Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include a new labor deal for county management and progress on a tax to fund the Great Park.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a new labor contract with county management employees on Tuesday, a deal that supervisors say has managers paying their full share of annual pension contributions.

The deal will cost taxpayers $623,000 during the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year but is set to save $883,000 annually over the next two years, according to contract documents.

The managers’ deal is the first of many nicknamed the “Super Bowl” of labor negotiations because the contracts of nearly every major labor group expire this year.

Supervisors are also set to direct staff regarding the newly-centralized county real estate office and to approve a $750,000-per-year contract to maintain helicopter engines for the Sheriff’s Department.

And in Irvine, city leaders are scheduled to start the process of establishing a community services district for the Great Park Neighborhoods housing project.

The district, essentially a special property tax, would fund infrastructure and operating costs for the Great Park, as well as the neighborhoods’ infrastructure.

A sample of major items this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Extending a $151,000 annual contract with Knowledge & Intelligence Program Professionals for terrorism liaison officer training.
  • Changing the hours of operation for county libraries.
  • Acting as the county Flood Control District, approving an agreement to reimburse the city of Highland $600,000 for installation of utility conduits during the construction of a new bridge on Greenspot Road, which is a major access point to district property.
  • Approving a $750,000-per-year contract for Sheriff’s Department helicopter engine maintenance by Heli-One American Support.
  • Approving creation of a single family affordable rental housing program and authorizing $2.5 million for acquisition of single-family homes for low-income families, seniors and special needs populations.
  • Approving issuance of $270 million in pension obligation bonds.
  • Extending contract with Avasant for “advisory services” on county IT contract procurement at a cost of $355,000.
  • Giving direction to staff on the newly centralized county real estate office.
  • Adopting a 2011-14 labor contract with the Orange County Managers Association.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 17, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Appointing council members to regional boards.
  • Discussing council committee appointment process and restructuring.
  • A $50,000 agreement with Jones & Mayer to represent police officers.
  • Purchasing copper tubing from Ferguson Enterprises and S&J Supply Co.
  • Rejecting all bids for Parton Street sewer main improvements.
  • Memorandum of understanding with the confidential employees association.
  • Extension of a conditional use permit to allow construction of a new pharmacy at 115 N. Harbor Blvd.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.

  • Selecting a mayor pro tem for 2013.
  • An urgency ordinance to amend the city’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, changing the retirement formula for new hires beginning in 2013.
  • A general plan amendment to increase residential units at the Platinum Triangle project while decreasing commercial and office space and allowing redesign of the project.
  • Agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to obtain imported water.
  • Status update on the city’s graffiti removal contract.

Closed session

  • Conference with legal counsel regarding litigation between the ACLU and the city of Anaheim.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.

  • Beginning the process of forming a community facilities district — essentially a special property tax — for the Great Park Neighborhoods housing project.
  • Approving the investment policy for 2013.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

  • Accepting a $96,000 donation from Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library and $30,000 from Friends of the Huntington Beach Children’s Library.

Closed session

  • Discussing a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city’s ban on sex offenders in parks.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

  • Annual review and adoption of investment policy.
  • Receiving comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2012.

Laguna Woods City Council, Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.

  • Discussing of San Onofre nuclear power plant.
  • Approving the local hazard mitigation plan for 2013-17.

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