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Supervisor Michelle Steel
In This Issue
orange arrow In The Community
orange arrow Review of County Budget for FY2021
orange arrow September 1st Red Cross Blood Drive
orange arrow National Recovery Month
orange arrow Fountain Valley Saddleback Church Food Distribution
orange arrow Groundbreaking Ceremony for Huntington Beach Cameron Lane Navigation Center
orange arrow OC Fairgrounds Testing Supersite
orange arrow First Annual Kobe Bryant Day
orange arrow Serve It Up & Tee it up for The Troops
orange arrow September 12th Food Drive with Saddleback Church
orange arrow September 21st American Red Cross Blood Drive
orange arrow Holidays
orange arrow Happy Labor Day
orange arrow Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
orange arrow New State of California Framework Provides Blueprint for Orange County Re-Openings
orange arrow Spread Positive Vibes
orange arrow Orange County Earn and Learn Program
September 4, 2020
Volume 6 Issue 17
In The Community
Remember to Protect Yourself and Those Around You

I ask the residents and visitors of Orange County to please wear a face covering when you are in a public place and unable to properly social distance, as well as following hygiene and social distancing guidance. This is of the utmost importance to stop the spread of the virus.

We must also remember that we must protect public health while allowing people to go to work safely and responsibly, so they can pay their bills and feed their families. We don’t have to sacrifice public health for the economy, or vice versa, when we can focus on ensuring both are protected.

Review of County Budget for FY2021

One year ago, Orange County families never could have dreamt that we’d be dealing with a worldwide pandemic.  COVID-19 has devastated families, we’ve seen loved ones lost, front line medical workers pushed to the max, and many small businesses have closed their doors permanently.

Our County team has worked hard to put together a budget that funds critical health and social services and gives our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep our community safe and provide oversight.  And our law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can to ensure our public safety in a very challenging environment.

We won’t be raising taxes, laying off employees, or emptying our reserves.  I want to thank CEO Frank Kim, CFO Michelle Aguirre, the entire budget staff and our department heads and County employees for getting us here.

The full budget can be read here

September 1st Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday, September 1st, my office co-hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive with Huntington Beach Mayor Lyn Semeta at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The appointment-only blood drive proved to be very successful and we had an overwhelming response.

I am so appreciative of of the residents of Huntington Beach for their selflessness and willingness to help others by donating blood during these unpredictable times.

I want to thank thank the hardworking and dedicated Red Cross workers that made this blood drive possible as well as Mayor Lyn Semeta and the City of Huntington Beach for providing the Central Library as a location for this event.

National Recovery Month

September will be recognized as National Recovery Month.

This observance recognizes the millions of Americans that are recovering from mental and substance abuse disorders. Treatment of these disorders does work and so many Americans do recover.

This month pays tribute to all of those that are going through the recovery process and all the healthcare providers who dedicate their lives to helping those facing addiction, alcoholism and drug dependence.

Fountain Valley Saddleback Church Food Distribution

On August 31st, I joined Fountain Valley Mayor Brothers & Saddleback Church to provide food for Orange County residents in need of assistance at the Fountain Valley Senior Center.

My office will continue to work with local leaders and organizations to provide residents with meals. I want to thank Saddleback Church for providing these donated meals to our Orange County residents in need of assistance & thank you to Mayor Brothers on helping us with the location.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Huntington Beach Cameron Lane Navigation Center

On August 27th, I joined the Huntington Beach City Council at the groundbreaking ceremony for the city's future Cameron Lane Navigation Center. This transitional shelter for Huntington Beach's homeless population will serve 174 homeless adults living in Huntington Beach.

The #OCCOVID19 pandemic has further highlighted the needs of the homeless population and how the homeless population and how the issue of homelessness is more than just about shelter; it is about addressing the needs of the whole person from shelter to mental health to physical health.


OC Fairgrounds Testing Supersite

On August 26th, I was proud to announce the opening of Orange County’ second COVID19 testing super site.

360 Clinic will be conducting no-out-of-pocket cost testing leveraging personal insurance reimbursements and federal government assistance for the uninsured, with additional financial support from the County.

I’m so happy to know that this new free resource will be available to the residents of Orange County.…/screen/landing

First Annual Kobe Bryant Day

On the August 11th, Board of Supervisors meeting, I introduced a resolution that was unanimously supported to create Kobe Bryant Day, in memory of a man that was not only one of the greatest basketball legends in history, but a loved and cherished member of our Orange County community,” said Chairwoman Steel.


The date was selected in honor of his jersey numbers during his career, 8 and 24. Mr. Bryant was a treasured member of the Orange County community and loved by his neighbors for his kindness to strangers and all his fans as well as his charitable efforts to encourage youth to pursue their athletic aspirations.


Kobe Bryant will be remembered for his love of basketball and its fans, his devotion to his wife and daughters and his giving spirit that will live on forever. He will be deeply missed by the people of Orange County, but every year we will have this day to celebrate his accomplishments and contributions to society. 

Serve It Up & Tee it up for The Troops

It was a pleasure to recognize Mark and Leslie Mayes of Serve It Up & Tee it up for The Troops, for all of the work they do to support our wounded warriors and their families!


