The San Juan Capistrano City Council has a busy week ahead.
On Tuesday, the council is meeting at 5 p.m. — earlier than usual — to consider a closed-session agenda with eight different items. State law allows elected officials to private discuss issues related to personnel, litigation and real-estate deals.
The council’s closed-session lineup Tuesday touches all of those points, including the $9.2 million lawsuit-loss to the Scalzo Family Trust. A court and jury ordered the multi-million-dollar verdict and fees after finding the city imposed improper conditions on the Scalzo family’s efforts to develop their Del Obispo Street property.
On the personnel front, the city is reviewing the work of City Manager Joe Tait, and discussing his agreement to take a 5 percent pay cut to his $324,000 contracts as City Manager and interim Utilities Director.
Finally, the council will discuss an existing lawsuit brought by the developer of the Marbella community, filed after the city announced plans to sell land taken from the builder for a fire station. The builder said that violated the original deal.
The council moves into its regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss a host of items that have generated considerable interest in the public:
-- A potential reorganization of City Hall that could see many positions now held by staffers going to outside contractors; Download Reorg
-- A staging area and other trail improvements in the city’s Northwest Open Space, as proposed by the private Open Space Foundation; Download OS Trails
-- Transitioning the “ad hoc” Open Space Committee to a regular “Public Lands Commission” that would take over equestrian and open-space work; Download OS Committee
-- Whether to renew leases with the Oaks and Blenheim Farms for their use of what is now city-owned open space. The Oaks would pay $4,800, while Blenheim would pay $225,000. Download OS Leases
Meeting that same night as the Community Redevelopment Agency, the council will also consider a deal that would see a car dealership come to town. Tuttle-Click wants to buy Capistrano Ford, which is closing, and move to a Camino Capistrano location. The city is considering a deal that would rebate sales-tax to the dealership. Download CRA Tuttle Click
Additionally, the Redevelopment Agency will consider a proposed lease with the Ecology Center that would see that organization’s rent rise to $1,500 in the fifth year. The city has taken some criticism because the Ecology’s Center per-square-foot cost was below what other groups are charged for to lease city land. Download CRA Ecology Center
On Wednesday, the council meets again, this time in a public special session to consider the long-term vision and strategy for the city. The idea there is to ensure the long-term budget expectations are in line with what Capistrano can bring into city coffers through sales and property taxes. Download CC Vision
The council meets at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano.