Supervisor Shawn Nelson - Fourth District Update
May 6, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 8

Denis Bilodeau
Chief of Staff

Audra Adams
Policy Advisor /
Communications Director

Steve Spernak
Policy Advisor

David Zenger
Policy Advisor

Scott Carpenter
Policy Advisor

Mark Lopez
Executive Aide


Welcome to Nelson’s E-News!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for reading my first newsletter of May. With the county budget negotiations right around the corner next month my office has been busy at work on priorities before it is time to focus on the budget. The past few weeks I have had the pleasure to join several organizations for important community events to support their causes as you will see below.

Also, I’m pleased to inform you that my office has led an effort to improve the bikeway connectivity in the northern half of the county, and we recently held a Bike Summit to get valuable input from all parties.

In addition, this edition of the Nelson E-News includes updates about my staff honoring accomplishments in the community and updates from OC Animal Care and Libraries.

Our next regular Board of Supervisors meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30 am at the County Hall of Administration.

Shawn Nelson.

Donate Life Event - Fullerton
Supervisor Nelson with Jo Ann Sowards, Greg Sowards and Dr. Steve Colquhoun.

Supervisor Nelson is joined by Jo Ann Sowards and 4th District Liaison and former Placentia Mayor Greg Sowards as they share the moment with Greg’s surgeon, Dr. Steven Colquhoun. The Donate Life event at CSUF drew thousands of donors and recipients who honored the life-giving families whose personal sacrifices keep alive community heroes like Sowards. Sowards came within 2 weeks of being removed from the waiting list for a new liver when he and Dr. Colquhoun met at 11 pm in the operating room at Cedars-Sinai to accept a second chance at life when an off-road accident ended the life of his donor.


Bicycle Summit Meeting
Supervisor Nelson with OCTA having their first bicycle summit meeting.

Supervisor Nelson along with Orange County Transportation Authority held their first bicycle summit meeting and it was a huge success! Representatives from each city in his district attended and lent their expertise on enhancing connectivity in the regional bikeway network. Everyone discussed their issues and challenges then identified a potential priority list of future bikeway projects. The next summit is scheduled for June.


Cpl Patino Marine Memorial Reunion
Supervisor Nelson with with the Marine Scout-Snipers of the team that fought in Afghanistan.
Robbie Saoud joins Steve Spernak as they display the 100 free donated cigars. Chef Kemp Ponder gets a hug of appreciation from Evelyn Patino.

(Top) Supervisor Nelson is joined by the Marine Scout-Snipers of the team that fought in Afghanistan with Placentia resident and fallen Marine Claudio Patino. Patino’s family partnered with Supervisor Nelson and Mayor Nancy Rikel of the Yorba Linda City Council to host 150 Marines, family members and sponsors who donated food, cigars and memories of Cpl Patino. Each of the scout-snipers, pictured above with the Supervisor, signed a Marine Corps flag that will be kept in his office.

(Bottom Left) Robbie Saoud, owner of Vintage Cigars joins Nelson Staffer Steve Spernak as they display the 100 free cigars donated to the Marines and Patino family members. Robbie donated the cigars, along with a box of Padrons brought by Griffin Structures CEO Roger Torriero, to add to the bratwurst and tri-tip trays donated by JWA Hilton that Chef Kemp Ponder brought to feed 150 Marines and family.

(Bottom Right) Hilton Hotels-JWA Chef Kemp Ponder gets a hug of appreciation from Gold Star mom, Evelyn Patino, at the Patino Marine Snipers Memorial event that honored her son’s service and sacrifice protecting America. ” Hilton Hero” Kemp Ponder, his family legacy of US Navy veterans, proudly succeeds Chef Ian Lane who donated Hilton food for Shawn’s ‘Cigar’s for Heroes’ event at Vintage Cigars last August.

The 4th District has vacancies on the following commission:
  • Waste Management Commission
  • Public Finance Advisory Committee
If you are interested in serving on one of these committees,
please call Audra Adams at (714) 834-3998.
Supervisor Nelson, the County of Orange and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board will partner with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce & City of Anaheim for the 3rd Annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair on June 15th.

Jobseekers and employers are invited to attend the Anaheim/OC Job Fair on June 15 at the Anaheim GardenWalk from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Employers and jobseekers alike should visit and register for this FREE event.

