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July 26, 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. County Connections

4. South County News

5. Notes From The Field

6. South County Calendar

7. 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 26
Board Bulletin Board

Protecting our Watersheds and Water Resources

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, I was very pleased to receive a $25 Million check for the South Orange County Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan (IRWMP). The $25 Million grant is allocated for seven projects, ranging from water use efficiency to recycled water pipelines to ecosystem restoration.

Attending the check presentation ceremony were San Juan Capistrano Mayor Joe Soto and Laguna Beach Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson along with representatives from the Municipal Water District of Orange County, Santa Margarita Water District, South Orange County Wastewater Authority, City of San Clemente, staff from the OC Watersheds Program, and Fran Spivey-Weber who presented the $25 Million check on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board.

IRWMP planning is one of the most important and effective approaches to addressing our future water supply and water quality challenges. The South Orange County IRWMP represents a successful collaboration between multiple cities and agencies that embraced the IRWMP concept of Proposition 50 – the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002.

Out of 20 IRWMP grant funding proposals statewide, the South Orange County IRWMP ranked third. Tuesday’s check presentation officially recognized the hard work of the County, our South County cities, water districts and other agencies to develop the South Orange County IRWMP and secure funding for priority projects. Please be assured that the County and our partners will continue to work with the State Water Board to effectively manage South County’s watersheds and protect our precious water resources. To view photos of check presentation ceremony, please click here.

Maintenance Dredging of Dana Point Harbor

I am pleased to report the Board approved a contract to begin dredging Dana Point Harbor. More than 90,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed within Dana Point Harbor for improved boater safety and navigation. That’s enough sediment to cover three football fields filled 5 yards deep!

I’m also pleased to announce the County will keep approximately 54,000 cubic yards of sand for local beach replenishment and beach nourishment. The sand will be deposited directly on shore at two South County locations. Baby Beach in Dana Pont Harbor will receive approximately 6,000 cubic yards of high grade sand and Capistrano Beach will receive approximately 48,000 cubic yards of the highest grade sand. Only the low grade, unusable portion of the dredge material will be disposed of at a permitted LA-3 offshore disposal site.

No Country for Old Boomers

The Board of Supervisors reviewed responses to the Grand Jury Report titled, “No Country for Old Boomers: When Orange County Baby Boomers Retire, Where Will They Live?” The Report highlighted the ever increasing Orange County senior population and questioned whether enough affordable housing is available for future needs. To view the Grand Jury Report, please click here. To view the responses to the Grand Jury Report, please click here.

AlertOC: Countywide Mass Notification System

The County of Orange has been developing a countywide mass notification system (AlertOC) for communicating information quickly to the general public during emergencies and other critical situations. The County has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with twenty-two Orange County cities, Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and UC Irvine (UCI) for use of this system. Currently, the system is up and running with all listed and unlisted land telephone numbers programmed.

In the event of emergency, OCSD Emergency Operations Center personnel are trained to activate this “reverse 911” system. Cities participating in AlertOC include: Anaheim, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Brea, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Buena Park, Lake Forest, Stanton, Costa Mesa, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Westminster, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Orange, Huntington Beach and San Clemente.

CSUF and UCI have public safety answering points responsible for providing public protection to residents on campus and will use this system in the same way as cities. Connecting as many jurisdictions as possible to this regional system will make it easy for residents and businesses by requiring them to register their information only once. I will provide you with the website for voluntary information registration when the system goes live in August.

OCSD Katella Training Facility

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) owns and operates the County’s Katella training facility in the City of Orange, where it conducts law enforcement training activities as part of its peace officer academy programs.  A number of Orange County cities that have their own police department also contract with the County and Sheriff’s Department to use this facility for their law enforcement training programs.  The Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the City of Tustin Police Department for this purpose.  These contracts are typically negotiated for a 5-year period with each agency.  Eight other police departments within the County also utilize this facility.

Transportation Information

$24 Million Approved for Oso Parkway/I-5 Improvements

I am very pleased to announce that through collaborative efforts with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Caltrans, we received approval from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for $24 million to fast-track construction for improvements to the Oso Parkway/I-5 interchange. The CTC accelerated approval for this important funding allocation by one year, from 2008-09 to 2007-08, which has been in the planning and design phase for the last five years.

The project will add an auxiliary lane prior to the southbound off-ramp, widen the southbound off-ramp from one lane to two, and widen ramp lanes leading to Oso from three lanes to four. Construction is expected to begin in September.

I would like to thank OCTA Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, Caltrans District 12 Director Cindy Quon and Caltrans Director Will Kempton for their assistance in speeding up delivery of this project and their continued commitment to keep South Orange County moving. This important milestone would not have been possible without multiple agencies and levels of government working collaboratively in the effort.

