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Welcome to this edition of "Bill Campbell's Third District Report," an electronic newsletter keeping you updated about the events taking place in the County of Orange and in the Third District. It is my hope that you find this distribution informative and I would encourage you to contact me regarding any thoughts, comments, or concerns you may have.

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IN THIS ISSUE...

1. Board Actions

2. Chairman's Corner

3. Anaheim Family Justice Center

4. Grand Jury Report

5. In Memoriam


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Tustin and North Tustin

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Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons

Anna Peters
Policy Advisor
Brea, Yorba Linda

Brian Rayburn
Policy Advisor
Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park

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June 22, 2006  
Volume: 4 Issue: 25
   
 
BOARD ACTIONS

EL MODENA ALLEY—The Board of Supervisors approved a project this week which will result in the repaving of a 300-foot-long El Modena alley from Spring Street to Vine Street within the unincorporated El Modena community. This project will not only repave the alleyway but will also include the installation of surface drainage improvements and reconstruction of approaches to adjacent driveways. Private improvements outside the existing right-of-way will be protected in place.

RETIREE MEDICAL PUBLIC WORKSHOP—The Board held a public workshop on the County’s retiree medical plan. This was an opportunity for the Board and the public to learn more about the current structure of the plan, under which costs are expected to exceed revenues by March or April 2007. We heard staff recommendations for possible plan changes. Recognizing that changes must occur, I look forward to creating a new plan that will address the needs of county retirees while significantly reducing the current $1.4-billion unfunded liability. To view the presentation, click here.

CHAIRMAN'S CORNER

As part of my continuing goal to improve County services, last Friday Mary and I, along with representatives from the County Executive Office, the Sheriff’s Department, the Health Care Agency, and the Housing and Community Services Department, traveled to San Diego to visit the St. Vincent de Paul Village run by Father Joe Carroll. The Village, for homeless individuals and families, is sited on 3 city blocks and has separate buildings serving different functions: the Joan Kroc Center opened in 1987 and provides children services, counseling, and a dining room serving 1,500 meals daily; the Bishop Maher Center opened in 1989 and provides long-term transitional housing for 150 single men; the Paul Mirabile Center opened in 1994 and provides short-term housing for 350 single adults nightly; Villa Harvey Mandel opened in 2003 and provides housing to 90 single residents on fixed incomes; and the Village Place offers low-cost rent and support services for graduates of the St. Vincent de Paul Village. The Village also provides non-resident services including medical and dental, a day center, an elementary school, mail services, showers, clothing, use of telephone services, and a message service for job searches. Click here for photos.

We had the honor of meeting with Father Joe Carroll, who has headed the center since 1982. It all started with serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and under Father Joe’s leadership has grown into a significant resource for the San Diego community. I was impressed with this public-private venture to help the homeless become functional members of society.

ANAHEIM FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

I met with Anaheim Police Chief John Welter to discuss the Anaheim Family Justice Center (AFJC). The AFJC will provide victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder/dependant adult abuse, and sexual assault a one-stop location where all relevant services will be provided to them. By fall 2006, the AFJC will move into a stand-alone, two-story, 18,000-square-foot building. The City of Anaheim fully supports the center and has committed $4.1 million dollars annually to this effort on an on-going basis. The AFJC is staffed with personnel from the Anaheim Police Department, Orange County Children & Family Services, Orange County Adult Protective Services, Victim-Witness Services, and the Women’s Transitional Living Center. Once the space is available, the Chapman University School of Law’s Legal Aid Clinic, as well as various financial aid providers, will join the AFJC.

GRAND JURY REPORT

The Orange County Grand Jury issued a report this week that is highly critical of the Irvine City Council for changing the role of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. Click here to view the report.

IN MEMORIAM

I adjourned this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting in memory of Third District resident Mara Brandman.

Ms. Brandman served as a member and officer of the Orange Park Association Board. She took an active interest in Orange schools, serving on the Citizens Steering Committee for the Orange Unified School District and as the G.A.T.E. representative for El Modena High School. Ms. Brandman’s dedication to her community eventually led to her appointment to the City of Orange Planning Commission and to the City of Orange Public Library Board of Trustees.

Mara Brandman passed away at home this month after a protracted illness. She is survived by her husband, Michael, and their five children. Please keep the Brandman family in your thoughts and prayers.

On Monday, I met with the Third District member of the Animal Care Services Outreach Committee, regarding the mandatory spay/neuter program recently passed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

I met with Ron Diluigi and Chris Leo of St. Joseph’s Health Systems to discuss the progress in the effort to qualify community clinics for federal funding. In this meeting we focused on hospital supported community clinics.

I attended a breakfast hosted by THINK Together. THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, Nurturing Kids) Together is a great example of a public-private partnership as it seeks to build a financially stable, county-wide system of high-quality after school programs through private and non-traditional public funding sources. For more information about THINK Together, visit them on the Web at www.thinktogether.org

I was invited to speak at the Yorba Linda ERA realty office regarding the latest happenings in Yorba Linda. I discussed the Imperial Highway Grade Separation Project and Measure M, which proposes significant improvements to the SR-91. The Imperial Highway Project is slated to begin this fall. Caltrans and the OCTA are working to build an overpass at the railroad tracks at the Imperial/Orangethorpe intersection. This will improve traffic circulation and improve safety between automobile and train traffic. The project also includes widening a portion of Imperial Highway to 6 lanes. Click here for a photo.

I met with Mark Feary, Director of the Orange County Tourism Council (OCTC). We discussed OCTC’s progress in developing public-private partnerships to facilitate tourism throughout Orange County. In a straw vote at last week’s budget hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the revenue generated from this year’s actual transient occupancy tax (TOT) for OCTC business operations. These funds will be used to leverage significant support from the many private businesses in the tourism industry throughout the county.

I attended a luncheon celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). The Reason Foundation’s Robert Poole was the keynote speaker. Each of the original members, including the Third and Fifth districts of the County of Orange, received a plaque commemorating their early commitment to improving mobility in Orange County. Former Costa Mesa Mayor and current OCTA Board member Peter Buffa was a very humorous emcee. Click here for photos.

I attended a fundraising event for Project Success, an organization which supports four catholic elementary schools in Santa Ana. Father Chris Smith, brother of Orange City Councilwoman Tita Smith, was honored for his service to the community. Click here for photos.

I met with representatives of Orange County United Veterans to discuss their revised plans for utilizing the hangar at the closed Tustin MCAS. Their plans are substantially different from their previous concept.

Mary and I attended an event for Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. Mayor Pringle discussed the Anaheim wireless Internet system, the new Anaheim Arsenal NBA feeder basketball team and an agreement with AT&T for broadband service. There is a great article in the July 3 issue of Forbes magazine regarding Anaheim’s wireless system. Click here for photos.

CONGRATULATIONS—Congratulations to Integrated Waste Management Department Director Jan Goss and Bryan Speegle, Director of the Resources and Development Management Department, who were recognized by the United Way for their hard work in the County’s 2005-2006 United Way giving campaign. The two awards they received on behalf of the County were the “Golden Key Award” for generosity and dedication and the “Community Cornerstone Award” for exemplary contributions to Orange County United Way and community volunteering efforts. Click here for photos.

Congratulations also to Third District constituent Mike Carver, President of R.J. Noble Company and a member of the Orange Public Library Board of Trustees, who was honored by his fellow Rotarians as a Paul Harris Fellow. The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed by Rotary International for community service. Congratulations, Mike! And thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Orange community!

It is a pleasure to serve the constituents of the Third District.

Please pray for our armed forces and our foreign services personnel.