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September 25, 2015
Volume 6 Issue 19
Board of Supervisors
Welcome to Nelson's E-News!
Thank you for reading this edition of my newsletter. I hope you find the information below very helpful. As always, I appreciate and look forward to your feedback.

The Board of Supervisors held a meeting this week. Please see below for highlights. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:30am in the Hall of Administration – 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana 92701.

Please see photos and descriptions below of some of the events our office was able to attend in the community this week. If you were unable to attend, there are other events listed at the end of this newsletter.

Shawn Nelson
Board Updates
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Board Discusses County Ethics Commission
The Board of Supervisors received the Ethics Committee’s report, crafted after two months of study and comprised of a staff representative from each of the five supervisorial offices. In addition, the Board directed County Counsel to explore various components in establishing an ethics commission, including enforcement, subpoena power and what, if any, changes to the existing campaign finance ordinance would be required.

The ethics committee submitted seven recommendations to consider when crafting an ethics commission ordinance:
  • Recommendation 1: Proposed Ordinance should substantially increase ethics training and education for County officials and staff compliance training and education needs to be enhanced by the County.

  • Recommendation 2: Proposed Ordinance should substantially increase and improve campaign finance disclosure. There is a clear need for the County to more easily compile donations to verify compliance with TINCUP, the 1978 County campaign finance reform ordinance.

  • Recommendation 3: Proposed Ordinance must be flexible to accommodate TINCUP. If a commission were to be established, it is recommended that only the foundational provisions of an ethics committee be codified in the County Charter. There needs to be flexibility for modernizing amendments, which is only possible when the bulk of the law is established as an ordinance.

  • Recommendation 4: Proposed Ordinance should incorporate a safe harbor provision. with complicated laws that can be confusing, an advice provision with safe harbor is needed to assist the public to understand the law and provide guidance to those seeking to comply.

  • Recommendation 5: Proposed Ordinance should approach subpoena powers with caution and great care should be taken when considering subpoena power to a possible ethics commission.

  • Recommendation 6: Proposed Ordinance should follow already established best practices for appointments. The screening and appointment of members to an ethics commission by elected officials is the standard practice. The FEC, FPPC, the ethics commissions of the City of Los Angeles, City of San Diego, City of San Jose, the City and County of San Francisco, and the County of Kern all have members appointed by elected officials.

  • Recommendation 7: Proposed Ordinance should adopt confidentiality during the investigation stage prior to determination of guilt or innocence.
The full report is available here.
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New Cell Phone Lot at John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport (JWA) recently opened a new Cell Phone Waiting Lot. Located on the south end of Airport Way, near the corner of Campus Drive and MacArthur Boulevard, the lot features free parking where visitors picking up passengers can conveniently park for up to two hours to wait for arriving friends or family. JWA estimates that roughly half of all passengers arriving at the Airport are picked up at the curb by a private party. Because the Cell Phone Waiting Lot is located so close to the Riley Terminal, meeters and greeters will be able to pick up their party within minutes of their arrival at one of the color-coded and numbered columns along the Arrival (lower) Level roadway.

In addition to providing a convenient new parking option for customers, the Cell Phone Waiting Lot is expected to reduce traffic and vehicle emissions from drivers who would otherwise be circling the Airport roadways waiting for their party to arrive.

For more information on parking options at JWA, check out the “Parking & Transportation” section of our website,, or call (949) 252-5200.

Homelessness Update
Kraemer Project
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AQMD awards additional funding for low-emission Tier 4 locomotives
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board earlier this month unanimously approved an item to execute a contract with Metrolink for $22.85 million from the Carl Moyer Program. At the same Sept. 4 meeting, the AQMD Board agreed to consider an additional $36 million over four future phases for Metrolink to help fund low-emission Tier 4 locomotives in future requests.

In 2013 and 2014, AQMD approved awards to Metrolink in the total amount of $52 million for the replacement of 20 passenger locomotives with new Tier 4 locomotives.

This latest award will help fund an additional order up to 20 new Tier 4 passenger locomotives.

Tier 4 locomotives are expected to reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 85 percent compared to current Tier 0 locomotive engines. Metrolink was the first commuter rail system in the country to procure Tier 4 locomotives. Fuel efficiencies, which reduce carbon dioxide equivalents, also referred to as greenhouse gas emissions, are also expected to be realized.

The new engines will have 31 to 57 percent more horsepower, allowing for greater operational flexibility, capacity and reliability.

