Topping this week’s actions in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new CEO, and the Costa Mesa City Council will consider forming a city charter committee.

The supervisors are set to appoint Waste & Recycling Director Mike Giancola as county CEO on Tuesday, nine months after the previous CEO Tom Mauk resigned.

Giancola has proven to be a controversial pick, having been accused of involvement in an illegal salvaging operation at county landfills and using county workers to do private work for him.

Individual supervisors have said they’re confident the allegations, made in a whistleblower’s lawsuit last year, are unsubstantiated. As of last week, however,  they apparently hadn’t read the county’s investigative report into the issue.

Costa Mesa council members, meanwhile, will be deciding whether to form a city charter committee, as the council majority seeks voter support behind a local constitution after their previous charter proposal failed in November.

Also, Santa Ana council members may change their meeting days from Mondays to Tuesdays. City leaders have complained that the Monday meetings leave too little time for council members to be briefed on agenda items.

And finally, San Clemente is set to decide whether to develop a ban on single-use plastic bags, a hotly debated topic these days.

Here’s a rundown of what’s up for debate this week across Orange County:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Appointing Mike Giancola as county CEO and directing the county counsel to prepare a letter on the handling of workplace complaints regarding Giancola’s wife.
  • Reappointing public affairs consultant Matt Cunningham to the county Parks Commission at the request of Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
  • Approving a $248,000, one-year contract with Charles R. Eastman for Sheriff’s Department helicopter mechanic services.
  • Approving a $325,000 contract extension to Exclusive Network Enterprises for temporary information technology help services.
  • Increasing an IT contract with IBM from $860,000 to $1.1 million.
  • Approving several millions of dollars of IT contracts with various providers without an indication of whether they are sole-source contracts.
  • Approving response to the grand jury report “Best Interest of the Child — Lost Child Support Costs $1.3 Billion.”

Closed Session

  • Property negotiations with Wild River Irvine for leasing county property at the former El Toro military base.
  • Discussion of the lawsuit Lyle S. Wilson v. County of Orange, et al.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a one-year, $84,000 federal government liaison services contract with Holland & Knight.
  • Changing council meeting days from the first and third Mondays of the month to the first and third Tuesdays.
  • Community Development Block Grant program funding allocations.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Follow-up session on council policies, practices and  procedures.
  • Review and discussion of fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Approving a 2013 Mello-Roos tax to pay down $20 million in principal for bonds issued for Headlands Reserve.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Rejecting claims filed by Eli Grossman for $525 for medical bills and alleged false arrest and by Jefferey B. Lurner for $15,000 for alleged assault and battery by a police officer.
  • Approving a $21,400 contract with Adamson Police Products to purchase 31 ballistic vests.

Laguna Hills City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

  • Conducting a study session on the 2013-2015 biennial budget and a six-year capital improvement plan.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan with an estimated budget of $373,000.
  • Discussing the development of a five-year strategic business plan to be adopted in June.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m.

  • Approving a $94,000, two-year extension with Bonanza Steam Cleaning for graffiti removal services.
  • Authorizing staff to rebid the Mission Viejo Dog Park project and reject the 20 previous bids.

San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

  • Designating Jack Lashbrook as city patriarch, nominated by the San Clemente Historical Society.
  • Approving the Community Development Block Grant 2013-2014 Action Plan with an estimated budget of $352,000.
  • Discussing incentives for the possible restoration and reuse of the Miramar Theater and Bowling Alley.
  • Discussing implementing a single-use plastic bag ban.

San Juan Capistrano City Council, Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

Adam Elmahrek and Brendan Wiles contributed to this report.

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

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