Among this week’s happenings in local government are the appointment by the Orange County Board of Supervisors of a home developer to a committee that suggests changes to the county’s development review process, and a new city manager for Los Alamitos.

Among the responsibilities of the county’s Development Processing Review Committee is to “ensure consistent application of policies and procedures, codes and regulations in the development review process.”

Supervisor Janet Nguyen is recommending that her colleagues appoint Crystal Burckle, a project manager at Standard Pacific Homes, to serve on the committee.

According to her resume, Burckle’s job is to “lead project teams in the development of new home communities,” including working “closely with governmental agencies to secure project entitlements and approvals.”

Those projects include the 93-home “Avignon at Blackstone,” which her resume says is currently being entitled by the county and the city of Brea.

Other members of the committee include Michael Recupero, whose business “assists developers, landowners and businesses through the entitlement and administrative processes” and Thomas Gable, an executive with home developer William Lyon Homes, Inc.

County supervisors are also set on Tuesday to receive the 19th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County, and issue bonds to prepay the county’s fiscal year 2015 pension obligation of $347 million.

And Los Alamitos council members on Monday are set to appoint Bret Plumlee as their new city manager.

Plumlee is currently city manager for La Puente, a city of 40,000 in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County.

He was previously assistant finance director for La Mirada, finance director for Rolling Hills Estates and El Segundo and assistant city manager for La Quinta.

Plumlee is set to make a $170,000 base salary, with the city paying his full retirement costs including his employee share.

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

Monday, Oct. 21

Santa Ana City Council – 5:45 p.m.

  • Labor agreements with the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and the city’s general employees union.
  • Agreement for capital improvements of fire stations with the Orange County Fire Authority.
  • Conditional Use Permit and type-47 alcohol license for El Mercado and Applebee’s restaurants.
  • Contract for computers, laptops, editing software, furniture and surveillance equipment at the Garfield Community Center.
  • Contract with Hondo Company for construction of the Garfield Exercise Park.
  • Submission of bicycle corridor improvement program applications.

Los Alamitos City Council – 5 p.m.

Huntington Beach City Council – 6 p.m.

Ladera Ranch Civic Council – 7 p.m.

  • (Agenda not available online.)

Tuesday, Oct. 22

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

Irvine City Council – 4 p.m.

Orange City Council – 4:30 p.m.

  • Approving a 33-percent subsidy of new sales tax increment to GL Orange, LLC, the owner of Stadium Nissan, for an estimated total of $716,000 over ten years.

Anaheim City Council – 5 p.m.

Garden Grove City Council – 6:30 p.m.

  • Making unspecified appointments to city commission vacancies.
  • Public hearing on objections to the weed abatement notices mailed to property owners on Sept. 11.

Santa Ana Unified School District – 6 p.m.

  • Presentation on school safety and lessons learned from the Sandy Hook tragedy.
  • Public hearing on charter petition for United Charter School.
  • Public hearing on Irvine/Newport Development Area Charter School.
  • Approving expulsion of students.
  • Approving acting Superintendent Stefanie Phillips’ interim employment contract.

Villa Park City Council – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Ladera Ranch Community Services Board – 5 p.m.

  • Open Homeowner Forum to hear residents’ concerns and questions.

Adam Elmahrek contributed to this report.

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

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