Earlier this year, Metrolink was awarded $41.2 million in state funds to help purchase up to nine low-emission Tier 4 locomotives. That funding came from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which provides grants from the...
In the Community
NUFF – Homelessness Discussion
Supervisor Nelson participated in a public forum to discuss homelessness hosted by Neighbors United For Fullerton on Monday, September 21st. The panel consisted of Supervisor Shawn Nelson, former Fullerton Mayor and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Fullerton police Cpl. Michael McCaskill of the Homeless Liaison Unit and Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda, executive director of the nonprofit Pathways of Hope. At first, there was a moderated panel of questions, then the floor was opened for constituents to state their concerns. Supervisor Nelson expressed the most difficult part of acquiring a homeless shelter is location. Residents of Orange County want a year-round homeless shelter, but as long as it is not in their community. Supervisor Nelson hopes to move forward with the 1000 N. Kraemer Site as a small step in solving the homeless issue in Orange County. There will be another public forum hosted at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30 at Eastside Christian Church, 3330 East Miraloma Avenue, Anaheim.

Maria Mazzenga, Michael McCaskill, Sharon Quirk-Silva and Supervisor Nelson
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County of Orange and WAND gather to discuss the Homeless Population
West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council began seventeen years ago when thirteen neighborhood watch groups decided to meet to improve the quality of life for West Anaheim residents. Supervisor Nelson Staffer, Natalie Wieckert, along with two Healthcare Agency Staff, Mark Lawrenz and Jasmine Walt Bauer, attended the WAND meeting on Wednesday, September 16th, to discuss mental health issues and services throughout Orange County. WAND’s primary concern was the large presence of homeless and mentally ill in Twila Reed Park. Mark and Jasmine provided information and resources available to the citizens when they encounter an individual with mental health problems. HCA will continue to engage those with mental health issues present in Twila Reed Park and attempt to place them in a necessary service. Supervisor Nelson’s office looks forward to partnering with WAND in solving this problem.
County Commissions and Committees
The Fourth District has vacant appointments on the following commissions or committees:

  • OC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
  • Assessment Appeals Board No.1
If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please call Audra Fishel at (714) 834-3440.
Library Corner

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OC Animal Care
OC Animal Care Pet of the Week
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Fullerton - Founders Day Parade and Fair
Founders Day Parade and Fair
September 26, 2015
Parade: 10 am to 12 noon
Fair: 10 am to 4 pm

The Fullerton Founders Day Parade and Fair is a celebration and commemoration of our community and local heritage. The day’s festivities honor our founding families, volunteers and businesses that have helped shape Fullerton into a big city with a small town feel.

About the Parade: The parade will take place September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Marching will begin on Harbor Boulevard south of Berkeley Avenue and end at Wilshire Avenue in downtown Fullerton. Invited parade participants include area high school marching bands, community groups, businesses and local dignitaries. Groups interested in participating must complete an application form here.

About the Fair: Concurrent with the parade, an old-fashioned town fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza. Entertainment will include contests, music, food and vendor booths, and an awards ceremony for the marching bands. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase at the Fullerton Museum Center Beer Garden.
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Name: Anaheim Chamber Leads Lunch
Date: October 7, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Location: The Phoenix Club - Garden Room 1340 S. Sanderson Ave Anaheim, CA 92806

Name: Anaheim Chamber Leads Lunch
Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Location: The Phoenix Club - Garden Room 1340 S. Sanderson Ave Anaheim, CA 92806


Name: Breakfast Power Hour!
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Brea Civic Center One Civic Center Circle, 2nd Floor Community Room A, Brea 92821

Name: Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Credential Exam Prep Boot Camp
Date: September 25, 2015 - September 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Rancho Santiago Community College District 2323 N. Broadway, Room#107 (1st Floor), Santa Ana, CA 92706

Name: Spiritual Emphasis
Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Location: Brea Senior Center 500 Sievers Avenue Brea, CA 92821

Buena Park

Date: 9/28/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 8201 Country Club Drive Buena Park, California 90621

Date: 9/29/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 6650 Beach Boulevard Buena Park, California 90621

Name: Doobies Inc. A Tribute Concert to the Doobie Brothers
Date: 10/3/2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 8150 Knott Avenue Buena Park, California 90621


Name: Certified Global Business Professional Boot Camp
Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Location: Rancho Santiago Community College District 2323 N. Broadway, Room 107 Santa Ana, CA 92706

Name: Hope Center for the Arts Ribbon Cutting
Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT
Location: Hope Center for the Arts 121 S. Citron Street, Anaheim

Name: Founders Day Parade
Date: September 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT
Location: intersection of Berkeley Avenue and Harbor Boulevard

La Habra

Name: Ono Hawaiian BBQ La Habra Grand Opening Celebration
Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 11am - 9:30pm
Location: 1350 S. Beach Blvd. Suite C, La Habra, CA 90631

Name: Polo Buddies Water Polo Class
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 10:45am
Location: Splash La Mirada 13806 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638

Name: ConnectUp at Corner Bakery
Date: October 1, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PDT
Location: 1040 W. Imperial Highway (at Idaho St.) La Habra CA 90631


Name: Veterans Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: October 5, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 401 E Chapman Ave. Placentia, CA 92870

Name: Placentia City Council Meeting
Date: October 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 143 S. Bradford Ave. Placentia, CA 92870

Name: 51st Annual Heritage Festival and Parade
Date: October 10, 2015
Time: All Day
Location: Placentia, CA 92870

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