from Jan. 24 meeting.)

Approval of a one-year, $4.2-million agreement with four contractors for IT services for the county Social Services Agency.

Approval of a one-year, $800,000 agreement with the firm CHM2 Hill for engineering services at John Wayne Airport.

Approval of a three-year, $400,000 agreement with the Dudek company for on-call habitat creation, restoration and enhancement services at flood control areas.

Closed Session

• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.

• Labor negotiations with Association of County Law Enforcement Management (ACLEM), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Alliance of Orange County Workers (AOCW), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Orange County Attorneys Association (OCAA), Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) and Orange County Managers Association (OCMA).

Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Appointing Richard Barnett to fill the City Council seat left by Councilman Bob Fauteux’s death last month.

Closed Session

• City employee discipline or dismissal

• Performance evaluation of the city manager.

Costa Mesa City Council, Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

• Approve hiring of the Jones Day multinational law firm for lawsuit seeking to place a proposed city charter on the June primary ballot despite a missed filing deadline.

Closed Session

• Discussion of the city charter lawsuit.

• Labor negotiations with Costa Mesa City Employee Association (CMCEA), Costa Mesa Firefighter Association (CMFA), Costa Mesa Police Officers Association (CMPOA), Costa Mesa Police Management Association (CMPMA), Costa Mesa Fire Fighters Management Association, Costa Mesa Division Managers Association and unrepresented employees.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Changes to permitted fence and wall heights at residential properties.

Approval of a $295,000 engineering contract with MWH Global for designing a replacement cover for the Big Canyon reservoir in Corona del Mar.

Closed Session

• Existing lawsuits: Arnie Pike, et al. v. City of Newport Beach; Kenneth Kaplan v. City of Newport Beach.

• Anticipated lawsuits: two unspecified cases.

• Real estate negotiations with Girl Scouts of America for 1700 West Balboa Blvd.

• Labor negotiations with all employee associations.

• Performance evaluation of City Manager Dave Kiff.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 4 p.m.

Midyear budget adjustment for the Great Park reflecting a $1.4-million revenue decrease and $350,000 increase in expenditures.

Presentations on the San Onofre nuclear power plant by Councilman Larry Agran, the San Clemente Green environmental group and possibly the plant’s operator, Southern California Edison.

Closed Session

• Labor negotiations with Associated Supervisory/Administrative Personnel (ASAP).

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Approval of $485,000 contract with California Professional Engineering for installing two new traffic signals and two traffic signal modifications.

Approval of a $2.8-million contract with R.J. Noble Co. for street improvements along approximately 1.6 miles of roadway.

State-mandated disclosure of $3.4-million cost estimate if every eligible employee opts to accept a 2-year early retirement offer.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Changing agreement to exclude all future elected city officials from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Proposed water-rate increase of 3 percent per year for the next five years in addition to that 14-percent increases for each of the past two years.

Closed Session:

• Anticipated lawsuit: Cask and Clever, Inc.

• Labor negotiations with all employee groups.

• Discussion of city attorney appointment.

• “Other matters” announced before recessing to closed session.

Seal Beach City Council, Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

• Approval of $88,400 contract with Gregory Hastings for services as interim director of development.

Closed Session

• Discussing the purchase of Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

• Anticipated lawsuits: two unspecified cases.

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

• Eliminating three senior typist clerk positions and laying off one senior typist clerk.

Closed Session

• Discussion of city manager appointment.

• Anticipated lawsuit: one unspecified case.

• Negotiations for purchasing property at 7711 Beach Blvd. (former Movieland site) from May Wong Hui and Jim Pattison.

• Property purchase negotiations over 8061 Page St./8062 Orangethorpe Ave. (former city yard) with Ruben Lopez and Donald Chae of The Source at Beach LLC.

— NICK GERDA