Topping this week’s decisions in local government, Anaheim plans a resolution supporting immigration reform, and cities decide how to spend federal cash for community development.
Anaheim council members are scheduled Tuesday to approve a resolution endorsing comprehensive federal immigration reform and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally.
The move comes amid tensions between the city’s majority Latino residents and the non-Latino City Council, which is accused in an ACLU lawsuit of having a discriminatory election process.
Anaheim disputes the suit, insisting that the current voting system is fair.
And it’s that time of the year for cities to decide how to spend federal community development block grant funds. Discussions are planned this week in Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.
The cash — $2.9 billion nationwide this year — pays for projects like low-income housing, infrastructure construction and anti-poverty programs chosen mainly by local governments.
Overall, the funding has been cut by 25 percent or $1 billion since fiscal year 2010.
Here’s a rundown of issues this week across Orange County:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m.
- Approving a $600,000, two-year veterinary services contract with unspecified veterinarians for Orange County Animal Care, a $136,000 increase from the current two-year contract.
- Approving a final draft general development plan for Orange County Zoo improvements.
- Approving an $812,000, five-year sole-source contract with Intellitime Systems Corporation to provide timekeeping software for county employees.
- Accepting a state decision to grant $100 million to Orange County for expanding the James A. Musick jail, and approving a $6.9-million architect-engineer contract with AECOM Technical Services Inc.
- Extending a project management contract with Project Dimensions Inc. by five years for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan at a cost of $4.7 million.
- Approval of a joint community facility agreement with Santa Margarita Water District and Rancho Mission Viejo for building $33 million in transportation infrastructure at the Sendero housing development south of Ladera Ranch.
- Approving a pre-annexation agreement for the City of Lake Forest to annex about 40 acres of unincorporated territory for Standard Pacific Homes to construct single family homes. The city would receive 30.4 percent and the county would receive 69.6 percent of the county's share of the 1 percent basic levy of property tax.
- Approving a public/private partnership with Related/Griffin for construction of an office building in the Santa Ana Civic Center, and a $460,000 contract with the company to develop a master plan.
- Discussing appointment of a new county CEO.
- Discussing property negotiations over unspecified county-owned and leased buildings in the Santa Ana Civic Center, to include discussions over “potential development(s).”
- Discussing a lawsuit brought by Lyle Wilson, a district attorney’s investigator who was fired "after he refused to drop his probe into one of the district attorney's close friends and political contributors."
Santa Ana City Council, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m.
- Discussing allocations of community development block grant funds for fiscal year 2014.
- Work study session for ethics training under AB1234.
Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting at the Southwest Senior Center, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
- Work study session for the fiscal year 2014 general fund budget.
Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 3 p.m.
- Revising Section 8 housing voucher program administrative plan to incorporate changes in federal policies and procedures.
- Extending a citywide bicycle sharing program known as Bike Nation.
- Labor agreement with the Anaheim Police Officers Association.
- Approving a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
- Receiving a mid year status report for the 2012-13 city budget.
Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
- Authorizing the sale of $64,000 in public utility credits to Laguna Beach for $35,000 in unrestricted funds.
- Receiving a midyear status report for the 2012-13 city budget.
Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
- Approving the purchase of two police motorcycles for $45,000 from Irv Seaver BMW.
- Approving a draft community development block grant action plan.
Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
- Approving a request for proposals for banking services to handle the city’s accounts.
- Approving a request for proposals for sales tax and property tax audit services.
- Discussing the programs and projects for the initial draft of a five-year strategic business plan.
Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m.
- Approving a draft community development block grant action plan for an estimated $350,000 in grant funds.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.
- Approving a three-year contract with Fireworks & Stage FX America to provide Fourth of July fireworks shows at $38,000 per year.
- Approving a contract with Control West Inc. to furnish and install 54 traffic signal controllers for $268,000.
- Increasing fines for dog waste violations from $50 to $100.
San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
- Approving the purchase of four Ford trucks for $98,000.
- Approving final plans to relocate the Friends of the Library Bookstore to the Bland Garden and approving a fee waiver of $8,000 for building plan check and permit fees.
Adam Elmahrek and Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.