Topping this week’s actions in local government, the Orange County Board of Supervisors discuss whether to appeal the Saddle Crest ruling, and Cypress officials refuse to disclose who they’re negotiating a property deal with.

Supervisors are set for a busy meeting Tuesday, with several items expected to draw lots of interest.

Atop the list is a $132-million computer contract with Xerox that has been fraught with accusations that the company broke a promise not to raise its price and then used threats to try to coerce the county into paying the higher cost.

Supervisors are also scheduled to discuss a recent Superior Court ruling that they failed to follow state law and the county’s own land use plans when approving the 65-home Saddle Crest development in rural Trabuco Canyon.

Activists have called on Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who represents the canyons area but entered office after the project’s approval, to oppose an appeal of the ruling.

And finally, supervisors are also set to add 90 new Social Services Agency workers in preparation for the new state healthcare exchange under Obamacare and to increase the maximum basic life support fee for 911 private ambulance transportation from $717 to $731.

On Monday, Cypress City Council members are scheduled to go into closed session to discuss property negotiations, but they aren’t disclosing who the other party is despite a state law recommendation to the contrary.

The city lists the property in question as 8721 Cypress Street.

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

Monday, Sept. 9

Orange County Transportation Authority — 9 a.m.

Cypress City Council — 7 p.m.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of property negotiations with an undisclosed party regarding 8721 Cypress Street.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Orange County Board of Supervisors — 9:30 a.m. (Revisions)

  • Approving a $132.4-million, five-year contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions to manage the county’s voice and data networks and upgrade phones to Voice over IP.
  • Approving property tax rates for fiscal year 2013-14.
  • Approving contract with National Corrective Group and CorrectiveSolutions for GPS tracking of adult inmates in a home detention program after supervisors voted to cancel the current contract with Sentinel Offender Services effective Sept. 30.
  • Approving a master Health Care Agency contract with unspecified medical providers.
  • Approving a $4.1-million, one-year contract with Flagship Airport Services for custodial maintenance services at John Wayne Airport.
  • Approving the addition of 90 full-time Social Services Agency positions and converting 54 existing extra help positions to regular status in preparation for the opening of the state healthcare exchange pre-enrollment.
  • Approving contracts with Reilly & Associates, Bickmore Risk Services, Scott & Whitehead, and Woodruff Spradlin & Smart to provide employment investigations on an as-needed basis.
  • Approving official response to the grand jury report “To Protect and To Serve: A Look at Tools to Assist Law Enforcement in Achieving Positive Outcomes With the Homeless Mentally Ill.”
  • Increasing the maximum basic life support fee for 911 private ambulance transportation from $717 to $731.

Closed Session

  • Discussion of a recent Superior Court ruling that supervisors failed to follow state law and the county’s own land use plans when approving the 65-home Saddle Crest development in rural Trabuco Canyon.

Orange City Council — 4:30 p.m.

  • Public hearing on zoning properties to urban mixed use in the Katella Corridor 2010 General Plan Land Use Focus Area.

Costa Mesa City Council Special Meeting — 4:30 p.m.

  • Study session on a proposed zoning change allowing 15-home small-lot developments in multifamily residential zones.

Irvine City Council — 5 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council — 6:30 p.m.

  • Presentation of Target Stores giving a donation to the police department.
  • Approving $62,000 in expenses to demolish four single-family homes to make way for a hotel development.

Adam Elmahrek contributed to this report.

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

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