Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Newport deciding on residential dock fees and two cities filling vacant city council positions.

The Newport Beach City Council is scheduled to decide Tuesday on a controversial plan to raise fees for residential docks in city-owned areas of Newport Harbor.

Council members seemed to be moving full steam ahead with the plan last month until residents flooded a council meeting and threatened to boycott the city’s treasured Christmas boat parade.

The meeting will be Newport’s first at its brand-new, $130-million Civic Center.

And in Garden Grove, city council members are set to fill a council position left empty by the recent election. Westminster will also “consider the options available” for appointing a replacement of their own.

Oaths of office for incoming council members are also scheduled in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Hills and Cypress.

Seal Beach is scheduled to discuss a federal lawsuit against it and three other Orange County cities over their bans on sex offenders in parks. The discussion comes amid Lake Forest’s decision last week to rescind their ban, sparking what could be the beginning of a major U-turn against District Attorney Tony Rackuckas’ signature issue during the last year.

Major items coming up this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Amending Sheriff’s Department detention contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to comply with new federal standards for investigation and reporting of sexual abuse or assault.
  • Approve license agreements requiring accounting reports from several Friends of the Library nonprofits that run bookstores at county libraries and gather donations for books and library programs.
  • Add La Pata Avenue to the County Maintained Road System, so that road funds can be spent on the roadway.
  • Award $163,000 to Xerox State and Local Solutions as an incentive for positive feedback in surveys over its operation of the county’s main IT contract.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

  • Recognizing outgoing council members Claudia Alvarez and Carlos Bustamante.
  • Administer oaths of office to re-elected Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilman Vincent Sarmiento and to new council members Angelica Amezcua and Roman Reyna.
  • Selection of mayor pro tem.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Administering oath of office to elected mayor and council members and selecting mayor pro tem.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m.

  • Meeting will be held at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim.
  • Administer oath of office to new council members Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to new mayor and city council members and selection of mayor pro tem.
  • Approve final tract maps in the Great Park Neighborhoods and in Cypress Village, respectively submitted by Heritage Fields and Irvine Community Development Co.

Westminster City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to new council members Dore J. Gilbert and Andrew Blount and select a new mayor.
  • Comments by outgoing Mayor Melody Carruth.
  • Approve updates to designations of assistant and deputy city attorney with law firm Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart.

Newport Beach City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approve fee increases for residential piers at Newport Harbor.

Newport Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

  • First City Council meeting at the new Civic Center near Fashion Island at 100 Civic Center Drive.
  • Notifying the Orange County Airport Land Use Commission of intent to overrule the commission’s determination that the 25-acre, 1,244-unit Uptown Newport project is inconsistent with noise, safety, and height standards in the John Wayne Airport land use plan.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discuss potential lawsuits by Trabuco Highlands Community Association and by an unspecified party.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

  • Waive formal bidding process and purchase 448 reverse osmosis membrane filters for $188,261 from Toray Membrane USA.

Seal Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a federal lawsuit against Seal Beach and three other cities over their bans on sex offenders in parks.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Approve sale of 0.5 acres of city property near The Outlets shopping center for $75,000 to WWG Met4K Owner.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oaths of office to newly elected council members Rob Johnson and Mariellen Yarc. Selection of mayor and mayor pro tem.
  • Presentation to outgoing Mayor Doug Bailey.

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