COSTA MESA — City Council closed sessions will now take place at the end of meetings rather than at the beginning so residents don't have to wait as long for officials to get down to public business.
The City Council approved the change, among others, Tuesday evening with a 4-1 vote. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented.
Mayor Gary Monahan had asked the council to move the closed session to keep the meetings efficient and on time. During the past year, the council meetings, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., were delayed while the council members deliberated in closed session over a variety of issues, including contract negotiations and the failed attempt to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds.
The council also voted to add an announcement segment, where the public will be provided with upcoming events in the city. A regular 5:30 p.m. study session was eliminated.