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Supervisor Michelle Steel
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orange arrow Donald Dungan Library Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
orange arrow Korean Peace Medal
orange arrow Senior Scam Stopper Townhall
orange arrow National Cartoonists Society Festival
orange arrow Fountain Valley Rotary Club 'Most Improved Student' Award
orange arrow A Better Solution in Home Care Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
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orange arrow Orange County Transportation Authority
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June 1, 2019
Volume 5 Issue 7
In The Community
Orange County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil

I was honored to represent the Board of Supervisors at the annual Orange County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil.

Here is the text of my speech:

‘My name is Michelle Steel and I am the Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. I am honored to be here with you along with Supervisor Chaffee, at the Orange County Peace Officers Memorial.

This Memorial is a daily reminder that the peace and freedom we enjoy in our local communities is not free. Sadly, it comes at a terrible price paid for by men and women who wear the badge of a Peace Officer in Orange County.

To date, 53 names are on the wall behind me. We are here to honor these men and women who gave their lives to make Orange County a safer place. It is important that we gather to remember them, to honor them, and to let their families know we will NEVER forget them.

Not everyone who dies serving their country makes that ultimate sacrifice overseas. We don’t call the Marines when our lives are threatened or there is an emergency in the community – we dial 911. We call our local Police Departments or the Orange County Sheriff Department.

From the time we make that call, brave men & women who have sworn an oath to Serve and Protect us, will arrive within minutes; save our lives, eliminate any threat, respond to any emergency, and stay with us as long as necessary. Then, they get back in their patrol cars ready to respond to the next call… What an incredible group of men and women you are…

If there is one bright spot among the loss of life within your ranks, it is the fact that the wall behind me has not added another name for the last five years. I hope and pray that continues to be the case.

May God bless each and every one of the family members of our fallen Peace Officers. My heart goes out to you. In honor of your loved ones and in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, I am proud to present this resolution on behalf of the Board of Supervisors to Chief Leyni.’

Donald Dungan Library Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I was proud to be in Costa Mesa for the much-anticipated Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Donald Dungan Library in Lions Park.

It’s a privilege for the County and our library staff to partner with the City of Costa Mesa in providing library services, programming, and educational opportunities to local residents.

This two-story, 23,355 square-foot library is so much larger than our previous building. It features a separate children’s area; two large community rooms for library programs and community functions; computers; laptop area; separate teen area; and seating along three side of the building next to the windows, allowing users to lookout over the park and surrounding area.

Readers are leaders! I am very excited for my Costa Mesa constituents and County library staff.

Korean Peace Medal

On May the 15th I had the distinct honor of joining with the Consul General of the Republic of Korea to recognize eighteen Korean War Veterans in a Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal Presentation.

It was very humbling and moving to be able to say thank you to the brave men who endured hardship beyond imagination, and sacrificed so much to free my homeland from communist aggression. Because of them, I am able to stand here before you today.

Sadly, some of the Veterans who were supposed to attend passed away recently and we presented their medals and certificates to their widows or family members. Words cannot express what I felt inside...

I am immensely proud and blessed to be an American and I am even prouder to have been among a small group of my heroes who made that journey possible.

Thank you. May God richly bless you and your families. You are truly Ambassadors for Peace

Senior Scam Stopper Townhall

On May 18th I co-hosted a Senior Scam Stopper Townhall with Assemblyman Tyler Diep and the City of Huntington Beach at the HB Central Library . The walk-in response to our invitation was so overwhelming, we had to delay the start about fifteen minutes in order to move the event into the theater room to accommodate the 200+ eager residents.

Mayor Pro Tem Lyn Semeta did a great job representing the city. Huntington Beach Public Library staff, Carlos and Nate were our heroes as they were responsible for a quick, smooth transition to the theater room, moving and reconnecting/setting up audio, lighting, and the stage.

The State Contractors License Board, CA Department of Business Oversight, and the OC District Attorney’s Office participated in a panel discussion and a Q & A session. The OC Office on Aging was also present to answer questions and handout helpful material.

Afterwards, the speakers joined us in the back to ensure no one left without having their questions answered. I always enjoy meeting with my senior constituents. What a great event!

National Cartoonists Society Festival

Huntington Beach was host to the National Cartoonists Society Festival, which brought together cartoonists from around the world for fun family activities, readings, workshops and exhibitions, the majority of which were completely free to the public.

I had staff on hand to welcome the National Cartoonists Society Festival, and recognize them at their inaugural ceremonies. Their creativity and hard work is a welcome addition to the vibrancy of Orange County, and I hope to see them again next year!

Fountain Valley Rotary Club 'Most Improved Student' Award

On May 21st I had staff on hand for the Fountain Valley Rotary Club meeting to present certificates of recognition to the final round of the 2018-2019 '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.

Congratulations to Christopher Reyes, Anika York, and Nancy Cuevas!

A Better Solution in Home Care Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Staff were on hand to help welcome A Better Solution in Home Care to the Fountain Valley community and congratulate them on their recent Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.

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: ‪‬


Orange County Waste & Recycling

Have you ever been a Wishcycler?

Wishcycling is placing an item in the recycling bin without being certain it belongs there. Although well-intentioned, it can cause more harm than good. Items that do not belong in a recycling bin can potentially contaminate a good batch of recyclables or damage sorting machinery at collection facilities. According to OC Waste & Recycling, some common wishcycled items are:

  • Wire hangers
  • Cardboard pizza boxes with leftover grease
  • Razor blades
  • Batteries
  • Laminated paper

Recycling the right way will benefit the environment. To stop wishcycling you can:

For more information on waste and recycling, visit and follow OCWR on social media @OCWaste.

Orange County Public Libraries


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

Orange County Animal Care


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