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Supervisor Michelle Steel
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May 1, 2019
Volume 5 Issue 5
Baruch Dayan Emet
I was sickened to learn about the horrific attack at Chabad of Poway during their Passover and Shabbat services on Saturday.The evil of antisemitism knows no bounds. 
My heart breaks for the family of Lori Gilbert Kaye. I pray for a quick recovery for those injured including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. May God bless those who set their personal safety aside to protect their community.
It is surreal to think that just two weeks ago I hosted Orange County Chabad organizations in recognizing the legacy of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, which is dedicated to bringing light to the world and dispelling darkness.
I stand with Chabad and all Jewish communities unequivocally condemning antisemitism at a time when it is rising and gaining acceptance in public discourse. 
Please take a moment to read the courageous words of Rabbi Goldstein published in the New York Times this week.

In the Community
Transportation and Infrastructure Update

I was honored to co-host a Transportation and Infrastructure Update with Assemblman Tyler Diep, and the City of Huntington Beach at the HB Central Library.

The packed room of residents were treated to three informative presentations followed by Q & A sessions.

Councilman Michael Posey and Antonia Graham from the City Manager’s Office spoke first and were very thorough with both their update and Q & A. Next, up was Justin Golliher from OC Public Works, followed by Jeff Mills, Project Manager for the 405 Improvement Project. Both gentleman gave excellent presentations. Additionally, OC Public Works and OCTA had information tables with staff on hand to speak directly with individual residents.

At the conclusion of presentations, all of the speakers joined me at the front to meet with residents to listen to any additional concerns and and answer any final questions. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive.

Thank you very much to Assemblyman Diep and staff, Antonia Graham from the HB City Manager’s Office, Huntington Beach Public Library staff, Orange County Public Works staff, and Orange County Transit Authority staff, for making this a great event.

Lastly, thank you to Councilman Michael Posey or helping host this morning. And, thank you to Council Members Patrick Brenden and Barbara Delgleize for joining me at the end to meet with our mutual constituents for final Q & A.

Great job, everyone!

Community Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Huntington Beach held their 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Family Day at the Sports Complex at Central Park with help from the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. Thousands of residents came out for hours of fun.

A little bunny helped me offer Easter salutations to the crowd. Afterwards, I made a big splash (and had a blast) at the Dunk Tank. Then, I watched the 6-year olds hunt for eggs & candy - those kids were motivated! With all the booths and games, there was something for everyone.

Great job to HB Community Services Staff and all the City Departments who participated. HB Kiwanian John Etheridge did a fantastic job as MC, and the rest of the Club was enthusiastically engaged at their food concessions booth.

All in all, this was a huge family-themed success and I was blessed to be a part of it.

Run Seal Beach

Saturday April 6th Run Seal Beach held their 45th annual charity run, supporting local schools and nonprofits. My staff was on hand to recognize this event, and the hard work of the entirely volunteer force of organizers who make it all possible.

Cambodian New Year

It was a pleasure to join with my friends in the Cambodian Community to celebrate ‘Choul Chnam Thmey’ (The Cambodian New Year).

Golden West College Foundation Gala

I was a proud supporter of the 21st Annual Golden West College Foundation Gala at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach.

Golden West College is a great local asset in my District and it’s exciting to see the growth taking place on campus. The amount of support GWC enjoys from the surrounding business community is amazing as evidenced from those in attendance last night.

Congratulations to the Foundation, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who worked hard on this year’s event. Job well done!

'Save Our Beach' cleanup in Seal Beach

It was a pleasure to join Seal Beach Mayor Thomas Moore first thing Saturday morning for the 'Save Our Beach' cleanup in Seal Beach.

I thoroughly enjoyed pitching in with neighbors and fellow residents to keep Orange County beaches beautiful.

104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This year will be the  and the fourth year the County of Orange officially recognized April 24th in remembrance of the one and a half million Armenians who were murdered. As a County, we denounce these horrendous crimes against humanity. We will continue our commitment to making sure the victims of this historic tragedy are never forgotten, and, through education and awareness, prevent future horrific acts like this from ever happening again. I was proud to present the reoccurring resolution to Armenian members of our community, and along with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, we commemorated the Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance on April 24th.

'Most Improved Student' Award

I had staff on hand for the Fountain Valley Rotary Club meeting to present certificates of recognition to the 'Most Improved Student' Award recipients.

The Fountain Valley Rotary does a fantastic job recognizing local students throughout the Fountain Valley community. These students have worked hard to achieve this success and I am proud to have them as part of Orange County's Second District.

Also, congratulations to Ashley Dos Santos on becoming a new member of Rotary!

Thai New Year

I was a special guest of the Thai community as they celebrated ‘Songkran’ - the Thai New Year.  It was perfect weather for a parade.  I enjoyed some delicious Thai food, then was treated to a Moi Thai Boxing event where I presented the championship belt to the winner.  What a great experience!

Ribbon Cutting at Friar Tux

On April 11th staff from my office had the pleasure of attending and recognizing the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce's Ribbon Cutting for South Coast Plaza's newest business: Friar Tux!

Friar tux, which is family owned and operated, started in 1974 and has grown to become a pillar of the men's fashion community in Southern California. I am excited for their growth and warmly welcome them to the Second District!

PAVA Leadership Awards

I was honored to attend a ceremony recognizing the 300 PAVA members came together at Bolsa Chica Wetlands area in Huntington Beach to make an effort of conserving the environment. The hard work and dedication of these volunteers is truly an inspiration! 

Orange County Hiring Fair

Interested in employment opportunities? Looking for a qualified candidate for your business? Then be sure to mark your calendars for ‪Friday, June 7th, 2019‬!

This hiring fair will provide employment opportunities to residents of all backgrounds who are looking for jobs in either the government or the private sector.

Are you ready? Register Now!!!
Eventbrite: ‪‬


Edinger Avenue Bridge Opening

Orange County Transportation Authority

Stay Informed: With the new 405 Project App, you will be able to stay up-to-date with project-related traffic closures and the latest photos and videos. Plus, OCTA has partnered with Waze. You’ll be able to find real-time traffic and road updates on the Waze app directly from OCTA and other drivers. You can also, visit for an interactive live schedule of the improvement project as its happening. You’ll be able to check your travel routes for detours or construction-related impacts. Here are some other helpful resources:
Follow @405_Improvement on Twitter and Instagram
Call 888-400-8994

OC Animal Care


OC TransitVision
What’s your vision of transit in your city and throughout Orange County? Do you want trains, buses, shuttles, or something different? The Orange County Transportation Authority is asking for your help in shaping the future of transit. You can design your own transit system with the fun and interactive Build Your Own System survey that allows you to select from various transit features that could enhance transit in Orange County. These features include stops, stations, vehicle types, and service. As you develop your transit system, you can see the benefits – such as enhanced ridership, travel time, accessibility, or passenger experience – change in real-time. Check it out at For more information, visit
OCTA Bike Rally

OCTA will be hosting a Bike Rally on Thursday, May 16 from 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. Participants will meet at the Orange Metrolink station and ride their bikes to OCTA Headquarters. To sign up, visit

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