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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.

bill.campbell@ocgov.com


IN THIS ISSUE...

1. Credit Rating

2. Trash Hauler Update

3. Sheriff's Department

4. St. Joseph Hospital

5. Carl Karcher


OUR STAFF...

Matt Petteruto
Chief of Staff
Tustin and North Tustin

Christine Compton
Deputy Chief of Staff
Irvine

Michael Johnson
Policy Advisor
Brea, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills

Anna Peters
Policy Advisor
Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons

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

Renee Chinchilla
Office Manager/Executive Secretary

Brent Kuluris
Executive Aide


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January 19, 2007  
Volume: 5 Issue: 3
   
 
CREDIT RATING

Standard & Poor’s recently released a report, which upgraded the County’s long-term credit rating from A+ to AA-. According to the report, the upgrade was "based on the county’s ability to maintain and increase reserves while reducing its unfunded post-retirement (Retiree Medical) liability" and "paydown of debt over the past several years." This is great news for all County citizens and taxpayers. Click here to view the report.

TRASH HAULER UPDATE

This week, I was informed that one of the haulers responsible for serving Franchise Area 5, which includes the canyon communities and Orange Park Acres, has not agreed to the three-year contract extension with the County. This means that the trash-hauling contract for the canyons and Orange Park Acres will have to be put out to bid.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

On Thursday, the Sheriff’s department was selected to receive the Office of National Drug Policy’s "National Marijuana Eradication Award" in Washington D.C. The department was commended for the seizure of 23,000 plants representing over $23,725,000 worth of drugs in three raids conducted in 2006 by the Sheriff’s North and South Narcotics Unit. The plants were discovered in Cleveland National Forest, and just outside of O’Neil Regional Park. Click here to view the press release.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL

On January 17, 2007, St. Joseph Hospital was named a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This is the highest national award a hospital can receive for excellence in nursing. The coveted Magnet designation recognizes the St. Joseph Hospital nursing staff for meeting rigorous quality indicators and standards of practice as defined by the American Nurses Association's Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators. Congratulations to the Sisters of St. Joseph and the management and staff of St. Joseph’s hospital, especially the caring and professional nursing staff. To learn more click here.

CARL KARCHER

On Tuesday, Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Jr., and his late wife, Margaret, were honored with a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars. It was also Mr. Karcher’s 90th Birthday. Click here to view photos from the unveiling. Click here to view a photo from the birthday party. Thank you to Steve Sarkis for providing many of these photos.

Mary and I attended the 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Concert. Congratulations to Christ Our Redeemer AME Reverend Mark Whitlock, Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County President Bobby McDonald, 100 Black Men of Orange County President Tony Faulkner, and UCI’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for organizing this spectacular event. Click here to view photos from the event.

I met with State Senator Dick Ackerman to discuss County issues and the new legislative year. Click here to view a photo.

I met with a Third District constituent who is interested in being appointed to the Foothill Trabuco Specific Plan Review Board.

I met with several individuals to discuss the possibility of increasing the number of horse stables in the East Orange area.

Mary and I attended the premier of "Story of a Historic Home: The Edwards House," at Chapman Univeristy’s Waltmar Theatre. This documentary chronicled the relocation and renovation of a 1921 craftsman house to a new location in Old Towne Orange. Click here for more information on this project. Click here to view photos from the screening.

I met with Tustin City Mayor Lou Bone to discuss the future of the Tustin Blimp Hangars. Click here to view a photo.

I attended a dinner hosted by Supervisor John Moorlach where he introduced his district staff. Each spoke about their backgrounds and interest in public service.

UPCOMING EVENTS
CAPITOL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM - The 2007-2008 Capitol Fellowship Program will be accepting applications from those interested in being an Assembly, Executive, Judicial, or Senate Fellows in Sacramento. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2007. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,972 in addition to benefits and will earn 12 graduate level units from California State University, Sacramento. While I served in the Assembly, I was fortunate to have Assembly fellows assigned to my office at various times. Click here for more information about the program.

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

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