Coming up this week in public meetings, county supervisors again discuss their new CEO’s salary, and the Lake Forest City Council explores greater transparency.
Another uncomfortable moment could be in store on Tuesday, as county supervisors once again discuss salary options for preferred county CEO candidate Chandra Wallar.
Their discussion last week almost immediately turned contentious, with some supervisors uncomfortable talking about the issue publicly and union leaders accusing supervisors of planning to bump the position’s salary to cover pension costs.
Those accusations drew a sharp rebuke from Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who challenged the claims as inflammatory.
Supervisors are also set to approve $6 million in construction contracts on Tuesday without an explanation in the staff report for where the money can be found.
And in Lake Forest on Tuesday, council members are set to discuss options for opening their city up to greater transparency.
The menu of options includes speeding up response times to public records requests, requiring department heads to discuss records responses with requestors and posting campaign contribution disclosures online.
This week’s top issues:
OC Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m.
- Discussing of total compensation for preferred county CEO candidate Chandra Wallar.
- Awarding $6 million in on-call construction contracts to six different firms. Staff report does not explain where the money for these contracts will be found.
- Announcing final candidates for clerk-recorder and scheduling interviews.
- Approving affiliate membership in the Association of California Cities – Orange County, at a cost of $25,000 per year.
- Increasing IT services contract with Randstad North America L.P. by $1.1 million for a new total of $3.3 million.
- Discussing appointment of a new county CEO.
Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m.
- Increasing existing contract with KPMG by $500,000 to a new total of $2.7 million for consulting on the city’s transportation center project, plus allowing staff to approve an additional $400,000 in new increases. It would be the fifth change to this contract.
- Discussing whether to destroy audit documents more than two years old.
- Considering a request by Mayor Tom Tait to restore $30,000 of the $40,000 cut from his staff budget by the council majority last summer.
- Approving purchase of $680,000 in parts and repair service for police aircraft, using money seized in drug busts.
- Approving a $990,000, one-year contract with Marina Landscape Maintenance for landscaping in the west sector of the Anaheim Resort district.
- Approving an $840,000 one-year contract with Universal Building Maintenance of Santa Ana for janitorial services at City Hall, Anaheim West Tower, police stations, libraries and other city buildings.
- Conducting a workshop on wholesale energy portfolio (at 3 p.m.).
Santa Ana City Council, Monday, March 4, at 5:45 p.m.
- Approving joint use agreement with Santa Ana Unified School District for use of Roosevelt Elementary School park, and construction cost of $4.9 million.
- Modifying the city’s alcohol sales and entertainment laws. Staff are requesting that a decision be delayed at least three months.
- Closed session discussion of purchasing a car repair shop at 1222 East 4th St. from Walter W. Cole, Jr. and Antoinette Cole.
Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m.
- Approving an agreement to pay $15,000 toward a feasibility study for a joint use track-and-field facility at Costa Mesa High School from the $300,000 already budgeted for the project this fiscal year.
- Approving a $30,000 contract increase for Keyser Marston Associates Consulting for a new total of $130,000.
Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Approving a $60,000 one-year contract extension with Townsend Public Affairs for grant writing and lobbying services.
- Approving a one-year contract extension with the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley for $152,000.
Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m.
- Approving an ordinance regulating short-term residential rentals.
- Approving a Fourth of July fireworks display contract with Bay Fireworks for $90,000 and Pacific Tugboat Service for $31,000.
Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m.
- Authorizing the purchase of $175,000 worth of public utility credits for $96,000 from the city of Rancho Santa Margarita for expanding underground electricity infrastructure.
Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
- Approving a $330,000 contract with CRW Systems to install new land management software for the Community Development Department.
Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.
- Considering open-government policies and practices, including possibly speeding up response times to public records requests, requiring department heads to discuss records responses with requestors and posting campaign contribution disclosures online.
- Approving appointment to the League of California Cities.
Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.