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December 20, 2023 Volume 8 Issue 11
News and Updates

 
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Announcing the Orange County Hall of Fame

From the Olympics to the Grammys, Orange County residents have achieved excellence at the highest levels.

To honor Orange County’s best, Supervisor Don Wagner and I authored a proposal to create the Orange County Hall of Fame. The proposal was unanimously approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on November 28 and also inducted the inaugural class.

We’re proud to commemorate Orange County’s past as we inspire the next generation of residents to achieve remarkable success in business, music, sports, and the arts.

Every year, ten honorees will be selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The distinguished honorees in the inaugural class include Grammy Award winners, all-star athletes, Olympians, legendary entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.

Orange County Hall of Fame Inaugural Class:

- Gwen Stefani: Singer/Songwriter, No Doubt Lead Vocalist (Music, Arts & Entertainment)

- Tiger Woods: Professional Golfer (Sports)

- Kobe Bryant: LA Lakers Professional Basketball Player (Sports)

- Amanda Beard: 7-Time Olympic Swimming medalist (Sports)

- Greg Louganis: Gold Medalist Olympic Diver (Sports)

- Walt Disney: Founder of Disney (Music, Arts & Entertainment)

- Bill Medley: Singer and Member of The Righteous Brothers (Music, Arts & Entertainment)

- Frank Jao: Developer and owner of Asian Garden Mall (Business)

- General William Lyon: US Air Force Major General (Civics)

- Henry Segerstrom: Philanthropist and founding Chairman of Segerstrom Center of the Arts (Philanthropy)

The Orange County Hall of Fame will be displayed at the lobby of the County Administration North located at 400 W. Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

Click here to read my full press release.

 
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I-405 Dedication Event

December 1st marked a momentous occasion for Orange County: the completion of the 405 Improvement Project.

Since 2015, I have been honored to serve as a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority. We have guided the 405 Improvement Project from development to groundbreaking and through construction. I am proud that the project was completed on time and on budget.

The 405 Freeway is the lifeline of Southern California, and the completion of this project delivers on our promise to invest in local transportation infrastructure with Measure M funding.

The I-405 now gives commuters control over their commute, especially with the Express Lanes. Excess toll revenues will go directly to the corridors, arterial, and access roads around the freeway to help cities move traffic better.

This $2 billion project is no small feat, and I want to especially thank our CFO at OCTA, Andy Oftelie. Together, we saved more than $500 million in taxpayer money from the cost of construction through innovative funding strategies.

Let’s keep Orange County moving!

 
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Kid Builders Community Resource Fair

Last weekend, more than 200 people attended our Kid Builders Community Resource Fair, in partnership with First 5 Orange County, at the Oak View Family Resource Center in Huntington Beach.

This Kid Builders resource fair featured various learning activities for kids up to age 5, and was designed to build skills that help children meet developmental milestones.

We also had a special appearance from the Quaker Oats Chewy Team, who brought their Family Play Bus and gave away free granola snacks. This fully interactive bus offers playtime with building blocks, areas to color, a marble run, and a bean bag toss.

Thank you to all our partners, including First 5 Orange County, Orange County Social Services, CalOptima, Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center, CCSC, Bikers Against Child Abuse OC Chapter, and PNC Bank.

 
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Veterans Resource Fair

Last Thursday, my Director of Community Engagement, Ofelia Garcia, and Eric Ensley from the OC Veterans Service Office, attended Assemblywoman Diane Dixon’s Veterans Resource Fair to provide information on County services for veterans. Eric also presented the Veteran of the Year recognition to Michael Seeley, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, for his continued work in our community.

A special thanks to the following organizations in attendance: Patriots and Paws, Working Wardrobes, Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative, Veterans Canine Intelligence Academy, Veterans Legal Institute, American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133, and the Public Law Center.

 
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Groundbreaking at Cypress High School

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony at Cypress High School earlier this month for their new track and field. With this dedicated sports area, the school will accommodate seating for 1,600 people and host CIF events. This will be an excellent facility for the students and the community. Congratulations to Principal Jennifer Brown of Cypress High School and to all Centurions. 

