On The Agenda

Topping this week’s actions in local government, Anaheim leaders react to a report recommending that residents vote on council districts, and cities plan next year’s budgets.

The Anaheim City Council is set Tuesday to formally receive the final report of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement, which recommended that the council approve a ballot measure asking voters whether they want district elections for the City Council.

The committee, which was formed after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit alleging that the current at large voting system disenfranchises Latino residents, made its suggestion after seven months of deliberations, testimony from experts and comments from dozens of residents.

Other recommendations by the panel included: increasing the size of the council – not including the mayor – from four members to six or eight; translation into Spanish during City Council and community meetings; and holding six to 12 community meetings per year.

Elsewhere, several cities are holding budget discussions this week: Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Buena Park and Placentia.

The workshops provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on their city’s spending plans and on the balance among public safety, community services, infrastructure improvements and other priorities.

Fountain Valley City Council members are slated to interview candidates for city manager Wednesday morning.

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

Anaheim City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

Santa Ana City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

  • Follow-up study session on the 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets.

Closed Session

  • City manager performance evaluation and appointment.
  • Negotiations with the city’s service employees and police officers bargaining groups.

Irvine City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Orange City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Presentation by Southern California Edison on summer readiness in view of the expected continued shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
  • Extending employment contract with City Manager John Sibley by one year at a base salary of $213,000.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-2014 preliminary operating and capital improvement budgets.

Newport Beach City Council Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 3 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-14 budget and updates on current-year budget.

Newport Beach City Council Regular Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

  • Awarding a $133,000 contract to Alta Planning + Design of Los Angeles, California to create a bicycle master plan.
  • Scheduling a public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget for June 11.
  • Disestablishing the Central Balboa Business Improvement District (also known as the Balboa Village Business Improvement District).

Buena Park City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

  • Fiscal year 2013-2014 budget review.
  • Receiving an update on general plan implementation.
  • Awarding a contract to CARE Ambulance for the city’s medical emergency transport services.

San Clemente City Council, Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m.

Fountain Valley City Council Special Meeting, Wednesday, May 29, at 8 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Interviews of city manger candidates.

Placentia City Council, Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation on preliminary operation and capital improvement budgets for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Seal Beach City Council, Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

  • Declaring an emergency at the restaurant building on the Seal Beach Pier in order to grant repair contracts without advertising for bids and authorizing a $100,000 budget adjustment for the repairs.
  • Amending the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Specific Plan.
    Introducing an ordinance regarding emergency shelters.
  • Accepting resignation of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Graham McAllister and advertise the opening.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of lawsuit City of Seal Beach v. Ruby’s Diner.

Adam Elmahrek and 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

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.

  • Approving the purchase of an emergency generator for the Police Services building for $58,000.

Adam Elmahrek and 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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