On The Agenda

Coming up this week, county leaders respond to a grand jury report, and Buena Park spends public dollars to market a private bus line.

On Tuesday, county supervisors are set to discuss their response to a scathing grand jury report on Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s influence over the county’s health care plan for more than 400,000 poor, elderly and disabled people.

The report, titled “CalOptima Burns While Majority of Supervisors Fiddle,” raised troubling questions about hospital lobbyists writing controversial changes to CalOptima and then fundraising for Nguyen.

Nguyen claims no hospital lobbyists influenced major changes at the agency, though interviews and emails obtained by Voice of OC suggest otherwise.

The grand jury is said to now be planning two more reports on the issue.

County Counsel Nick Chrisos is also set to be reappointed to his job on Tuesday at an annual salary of $208,000 or $100 per hour.

And plans to build homes in open space south of Ladera Ranch appear to be moving forward, with the county’s scheduled approval of final tract maps for more than 100 single-family homes in the area.

Meanwhile, in Buena Park on Tuesday, city leaders are set to spend $146,000 in public funds for marketing the private Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) shuttle bus, including $90,000 in advertising payments to the travel website Expedia.

And in Cypress, council members are set to decide Monday night whether to post their campaign contribution disclosures to the city’s website. That comes after a Voice of OC article last month pointed out that many of Orange County’s cities don’t make that information available online.

Other top issues this week include:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Directing staff on response to last month’s grand jury report “CalOptima Burns While Majority of Supervisors Fiddle.”
  • Setting March 5 as the date to provide in open session recommended clerk-recorder candidate names for interview by that Board of Supervisors.
  • Discussing total compensation for county CEO.
  • Receiving a staff report on the feasibility and cost of not using Orange County Fire Authority for aircraft rescue fire fighting services at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approving final tract map for 78 homes at the future Sendero Village development in the Ranch Plan planned community south of Ladera Ranch.
  • Approving final tract map for 29 homes at the future Gavilan development in the Ranch Plan planned community south of Ladera Ranch.
  • Reappointing Nicholas S. Chrisos as county counsel at a salary of $208,000 per year or $100 per hour.
  • Approving a $520,000 contract with Satellite Tracking of People LLC for GPS monitoring of inmates serving home detention because of jail overcrowding. Cost is $4.75 per inmate per day for up to 300 inmates per year.
  • Increasing funding of Mercy House Living Centers Inc. from $1 million to $2 million through March 2014.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

  • Rejecting a wrongful death claim by the family of Romeo Zavaleta, who died after being struck by an OCTA bus while riding his bicycle at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Paseo de Valencia on Nov. 12, 2011.

Irvine City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m.

  • Approving an agreement that 50 of 104 planned housing units in the Cypress Village area near Jeffrey Road and Roosevelt will be affordable to very low-income people.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m.

  • Allocating $146,000 in AQMD pollution reduction funds for marketing the private Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) shuttle bus, including $90,000 in advertising payments to the travel website Expedia.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

  • Receiving a report by Developers Research Inc. about developing the 92-acre Chiquita Ridge open space site.

Cypress City Council, Monday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Approving the posting of campaign contribution disclosures for council members to the city website.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Purchasing a new Seagrave fire truck for $1.1 million from HGAC-Buy.

Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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On The Agenda

Coming up this week, state regulators take questions about a request to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and the Santa Ana City Council considers a petition to write protections for pot shops into city law.

The petition, which has already qualified as a ballot measure, comes before the Santa Ana council Tuesday. Under state law, council members must either adopt the ordinance within the next month or place it on the 2014 general election ballot for a decision by voters.

The proposal would prohibit the city from banning medical marijuana dispensaries, would prevent city police from joining federal raids on pot shops and would require that the city allow at least 22 pot shops.

In Costa Mesa on Thursday, state electricity regulators are scheduled to meet with the public on whether electricity customers should continue to pay more than $50 million per month for operating the idled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The California Public Utilities Commission meeting comes as Mitsubishi prepares to release a secret report that lawmakers say shows that Southern California Edison knew in advance about “serious problems” with steam generators that later leaked radiation.

Here are some top issues coming up this week:

Santa Ana City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Contracting with interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke.
  • Accepting the county Registrar of Voter’s certification of the petition for the Medical Cannabis Restriction and Limitation initiative.
  • A $770,000 contract with Westbound Communications to implement the “If You See Something, Say Something” emergency preparedness campaign.
  • A $60,000 contract increase with AECOM for engineering design services for downtown parking structure improvements.
  • Resolution discouraging official Vietnamese government visits to the city.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m.

