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Andrew Do - Supervisor, First District
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November 27, 2023 Volume 8 Issue 10
News and Updates

 
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County Honors Veterans for Their Sacrifices

Earlier this month, Chairman Wagner and I presented a Veterans Day resolution to honor all veterans. In attendance to accept the resolution was Eric Ensley, Veterans Employment Program Manager from the OC Veterans Service Office, Nick Berardino, President of the Veterans Alliance of OC, and OC Veterans Advisory Council members.

Here in Orange County, home to approximately 125,000 veterans, the OC Veterans Office is an essential service for all our veterans. In 2020, the Board of Supervisors added two new Veterans Claims Representative positions to further assist veterans and their families. And just last summer, we launched an online appointment system to help the VSO streamline appointment services for our Veterans, who prefer a virtual appointment or don’t have transportation access.

Here is some data from the OC Veterans Service Office:

In 2022, the VSO served nearly 27,000 clients.

Our trained and CalVet-certified Veterans Claims Representatives processed more than 1,800 veteran designations on driver’s licenses and filed more than 1,000 College Fee Waiver applications, which resulted in a savings of $7.7 million to veteran families.

Additionally, approximately 10,800 claims were filed for pension compensation, resulting in more than $5.3 million to the veterans or surviving spouses.

Click here to watch the resolution presentation.

 
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Honoring OC Veteran Erik Duane

I had the privilege of presenting a resolution to the First District’s appointee to the OC Veterans Advisory Council: Erik Duane.

Erik honorably and faithfully served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves from 1990 to 2020. He was deployed several times to warzones, including in Somalia and Iraq.

In 2018, Erik was appointed to the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council and served as the Chair for the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2020, Erik created “Coffee Talk with Veterans” – monthly virtual sessions to help veterans cope with isolation, PTSD, and other mental health issues.

Erik’s efforts in bringing some normalcy to our beloved veterans during the height of the pandemic is a testament to his commitment to his community.

To this date, Erik maintains membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Student Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Marine Corps Association, and Disabled American Veterans.

Congratulations, Erik, on all your achievements.

 
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Veterans Day in Fountain Valley

My Chief of Staff Van Tran attended the annual Fountain Valley Veterans Day event hosted by the City and West Orange County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post & Auxiliary 9557.

Here in Orange County, the OC Veterans Service Office strives to ensure that veterans and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve. If you or your family need assistance, you can contact them by email at ocvso@occr.ocgov.com or by phone at 714-480-6555.

 
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VPASC Free Health Fair

Earlier this month, thousands of families participated in the annual OC Free Health Fair at Mile Square Park, hosted by my office in collaboration with VPASC (Vietnamese Physicians Association of Southern California).

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, was present to welcome everyone. Those in attendance received lung examinations, bone density measurements, flu shots, one-on-one medical advice, and even dental work - all free.

Thank you to VPASC, all participating doctors, vendors, and MEMO (Medical, Educational Missions, and Outreach) student volunteers for giving back to our community and making this event possible.

 
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Family Choice: Health Festival Event

Last month, I hosted the First District’s Health Festival with the participation of many health organizations, including title sponsor Family Choice Health Network. Medi-Cal redetermination of eligibility and enrollment for 2024 were the main topics of discussion.

If you haven’t already, remember to apply for or renew your MediCal. You can do that online at www.BenefitsCal.com or by visiting your local Orange County Social Services office.

 
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CalFresh & Medi-Cal Enrollment Event

To ensure families are getting all the CalFresh benefits they’re eligible for, it's important to provide the most recent information to the OC Social Services Agency, such as household size, income, housing costs, medical expenses (if 60 or older), and any dependent or childcare costs.

On November 18, I hosted a CalFresh & Medi-Cal Enrollment Event at the Thuan Phat Supermarket in Westminster. My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, kicked off the event and welcomed over 800 residents who received assistance from CalOptima and the Orange County Social Services with their CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications. Those in attendance were also able to take home a box of groceries and diapers, courtesy of Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Southland Integrated Services, Inc.

Thank you to all the staff and student volunteers from Rancho Los Alamitos HS who helped at this event.

For more information about accessing food assistance, please contact my office at 714-834-3110.

 
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Garden Grove Boulevard Complete Street Project

Last month, my Chief of Staff Van Tran joined the City of Westminster and other elected officials at the ribbon cutting of the Garden Grove Boulevard Complete Street Project. This project includes a protected bikeway on Garden Grove Boulevard, from the State Route 22 on-ramp at Valley View Boulevard to State Route 22 off-ramp at Goldenwest Street. The project also installed buffered bike lanes on Edwards Street between Garden Grove Boulevard and Trask Avenue and Trask Avenue between Edwards Street and Hoover Street.

