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May 7, 2010

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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.














Chip Monaco:
Chief of Staff

Don Hughes:
Policy Advisor

Sergio Prince:
Policy Advisor

Kristen Thornton:
Policy Advisor

Ray Grangoff:
Policy Advisor

Sabrina Ross:
Policy Advisor

Katie Angotti:
Policy Assistant

Ruth Strachan:
Office Manager

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Volume 4 Issue 18

Salt Creek Beach Café

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a 10 year lease agreement with John Efstathiou, a Fifth District resident, for the continued operation of Salt Creek Beach Café in Dana Point which he has operated at Salt Creek Beach for the past 22 years.

In addition to meeting the County’s financial requirements, the decision to award this lease to Mr. Efstathiou was bolstered by the overwhelming community support he received as evidenced by the petition he provided with over 1300 signatures, as well as an online petition with over 2100 members.

The Salt Creek Beach Cafe currently offers a full breakfast, lunch, and late afternoon menu with daily specials. Also planned is the addition of a new "Green" menu, featuring healthy items such as fresh green and fruit salads, vegetable wraps, and smoothies. There are also plans to expand the concession’s catering to the park area above the concession building. The concession currently operates on a modified year-round schedule with the concession being open in the off-season, weather permitting.

Laguna Canyon Road Bicycle Lane

On Tuesday, the Board approved an agreement with Caltrans that will allow the County to complete the Laguna Canyon Road Improvement Project. This project includes widening of the roadway shoulders from south of El Toro Road to the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (State Route 73) to accommodate for the addition of bike lanes. The project will also add one northbound approach lane south of the El Toro Road intersection along with traffic signal modifications.

In order to make the bicycle lanes possible, small portions of Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park and Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park will be used to accommodate the construction along the shoulder of Laguna Canyon Road. This portion of the road construction will be advertised for bids in June 2010 and construction is expected to be completed in April 2011. For more information, please click here and here.


Mobile Apps for OCTA

As part of Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) open data initiative, OCTA is pleased to provide free service data to developers who create mobile and web applications. A number of interactive “apps” have been created utilizing OCTA’s GIS Data feed and Google Transit feed that provide real-time information and trip planner mechanisms for OCTA’s bus system, Metrolink, as well as bike trails throughout the County.

Because the apps are privately developed and maintained, OCTA does not endorse them, however, OCTA’s website provides links to where you can find more information about them. Click here to read reviews and research the apps that work best for you.

OCTA Celebrates Bike to Work Week

Monday, May 17 to Friday, May 21 you are invited to join OCTA in supporting Bike to Work Week. Bicycle commuting enhances air quality, reduces traffic congestion and is a healthy alternative to driving.

OCTA is celebrating Bike to Work Week with a Bike Rally and Special Event on Friday, May 21. Join CEO Will Kempton for the rally that will start at the Orange Metrolink Station and finish at OCTA Headquarters. The 3-mile ride starts at 8:00am. For more information, please click here.


Registrar of Voters Offering Webinars

As part of the Orange County Registrar of Voters expanded community engagement campaign for 2010, the office is now offering webinars on various election related topics.

These webinars will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about a particular election-related topic of interest. Subjects covered in the webinars include election legislation, ballot security, provisional voting, campaign filing, community engagement, and more. Whether you are a voter, poll worker, candidate, elected official, or simply have an interest in elections and voting, the Registrar of Voters webinars are informative and timely. All webinars are open to the public and are offered at no cost, but space is limited.

For more information about the different webinar topics, and to sign up, visit ocvote.com/webinar.


Saddleback College Veterans Memorial

Last week, my office was pleased to attend the dedication of the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial and provide a certificate of recognition in honor of the occasion. The dedication of the Veterans Memorial was the culmination of six years of planning and hard work, leading to the creation of the most significant tribute to veterans at any community college campus in our nation.

Planning for the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial was truly a collaborative effort between veterans, students, faculty and staff, community members, local elected officials, and countless volunteers donating their time, money and effort to make this outstanding monument a reality and to create a work of art that will be enjoyed for generations to come. For more information about the dedication ceremony and to view a documentary about the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, please click here.

