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April 5, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 7
Board of Supervisors
Welcome to Nelson's E-News!
Welcome to the Nelson E-News! The Board of Supervisors was dark this week for regular business; however a special meeting was held to publically interview candidates to select a new County Clerk-Recorder. After over 6 hours of interviews and discussion the Board finally selected Hugh Nguyen to fill the vacancy.

Also, as Orange County’s representative on the Air Quality Management District, I’m pleased to inform readers that registration for the 2013 Lawn Mower Exchange Program will open on April 17th.

Please read about these updates and more below in this week’s edition of the Nelson E-News!

The next regular Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 am on the first floor of the Hall of Administration – 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana 92701.

Shawn Nelson
Board Updates
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Board of Supervisors Appoints Hugh Nguyen as Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, announced the appointment of Hugh Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Hugh Nguyen joins the County with an extensive background in management at all levels over the last 18 years.

“We are very proud of and thrilled for Hugh Nguyen. This is the culmination of 18 years of hard work and it’s now our job to commit every resource we can to guarantee his success” said Nelson.

Hugh Nguyen’s experience includes serving as Chief Deputy Recorder and Assistant Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. He started in the County as a Recordable Document Examiner and was promoted by former Clerk-Recorder Gary Granville to Supervising Recordable Document Examiner. In 1999 he was promoted to Chief Deputy Recorder and served in that position till June 2006 when he was promoted to Assistant Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, which is his current position.

Hugh Nguyen will be able to immediately provide management direction to the Department’s operational staff and provide leadership and judgment needed to meet the legal and operational requirements of the office.

Hugh Nguyen migrated to the U.S. as a child from Vietnam. Following graduation from Saddleback High School, Hugh married his high school sweetheart and they presently live in Santa Ana with their two children.

The Board announced the Hugh Nguyen appointment as Orange County Clerk-Recorder following a series of interviews of 11 candidates. His official starting date is to be determined with an annual salary of $139,526.40. Hugh Nguyen will succeed Tom Daly, who took office on December 17, 2002 and served in this role until December 3, 2012. Mr. Daly currently serves in the California State Assembly.

(Left to Right) Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Hugh Nguyen, Supervisor Shawn Nelson
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Top Ten Taxpayers
Every year, the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector announces the Top Ten Property Taxpayers in the secured and unsecured categories of the previous fiscal year. The primary purpose of the Treasurer-Tax Collector is to invest public funds in a manner which exemplifies maximum security of principal and preservation of capital. The office of Treasurer-Tax Collector attains public funds through the collection and distribution of property taxes for over 200 local agencies in Orange County. Because property taxpayers are vital to the sustained growth of the County and its entailing property tax paying industries, the Treasurer-Tax Collector publishes an annual Top Ten report which outlines the highest paying agencies in the previous fiscal year. Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich has announced the 2012 Top Ten Property Taxpayers, which can be observed below.

Top Ten Taxpayers 2012
Measure M2 Improving Transportation
The OCTA Board approved $50 million for 24 distinct projects using Orange County’s ½-cent sales tax revenue. These projects include various traffic signal synchronizations and street widening plans to reduce commute times throughout the County. The breakdown has $35 million for construction of streets and roads and $15 million going toward the light synchronization.

In the Fourth District, some of the changes residents will soon see include widening Brookhurst Street in Anaheim and Bastanchury Road in Fullerton and improving the Beach Boulevard exit ramp from the 91 freeway in Buena Park. Traffic Synchronization will be implemented on Kraemer Boulevard in Placentia, Harbor Boulevard and State College Boulevard in Anaheim.
Registration Opens on April 17 for the 2013 Lawn Mower Exchange Program

Residents living within AQMD's 4-county jurisdiction* will be able to register to turn in their old, working, gas lawn mower and purchase a cordless, rechargeable, electric lawn mower at a greatly reduced price. Four models will be available for you to choose from when you register. The models and prices are listed below:

Make and Model Your Price
Greenstation 20" w/24V battery $150
Greenstation 20" w/24V battery Self-Propelled Model $220
Black&Decker 18" w/36V battery $100
Black&Decker 19" w/36v battery $180
Black&Decker 19" W/36V battery Self-Propelled $250

The exchange dates are listed below. More detail to come.
  • May 4th - Long Beach
  • May 25th - Pasadena
  • June 8th - Riverside
  • July 13th - Anaheim and

If you would like to receive e-mail notification a week or two before registration opens, you can sign up by clicking here for the Lawn Mower Exchange List Serve. Enter your e-mail address twice and then select the Lawn Mower Exchange List Serve from the list of options. If you do not have e-mail you can call 1-888-425-6247 to leave your name and mailing address and an event flyer will be mailed to you.

This year we will offer 4 exchange locations for you to select from and we will have 4,000 electric lawn mowers available for exchange.

*The AQMD's jurisdiction includes all of Orange County, most of Los Angeles County (excluding the Antelope Valley), most of Riverside County, and the non-desert portion of San Bernardino County.
In the Community
Chairman Nelson visits with the Leadership Academy
Supervisor Shawn Nelson recognized the latest group of County managers who committed their time to the Orange County Leadership Academy. More than 535 County managers are now dedicated to leading as a way of serving in their interactions with employees, customers and management as a result of their participation in the Leadership Academy. Each participant was nominated by their Agency or Department Director based on their potential for advancement into greater leadership responsibilities as well as exceptional past performance. The Orange County Slogan which is “OC: Our Community, Our Commitment” – articulates the County’s dedication to developing outstanding employees and managers to serve the community. The Leadership Academy supports the achievement of this goal by helping to develop true public servants and future executives.

Supervisor Nelson (middle) surrounded by the Leadership Academy participants
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Bank of America Home Owner Assistance Workshop
This past week Bank of America hosted a workshop in Anaheim for loan customers who may be experiencing hardship or difficulties with their loan. The workshop was an opportunity for local Bank of America customers to meet in person with one of their specialists to discuss their loans and any assistance solutions, including loan modification options that may be available. The goal of the event was to provide homeowners an opportunity to positively address issues with their loans. Fourth District staff member Scott Carpenter had the opportunity to tour the workshop and observe the services that were being provided to residents. For more information on similar events, visit here.

Bank of America Outreach Staff member Jose Rios (right) greets Fourth District staff member Scott Carpenter following a tour of the workshop.
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Medal of Valor Awards
Supervisor Nelson was honored to present certificates of commendation to this year’s selection of honorees at the 25th annual Orange County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor Awards Luncheon. Members of the department, community supporters and media attended the luncheon that is hosted by the 500 members of the Sheriff’s Advisory Council to recognize incredible acts of heroism or professional performance by the men and women of the OCSD.

Supervisor Nelson recognized the exceptional law enforcement performances with recognitions going to Deputies and civilians for outstanding service with awards for Distinguished Deputy, Purple Hearts for serious injury, Lifesaving, Merit, Courage and the highest honor in the profession, the Medal of Valor for extraordinary bravery or heroism. The program featured a video on the services of each department and city that contracts with the Sheriff’s Department with Master of Ceremonies Ed Arnold touting amazing stats and accomplishments.

The program ended with the amazing story of heroism by retired Captain Andy Romero. In 1973, Romero backed up two Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives who were attempting to arrest a murder suspect at his residence. With Romero positioned at the rear of the house, the two detectives made contact and were murdered by the heavily armed suspect. Romero faced the fleeing murder suspect, Carl Eckstrom, and downed the suspect in a hail of gunfire. For his gallantry that day in 1973, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens presented Captain Romero the department’s Medal of Valor to a standing ovation of the 800 attending.

Former OC Sheriff Brad Gates (left) and Supervisor Nelson (right)
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BlackBird Records – Grand Opening – Fullerton
The days of vinyl are back with the grand opening of Blackbirds Records in Fullerton. Blackbird Records is an all vinyl record store that sells new and used LP's and 45's. Their massive collection of records includes most genres not limited to, but including Funk, Soul, Latin, Reggae, Punk, R&B and Hip Hop.

Open since March 22nd 2012, the family owned and operated record store held its ribbon cutting ceremony where it was host to many chamber members, elected officials and to the public. On behalf of Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Chandler Daily was there to present the owner of Blackbird Records, Sharon Hale, with a certificate of recognition. Blackbird Records is located at 1603 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92833.

