Topping this week’s actions in local government, Orange County grapples with how to budget for a potential loss of $73 million in yearly revenue, and Santa Ana plans to oppose a ban on beach bonfires.
Orange County supervisors are set Tuesday to hold their first public session on dealing with a recent court decision that could cost them $73 million per year, 11 percent of their general fund.
The response could include a mix of budget cuts, drawing on reserves and increases in revenue streams like the public safety tax.
The current recommended budget stands at $5.4 billion. A public hearing is planned for June 11 and 12.
And in Santa Ana on Monday, council members are set to weigh in on a controversial proposal to ban beach bonfires in Southern California.
Newport Beach has been spearheading the ban, with coastal residents in places like Corona del Mar concerned about health effects from open fires.
That has pitted Newport against its northerly neighbor Huntington Beach, which adamantly supports the bonfires as part of California’s culture.
Santa Ana’s decision Monday will be key, given that Mayor Miguel Pulido sits on the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the government agency empowered to issue such a ban. Pulido has previously indicated that he opposes the ban.
A final decision at the South Coast AQMD is expected July 5.
Here’s a rundown of what’s up for debate this week across Orange County:
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m.
- Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 recommended budget, developing a budget reduction plan that incorporates the loss of vehicle tax revenue and scheduling a public hearing on June 11 and 12.
- Approving one-year master agreement with various providers of outreach and engagement services ($2,719,044).
- Approving additional funding up to $200,000 for Latino Health Access.
- Approving a nine-month extension to Intratek Computer for information technology professional services and printer repair services at a cost of $268,000.
- Selecting Balfour-IDS as the primary architect-engineering firm and Watry-Turner as the alternate firm for John Wayne Airport’s Parking Structure C phase two project.
- Approving a $321,000, one-year contract renewal to Barry’s Security Services for private security guards at the Seven Oaks Dam, Glassell Complex and Collins Complex.
- Approving an agreement with the The Raise Foundation to continue serving as the county's designated Child Abuse Prevention Council.
- Approving a $703,000, 1½-year extension for an IT contract with Intratek Computer, Inc.
- Performance evaluation of Peter Hughes, director of internal audit.
- Discussion of ongoing litigation: Kathleen Tahilramani v. County of Orange
- Discussion of ongoing litigation: California Department of Finance, et al. v. Jan Grimes, et. al.
Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m.
- Study session on fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budgets.
- Adopting a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
- Adopting a resolution opposing a proposed ban on beaches by the South Coast AQMD.
- Approving a $3-million loan agreement with Depot at Santiago.
- Approving a three-year contract with ABM Building Maintenance Co. for janitorial maintenance services at the police department at an annual cost of $1.1 million.
- Approving destruction of obsolete public works records.
- Approving a $3,000 grant from the California Center for the Book for the “True Notebooks” program.
Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 5 p.m.
- Approving a five-year contract with the District Attorney’s Office to provide prosecution services for municipal code violations.
- Approving the capital improvement budgets for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m.
- Receiving a report on the options for a video monitoring system in public areas.
Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
- Approving the purchase and installation of traffic signal controllers from Econolite Group for $62,000.
Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
- Authorize a request for proposals for solid waste collection services.
- Discussion of term limits for City Council members.
Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m.
- Discussing the specifications for re-bidding a new street sweeping contract.
Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
- Approving a two-year contract with All City Management Services for school crossing guard services for $340,000.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m.
- Approve a renewed one-year street sweeping contract with Cannon Pacific Services for $431,000.
Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.