County Connections

Sheriff Hutchens Announces Her Command Staff

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced her command staff Wednesday, which includes former Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson, current Command Staff Members Assistant Sheriff J.B. Davis and Executive Director Rick Dostal, Capt. Mike James and two new faces: retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Chief John Scott and Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael R. Hillmann.

Chief Scott will serve as Undersheriff. Assistant Sheriff Anderson will be in charge of Administration, a new position. Assistant Sheriff James will oversee Jail Operations. Assistant Sheriff Davis will direct Investigations. Executive Director Dostal will supervise Special Services; and Assistant Sheriff Hillmann will head Operations.

Sheriff Hutchens said in the coming weeks she may make further adjustments in the Department’s chain-of-command. She added that both Undersheriff Scott and Assistant Sheriff Hillmann are long time veterans of law enforcement and will be part of her transition team. Ultimately, she said, their positions will likely be filled by promotion from within the Department. For more information, please click here. To view the OCSD Command Structure, please click here.

Air Canada Testing at John Wayne Airport

Since Aloha Airlines discontinued service, space for a new airline has opened up at John Wayne Airport (JWA) with Air Canada topping the waiting list. As part of the application process, Air Canada conducted the FAA required Noise Qualification Test with its Airbus 319 aircraft including five proposed departures. This is one of many steps in the process of bringing a new airliner to our airport.

A number of operational issues must still be resolved before airport staff brings a recommendation before the Board of Supervisors for allocation of capacity and execution of a lease/operating agreement with Air Canada. I will keep you updated on the progress of their application and consideration for service at JWA. Air Canada will not take reservations for flights to or from JWA until they are approved for service by the Board and execute an agreement with the County. To view a photo of their Airbus 319, please click here.

John Wayne Airport: TSA “Diamond Self-Select Lanes”

John Wayne Airport (JWA), in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this week began a 30-day trial of TSA’s “Diamond Self-Select Lanes” program. The trial will be conducted at the security screening checkpoints in the Riley Terminal A.

TSA’s Diamond Self-Select Lanes program establishes a series of passenger queuing lanes designated by signage that directs passengers based on their travel needs and knowledge:
1) “Expert” – for the business traveler who flies several times a month;
2) “Casual” – for passengers who travel less frequently, but are familiar with the security screening process; and
3) “Family/Special Assistance” – for passengers traveling with small children or strollers, elderly passengers and passengers who may need special assistance.

The three new lanes will be offered in addition to the existing First Class screening lane. For more information, please click here.

South County News

Massive Book Sale this Weekend at Mission Viejo Library

The public will have the opportunity to buy books and videos for $.50 (or three for a buck) during a massive weekend book sale in the Friends Community Room at the Mission Viejo Library. The book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library, will feature an array of children’s and holiday books. The sale will take place Friday from 1 to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4:45 p.m. The Mission Viejo Library is at 100 Civic Center. For more information, please call 949-830-7100, ext. 5115, or visit http://www.cmvl.org.

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! For more information, please click here.

Welcome to OC Parks.com

OC Parks is seeking to improve their website and would very much appreciate your input. Please take a few minutes to complete their brief survey by clicking here.

South County Calendar

Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters

Famous for its tableaux vivant or "living pictures”, the Pageant of the Masters is an annual event held by the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. The Festival takes place in a six-acre canyon park near the ocean and is open daily thru August 30. For more information, please click here.

Sawdust Art Festival

Come to the Sawdust Art Festival and experience the creative wonders of nearly 200 Laguna Beach artists in an enchanting outdoor canyon paradise adorned with waterfalls and eucalyptus trees. Open daily thru August 31. For more information, please click here.

Art-A-Fair Festival

Nestled in a colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon, the Art-A-Fair Festival is a wonderful place to spend a summer day in the historic art community of Laguna Beach. Open daily thru August 31. For more information, please click here.

Fifth District Wrap-Up

In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:

  • Attended an Orange County Medical Association reception to present a Proclamation on behalf of my office and Supervisor John Moorlach.
  • Attended an OCTA Transportation Press Conference in Laguna Hills to announce $24 million in accelerated funding for South County from the CTC to fast-track construction for improvements to the Oso Parkway/I-5 interchange.
  • Accepted a $25 Million check on behalf of the South Orange County Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan.
  • Met with Sheriff Hutchens and County staff to discuss the AB 900 Re-entry Program.
  • Met with the Performance Auditor to receive an update on the ongoing audit of the Sheriff’s Department overtime procedures and discuss the current Performance Audit Work Plan.
  • Co-Chaired the monthly meeting of the Orange County Coastal Coalition (more on this in my next newsletter).
  • Presided over the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Installation of Officers Ceremony.
  • Hosted a South County Senior Summit held at the Laguna Hills Community Center (more on this in my next newsletter).
My office also:
  • Attended a San Clemente Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony to present a Certificate of Recognition in honor of StoneHill Technical Solutions in San Clemente.
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!