On The Agenda

Highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas is the Costa Mesa City Council’s bid to place a proposed charter before the city’s voters in November.

The proposed charter would, among other provisions, remove limitations on outsourcing, prohibit union dues from being spent on political activities, force increases in employee retirement benefits to citywide votes and prevent the city from requiring payment of state-mandated “prevailing wages” on construction projects unless they’re required by law or approved by the City Council.

The ideologically driven council majority has pushed widespread outsourcing as a panacea to the rising costs of city government. The proposed charter would give the council more power to dismantle and privatize city services.

A previous attempt to place the charter on the June primary ballot failed because of an error by the city clerk’s office.

The Stanton City Council will consider placing a utility user tax rate increase on the November ballot in a bid to save the city from its looming fiscal insolvency. Stanton voters rejected a similar increase in June.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Authorizing special Mello Roos taxes across South County cities to finance more than $446 million in outstanding bonds that have built most of the region’s infrastructure.
  • Adopting a lease with Wild Rivers, Irvine, to develop a water park on 17 of the 100 acres owned by the county on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
  • Approving 2013 rates for employee health plans.
  • Selling the Santiago Truck Trail to the U.S. government for use at the Cleveland National Forest.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Stanton City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 31, at 4 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Submitting a recognized obligation payment schedule — a claim for property tax increment dollars for redevelopment projects — to the state Department of Finance.
— ADAM ELMAHREK