On The Agenda

Leading this week’s public meeting agendas are the possible firing of Santa Ana’s city manager and an effort to speed up construction at the Great Park.

In Santa Ana on Tuesday, the City Council will gather in closed session to discuss the “possible dismissal” of City Manager Paul Walters, who is seen by the council majority as too close to longtime Mayor Miguel Pulido.

Councilman Sal Tinajero says the decision on whether to fire Walters will be made at the meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the new Irvine council majority is set to get the ball rolling on its new vision for the Great Park, with plans for council members to give direction to city staff on a five-year plan for the park.

And in Huntington Beach, city leaders will vote on a proposal to allow their police chief to grant exemptions allowing certain registered sex offenders to enter city parks. The change comes amid a federal lawsuit against Huntington Beach and other cities challenging the constitutionality of their bans on sex offenders in parks.

Here are some more issues coming up this week:

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of appointing a new performance audit director.

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m.

  • Repealing the ordinance that allows the special downtown property tax that funds Downtown Inc.
  • Business license tax abatement ordinance.
  • Consolidating and appointing council subcommittees.

Closed Session

  • Evaluation and possible dismissal of the city manager.
  • Evaluation of the city attorney.
  • Possible litigation related to Downtown Inc.

Orange County Great Park Board, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m.

  • Developing a five-year business plan for the park.
  • Update on staff readiness for the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Anaheim City Council Special Meeting, Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 a.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of ongoing lawsuit, Moreno et al. v. City of Anaheim.

Huntington Beach City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

  • Allowing the police chief to grant an exemption allowing a registered sex offender to enter a city park.
  • Adding two job positions: police administrative services manager and assistant to the city manager.
  • Scheduling a Feb. 19 vote on a reusable bag ordinance.
  • Revising development impact fees.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Approval of a $579,000 five-year, sole-source contract with Northrop Grumman to maintain the police department’s dispatch and mobile computer systems.
  • Adjustments to employment contract with police management to adhere to CalPERS standards regarding holiday pay.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.

  • Increase the employee-paid contributions to CalPERS.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

Staff writer Adam Elmahrek and intern Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

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On The Agenda

Top items on this week’s public meeting agendas include Aliso Viejo updating its general plan and a report finding that Westminster’s redevelopment successor agency has more than $140 million in debt.

Aliso Viejo City Council members are scheduled this week to discuss updating the city’s general plan, which serves as a master plan for land use, traffic, public services, economic development, public space and other issues.

A series of public workshops and discussions are scheduled throughout the year, with final approval expected in December.

The city also plans to approve a new contract with Charles Abbott Associates for handling its engineering, public works, building safety and code enforcement services. Costs are expected to be $1.7 million this year, with the outsourced public works director making $137 an hour and project supervisors $170 an hour.

In Westminster, the oversight board for the city’s redevelopment successor agency will receive an accountants report showing that it has $140 million in long-term debt as of June.

The report, which is mandated by state law, also found $105 million in assets and $24 million in liabilities.

Here’s a sample of the major items coming up this week:

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Swearing in Councilmen Ross Chun and Mike Munzing and selecting a mayor and mayor pro tem.
  • Reviewing the general plan update and giving direction to staff.
  • Approving a new, 4.5-year contract with Charles Abbott Associates for handling the city’s engineering, public works, building safety and code enforcement services. Costs are expected to be $1.7 million this year, with the contracted public works director earning $137 an hour and project supervisors $170 an hour.
  • Making council appointments to regional agencies and ad hoc committees.
  • Receiving the comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2012.
  • Approving a $19,000, three-year contract with Konica Minolta to rent a photo copier, with additional print charges expected to be $24,000 over the same period.
  • Opening bids for construction contract for rehabilitating part of Canyon Wren Lane.
  • Lowering the speed limit on 10 sections of road by 5 miles per hour.
  • Discussing joining Association of California Cities – Orange County, at the request of Councilman Munzing.

Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Westminster Redevelopment Agency, Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m.

  • Receive a state-mandated accountants’ report on successor agency funds other than for low-income housing. The agency was found to have $105 million in assets in June, with $24 million in liabilities and $140 million in long-term debt.

La Palma City Council, Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Conducting a goal setting session.

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