La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw (left) and Fourth District Staffer Chandler Daily (Right)
Donate Life Flyer
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OC Parks
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Have you ever been to Salt Creek Beach Park?
Salt Creek Beach Park is a popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire coastline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tide pool exploration (all tide pool inhabitants are protected) are other beach activities.

Convenience structures include restroom facilities with outside showers and a paved parking area. A beach concession building, open in the spring and summer, offers quick food and beach supplies.

Open Daily: 5 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All vehicle parking consists of pay and display parking $1/hour year around.

Annual beach parking permit is available at the Sailing & Events Center (formerly Dana Point Youth & Group) 949-923-2215 in Dana Point Harbor.

33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 923-2280 or (949) 923-2283
Library Corner

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Job Center

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OC Animal Care
OC Animal Care Pet of the Week
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Buena Park Rotary Invite
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Donate Life Flyer
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What: Leads Lunch
Where: Dave & Busters, 20 The City Drive, Bldg. G, #1, Orange, CA 92868
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What: Leads Lunch
Where: Dave & Busters, 20 The City Drive, Bldg. G, #1, Orange, CA 92868
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What: Enterprise Zone Vouchering Workshop
Where: 250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805
When: Monday, April 29, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


What: Farmers Market
Where: W. Birch Street in Brea Downtown
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What: Leads Lunch
Where: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, 101 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA
When: Wednesday April 10, 2013
Time: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

What: Leads Lunch
Where: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, 101 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA
When: Wednesday April 17, 2013
Time: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

What: Free Electronics Recycling Event
Where: 2950 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821
When: Saturday April 20, 2013

What: Bridal Show
Where: Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821
When: Saturday April 20, 2013
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Buena Park

What: Buena Park Children’s Art Festival
Where: Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center, 8150 Knott Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620
When: Friday April 19, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What: E-Waste Earth Day Event
Where: Buena Park Downtown, 8308 On The Mall, Buena Park, CA 90620
When: Saturday April 20, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

What: Movie Mixer Event
Where: 8308 On The Mall, Buena Park, CA 90620
When: Friday April 26, 2013
Time: TBA


What: Cyclist Luncheon & Bike Expo
Where: 1535 Deerpark Drive, Fullerton, CA 92831
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

What: Young Professionals Night OUT!
Where: Spiked Paint, 126 W. Wilshire Ave., Unit A, Fullerton, CA
When: Thursday April 18, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What: Business Tool Box Series: Selling Techniques that Work
Where: Chamber Offices, 444 N. Harbor Blvd, 200, Fullerton, CA 92832
When: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What: Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Faith’s Hope
Where: Winery at Main Street, 4861 Main Street, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
When: Sunday April 21, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What: Insider’s Briefing, Workforce Development in Higher Education
Where: Fullerton Marriott, 2701 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton, CA
When: Friday, April 26, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

La Habra

What: Chamber Lunch Mob at Arthur’s Coffee Shop
Where: 1281 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90631
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

What: La Habra Spring Citrus Fair
Where: 321 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA
When: Thursday April 18 – Sunday April 21, 2013

What: Connect Up at Corner Bakery
Where: Corner Bakery Cafe, 1040 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra, CA 90631
When: Thursdays
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am


What: Lunch Mob Monday! Zhang’s Asian Bistro
Where: Zhang's Asian Bistro, 187 Yorba Linda Blvd., Placentia, CA 92870
When: Monday April 8, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What: Networking at Dusk El Torito
Where: El Torito, 1474 N. Kraemer, Placentia, CA 92870
When: Thursday April 18, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

What: Quarter Mani Craze!
Where: Emerald Isle Senior Apartment Homes, 661 N. Rose Dr., Placentia, CA 92870
When: Tuesday April 16, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm -7:30 pm
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Audra Fishel Ph: 714-834-3440 Email:
Nelson Team
Denis Bilodeau
Chief of Staff

Audra Fishel
Policy Advisor /
Communications Director

Steve Spernak
Policy Advisor

David Zenger
Policy Advisor

Scott Carpenter
Policy Advisor

Mark Lopez
Policy Advisor

Neha Sata
Executive Aide
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