At the top of this week’s public meeting agendas in Orange County is a request from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to add a public corruption unit to his office.
Rackauckas has been known as soft on political corruption, but now he argues that his office has seen a major spike in complaints about public officials and that his office doesn’t have the resources to tackle them. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider the request.
Norberto Santana Jr. has a more detailed report on the issue here.
Also, the Irvine City Council is set to consider Councilman Steven Choi’s demand that an investigation be conducted into the alleged leak of closed-session discussions by Mayor Sukhee Kang.
Choi and his Republican colleague on the council, Jeffrey Lalloway, say that a letter from Great Park neighborhoods developer CEO Emile Haddad shows that Kang revealed closed-session discussions to the developer. Under the state’s open meeting law, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act, such a revelation would be illegal.
Here’s a rundown of other items:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m.
- District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ request to add a “Public Integrity Team.”
- Selecting Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc. as the primary firm – and Keyser Marston Associates as the alternate firm — overseeing the master developer of a 100 acre parcel near the Orange County Great Park.
- Various responses to grand jury reports.
- Extending the Sacramento lobbying contract with Platinum Advisors.
- Existing litigation: Orange County Managers Association, Inc. vs. Orange County.
- Appointment of the county performance audit director.
Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, Monday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m.
- Approval of the M2020 Plan, a schedule of Measure M2 funded projects through 2020.
- An update on the Anaheim Rapid Connection project and a streetcar alternative.
- Interstate 405 improvements update.
- Performance review of CEO Will Kempton.
Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.
- Rescinding the Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center construction contract from Clark Construction Group and re-awarding the contract to the same entity.
- A five-year extension of a development agreement with Prologis and the elimination of a $1.5 million “extension fee.”
Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.
- Councilman Steven Choi’s request for an investigation of an alleged leak of Closed Session discussions to the developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods.
Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.
- Exempting locally funded public works projects from the state’s prevailing wage requirement.
- Adding a deputy city manager position.
- A 50-cent hourly pay increase for part-time members of United Public Employees of California.
- Replacing the city’s phone system with a Voice Over Internet Protocol system.
- A Newport Police Management Association agreement that has managers increasing their pension contributions, creates a new retirement tier for new-hires and but also increases medical benefits and includes a pay raise. The agreement would save the city about $40,000, according to a “best estimate” cited in a staff report.
Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 12 p.m.
- Strategic plan update.
— ADAM ELMAHREK
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