The top issue on this week’s public meeting agendas is consideration by the Orange County Board of Supervisors of whether sexual misconduct allegations against Carlos Bustamante, a former public works executive, should be referred for criminal prosecution.
Also, Costa Mesa will be selecting a new mayor after current Mayor Gary Monahan’s surprise announcement last week that he is stepping down.
The months-old misconduct allegations regarding Bustamante, who also serves on the Santa Ana City Council, were brought back into the spotlight last week.
An investigation is said to have revealed serious problems in how county CEO Tom Mauk and other top county executives responded to complaints from employees that Bustamante was aggressively confronting female workers.
The supervisors met in closed session on the matter March 9 and will meet again on Monday.
In Costa Mesa, the timing of Monahan’s resignation on March 9 came as a surprise. He made no mention of plans to step down during the City Council meeting earlier in the week and has not elaborated on his reason beyond needing to spend time on “increased family and business commitments.”
Stanton’s City Council is also expected to make an appointment on Tuesday, after last month’s resignation of Councilman Ed Royce. The council is set to choose from three candidates.
Here’s a sampling of these and other items on this week’s agendas:
Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Monday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
• A closed-session performance evaluation of county executive officer Tom Mauk, regarding his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former public works executive Carlos Bustamante.
Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m.
• Appointment of new mayor and mayor pro tem, following the unexpected announcement last Friday that Gary Monahan will step down as mayor.
Costa Mesa City Council Study Session, Tuesday, March 13.
• Community Development Block Grant recommendations.
• Presentation on future Harbor Boulevard improvements.
Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
• Authorizing $1.86 million contract with Hillcrest Contracting for replacement of Peninsula Point alley.
• Appointing Chandler Bell or Dave Girling to fill the vacancy on the Harbor Commission and Tim Brown, Willard Dunlap or Steven Coyne to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission.
• Directing staff on steps to remove the 60 fire rings at Big Corona and the Balboa Pier.
• Appointments to the aviation committee.
• Existing litigation: Morningside Recovery LLC, et al v. City of Newport Beach; City of Newport Beach v. Dennis Lee Holland; Friends for Good Planning v. City of Newport Beach.
• Anticipated litigation: three unspecified cases.
• Labor negotiations with all employee groups: lifeguards, lifeguard management, fire management, firefighters, police management, police officers, city general employees, professional and technical employees, part-time employees and Newport Beach Employees League.
Irvine City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m.
• Reviewing Great Park developer’s request to more than double the amount of homes on the project from 4,900 to 10,700 residences and convert more than 1 million square feet of nonresidential area to accommodate the additional residences.
• Lowering the speed limit by 5 miles per hour along 33 sections of major city streets.
• Amending agreement with CalPERS, the state pension agency, to implement a new benefits formula for new nonsafety hires of 2% at age 55, based on the three-year highest average salary.
• Labor negotiations with Associated Supervisory-Administrative Personnel.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, March 13
• Joint meeting with Rep. Ken Calvert, including discussion of a South Orange County desalination plant and expanding the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
Stanton City Council, Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
• Appointment of a council member to succeed Ed Royce, who resigned at the beginning of February.
• Approval of lease agreement with the Illumination Foundation for homeless family services at the city annex building.
• Formation of a two-person City Council committee “responsible for reviewing documents prior to public release.”
• Anticipated litigation: two unspecified cases.