On The Agenda

Topping this week’s actions in local government, county supervisors consider slashing grand jurors’ compensation, and more cities approve budgets for the new fiscal year.

Following a series of critical grand jury reports taking direct aim at the Orange County Board of Supervisors, supervisors are set Tuesday to consider reducing jurors’ compensation by 70 percent.

The proposal would cut their daily attendance fee from $50 per day to $15 per day. The county’s staff report doesn’t give a reason for the compensation cut.

This year’s grand jury has been particularly critical of county supervisors, with reports such as “CalOptima Burns While Majority of Supervisors Fiddle” and “A Call for Ethical Standards: Corruption in Orange County.”

It comes after supervisors, citing the reports, recently denied the grand jury’s request for an additional $20,000 to finish their work for the year.

The grand jury is expected this year to issue two more reports on CalOptima, the county-run health care program.

While supervisors continue to express frustration with this year’s grand jury, they’re also set Tuesday to implement one of the grand jury’s recommendations regarding CalOptima.

They are set to vote on appointing another member of the Board of Supervisors to the CalOptima board. The grand jury suggested that more than one supervisor serve on the board. Under the proposal, CalOptima staff would also give regular presentations to supervisors.

And budget approvals are continuing across Orange County this week, with action expected in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Lake Forest.

Costa Mesa council members are also scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $15,400 annual compensation increase for city CEO Tom Hatch, retroactive to February, along with reductions in his sick leave and vacation cap.

His new base salary will be around $218,000 plus a $650 monthly car allowance and $250 monthly technology allowance.

And finally, Anaheim council members are set to appoint residents to serve on the city charter review commission, amid intense debate over whether council members should be elected by council districts.

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

Monday, June 17

Santa Ana City Council (5:45 p.m.)

  • Notice of intent to levy a business improvement district and setting a public hearing to approve the district.
  • A $48,000 agreement with Matchpoint Tennis Academy to manage and operate the Cabrillo Tennis Center for a five-year term.
  • Second reading of the city’s two-year budget.
  • Setting administrative fines for code enforcement violations.

Mission Viejo City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Rejecting a claim made by an unnamed minor against the city for an unspecified amount.

Tuesday, June 18

Orange County Board of Supervisors (9 a.m.)

  • Cutting grand juror stipends by 70 percent, from $50 per day to $15 per day.
  • Appointing another county supervisor to the CalOptima board, after a grand jury recommendation that more than one supervisor serve on the board.
  • Approving a $390,000, one-year agreement with the 32nd District Agricultural Association for the sheriff’s department to police events at the Orange County Fairgrounds at overtime rates.
  • Approving a $445,000 agreement with the 32nd District Agricultural Association for the sheriff’s department to police the Orange County Fair.
  • Extending an information technology contract with Govplace for sheriff’s department data storage services; no storage size is noted in the county staff report.
  • Approving an agreement with Orange County cities, universities and water agencies for using the countywide mass notification system AlertOC.
  • Awarding a $313,000 sole-source contract to L-3 Communications Mobile-Vision, Inc. for sheriff’s patrol car video system and storage upgrades.
  • Awarding a $106,000 sole-source contract to NEC Corp. of America to convert the county’s fingerprint database from NEC’s proprietary format into a national standardized format.
  • Approving the county’s seven-year capital improvement program.
  • Allowing the city of Laguna Niguel to construct and maintain a bikeway along a portion of the Oso Creek Channel.

Closed session

  • Direction to County Counsel Nick Chrisos about the county’s purchase of property for a year-round homeless shelter at 301 S. State College Blvd., Fullerton.

Anaheim City Council

Special Meeting (2 p.m.)

  • Study session on 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

Regular Meeting (5 p.m.)

Costa Mesa City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Adopting a $132-million fiscal year 2014 budget, with $103 million in general fund spending and $19 million in capital improvements.
  • Approving a $15,400 annual compensation increase for city CEO Tom Hatch, retroactive to February, along with reductions in sick leave and vacation cap.

Dana Point City Council (5 p.m.)