 
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Senior Scam Stopper and Senior Resource Fair

Last month, the First District Team was invited to participate in Assemblyman Tri Ta’s Senior Scam Stopper and Senior Resource Fair in Garden Grove. The Contractors State License Board and the Garden Grove City Hall shared information on how seniors can identify phone scams and avoid contractor fraud. My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, provided resources and services offered by the OC Office on Aging, which advocates for approximately 780,000 Orange County seniors.

Click here for more information on services and resources for seniors.

 
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Check Presentation to Abrazar from American Family Housing

Last month, my Chief of Staff Van Tran met with Milo Peinemann (CEO of American Family Housing), Mario Ortega (CEO of Abrazar), and Julia Bidwell (Director of OC Housing & Community Development) to signify a donation to Abrazar, Inc.

After American Family Housing completed the Casa Paloma project under budget, the extra funds were donated to Abrazar to help support the community's needs further. Thank you, Milo, for your contribution to a well-deserving community group.

Casa Paloma Background: Developed in a first-ever partnership of its kind with the County and CalOptima, many of the apartments in this innovative community provide homes for high-frequency utilizers of the healthcare system. And to help cut construction costs and save time, Casa Paloma was constructed with prefabricated modular components.

 
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Main Street Wine Company – Huntington Beach

Dann Bean’s Main Street Wine Company in Downtown Huntington Beach offers craft beers and boutique wines, all curated by their own in-house Sommelier and co-owner, Oscar Carrillo. Dann is a former police captain who opened this successful bar with Oscar and wife Shellie 14 years ago. They survived the pandemic thanks to their creativity and longtime patrons. You can follow them on social media (Main Street Wine Company) to stay informed of their next lobster lunch pop-up and their oysters and Wagyu beef tartare bruschetta night! My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, presented them with a Certificate of Recognition.

 
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Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – November 9

In response to the Fentanyl crisis, my office hosted a Neighborhood Coffee at the Huntington Beach Adult School to bring awareness and provide prevention information.

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, welcomed OC Health Care Agency Chief, Dr. Veronica Kelley, who spoke to residents about the dangers of fentanyl, methods to prevent overdoses, and how to respond effectively. Those in attendance received a free box of Narcan or Kloxxado, accompanied by training for its proper use.

For more information on the fentanyl crisis, visit https://www.fentanylisforeveroc.org/, a comprehensive website launched by the OC Health Care Agency to access education content and resource information, including pickup points for Kloxxado and Narcan, free of charge.

Special thanks to the staff at Huntington Beach Adult School for providing a great space for the community to gather.

 
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Fountain Valley Community Coffee Recap – November 17

On November 17, my office hosted a Neighborhood Coffee at the Fountain Valley library branch and invited OC Health Care Agency’s clinicians to bring resources and education on the County’s mental health services and recovery programs.

My Chief of Staff, Van Tran, gave an overview of HCA’s efforts and introduced two county clinicians, Ian Kemmer and Dawn Smith, current Assistant Deputy Directors overseeing county-operated programs serving youth, adults, and their families.

Veronica Filippelli, the Huntington Beach City School District Community Liaison, was also in attendance. For Huntington Beach City School Support Services, please visit https://www.hbcsd.us/11623_3.

Special thanks to librarians Zoe and Kim for their hospitality and for providing a great space for our coffee and to Mayor Kim Constantine for stopping by.

If you would like to speak to a resource navigator, please call OC Links 24/7 at 855-625-4657. Information is available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

 
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In This Issue
orange arrow Announcing the Orange County Hall of Fame
orange arrow I-405 Dedication Event
orange arrow Kid Builders Community Resource Fair
orange arrow Veterans Resource Fair
orange arrow Groundbreaking at Cypress High School
orange arrow Senior Scam Stopper and Senior Resource Fair
orange arrow Check Presentation to Abrazar from American Family Housing
orange arrow Main Street Wine Company – Huntington Beach
orange arrow Huntington Beach Community Coffee Recap – November 9
orange arrow Fountain Valley Community Coffee Recap – November 17
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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