Efforts such as these make an excellent place for residents to enjoy outdoor activities. Next time you’re in the area, check it out!

 
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Los Alamitos 2023 Heroes Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, several outstanding men and women in uniform are recognized by the City of Los Alamitos at their annual Heroes Appreciation Luncheon for their outstanding service and selflessness toward protecting and keeping the residents of Los Alamitos safe. Thank you to all in recognition of your service!

 
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Cypress Festival

My District Representative, Jack Du, and intern, Griffin Meyer, participated in the annual Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Park last month. Hundreds of people came and listened to good music from local bands, supported local food vendors, and participated in all the games and activities. Community events like this one bring people together, foster community pride, and strengthen relationships.

 

 
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100th Anniversary of Woman's Civic Club of Garden Grove

This year, the Women's Civic Club of Garden Grove celebrated their 100th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, my District Representative, Jack Du, presented a certificate of recognition to Trisha Bress, president of the Women's Civic Club of Garden Grove.

This historic organization was established three decades before Garden Grove was incorporated as a city and, to this day, continues to have a lasting impact on many residents. Through annual service events, WCCGG provides scholarships for students in college and supports communities in need. Congratulations to all the incredible women for your dedication to your community.

 
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Grand Opening: Youth Center in Los Alamitos

Congratulations to The Youth Center’s Executive Director, Lina Lumme, and Board Members on the grand opening of their new Youth Center in Los Alamitos!

During the grand opening earlier this month, several leaders from the Los Alamitos community, including Mayor Tanya Doby, the school district superintendent, and several other businesses, were present to celebrate the occasion. My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, presented Lina with a framed certificate of recognition commemorating this milestone.

The Youth Center originally opened in 1952. It is a safe space for youth in the community and provides a wide range of education, recreational, and support programs that encourage learning, creativity, personal growth, and empowerment. Thanks to Lina, the Center also has a Wellness Room to serve the mental health needs of our youth.

Click here for more information.

 
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Plow Dedication in Westminster

My District Representative Jack Du visited Blakey Historical Park where the Westminster Historical Society and the Post Family dedicated the largest plow in the world to its new home.

The plow was built by Charles R. Post in 1937 and was created to help clear silt and reclaim farmland ruined by the flooding of Santa Ana River. The plow measures 37 ft. long, 12 ft. high, 11 ft. wide, with a blade of 86 inches, and requires five tractors to pull it. In 1978, the Orange County Historical Commission designated the plow as a historical structure and named it the Post Brothers’ Plow.

Congratulations to the Westminster Historical Society for continuing to cultivate and preserve Westminster’s rich history.

The Blakey Historical Park is open for visitors on the first Sunday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm. You can find them at: 8612 Westminster Blvd., Westminster.

 
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City of Fountain Valley iPad Recognition

Last month, my Chief of Staff Van Tran accepted an award on my behalf from the Fountain Valley City Council for several iPads our office donated to senior centers over the last few months.

When the pandemic hit, in-person activities were put on hold and technology and the internet proved to be essential tools for our students, workers, and people looking to connect with their families. However, our senior population struggled to bridge the digital divide. The goal of the iPad program is not only to provide iPads to our Orange County seniors but also to give them data plans, technology training, and technical support. I am happy to have supported this effort. Thank you to the OC Office on Aging for coordinating the iPad distribution.

For more information on other programs and resources offered by the Office On Aging, contact them at 714-480-6450.

 
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Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – September 22

Did you know that there are more than 3,500 types of mosquitoes worldwide? In California, Culex mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, the most serious disease transmitted in the state.

Here in Orange County, you’ve most likely already encountered the Southern House Mosquito, a new breed of mosquito thriving after this year’s abundant rainfall.

Lora Young, Director of OC Vector, was a guest speaker at our Huntington Beach Neighborhood Coffee. She shared helpful tips to protect our homes from mosquitos that fly low, bite multiple times, and seem immune to bug spray. Heavy rains this summer and the heat that followed created the perfect environment for these mosquitoes to breed. There has also been an increase in rats due to the boost in vegetation.

Ms. Young recommends getting rid of any source of standing water, both indoor and outdoor, since mosquitos' eggs can last up to two years if surrounded by plenty of water. It only takes them about a week to go from egg to a biting nuisance.

To schedule a free home inspection or for more information on the services OCMVC offers to OC residents, call 714-971-2421.