In addition, to assist in the transition from military life to college and civilian life, Saddleback College has also developed a Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Center that serves as an on-campus one-stop resource for students who are veterans, active military personnel, and military family members. Before and after the Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony, the VETS Center hosted an Open House to demonstrate the many great things Saddleback College is doing for our returning veterans attending the college. For more information about the Saddleback College VETS Center, please click here.

2010-2011 Dana Point Youth Board

Attention all Dana Point high school students! The City of Dana Point is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Dana Point Youth Board.

The Dana Point Youth Board is a great opportunity for youth to be active and make a difference in their community. Youth Board members are appointed by the Dana Point City Council to serve as youth ambassadors and participate as volunteers in various City activities throughout the year. They also work to promote and encourage increased interest and participation among young people in community affairs and meet regularly to discuss issues that affect local teens. Applicants must be Dana Point residents enrolled in high school as of Sept. 1, 2010. Completed applications must be received by Friday, June 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm. For more information, please click here.

“Leaving the Nest” Teen Seminars

Is your teen getting ready to leave the nest? The Rancho Santa Margarita Library wants to help with the transition through its series of “Leaving the Nest” Teen Seminars. Taught by a representative from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County, these classes focus on information vital to high school teens getting ready to leave their parents’ home for the first time so they can enter the world with confidence, financial know-how, and the tools to avoid costly mistakes. The two remaining classes are: “Money Basics” (May 11) and “The Wise Use of Credit” (May 18). For more information please call, (949) 459-6094 or click here.

San Clemente Junior Lifeguard Tryouts

The San Clemente City Junior Lifeguard Program is holding tryouts Saturday, May 8 from 7:30am to 10:30am at the Ole Hanson Pool located at 105 W. Ave. Pico.

The San Clemente Junior Lifeguard Program is an ocean and beach oriented educational and recreational opportunity for young people, ages 10 to 17. Participants receive education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, body surfing, board surfing, body boarding, physical fitness, and Marine Safety operations. For more information, please click here.


Fifth District National Merit Scholars

Thirteen high school students from the Fifth District have been named National Merit Scholars so far this year. This is a highly elite designation that will be bestowed on only 8,400 students nationwide. The honorees will receive college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 annually.

To qualify for the competition, these students were required to score a minimum of 218 out of 240 on their PSAT as juniors. In Orange County, 310 students met this criterion and were named National Merit semifinalists in September. The semifinalists were then invited to apply to become finalists by submitting a personal essay, high school grades, a school recommendation, and their SAT score. Finalists became eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholar designation and scholarship money.

Congratulations to:

  • Elizabeth Chaddock (Dana Hills High School)
  • Calvin Chang (Capistrano Valley High School)
  • Evan Flores (Tesoro High School)
  • Harleen Gambhir (Aliso Niguel High School)
  • Elizabeth Grabowski (Santa Margarita Catholic High School)
  • Hanna Hurr (St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School)
  • Pallavi Nair (Trabuco Hills High School)
  • Christopher Roman (El Toro High School)
  • Daniel Schwerdtfeger (Trabuco Hills High School)
  • Lauren Shapiro (Dana Hills High School)
  • Brian Tolles (Dana Hills High School)
  • Shannon Wongvibulsin (Trabuco Hills High School)
  • Alicia Zhu (Tesoro High School)


Community Meetings Target Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT) Rx for Prevention project hosted a town hall meeting in Mission Viejo this Thursday on the dangers of teenagers abusing prescription and over-the-counter medications.

According to the 2007 Orange County California Healthy Kids Survey, 10% of 9th graders and 7% of 11th graders reported abusing prescription pain killers for a non-medical purpose; for cough and cold medicines, the rates are higher with 17% of 9th graders and 20% of 11th graders reporting abuse.

The community meetings are a result of a recently published County of Orange Health Care Agency’s ADEPT report - Prescription and Over the Counter Drug Abuse: Orange County Comprehensive Report, in which key experts in the field noted the need for more community awareness on the dangers, myths, and serious consequences associated with prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

For more information about ADEPT and to educate yourself about this emerging issue please visit http://ochealthinfo.com/adept/.

