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Supervisor Michelle Steel
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orange arrow Remember to Protect Yourself and Those Around You
orange arrow Michelle Steel Joins Newport Beach Mayor Will O'Neill for American Red Cross Blood Drive
orange arrow Michelle Steel Response to Governor Newsom Moving Orange County Back to Purple Tier
orange arrow Murdy Park Community Center Rededication
orange arrow Huntington Beach Veterans Day Celebration
orange arrow Rossmoor Community Services District Director Ron Casey Retirement
orange arrow Holidays
orange arrow Happy Veterans Day
orange arrow 245th Anniversary of the US Marine Corps
orange arrow Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
orange arrow John Wayne Airport Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips
November 23, 2020
Volume 6 Issue 22
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.


Michelle Steel Joins Newport Beach Mayor Will O'Neill for American Red Cross Blood Drive

A friendly reminder that on Tuesday, 11/24 from 9-3, I will be partnering with Mayor Will O'Neill and the City of Newport Beach , along with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at the Newport Beach Civic Center community room.

There is limited space available and donors will accepted by appointment only.

To schedule your appointment, you may sign up using this link

Michelle Steel Response to Governor Newsom Moving Orange County Back to Purple Tier


Today’s unilateral move by Governor Newsom is troubling and harmful to Orange County families who need to put food on the table, to small business struggling to stay open, and to the mental health of our community. These actions continue to erode trust in government. While rates of depression and other mental health issues continue to rise due to these shutdowns, Orange County’s hospital capacity is solid, and our positivity rate is still in the Orange Tier.

I have strongly advocated for a regional approach with greater local control to allow our dedicated local health agencies to work together with the local medical community and develop plans to fight the virus. Instead of combatting COVID-19 in a thoughtful manner, this one-size fits-all approach threatens the livelihoods of our residents. 

Murdy Park Community Center Rededication

Congratulations to the City of Huntington Beach on the Rededication of Murdy Community Center at Murdy Park. The city’s very first community center is approaching its 50th anniversary and has received some exciting upgrades.

The reconfiguration of the exterior park includes the addition of walkways and pedestrian lighting for accessibility, a lighted sports practice field, four brand new bocce ball courts, and a repacked parking lot. The interior project, remodeled the lobby entrance, service windows, multi-purpose rooms, kitchen and interior restroom facilities, and increased energy efficiency, accessibility and visitor flow.

It was a pleasure to have staff present to offer congratulatory remarks on my behalf.


Huntington Beach Veterans Day Celebration

It was a beautiful morning on November 11th in Huntington Beach for the city’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. Usually held at Pier Plaza, this year the Ceremony was held at the Veterans monument at City Hall. American Legion Post 133 provided the leadership and was proudly represented by many of its members. The Color Guard was comprised of HB Police Officers and Firefighters.

Mayor Semeta offered some great remarks. City Council Members were present as well. I’m very proud of the way Huntington Beach honors its Veterans.

Rossmoor Community Services District Director Ron Casey Retirement

Director Ron Casey of Rossmoor Community Services District retired after over twelve years of elected service to the Unincorporated area of Rossmoor’s residents.

I had the pleasure of working with him and his fellow Board Members his last six years. Ron was a dedicated leader who served his community with distinction. Staff was present to honor him with a certificate of recognition on my behalf.

A Time to Give Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on what we are grateful for and on our loved ones that we cherish. 

We remember that special meal in 1621 between 53 Pilgrims and 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims gave thanks to the tribe for their assistance in farming the land, providing food and supplies during their first winter when resources were scarce. 

We take this day each year to express our gratitude to our loved ones and to God for all that we have in our lives. 

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Happy Veterans Day

Today is a reminder for all Americans to remember the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to defend the freedoms that so many of us take for granted. Since the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Americans of all stripes have fought to defend our great nation from tyranny and oppression. Our brave men and women serving in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and the new Space Force all deserve the respect of the American people for their tireless dedication to the safety and security of our nation. These brave individuals guard everything that we hold sacred and we all owe them our thanks.

245th Anniversary of the US Marine Corps

Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! God bless all of the brave Marines that have fought to protect and defend the freedoms we all hold so dearly. The sacrifices that you have made to defend our great nation will never be forgotten.

Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
Operation Santa Claus

Please take a look at the following information from the Social Services Agency for Operation Santa Claus to help our community's must vulnerable this Christmas Season. 


John Wayne Airport Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Please Take a look at John Wayne Airport's latest Press Release on Thanksgiving Travel Tips: 


(SANTA ANA) – Holiday travel may look different this year, and airports across the country are implementing safe travel measures for what is traditionally a busy travel season. Passengers traveling through John Wayne Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday between November 20 through November 30, 2020, can expect to experience a number of measures designed to keep Airport guests safe.

“As passengers take to the skies this holiday season, we encourage everyone to be mindful of safe and healthy travel practices said Chairwoman Michelle Steel.” “Passengers are encouraged to review the Airport’s Healthy Travels practices and plan accordingly to avoid delays and enjoy stress-free holiday travel.”

Healthy Travels:

  • Healthy Travels practices have been implemented throughout the Terminal following County and State guidelines to protect the health and safety of all guests. Visit for a list of FAQs or view the JWA Healthy Travels video.
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all County of Orange residents and visitors shall wear face coverings inside any indoor public space as required by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Airlines servicing the Airport have procedures in place to enhance the health and safety of passengers. Please contact your airline for questions regarding health requirements to board the aircraft. See airlines serving JWA for airline contact information.


  • Passengers are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage, and go through security screening.


  • Curbside Valet Parking is available on the Departure (upper) Level curbside from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Terminals A and B. On your return, call 949-252-6260 or 2-4018 from any White Courtesy phone for faster service. Download the free ‘FlashValet’ mobile app to drop-off and pick-up your vehicle via text or pay for your Valet Parking service from the convenience of your cell phone.
  • Parking Structures A1, A2, B2, and C are located directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2/hour up to $20/day. Travelers can plan by checking real-time parking availability online here or by calling 949-252-5200.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) parking spots are located on Level 1 inside Terminal Parking Structures A, B, and C. Charging stations can quickly be identified by the EV reflective signage and parking space surface markings.

Security Checkpoints:

  • TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Learn more about the TSA “Stay Healthy, Stay Secure” campaign here.
  • Passengers wearing face coverings during the TSA screening process may be asked to adjust it to confirm identity.
  • Know the Transportation Security Administration’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-on bags. Traveling with food tip: If you can spill it, spread it, pump it, or pour it, the TSA considers this item a liquid. View more TSA Thanksgiving travel tips here or a list of frequently asked TSA questions here.
  • Enroll in TSA Pre✓® to expedite screening and reduce touch points.
  • There are specific rules and exceptions for passengers traveling with infant care items. Visit TSA Tips for Traveling with Children for more information.

Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off:

  • Utilize the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or 2-hour parking spaces located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and CVehicle access to the Terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.
  • Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy.

Ride Apps Uber, Lyft, and Wingz:

  • Arriving guests should be aware of ride app pick-up locations on the Departure (upper) Level in Parking Structures A2 and B2 directly across from the Riley Terminal and in Parking Structure C on Level 3 next to the Southwest ticketing area. Ride app drop-off locations are curbside on the Departure Level. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Travel Resources:

  • The California Department of Public Health issued an advisory for non-essential travel: Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Click here to learn more.
  • The US Department of Transportation provides useful information regarding traveling during the pandemic and the airline passenger experience at
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides helpful information and a list of things to consider regarding travel during the pandemic here.

For more travel tips and additional information about John Wayne Airport, visit

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