  • Allowing nightclubs in a northeastern part of the city, with one nightclub proposed near N. Glassell Street and the Route 91 freeway.
  • Forming the housing element ad hoc committee.
  • Conditional use permit to allow two 15-foot by 25-foot external TV screens at the Honda Center.

Closed Session

  • Appointing an interim city attorney and related labor negotiations.

California Public Utilities Commission, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.

  • Public hearing on whether electricity customers should continue to pay more than $50 million per month for operating the idled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.

  • Appointing three new members to the city Planning Commission.
  • Approving upgrades to 49 police car video recorders at a cost of $320,000.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m.

  • Receiving a presentation on a proposed police oversight commission comprised of civilians, at the request of Mayor Bruce Whitaker.

Dana Hills City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a historic preservation agreement for the residential property at 24401 Santa Clara Ave., a 1928 two-story single family dwelling that is among the first houses built in Dana Point.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

  • Extending street sweeping contract with RF Dickson Co. by one year and and additional $80,000.
  • Extending plan-check services contract with RJM Design Group by one year and an additional $25,000.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

  • Appointing Deputy City Manager Pam Lawrence as acting city manager until the new city manager, Rob Forster, starts the job.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion about buying land from Trumark Cos. and Brookfield Homes.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopting an ordinance that places the responsibility of cleaning up litter on the merchant that generates the litter.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.

  • Requesting the Utilities Department to provide a report on the Cadiz water project and whether the city should join before the project is up and running.

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

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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On The Agenda

Coming up this week, Anaheim chooses a new city attorney, and Santa Ana appoints an interim city manager.

In the wake of the firing of Anaheim City Attorney Cristina Talley, the Anaheim City Council is set Monday to appoint an interim city attorney and discuss the dismissal-release of an unnamed city employee.

The action comes after Talley was forced to resign last week by the council majority for unclear reasons.

Talley has told city officials that they likely violated the state’s open meetings law when City Manager Bob Wingenroth failed to report out of closed session that the council majority asked Talley to resign.

It’s unclear who has been giving legal advice to council members since her resignation.

And in Santa Ana, council members will go into closed session on Monday to discuss appointing an interim city manager after Paul Walters resigned last week.

Laguna Niguel is also set to discuss appointing a new city manager.

Here are some top issues coming up  this week:

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m.

  • An ordinance revising the city’s alcohol and entertainment rules.
  • Reimbursing Orange County for petition signature verification on an initiative to allow medical marijuana shops in the city.
  • Appointments to various city boards.
  • Agreement with Graffiti Protective Coatings Inc. for contract graffiti removal services.
  • A $120,000 public education grant for the Discovery Science Center.
  • Donation of a 1921 Seagrave fire engine and $5,000 to the Santa Ana Fire Museum and approval of a license agreement to keep a plaque on city property.

Closed Session

  • Appointing an interim city manager.

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

  • Midyear budget review workshop.
  • Setting aside a $158-million tax subsidy for the GardenWalk hotels project, as required by a successful lawsuit against the city.
  • Retrofitting a 2006 Crimson tractor-drawn aerial fire apparatus.
  • Approving a master agreement with 31 prequalified consulting firms.
  • Agreement with the the Service Employees International Union, Local 1877.

Closed Session

  • Appointing an interim city attorney and dismissal-release of an unnamed public employee.

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Award a $8.7-million design-build contract for John Wayne Airport’s Maintenance Building Project to Snyder Langston LP.
  • Award $2-million in contracts to Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball to promote EcoChallenge exhibits, with the option to extend contracts for an additional $800,000.
  • Approve cancellation of fiscal year 2013 Orange County Green Fair.

Closed Session

  • Appointing a new county CEO.
  • Performance evaluation of County Counsel Nick Chrisos.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.

  • Review a draft ordinance of regulations for rental properties.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.

  • Interviews and appointments for Traffic Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

  • Appointment of a new city manager to replace interim City Manager Tim Casey.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Discuss letters submitted by Trumark Cos. and Brookfield Homes regarding residential development in the Foothill Ranch Auto Centre.

Closed Session

  • Closed session real property negotiations with Trumark Cos. and Brookfield Homes

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

  • Approve a rate increase of $3.16 for trash taken to the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility for a proposed rate of $65.03 per ton.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.

  • Discuss methods for safe pharmaceutical waste disposal.

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

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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