MOORLACH UPDATE — COIN and VBM — June 23, 2014

The OC Register provides a preview of tomorrows Board meeting (which was culled from the Voice of OC see COIN is back on the agenda for discussion (see MOORLACH UPDATE 2014 Hall of Fame June 18, 2014). Ive also resubmitted a proposal to allow for Board of Supervisor vacancy special elections to be totally done through vote by mail (VBM), now that the trends show that the majority of voters prefer this method (also see MOORLACH UPDATE Voice of OC May 26, 2010).

BONUS: Please put Friday, August 1st, at noon, on your calendar as the Orange County Fairgrounds, located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, celebrates OCs 125 Birthday. The Orange County Fair will open its gates on August 1st with a special celebration in honor of the Countys Quasquicentennial, providing a fitting tribute to be held 125 years to the day that Orange County officially split from Los Angeles County.




Heres a rundown of some issues on Tuesdays agenda for the Orange County Board of Supervisors:

Labor negotiations: Following two delays, county supervisors are finally slated to vote Tuesday on opening up labor talks to the public.

Under the Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance, also known as COIN, county supervisors would be required to publicly report any offers and counteroffers discussed in closed session. Supervisors and their staff would also have to report any communication with employee representatives.

When a labor contract is proposed, the county Auditor-Controller would estimate the financial impact of its terms as well as the current contracts terms, which would then be open to comment from labor groups and the public.

Proposed labor contracts, known as memorandums of understanding, would be posted to the county website at least seven days before they appear on the supervisors agenda.

The effort, led by County Supervisor John Moorlach, has drawn intense protests from union leaders who argue that transparency in negotiations shouldnt just be reserved for labor talks but should apply to all government contracting.

Sheriffs services: Deals to provide county sheriffs services to 13 cities are all up for approval.

Cities are offered a menu of services to purchase or not purchase, such as extra traffic-enforcement deputies.

The sheriff contracts range from $91per resident in Laguna Woods and $135 in Yorba Linda to $231per resident in Laguna Hills and $297 in Dana Point.

The round of contract approvals covers the cities of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Yorba Linda, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Stanton, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Villa Park.

In all, the cities are home to about 630,000 people, and the contracts are worth $113 million.

All-mail special election: Citing about $200,000 in potential cost savings, county officials could ask voters to approve changes that would allow an all-mail special election to replace a county supervisor who leaves office in the last year of the supervisors term.

Emergency plan: County staff have proposed updates to the Emergency Operations Plan, which covers how the county should respond to various potential public safety threats.

For a longer version of this story, see Contact the writer: Nick Gerda at ngerda. Voice of OC is an independent nonprofit news organization focused on public policy in Orange County.

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