(Santa Ana) – The Board of Supervisors will meet in special session August 3 for an offsite study session to discuss the 2001 Strategic Financial Plan. The all-day meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center at 1845 Park Avenue in Costa Mesa.
Prior to discussing its priorities for 2001, the Board will receive an update on accomplishments achieved through goals set in departmental business plans and through the strategic priorities. Esmael Adibi, Ph.D., from Chapman University’s Center for Economic Research, will give an economic forecast update for the county.
A new item on this year’s agenda will be the presentation of the “Top 10” priorities developed by department heads at a workshop earlier this month. Half of the group are ongoing or previously discussed items. They include jail expansion; new juvenile hall; credit and debt management; MCAS El Toro master development program; and assessment tax system. The other five are new or enhanced programs that will be presented at the study session for the first time by the respective department heads to the Board. The five being presented are watersheds and coastal resources; Los Pinos Conservation Camp; health care access for children; communication upgrades; and older adults programs.
The Board will consider these presentations in its deliberation about updating County priorities.
In the afternoon session, after hearing public comment, the Board will set priorities and give specific staff direction.
“Since developing the long-range strategic financial plan, the Board has effectively used it as a tool to identify priorities, balance competing needs, recognize financial constraints and set the County’s path for a successful future,” said Chief Financial Officer Gary Burton.