Highlighting this week’s public meeting agendas is Stanton City Council’s continued drive to increase city fees and pull back from the brink of fiscal insolvency.
Although city leaders say the city still has reserves to meeting its financial obligations for at least another four years, the city’s ongoing gap between revenue and expenditures has become nearly impossible to close without cutting public safety or raising taxes.
Newport Beach City Council is set to declare its intention to comply with the state’s open government law, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act, despite the state’s suspension of the act’s provisions as part of Sacrament’s struggle with the state budget.
While cities have been compensated for services required by the law, like posting council meeting agendas, the state suspension means that Newport Beach can’t apply for reimbursement.
Here’s a rundown of other highlights:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 9:30 a.m.
- Treasurer-Tax Collector plan to allow residents to pay property taxes with debit or credit cards.
- Establish a $200 meeting per diem for the Public Financing Advisory Committee.
- Adopt annual taxes for community facility districts throughout the county.
- Consider a lawsuit filed by a former Human Resources manager in the Waste & Recycling Department.
Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors, Monday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m.
- Bond update on high-speed rail project.
- Funding recommendations for the 2012 bicycle corridor improvement program.
- Delaying the purchase of new buses.
- Consider several railroad grade-separation projects.
- Calls for projects for 2013 M2 transportation projects.
- Discuss fare integration project.
Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.
- Improving Marine Way, the main access road to the Orange County Great Park.
- Farming lease with Orange County Produce LLC.
- Discussion of a policy regarding plastic bags.
Orange City Council, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 4:30 p.m.
- Councilman Fred Whitaker’s proposal to contact Stanford University Institute of Economic Policy Review for details about an analysis of “strategies and solutions” regarding the city employees’ unfunded liabilities.
- Agreement with CalTrans for freeway maintenance.
Closing the Orange Public Library and History Center for the International Street Fair.
- A recognized obligation payment schedule and administrative budget for the successor agency to the city’s dissolved redevelopment agency.
Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.
- Continuing to post public meeting agendas in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act despite the state’s suspension of the open-government law.
- Designating a manager pro tempore who would act as city manager in case of temporary absence or disability.
- Labor agreement with the Newport Beach Fire Management Association.
- Agreement with URS Corp. for seawall design at Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island.
- Appointment of board members to the Metro Cities Fire Authority.
Stanton City Council, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
- A fire services fee for nonresidents.
- A fee for negligent drivers’ accidents and driving under the influence.
— ADAM ELMAHREK
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