 
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Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 13

On October 13, my office hosted a neighborhood coffee at Bagels Tea Lounge in Huntington Beach and invited OC Public Works to provide residents with an update on the current and completed construction projects in the area.

Flood improvement projects impact everyone, not just those living along flood channels. The East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel project, for example, transformed a section of the channel from Warner Avenue near Springdale Street to Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. Work began in 2020 and was officially completed in March 2023. The channel was transformed from its former trapezoid shape with sloped sides into a rectangular channel with vertical sides, increasing channel capacity for controlling stormwater.

OC Public Works staff have done a tremendous job executing the County’s plan for improvements to local infrastructure. For more information on projects in your neighborhood, visit https://ocpublicworks.com/.

 
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Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 19

At our Huntington Beach neighborhood coffee on October 19, we invited two OC Health Care Agency guest speakers to share information on the County’s Behavioral Health System.

Ian Kemmer, a licensed marriage and family therapist, provided an overview of the Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Recovery Services. And Dawn Smith, a licensed social worker, shared information about the County’s programs that serve transitional-age youth and children struggling with behavioral health disorders.

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, and my Director of Community Engagement, Ofelia Garcia, were on hand to answer questions regarding County resources.

Thank you to Veronica Filippelli, Community Liaison from the Huntington Beach City School District, for attending and helping get the word out about available resources and services at the County. For Huntington Beach City School Support Services, please visit https://www.hbcsd.us/11623_3.

 
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Seal Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 27

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, and Director of Community Engagement, Ofelia Garcia, picked up some freshly roasted coffee and delicious pastries from local business Javatinis Seal Beach for our Seal Beach Neighborhood Coffee on October 27.

Some topics discussed included the OCPW planning/construction permitting process, OCTA/Cal Trans current projects, weed abatement, pavement conditions on the 405 freeway, housing, homelessness, and toll roads.

Click here for more information on reporting weed abatement or fire hazards.

Click here for more information on OC Public Works projects and services.

Click here for help connecting with health, wellness, and other resources.

Click here for information on OCTA programs, projects, and toll road information.

And for more information regarding our upcoming events, please contact my office at 714-834-3110.

 
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Westminster Community Coffee Recap – November 3

Fentanyl is the number one killer of adults between the ages of 18 and 45. It’s the most frequent type of opioid involved in opioid overdose deaths. Since 2020, Orange County has lost 1,585 lives due to fentanyl poisoning.

The devastation of fentanyl is forever – it leaves families shattered and communities in despair. To bring awareness to this deadly poison, I hosted a Neighborhood Coffee at the Westminster Library last week where staff from OC Health provided more information on the dangers of fentanyl, methods to prevent overdoses, and how to respond effectively.

OC Health staff showed those in attendance how to administer Kloxxado, an overdose reversal medication that is double the dosage of Narcan (8mg vs 4mg of naloxone), which is critical if waiting for medical assistance staff to arrive. They also provided everyone with a free dose to take home.

Thank you to OCHCA staff for your continued efforts in educating Orange County residents on the dangers of fentanyl and other illegal drugs and making resources readily available for anyone. And thank you to the staff at the Westminster OC Public Libraries branch for hosting our neighborhood coffee.

Click here for more information on Fentanyl and for a list of locations where you can pick up a free Kloxxado.

 
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In This Issue
orange arrow County Honors Veterans for Their Sacrifices
orange arrow Honoring OC Veteran Erik Duane
orange arrow Veterans Day in Fountain Valley
orange arrow VPASC Free Health Fair
orange arrow Family Choice: Health Festival Event
orange arrow CalFresh & Medi-Cal Enrollment Event
orange arrow Garden Grove Boulevard Complete Street Project
orange arrow Los Alamitos 2023 Heroes Appreciation Luncheon
orange arrow Cypress Festival
orange arrow 100th Anniversary of Woman's Civic Club of Garden Grove
orange arrow Grand Opening: Youth Center in Los Alamitos
orange arrow Plow Dedication in Westminster
orange arrow City of Fountain Valley iPad Recognition
orange arrow Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – September 22
orange arrow Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 13
orange arrow Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 19
orange arrow Seal Beach Community Coffee Recap – October 27
orange arrow Westminster Community Coffee Recap – November 3
DISTRICT STAFF
 
Chris Wangsaporn
Chief of Staff

Van Tran
Chief of Staff of External Affairs

Guadalupe Carrasco
Communications Director

Ofelia Velarde-Garcia
Director of Community Engagement & Initiatives

Hung Le
Policy Advisor

Jack Du
District Representative

Joyce Rivero
Executive Secretary

 
 
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