Employers each receive a free booth, lunch, and registration for two company representatives.
Anaheim/OC Job Fair Expo Flyer for Job Seekers
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Jobseekers may attend free workshops on resume development, interviewing skills, and other topics relevant to today's talent; bring your resume for a free one-on-one professional review!
Anaheim/OC Job Fair Expo Flyer for Employers
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Pet of the week
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Angels for Animals Forever Friends
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  • Daughters of the American Revolution “Memoirs of Paul Revere” Essay Winners - Jaden Kim, Katrina Fu, Andrew Kim, Emily Louie, Tariq Razi, Sharla Chan, Julia Lee, Sonali Bapna, Sarah Chin
  • Daughters of the American Revolution “Good Citizen Award” Recipients – Madeline Suchard (El Dorado High), Alyssa Kramer (Esperanza High), Alexandra Gay (Rosary High), Zachary Weiss (Troy High)
  • Former Placentia Chief of Police James L. Anderson, retiring after 32 years of service as a police officer and community leader for various cities throughout the County of Orange.
  • Placentia Chief of Police Rick Hicks – Recently sworn in as Placentia’s newest police chief, continuing a long and promising career in public service.

Placentia Pastor David Throop Honored - 40 Years of Service
Pastor David Throop presented with a Certificate of Recognition.
Pastor David Throop has been the Pastor for the Placentia Presbyterian Church for over 34 years. Pastor Throop, a third-generation pastor, retired Sunday, May 1st, after having spent 40 years as an ordained pastor. This also coincidentally was the Pastor’s and Mrs. Throop’s 40th wedding anniversary. Under his leadership, the Placentia Presbyterian ministries has founded numerous charities and initiatives designed to help those in need here in the County of Orange. The congregation runs a Homeless Intervention Shelter, a program titled H.I.S. House, and also operates a nice thrift store called Charity’s Closet, which raises funds for their shelter and provides clothing for the needy. Also under Throop’s leadership, the Placentia Presbyterian Church instituted a homework-assistance program for neighborhood children titled Homework House, which would also be extended to the disabled and adults in need of tutoring. Supervisor Nelson was proud to honor such a great man who had dedicated his life not only to God, but to making his own little piece of the world a better place for everyone.
Please contact our office if you know of an individual who deserves recognition for outstanding community or public service.
Contact: Steve Spernak 714-834-3440.
New Parent/Toddler Place - La Habra Library
Mark Sturdevant cutting the ceremony ribbon. Audra Adams playing with chldren in the library.
(Pictured Left) Cutting the ceremony ribbon is Mark Sturdevant from the La Habra Chamber, Sharon Henegar from OC Public Libraries, Nelson Staffer Audra Adams, OC Library Director Helen Fried and La Habra Librarian Jill Patterson. (Pictured Right) Nelson Staffer Audra Adams takes a moment to play with some of the children and explore the new section of the Library.

The La Habra Branch of OC Public Libraries has opened an exciting new space for toddlers and their families. A section of the Children’s Corner at the Library has been remodeled to create a special Family/Early Childhood space among the books, study tables and computer stations. The space is modeled on a national Family Place initiative and supported by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered in California by the State Librarian. The grant was awarded before the beginning of the budget cutbacks of 2009-2010.

Cathy Gillette, Children’s Librarian at La Habra, explains that the purpose of the Family Place is to develop more family-friendly programs. “We want to reach parents and families in the community who are not yet aware of what the library can offer. Family Place believes parents are their child’s first teacher, and that infants through age three learn through play while they also develop essential motor and cognitive skills.” A unique collection of special themed picture books, educational non-fiction, and parenting books, DVDs and cassettes have been placed alongside the play equipment to help parents find needed information.

Along with the Family Space, the library will offer five-week Parent/Child Workshops for fifteen families at a time. Participating families will have children 12 months to 36 months old. Each week will focus on a different developmental topic such as early literacy, nutrition, child development, speech & language, and movement. Specialists from local community agencies will be on hand to work with families and answer questions. The next Workshop will be held this fall.

For more information on the La Habra Branch/OC Public Libraries, please visit or take a trip to the library:

221 East La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631

Come Join Us at Movie Time - and it's FREE!
Please join us for movie time.
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Please join Supervisor Shawn Nelson at the WAND's 15th Annual Anaheim Western BBQ! May 14th @ 10 am.
Anaheim Western Barbecue Flyer.
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Friday, May 6th from 6 pm - 9 pm

Free Legal Advice!
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