On The Agenda

Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include more budget meetings and Anaheim’s plans to buy an airplane.

Continuing ongoing discussions around the county of next year’s budgets, city leaders in Costa Mesa, Placentia, San Juan Capistrano and Seal Beach will hold public sessions.

The workshops are an opportunity for the public to hear what new priorities their city leaders may be placing on spending and for council members to tell city staff what changes they’d like made. As part of public meeting rules, cities are required to open the discussion to comments from the public during a designated time.

On Tuesday in Anaheim, the City Council will decide whether to buy a Cessna Grand Caravan airplane for the police department.

The city staff report on the plane, which costs $2.2 million plus $400,000 in equipment, says it is better suited than helicopters for certain operations other than patrolling and arresting suspects, but doesn’t specify what. Anaheim staff say the purchase would be covered by the police department’s narcotics seizure fund and the sale of a police helicopter.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.

  • Purchase of $2.2-million Cessna Grand Caravan airplane for the police department and $400,000 in equipment, as well as sale of one police helicopter. Cost would be covered by the narcotics seizure fund.
  • Destruction of certain criminal case files and police reports between 1996 and 2009.
  • Adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide for City Council meeting procedure.

Closed Session

  • Anticipated litigation: one unspecified case.
  • Labor negotiations with Teamsters Local 952, Anaheim Municipal Employees Association and Anaheim Firefighters Association Local 2899.
  • Property negotiations with Orange County Transportation Authority over OCTA property at Katella Avenue and Douglas Road in Anaheim.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Study Session, Tuesday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Review of Fairview Park master plan improvements.
  • Summary of capital improvement program and discussion of funding opportunities and priorities.

Placentia City Council Study Session, Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.

  • Discussion of preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2012-13.

Buena Park City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 29, at noon

Closed Session

  • Labor negotiations with city manager, Buena Park Police Association, Buena Park Police Management Association, Buena Park City Employees Association, Technical Office Professional Association and Buena Park management.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m.

  • Introduction of proposed 2012-13 operating budget and seven-year capital improvement plan.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 29, at 4 p.m.

Seal Beach City Council Study Sessions, Wednesday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m.

  • Discussion of preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2012-13.
— NICK GERDA