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May 30, 2008

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Welcome to this edition of the Fifth District Report, an electronic newsletter keeping you updated about the events taking place in Orange County and in the Fifth 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.



1. Board Bulletin Board

2. Transportation Information

3. Health Herald

4. Environmental Memos

5. Notes From The Field

6. South County Calendar

7. Primary Election 2008

8. Fifth District Wrap-Up


Justin McCusker:
Chief of Staff

Sergio Prince:
Executive Director of Public Affairs

Jeff Corless:
Executive Policy Advisor

Elise Lampe:
Executive Policy Advisor

Chip Monaco:
Executive Policy Advisor

Ruth Strachan:
Executive Secretary II

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Volume 2 Issue 20
Board Bulletin Board

Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors

In place of its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Supervisors this week held a Special Meeting to conduct interviews of candidates for the position of Sheriff-Coroner. To view the names and resumes of the nine candidates interviewed by the Board, please click here. To see the Interview Schedule of the Special Meeting, please click here. To view the live Internet broadcast of the Special Meeting, please click here.

The Board expects to make a decision on the new Sheriff before the end of June. The individual selected for Sheriff-Coroner will finish the remaining term of office left vacant when former Sheriff Michael Carona resigned. The current Sheriff-Coroner term will continue through January, 2011. If the chosen candidate wishes to continue as Orange County Sheriff, he or she will have to run for election in the November, 2010 General Election.

Transportation Information

Federal Agency Urges Override of Vote against 241 Toll Road

The Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recommended in a recent letter that the Secretary of Commerce override the California Coastal Commission’s February 6 decision. The Federal agency said the 241 Toll Road is essential to regional congestion relief, adheres to the Clean Air Act, and provides national security benefits. FHWA is the lead Federal agency for the 16-mile project.

The FHWA letter noted that “no reasonable alternative is available” that would meet the requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Program. The letter also emphasized “the national interest in a safe and efficient transportation system; the critical importance of Southern California’s transportation viability and air quality improvement; the orderly process undertaken for this project; and the commitment to minimize and mitigate adverse effects." For more information, please click here.

OCTA Bicycle Plan Survey

Orange County's favorable climate and recreational attractions make it an ideal environment for bicycling. Over 800 miles of bikeways provide many opportunities to travel by bicycle throughout the County.

The Orange County Bikeways Map depicts local and regional bikeways existing as of June, 2008. OCTA welcomes your suggestions regarding ways to improve the map or bikeway system. For more information, please click here.

Health Herald

Health Alert: Mussel Quarantine

The County of Orange Health Care Agency reminds shellfish consumers that the Annual Mussel Quarantine in California took effect on May 1 and will continue through October 31, 2008. Sport harvesting of mussels for human consumption is prohibited along the entire California coastline. The purpose of the quarantine is to protect the public from deadly poisons that may be present in bivalve mollusks, such as mussels, clams, oysters and scallops.

The greatest hazard is poisoning from mussels because they develop high levels of toxin more quickly than other mollusks and are eaten whole without removal of digestive organs. Moreover, cooking does not destroy the toxins, as they are relatively heat resistant. The safest guideline to follow is: Do not eat mussels from California coastal waters collected by sports harvesters until after October 31. For more information, please click here.

Environmental Memos

Trash Reduction Strategies and Water Conservation Bills

On May 22, I co-chaired the monthly meeting of the Orange County Coastal Coalition at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, where guest speakers provided updates on the regional Trash and Debris Task Force as well as three water conservation bills.

Beatrice Musacchia of OC Watersheds updated us on current activities of the Trash and Debris Task Force, which was formed in 2004 to develop regional strategies for reducing trash in our creeks and ocean. The presentation highlighted the Fullerton Creek Trash and Debris Demonstration Project. This project took a strategic approach that embraced an increased public education effort, targeting schools, community centers and businesses in proximity to Fullerton Creek. In addition to outreach efforts, programs were developed and included student leadership, trash assessment training, creek visits, and coordination with local chambers and cities. To view Ms. Musacchia’s presentation, please click here.

One of the goals of Coastal Coalition is to provide a neutral forum for discussion of pending legislation; although as a group, we do not advocate specific positions. However, we are constantly tracking legislative initiatives and will gladly bring forward those bills that might be of interest to Coastal Coalition participants.

Don Hughes from the County’s OC Public Works Department led the discussion on three water conservation-related bills. To see a synopsis of these bills, please click here. To view Mr. Hughes presentation, please click here.

