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June 9, 1999 | Alex Katz, (949) 574-4206
The City Council voted Monday to purchase new cameras, bicycles, a vehicle and other equipment for the Police Department and to create a new community policing center on the east side of town. The council also approved the hiring of more personnel and the funding of a new emergency telephone system. The city will receive about $132,000 from a state police-funding bill to cover most of the costs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000 | Eva Scholtz, (949) 574-4209
The City Council this week unanimously approved the hiring of a firm to serve as the city's financial advisor on long-term financing questions, including such items as Mello-Roos bonds or redevelopment. The city will have experts on issues related to its long-term financing policy, which was adopted in November. With the city considering building a city hall/community center, such questions are expected to arise.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A long-delayed report on city fees will be given to the City Council tonight. The city collects too little for services such as animal control, building permits and construction plan checks, the report said. "For the most part, we are charging a little less than the cost of performing the services," said Dave Bass, city administrative services director. After receiving the report, the council is expected to set a workshop to decide which fees, if any, should be raised or lowered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's an unlikely battle between haves and have-nots in one of Orange County's most bucolic pockets. And both sides say the issue boils down to fairness. Only about a fifth of Lake Forest's residents get to sail and fish and otherwise frolic in the city's two private lakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A midyear fiscal review shows that the city will have more money than projected in its annual budget, according to a report to be presented Tuesday to the City Council. The extra money came from a variety of sources, from building fees to savings from not hiring for budgeted jobs, City Manager Robert C. Dunek said. "We always want to ensure that we are conducting the city's business as efficiently as possible," he said. Some of the savings came from conservative budget projections, Dunek said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
Joining other cities backing the purchase of an 800-megahertz radio system for police and fire departments countywide, the City Council agreed this week to pick up $610,000 of the project's $70-million tab. The city will pay its portion over five years, starting with $60,920 this year and peaking at $256,869 for fiscal 1997-98.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
With several capital projects deferred, the city has spent $1.8 million less so far than it budgeted for the current fiscal year, according to a report to be presented to the City Council tonight. About $450,000 of the $1.8 million will be actual savings for professional services not needed by the city, such as engineering consultants. City revenue remained stable, down only slightly from the $20.9 million projected for the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council declined to make a $7,500 contribution to the Drug Abuse Is Life Abuse program this week, saying it needs more information to make a decision. "We really need to look at this proposal," Councilwoman Ann Van Haun said. "Being fiscally responsible, we can't do it just like that." The council voted 3 to 1 to deny the request, with only Councilman Peter Herzog in favor. Councilwoman Helen Wilson was absent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
The $28,000 just wasn't enough, so the City Council dipped into the general fund and found an extra $700 for local community service groups. About 10 nonprofit organizations received amounts ranging from $1,080 to $5,000 to support programs that provide services from drug intervention to rides for teen drunk drivers. At its meeting Tuesday, the council adjusted its Community Support Grant Funding for several groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
In the wake of a recent attack on a youngster in a city park, officials decided this week to make public safety their top spending priority. At a joint meeting, the City Council, planning and parks commissions asked city staff to upgrade lighting and weed abatement, particularly at Serrano Creek Community Park where the attack occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A proposal to cap services from an annexation consultant at $28,750 through December will be considered by the City Council tonight. The council's approval would formalize an agreement with Rosenow Spevacek Group Inc. of Santa Ana to continue advising city officials as they consider absorbing part or all of the unincorporated communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. Currently the city is working to annex about 196 acres in the Foothill Ranch area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A midyear fiscal review shows that the city will have more money than projected in its annual budget, according to a report to be presented Tuesday to the City Council. The extra money came from a variety of sources, from building fees to savings from not hiring for budgeted jobs, City Manager Robert C. Dunek said. "We always want to ensure that we are conducting the city's business as efficiently as possible," he said. Some of the savings came from conservative budget projections, Dunek said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A long-delayed report on city fees will be given to the City Council tonight. The city collects too little for services such as animal control, building permits and construction plan checks, the report said. "For the most part, we are charging a little less than the cost of performing the services," said Dave Bass, city administrative services director. After receiving the report, the council is expected to set a workshop to decide which fees, if any, should be raised or lowered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ and FRANK MESSINA and KIMBERLY BROWER
City council members in La Habra and Lake Forest approved plans this week to spend their cities' share of a $100-million state fund for front-line law enforcement services, while Dana Point officials set a public hearing for Tuesday to seek citizen input on whether to participate. In July, the Legislature passed a bill creating the Citizens Option for Public Safety Program, known as COPS, which is providing $100 million statewide for front-line law enforcement services.
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