Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include county leaders filling high-level positions and a new batch of city council members being sworn in across the county.
Facing several vacancies for countywide elected offices, the Orange County Board of Supervisors appears set to take action while some of Orange County government’s top players jostle to fill the slots.
In addition to finding a new county CEO, supervisors must find people to fill the jobs of public administrator, clerk-recorder and auditor-controller. Tuesday’s direction to staff on how to select the new officeholders comes after earlier plans for a discussion were postponed.
Supervisors could also enact new limitations on public comments at board meetings. If approved, an individual would only be allowed to comment on three agenda items per meeting, among other changes.
And postelection traditions are in full swing this week, with several cities welcoming new council members and other top officials into offices. Oath-of-office ceremonies are expected in Costa Mesa, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Orange, Placentia, Tustin, Yorba Linda and Villa Park.
Costa Mesa council leaders are set to follow through on their recent announcement and direct city management to rescind the remaining layoff notices for city employees.
Here’s a sample of what’s coming up this week:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m.
- Give direction to county staff on the process for selecting a new public administrator and clerk-recorder and modifying job descriptions.
- Limiting public comments by an individual to a maximum of three agenda items per board meeting; placing a 20-minute limit on the public comments portion of the meeting; and requiring that people fill out information cards before speaking.
- Renewing a DNA analysis contract with The Bode Technology Group for $1.4 million over the next year, to manage lab work for the district attorney’s DNA collection program.
Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:45 p.m.
- Setting a public hearing to repeal the city’s property and business improvement district.
- Award a $59,000 contract to Adamson Police Products for purchasing armored vests and “miscellaneous police equipment and traffic flares.”
- Increasing contracts with three providers of “police vehicle conversion parts and equipment” by $67,000 in total.
- Changing the city’s alcohol and entertainment laws.
- Report on city policy for preserving and destroying records.
Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
- Administering the oath of office to newly-elected Council Members Bruce Whitaker, Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory.
- Selection of new mayor.
Orange City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
- Administering oath of office to Mayor-elect Teresa Smith, Councilmen-elect Mark Murphy and Mike Alvarez, City Treasurer-elect Helen Walker and City Clerk-elect Mary Murphy.
- Comments by outgoing Mayor Carolyn Cavecche and outgoing Councilman Jon Dumitru.
Tustin City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
- Administering oath of office to Councilmembers John Nielsen, Charles Puckett and Allan Bernstein.
- Waiving conflict of interest for Amy Freilich and the Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac law firm to represent the city in negotiations over the sale of land the former MCAS Tustin base to Regency Centers, given that the firm has represented Regency on real estate issues.
- Approving a $255,000 contact with Vertex Communications Inc. to install Category 6 cable in all city buildings, part of $950,000 in approved IT upgrades this year.
- Discussion of lawsuits involving Tustin Unified School District, which is both suing and being sued by the city.
Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
- Rescinding layoff notices to city employees and directing city staff to present a plan in February for addressing underfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities.
- Administer oath of office to new council members and select new mayor.
- Awarding a $162,000-per-year contract to AdminSure for workers’ compensation claims administration services.
- Creation of a deputy city clerk position.
Yorba Linda City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
- Administer oath of office to new council members.
Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
- Second reading of an ordinance prohibiting boaters from anchoring for more than three days within 3,000 feet of city beaches and recreational areas, excluding the harbor.
- Receive annual report for the Dana Point Tourism Business Improvement District and renew related contracts for 2013.
Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
- Adopt an ordinance prohibiting hosting an event where anyone under age 21 consumes alcohol, with a $1,000 fine per violation.
- Authorize, contingent on Planning Commission approval, a $1.5-million purchase of the 56-acre McGehee property to be set aside as wildlife open space. The purchase would be paid for with funds from Proposition 12, which in 2000 created a $2.2-billion bond for land and water quality programs.
Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
- Repeal a city ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from entering public parks. An appeals court declared a similar county law illegal.
Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.
- Receive comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2012.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
- Approval of plans and awarding of $22.3 million in contracts to expand the city’s recycled water program. The city will take out an additional $2 million in loans and tap $600,000 of the city’s sewer reserve fund.
- Changing labor agreements to define types of appointments available for employment and creation of a third-tier retirement formula of 2 percent at age 62 for new hires.
Placentia City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
- Administering oath of office to Treasurer Craig Green and Councilmembers Scott Nelson, Constance Underhill and Jeremy Yamaguchi.
- Approving a $1.3-million contract increase to R.J. Noble Co. for managing construction of the residential street rehabilitation project.
La Habra City Council, Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m.
- Administering oath of office to Tom Beamish, Tim Shaw and Rose Espinoza.
La Palma City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
- Administering oaths of office to Gerard Goedhart, Peter Kim and Steve Shanahan.
- Selection of new mayor.
- Discussion of a citywide hiring freeze.
- Eliminating Civic Center and Central Park WiFi service.
- Approving a consulting contract with Management Partners for services related to the City Council’s goal-setting process.
Villa Park City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
- Administering oath of office to newly elected council members and selection of a new mayor.