In addition to Councilman Jose Moreno’s resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s 90-day suspension of travel and immigration from six Middle Eastern countries, here are some additional items the Anaheim City Council will consider:
Re-Populating City Commissions and Boards
All members of city boards and commissions were asked to resign as part of the Tait Majority’s determination to vertically realign all these bodies along council district lines. Each councilmember will make an appointment to each commission. Councilmembers can appoint people from outside their districts, but under the “Moreno Rule” are only supposed to do so in the event there is no qualified applicant from within their district.
The council is slated to fill 56 commission vacancies tonight:
- Budget, Technology and Investment (7 appointments)
- Community Services Board (7 appointments)
- Cultural and Heritage Commission (7 appointments)
- Housing and Community Development Commission (9 appointments)
- Parks and Recreation Commission (7 appointments)
- Planning Commission (7 appointments)
- Public Utilities Board (7 appointments)
- Library Board (5 appointments – at-large)
Click here to see a list of applicants. In some cases – as in the District 4 appointment to the Budget, Technology and Investment Committee and the District 1 appointment to Planning Commission – no applications had been submitted by the deadline.
Homelessness Commission or Task Force
Councilman Jose Moreno has requested the formation of a homelessness commission or task force – although it is difficult to see what yet another exercise in talking about the issue – which is a serious problem in Anaheim – will accomplish.
Already in existence is the Anaheim Homeless Collaborative made up of more than 100 participants from public agencies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. It meets twice monthly; half the meetings are open to the public. The council gets an update on the homelessness issue every other meeting.
Nothing stands in the way of anyone with an enterprising idea or program for alleviating homelessness in Anaheim from participating in the Collaborative or pitching those idea directly to city council members.
Talk about homelessness is not in short supply in Anaheim. The problem, from the perspective of negatively-impacted residents and business owners, is the exploding homeless encampments, most notoriously along the Santa Ana River and adjacent to Angel Stadium, and along the 91 Freeway between Harbor and Lemon. The city and the county are paralyzed and have allowed these villages to spring up. Nearby residents and businesses are paying the price. There’s little reason to expect another chin-stroking exercise will improve the situation.
Transparency for City Boards and Commissions
The council will consider increasing the transparency of city board commission deliberations by video and/or audio recording their meetings, posting agendas, minutes and staff reports on the city website, ensuring Brown Act compliance and other transparency enhancing measure.
At least some good, and no harm, can come of this.