Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include the county’s evaluation of CEO Tom Mauk, a review of radiation monitoring around the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and discussion in Costa Mesa about moving public comments to the end of City Council meetings.
On Tuesday, the Orange County Board Supervisors are slated to conduct an evaluation of Mauk and County Counsel Nick Chrisos during the closed-door portion of its regular meeting.
Mauk has been under pressure to fire several high-ranking officials who did not adequately respond to sexual misconduct allegations against Carlos Bustamante, a former county public works executive and current Santa Ana city councilman, when they were first received from female workers, Voice of OC recently reported. The county has also referred the Bustamante allegations to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
In San Clemente, city leaders will review a report on radiation monitoring around the San Onofre plant and decide whether to ask the federal government to add monitoring stations and publish the data as quickly as possible. This comes after 10 speakers implored city leaders to make independent radiation monitoring information available to the public in real time after recent leaks of ammonia and a small amount of radiation.
And in Costa Mesa, new mayor Eric Bever wants public comments to take place at the end of City Council meetings instead of near the beginning. He’s also proposing that council member comments occur near the beginning of meetings, instead of at the end. The change could be approved at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Costa Mesa will also receive its midyear budget review, which includes a request for adding $900,000 to the city’s expected expenses due to unexpected legal costs.
Here’s a sampling of these and other items on this week’s agendas:
OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.
• Agreement for printer repair services and call center technical support for the county emergency operations center, at a cost of $664,000 over the next two years.
• Agreement for $500,000 per year, up to five years, with Roger Faubel Public Affairs for public education and outreach on storm-water drains.
• Public hearing on issuing $40 million in bonds related to the Juvenile Justice Center.
• Employee performance evaluation of CEO Tom Mauk and County Counsel Nick Chrisos.
• Existing litigation: Albert Macias v. County of Orange, Workman’s Compensation Appeal, William D. Fitzgerald v. Orange County, et al.
• Real estate negotiations regarding 1770 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; 405 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana; 200 Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana; 801 W. Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana; and the Santa Ana Transit Terminal.
• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
• Review of radiation monitoring around the San Onofre nuclear power plant and possible request for federal legislation to add monitoring stations and publish the data as quickly as possible.
• Real property negotiations over Irons in the Fire restaurant and a portion of the second floor of the city’s Community Development Department building.
• Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
• Changing order of council meetings, at the request of new Mayor Eric Bever, so public comments would be take place at the end of meetings instead of near the beginning, and council member comments would occur near the beginning of meetings instead of at the end.
• Approving recommendations of the homelessness task force.
• Creation of a “military affairs team” to raise funds for members of the armed forces, organize community events to honor returning soldiers and provide support for job placement and benefit assistance. The first meeting will take place at City Call on April 26 at 4 p.m.
• Midyear budget review, including adding $900,000 to expected expenses due to “legal costs for general liability lawsuits.”
• Labor negotiations with general employees, firefighters and fire department management, police officers and police management, and division managers.
• Existing litigation: Costa Mesa Employees Association v. City of Costa Mesa, et al.
Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m.
• Approval of affordable housing agreement with Avon Dakota Housing Partners for 16 units in central Anaheim, for which the city has paid $3 million for the land.
• Approval of $405,000-per-year agreement with Marina Landscape for weed abatement, litter removal and vegetation control in city public areas.
• Destruction of many police records more than two years old, including credit card statements, expense claims, daily activity logs, correspondence from the public, internal investigations and misdemeanor case files.
• Appointment of Planning Commission member to fill the seat of Todd Ament, who recently resigned.
• Authorizing up to $2 billion in bonds for construction or improvements at Kaiser Permanente’s new hospital facility on La Palma Avenue.
• Existing litigation: Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development et al. v. City of Anaheim et al.; Pack v. Superior Court, et al.
Santa Ana City Council, Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m.
• Releasing requests for proposals (RFPs) for ambulance, engineering and technical support services.
• Approval of $615,000 contract with Hondo Co. for improvements to the Golden Loop and Maple Street bike trails
• Appointment of Luis R. Martinez to the Personnel Board, nominated by Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.
• Existing litigation: Robert Sayne vs. City of Santa Ana.
• Public employee appointment: city attorney and city manager.
Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, March 19.
• Presentation on plan to reorganize the police department.
• Directing city staffJoe to prepare ordinance banning the commercial sale of dogs and cats, at request of Council Member Joe Carchio.
• Existing litigation: Squirrell v. City of Huntington Beach, et al.; Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Dorsey Dean Allison, et al.; Pacific Mobile Home Park v. City of Huntington Beach.
Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, March 20.
• Starting process to increase water rates, amid a city report finding that Fullerton overcharged residents with a 10 percent “franchise fee.”
• Real property negotiations with the William J. Johnson & Luella E. Johnson Trust; Cynthia Ortiz; Garret Family Trust regarding 1128, 1131 and 1132 E. Walnut Ave.
• Labor negotiations with police union.
• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.
• Existing litigation: Edward M. Quinones v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Veth Mam v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Ernest Gerald Benefiel v. City of Fullerton, et al.; Maureen Flynn Becerra v. City of Fullerton; Hanson, et al v. City of Fullerton.
Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
• Extending contract with Interwest Consulting Group and increasing from $1.7 million to $2.2 million per year for plan-check work, issuing permits for building, electrical, plumbing and other permits, and work inspection.
• 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.
• Labor negotiations with all city employees.
• Real estate negotiations regarding various properties with owners Sun Ranch Capital Partners and USA Portola Properties, LLC.
San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
• Ending participation in the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination project due to additional costs required by the project’s administrator.
• Anticipated litigation: damages claim by Jo Anne Ferguson and one unspecified case.
— NICK GERDA
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