September 12th Food Drive with Saddleback Church

On September 12th, I will be co-hosting a food drive with the City of Huntington Beach at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex Parking lot. Saddleback Church will be providing all the grocery distributions for those in need. You can drive through, or walk through with a wagon, stroller or cart to fill up. For more information please visit: 


September 21st American Red Cross Blood Drive

On Monday, September 21st, my office will be co-hosting a blood drive with the City of Newport Beach at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Our friends at the American Red Cross will be conducting the blood drive. This event is appointment only and capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. To schedule your donation, visit and use the sponsor code: SupervisorSteel. You can also contact Laura at Red Cross at: or 959-439-0551. 

75th Anniversary of VJ Day

75 Years ago, on September 2nd 1945, the Pacific Theater of the Second World War officially ended after years of carnage and loss of life. With the signing of the Japanese Instrument of surrender onboard the USS Missouri in the bay of Tokyo, years of conflict and bloodshed came to an end. The defeat of Imperial Japan followed the the fall of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy earlier in the year and avoided a dark alternative to our world today. However, this was not accomplished without great cost. An estimated 70-85 million people died as a result of the war. While the world suffered greatly during this conflict, the allied forces were ultimately victorious. Let us take this time to remember all those lost who fought against tyranny to protect our freedoms that we cherish so much today. 


Happy Labor Day

Let us take this Labor Day to celebrate all the hard working laborers that built our great nation and keep it growing everyday. Without all the hardworking laborers that built this country, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Thank you to all of our hard working Americans! 

Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
Hair Salons, Barber Shops and Malls Reopening

As of Monday, August 31st, hair salons and barbershops can open indoors with modifications. Shopping malls also can open at a maximum capacity of 25%. Common areas and food courts must remain closed. For more information and to find out the status of other industries, visit:

New State of California Framework Provides Blueprint for Orange County Re-Openings

A new blueprint for business sector re-opening was unveiled by Governor Newsom on August 28, 2020, which includes a color-coded, tiered system that will use two metrics to measure the novel coronavirus: spread rate and test positivity percentage.
The tiers are designated by four colors: purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate) and yellow (minimal with the lowest restrictions). Orange County is currently in a blended purple/red tier; and, with our numbers trending in the right direction, is on track to transition to the red tier on September 8, 2020.
Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days. The State’s new website,, will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.
The Orange County school waiver process will not be impacted by the Governor’s new system. Schools can re-open on a widespread basis (without a waiver) once a county is in the red tier for at least two weeks. County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health on August 31, 2020 as respects Orange County’s K-12 in-person education re-opening plan:

  • Orange County is on track to enter into the red tier on September 8, 2020 providing that our metrics meet the conditions for that tier.
  • There will then be a 14-day wait for all K-12 schools in Orange County to be eligible for re-opening in-person education, which will put us on track for September 22, 2020.
Spread Positive Vibes

On August 20th, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) launched a new public service campaign designed to save lives by spreading positive vibes – not COVID-19 throughout the community. 

HCA is sponsoring KFI’s Gary and Shannon radio talk show to interview local celebrities who represent different parts of OC culture that people here know and love – like the food, the music, the art, the surfing and the fun – iconic personalities who join us in spreading life-saving messages about basic COVID safety in a positive, feel-good way.

On August 24th, KFI’s Gary and Shannon began interviewing a stellar line-up of well-known OC celebrities at 11:50 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The schedule is posted on the OC Health Care Agency website.

  • Food – Wing Lam and Ed Lee (Wahoo’s Fish Taco)
  • Surfing – Pete Townend
  • Surfing – Courtney Conlogue
  • Skateboarding – Tosh Townend
  • Art – Melissa Murphy
  • Music – Jim Quealy 
  • Comedian – Chad & JT (Chad Goes Deep)

Huntington Beach muralist Melissa Murphy designed two artistic masks based on her paintings – one of a surfer and the Huntington Beach pier and a second featuring three dolphins – both with the message, “Spread Positive Vibes.” The County will be giving away 45,000 of these masks.  

Orange County Earn and Learn Program

On August 24th, County of Orange announced the launch of
a new “Earn and Learn” program, an innovative workforce model offered to prepare Orange County’s youth for future business and life skills while earning wages. 

The “Earn and Learn” program will be offered through the County’s Ready S.E.T. Orange County (OC) Initiative and is designed to assist youth in making a successful transition to unsubsidized employment, post-secondary education, military, apprenticeship or trade placement to ensure
self-sufficiency and a long-term positive employment outlook.

Youth enrolled in the “Earn and Learn” program will earn wages for participating in occupational skills training; financial literacy; leadership development, which includes peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non-school hours;mentoring; and entrepreneurship.

Youth ages 14-21 will also have the opportunity to undergo a unique 10-week Entrepreneurship Academy delivered online. The courses will be delivered live by instructors with professional business experience who guide students through the process of turning a skill or idea into a venture. Students will learn the fundamentals of business and graduate with a prototype, business plan, and venture pitch.

The first academy for the “Earn and Learn” program begins on August 31, 2020, and enrollment
will be on a quarterly first-come, first-served basis. Students will be able to choose among various
days and times for their weekly classes. To sign up, students must be enrolled in the Ready S.E.T.
OC Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. To review eligibility criteria
or to sign up for the Ready S.E.T. OC WIOA Youth Program, please visit:

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