  • Approving a city response to the South Coast Air Quailty Management District to allow cities to keep control and regulation of fire rings within their jurisdictions.

Laguna Beach City Council (6 p.m.)

  • Adopting the budgets for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • Purchasing three propane trolleys for $530,000.
  • Approving a five-year contract with Turbo Data to process parking citations.
  • Approving a city response to the South Coast Air Quailty Management District to allow cities to keep control and regulation of fire rings within their jurisdictions.

Laguna Niguel City Council (7 p.m.)

  • Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for $9.5 million.

Lake Forest City Council (7 p.m.)

Approving the fiscal year 2013-14 law enforcement services contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for $12.7 million.

Adopting the budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

Wednesday, June 19

Aliso Viejo City Council (7 p.m.)

  • Approving the appropriations limit for fiscal year 2013-2014 at $29 million.
  • Reviewing a year-end activity report prepared by contracted lobbyist services Townsend Public Affairs.

Closed Session

  • Appointing a new chief of police

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, several cities adopt new budgets, and supervisors meet on a potential $140 million hit to the county budget.

Budget season is in full swing this week, with many cities debating and approving new spending plans for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1 in every city but Huntington Beach.

Approvals are scheduled in Santa Ana, Brea, Fullerton, Los Alamitos, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

Fountain Valley, La Palma and Yorba Linda plan to discuss next’s years proposed budgets and likely will make changes.

A city’s budget is often considered its most important document, laying out spending priorities and goals for services like parks, police, libraries and street maintenance.

Each of the budget meetings provides an opportunity for residents to weigh in and add their voice to the mix.

A special closed session is scheduled for county supervisors Monday to discuss an ongoing lawsuit by the state Department of Finance after a judge ruled that the county owes the state more than $140 million.

Supervisors are appealing that decision after losing their case last month.

The issue is the result of an omission several years ago by supervisors and county legislative staffers, who ignored warnings after they refinanced the 1994 county bankruptcy debt.

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

Orange County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting, Monday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a California Department of Finance lawsuit in which a judge recently ruled that the county must return more than $140 million in property tax revenue to the state.

Santa Ana City Council, Monday, June 3, at 5:45 p.m.

  • Approving the city’s two-year budget for fiscal years 2013-15.
  • Approving a $364,000-per-year helicopter services contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Approving a $50,000 contract to Management Partners Inc. to prepare the city’s five-year strategic plan.
  • Approving a $200,000 contract to Acire Inc. to provide design-build services for construction of secure bike parking facilities.
  • After-hours conditional use permit for The C4: Cure For the Common Deli.
  • Amending the city’s sunshine ordinance to extend the deadline for adopting the city’s five-year strategic plan, among other minor changes.

Costa Mesa City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Fountain Valley City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

  • Study session on fiscal year 2013-2014 operating budget and setting adoption hearing for June 18.

Closed Session

  • Direction to negotiator on terms and benefits to be paid to the new city manager.

Brea City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6:15 p.m.

  • Study session to “clarify regular meeting topics.”
  • Approving fiscal year 2013-2014 budgets.

Huntington Beach City Council, Monday, June 3, at 4 p.m.

  • Presentation by the police department on its proposal to install video cameras downtown, as well as recommendations surrounding alcohol sales downtown.
  • Repealing the city’s ban on hypnotism by anyone other than licensed psychologists.

Fullerton City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Los Alamitos City Council Special Meeting, Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

  • Adopting the fiscal year 2013-2014 operating and capital improvement budgets.

La Palma City Council, Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

  • Making adjustments to the fiscal year 2013-2014 proposed city budget.

Yorba Linda City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Dana Point City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

Aliso Viejo City Council, Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving the law enforcement services agreement for fiscal year 2013-2014 for $6.6 million.
  • Adopting the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Laguna Beach City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Laguna Niguel City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

  • Approving an agreement to receive prosecution services from  Orange County.
  • Adopting the operating budget and capital improvement program for fiscal year 2013-2014.
  • Discussing recommendations to expand use of the city government access channel.

Lake Forest City Council, Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

Mission Viejo City Council, Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

San Clemente City Council, Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

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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