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May 8, 2014

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Welcome to this issue of Janet’s Journal, a First District Report designed to keep you updated on issues and events concerning our communities in Orange County especially in the First District.

I am proud and honored to represent over 600,000 people within the First District covering the Cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, a portion of Fountain Valley and the unincorporated community of Midway City.

I hope you will find this journal informative. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen












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With the Summer months approaching and Memorial Day right around the corner, the First District has several family-friendly events planned throughout the month of May.

On Saturday, May 10th, I will be co-hosting the Global Sounds Music Festival with OC Parks at Mile Square Park Regional Park in Fountain Valley. The first ever County Music-Festival will be filled with music from around the world. There will be three bands, representing different parts of the world, taking the stage throughout the day. The bands are:
  • 12:30 p.m. – Flashback Heart Attack: 1980s Covers
  • 2:00 p.m. – Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez: Latin
  • 3:30 p.m. – BLEU Band: featuring an assortment of hit Vietnamese recording artists (Linda Trang Dai, Tommy Ngo, Lilian and many more.)
Come and experience a variety of music from around the world at this free family-friendly event. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. For more information you can call (714) 973-6600 or e-mail milesquarepark@ocparks.com.

And as always, I am proud to bring you the news from around the First District!


Volunteers Needed for Fifth Annual Central Orange County Health Expo

On May 31st I will co-host the 5th Annual Central Orange County Health Expo in partnership with the Central County Foundation and the Lestonnac Free Clinic. Volunteers are needed to help run and staff the Expo to ensure every attendee has the opportunity to receive medical attention. Volunteer shifts are available in the morning from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We can also accommodate other shifts based on your schedule.

The Health Expo will be held at Concorde College at 12951 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. To sign up or for more information, you can call (714) 834-3110 or send an e-mail to centralcountyexpo@gmail.com.


Orange County Superior Court Warns of Warrant Payment Scams

Several Orange County residents have recently reported receiving a phone call or voicemail from an individual claiming to be a law enforcement officer asking for payment to clear up a warrant that had been issued because the resident did not appear for jury service. These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Orange County Superior Court. Anyone receiving a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report it immediately as a crime to their local law enforcement agency.

Also, please note that Orange County Superior Court’s Jury Services staff does not ask past, current, or prospective jurors for information regarding credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with Jury Services.

Orange County to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

On August 1, 2014, the County of Orange will celebrate its 125th Anniversary. To help commemorate OC 125, the County is asking all Orange County Cities, non-profits, and other organizations to send us all of your key events throughout 2014 so we can include them in our master calendar for OC 125. For more information you can contact Jean Pasco at (714) 834-7218 or Rob Richardson at (714) 834-3481.

Orange County is a special place and we hope you will be able to join us in our celebration of OC 125.


Low-Cost Pet Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

OC Animal Care, in coordination with the Society for California Veterinary Vaccine Care, is currently offering low-cost pet vaccination and microchip clinics on the first Tuesday of every month throughout 2014. The clinics last from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for cat owners and 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dog owners. The vaccinations will take place at 561 The City Drive South in the City of Orange.

For more information you can call OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848 or visit their website here.


John Wayne Airport to Expand Existing Free Wi-Fi Coverage

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to expand the current free Wi-Fi coverage and cellular connectivity at John Wayne Airport. The plan will deliver Wi-Fi to areas not previously covered and will improve overall connectivity capacity.

Ad-supported free Wi-Fi service will continue to be available to all travelers. The new network will also be Passpoint-enabled, providing seamless access to a secure Wi-Fi network using the industry’s latest technologies. Users who have Passpoint-capable devices and have installed a Passpoint profile will automatically be connected to the WPA2-encrypted network.

The expanded Wi-Fi coverage and cellular connectivity will ensure John Wayne Airport’s network meets the demand of today’s connected travelers.


Drought Proof Water Supply Project in Orange County Receives 2014 U.S. Water Prize

Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) were honored with the U.S. Water Prize during an awards ceremony at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. Recognized for their joint project, the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), the agencies were lauded as global leaders in reclamation and reuse. The GWRS and its current expansion are realized as a tremendous effort to reduce regional water insecurity and provide a local drought-proof water supply.

Operational since January 2008, the state-of-the-art advanced water purification project produces up to 70 million gallons of high-quality water every day. This is enough water to meet the needs of nearly 600,000 residents in north and central Orange County, California.


OCTA holds Long Range Transportation Plan Open House

OCTA will hold an open house for the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) on Wednesday, May 7th.

OCTA updates the LRTP every fours to account for new planning efforts, as well as changes in demographics, economic conditions, and available sources of transportation funding. OCTA’s LRTP outlines strategies to improve the County’s freeways, streets, bus, rail and non-motorized programs. Visitors to OCTA’s open house were able to share their thoughts on the proposed solutions. Comments can still be made online at www.octa.net/LRTP.

Several Events Planned for Bike Month in May

To celebrate National Bike Month, OCTA has partnered with cities and organizations to promote a wide variety of local events. The following events will be held throughout the month of May:
  • OCTA Bike Rally
    Thursday, May 15th from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
    Orange Metrolink Station to OCTA Headquarters
  • Ride of Silence
    Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Irvine City Hall, San Clemente North Beach
  • Bike Safety Camp
    Saturday, May 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Pavilion Park, Irvine (Irvine Blvd. & Ridge Valley)
The public is encouraged to come out and to remind everyone to bike smart, and bike safe. For more information about these events you can visit www.octa.net/events.


Supervisor Nguyen attends St. Francis Home Assisted Living Home’s Fundraising Dinner in Santa Ana. Proceeds from the fundraiser went to a new handicap van.

Supervisor Nguyen, along with Irvine City Councilwoman Christina Shea and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway, listen to the Vietnamese-American community’s concerns over the proposal to establish a Friendship City relationship between the City of Irvine and the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang.

Supervisor Nguyen presents a in honor of the 5th Anniversary of the Boat People Memorial in Westminster Memorial Park.


County of Orange
There are currently many new bids to contract with the County of Orange. For more information, please click here.


Local News

15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
The City of Santa Ana’s 15th Annual Downtown Cinco de Mayo Festival will kick off on Friday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The street fair will continue all weekend in Santa Ana’s beautiful historic downtown on Fourth Street on Saturday, May 3rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday May 4th, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year, the Festival will feature fifteen great performances on the main stage in addition to the great food, games, arts and crafts, and opportunities to shop and get information about art, activities, events and programs.

Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this three-day festival. For more information: www.vibrantsantaana.org/cinco-de-mayo/.

Free Used Oil Filter Exchange
During the months of May and June, Santa Ana residents who bring in used oil filters for recycling will receive new oil filters for free. Oil filters can be exchanged at the following locations:
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
    1312 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704
  • AutoZone
    810 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704

To contact Supervisor Janet Nguyen, please call 714-834-3110 or email Janet.Nguyen@ocgov.com.