Please join me at our next Coastal Coalition meeting on Thursday, June 26 at the Newport Beach Library for a special Environmental Education Fair. If your organization provides educational programs and would like to participate in this special event, or to be placed on the email distribution list for upcoming Coastal Coalition meetings, please send your email address to betty.martinez@rdmd.ocgov.com.

Notes From The Field

Guided Hikes in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Explore the trails and learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists and OC Parks staff! Below are a few of the opportunities that are being offered. For more information, please click here.

  • Saturday, May 31
    Fitness, Flora, Fauna and Fun

    8-11:30 a.m.
    Exercise your mind and body with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists Dan Carreras and Dave Terrack on this 3.5-mile hike. Bring plenty of water and binoculars. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). Reservations suggested: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3.

  • Thursday, May 1
    Fitness Hike

    9-11 a.m.
    Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 3.5- to 5-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Helen Flanagan. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, west side, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Reservations suggested: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3.

  • Saturday, May 3
    Canyon to Canyon Hike

    8-11:30 a.m.
    Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Kathleen Farinacci leads this 7-mile, strenuous, interpretive hike from Little Sycamore Canyon to Willow Canyon via Laurel Canyon. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, west side, just south of El Toro Road intersection) to carpool to Little Sycamore Canyon. Reservations suggested: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3.

  • Saturday, May 3
    Dr. Sue's Insect and Arthropod Zoo

    1-4 p.m.
    See Sue Van Vorhis Key's "zoo" full of live insects and arthropods, from walking sticks to scorpions. Then learn about arthropods by making your own. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Nix Nature Center, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3.

  • Sunday, May 4
    Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride

    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Enjoy ocean and canyon views on this 8- to 15-mile ride led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists and mountain bike trail assistants. RESERVATIONS AND HELMETS REQUIRED. Call 949-923-2235. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Big Bend Staging Area (ask for directions when making reservation). Parking: $3.

South County Calendar

8th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show

As announced in my newsletter last week, a vast assortment of new and used boats and boating products will be on display both in and out of the water at the 8th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show, running through June 1. The show has earned the reputation as being among the finest in the state and is regarded by many as “the biggest little Boat Show” in California. For more information, please click here.

2nd Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling

Dana Point will host its 2nd Annual Grand Prix of Cycling on Sunday, June 1. For 2008, a new L-shape, 6 turn course will be utilized to facilitate true Championship style racing. The course begins in Heritage Park overlooking the beautiful Dana Point Harbor and follows through the adjoining residential community on safe, smooth streets. Athletes will then proceed onto a straight, long and fast downtown stretch on Del Prado Ave (Hwy 101) with a final turn onto Old Golden Lantern. Finishing near Heritage Park, the race will end with a wide open 200 meter final sprint. For more information, please click here.

First Thursday’s Art Walk in Laguna Beach

Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on Thursday, June 5, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for a festive, cultural evening. Free shuttles to participating galleries start at 6:15 PM at the Laguna Art Museum (corner of PCH & Cliff Dr.) and Bluebird Center (1590 S. Coast Highway) and run until 8:45 PM. For more information, please click here.

Primary Election 2008

June 3 is Election Day!

The 2008 Statewide Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, June 3, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please remember to vote! To find your polling place and/or download sample ballot information, please click here. To view live election results after the polls close, please click here.

Fifth District Wrap-Up

Among my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:

  • Chaired the OCTA SOCMIS (Major Investment Study) Committee meeting (more on this in my next newsletter).
  • Attended a Memorial Day observance event hosted by American Legion Post 257 in Laguna Woods to present proclamations to their honorees.
  • Participated in Board interviews of candidates for the vacant office of Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.
  • Was the keynote speaker at a meeting of the San Clemente Exchange Club.
  • Delivered the welcome address as this year’s Honorary Chair at a reception to kickoff the 8th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show. For more information, please click here.
  • Attended the Orange County Government Leaders Prayer Breakfast with 5th District constituents.
My office also:
  • Attended a Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony to present a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the grand opening of Comerica Bank in Mission Viejo.
  • Attended a Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony to present a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the grand opening of A La Carte Gourmet in Newport Beach.
  • Participated in the ongoing series of County Budget Briefings in preparation for the public Budget Hearings in June
My staff and I look forward to continually providing you updated information in our Fifth District Newsletter and website.

Please feel free to contact my office with your concerns, comments or questions at (714) 834-3550.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Supervisor for Orange County's Fabulous Fifth District. Thank you so much for your support!