“Food for Thought” Resource Fair

Second Harvest Food Bank, along with Western Youth Services and Capo Valley Church, invite residents to participate in the first annual “Food for Thought” resource fair on Saturday, May 15. Free early Childhood Development Screenings will be provided onsite and free grocery items will be available for families. Additionally, representatives from an array of agencies and organizations, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Mission Hospital and Orange County Fire Authority, will be on hand to provide information on important topics like lead poisoning prevention and asthma education, to name a few.

The event will take place from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Capo Valley Church located at 32032 Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano. For more information, please contact Albert Sakai, WYS Outreach Coordinator, at (949) 855-1556.


National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Emergencies come in many forms and can require anything from a brief absence from your home to a permanent evacuation. The best thing you can for yourself and your pets is to be prepared before disaster strikes. In honor of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 8, I encourage you to the take time to put together a disaster plan and emergency kit for your pets. For more information to help you create your emergency pet plan, click here.

Paws in the Garden

The Ark of San Juan is hosting its 2nd Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, May 15 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Stroll through five beautiful local gardens throughout San Juan Capistrano on a self-guided tour while supporting The Ark’s mission of saving San Juan Capistrano’s lost and abandoned pets! Participates can compete in door prices and opportunity drawings. For a list of the gardens on the tour and for more information, please click here.


Wildflower Hike

This Saturday, May 8, learn to identify native spring blooms with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on a moderate but steep 3.5-mile hike. Come see all the great flowers as they begin to bloom. The hike will begin at 8:30am and go until 11:30am at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). Reservations are required so please call (949) 923-2235 to sign up and receive more information.

Yoga for Kids

Bring your kids, ages 6-10, to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to explore a fun-filled yoga experience in a beautiful wilderness setting on Thursday, May 18. The fun will begin at 3:30pm and go until 4:30pm. After the session, parents have the option of signing their kids up for a series of 6 more classes, but reservations are required. The classes will take place at the Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. For more information or to make reservations, please call (949) 923-2235.


Lord of the Strings

If you’re seeking an entertaining evening of jazz by renowned artists, look no further. On Saturday, May 8, Lord of the Strings presents the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet at 7:00pm at Mission Viejo City Hall.

Gonzalo, who hails from Buenos Aires, began playing professionally at age 16 and has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists. The quartet’s music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, traditional Jazz and hints of his native Buenos Aires. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Rose Garden Tour

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain is hosting its 20th Year Commemorative Rose Garden Tour on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Participants will tour five exceptional gardens in San Juan Capistrano, Capistrano Beach, and San Clemente. This is a rare opportunity to view these beautiful, published, private gardens up close. For more information and to sign up, please click here.


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

  • Presented a resolution to Michael Pinto in honor of his 20 years as President and co-founder of the Laguna Canyon Foundation
  • Attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Laguna Niguel City Hall and Civic Center. The new site will be located at the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Alicia Parkway. Click here for photos of the event.
  • Provided an update on the County’s environmental projects and initiatives that are currently underway to the Laguna Canyon Conservancy
  • Met with representatives from Caltrans, Rancho Mission Viejo and OC Public Works to discuss progress on the Antonio Parkway Widening Project and Ortega Highway Widening Project
  • Chaired the OCTA Measure M2 Environmental Oversight Committee meeting
  • Met with representatives of the construction industry to discuss Orange County transportation projects
  • Met with Jim McConnell, the County’s chief Washington D.C. advisor, to receive a federal legislative update
  • Participated in the Corrections Standards Authority quarterly meeting
  • Received an update from the Fifth District Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Hall
  • Adjourned the Board of Supervisors meeting in the memory of Mission Viejo resident James Gilleran
My office also:
  • Attended the Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner
  • Provided a certificate in recognition of the Grand Re-Opening of the Laguna Niguel Sea Country Senior and Community Center
  • Provided a certificate in recognition of the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Ark of San Juan Animal Shelter
  • Attended the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Forum
To all the loving Fifth District mothers out there, I’m wishing you a very happy and well-deserved day of recognition this Mother’s Day!

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.

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