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May 14, 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 19

No Board Meeting this week

There was no regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors this week.

Our next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 18. For Agenda & Meeting Information, please click here.

Live Internet broadcasts of Board of Supervisors meetings are available and archived as video-on-demand. To view live and/or past Board meetings, please click here.


91 Freeway Eastbound Lane Reopened

The merge lane connecting the northbound Foothill Toll Road (SR-241) to the eastbound Riverside Freeway (SR-91) has been reopened!

Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority are working on a widening project on the eastbound 91 freeway, where a new lane is being added to reduce congestion. Because of the construction, the dedicated lane for the 241 Toll Road traffic to merge onto the 91 freeway had been temporarily removed. The newly reconstructed lane and shoulder area extends from the SR-241 to Coal Canyon Road, restoring key storage capacity and helping improve traffic along this stretch of the freeway.

By repaving the merge lane and shoulder area in concrete, crews extended its lifespan by 30 years. Construction crews also relocated utilities and installed new safety barriers.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the SR-91 Eastbound Lane Addition Project, when completed, will deliver a new, nearly 6-mile lane along a key stretch of the SR-91. Commuters will be able to travel directly from the SR-241 to the SR-71, or exit in between, without changing lanes. Additionally, all lanes and shoulder areas in the project area will be expanded to 12 feet, improving driving conditions and optimizing freeway operations. Five bridges and 12 retaining walls will also be built. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is currently developing the 2010 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) which will be used as a blueprint for transportation improvements for Orange County through the year 2035. To allow the public to help OCTA plan for a more efficient transportation system, OCTA has launched a participation program to gather input from the community. The public is encouraged to share its vision for the future of transportation in Orange County by filling out an online survey at OCTA.net/2035.


Library Advisory Board Passes Budget

Representing the Fifth District on the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board, I’m pleased to report that at this Thursday’s Library Advisory Board meeting we passed a budget that successfully meets our budget reduction targets without cutting library hours, services, or staff. While nearly every other library system in Southern California is reducing library hours or cutting staff, Orange County has been able to manage the reductions without affecting our communities.

I have always stood by our library system and recognize the integral service it provides to our communities. I hope you have an opportunity to stop by your local branch library soon. To find your local branch library, please click here.

Adventures in Writing VIII – Copies Available Now

The Irvine Barclay Theatre and the Orange County Public Library sponsor a yearly short-story writing contest for Orange County youth. This year’s winners had their stories published in the eighth edition of "Adventures in Writing," a paperback book that was unveiled last week. This year’s edition features six budding authors from the Fabulous Fifth District. To purchase a copy of the book or for more information about the “Adventures in Writing” contest, please click here. All proceeds go towards volunteer programs and arts education at the Barclay Theatre.


San Clemente Emergency Preparedness Expo

In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, the City of San Clemente is hosting an Emergency Expo on Saturday, May 22 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center.

The City of San Clemente will be joined by Southern California Edison, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Doctor’s Ambulance Service, Coastal Animal Services Authority, Ready OC, the Orange County Fire Authority, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Tri-Cities Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and other community emergency response organizations. Display tables and interactive activities and safety demonstrations are planned for residents. Those attending will also have an opportunity to win raffle prizes. For more information, please click here.

Rancho Santa Margarita named a Tree City USA

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita has been named a second year in a row as a Tree City by Tree City USA. In order to become a Tree City, Rancho Santa Margarita had to met the Arbor Day Foundation’s program requirements, including having a Tree Board or Department, Tree Care Ordinance, observing Arbor Day, and developing a community forestry program. For more information on the Tree City USA program, please click here.


Sheriff’s Department Medal of Valor Recipients

Community Services Officer (CSO) Kenny Holland and three community members were recently honored by the Sheriff’s Department for saving the life of a 21-year-old traffic accident victim. Late in the evening on July 7th, 2009, CSO Holland was driving through the City of Lake Forest when he observed a fallen bicyclist in the traffic lanes near an intersection. Acting quickly, CSO Holland took complete control of the chaotic scene by determining that the victim had been struck by a pick-up truck. He blocked off the street with his vehicle, radioed Dispatch to get paramedics en route, and assessed the unconscious man to discover that he had no pulse and was not breathing.

CSO Holland then addressed the crowd and asked for assistance from anyone trained in CPR. Megan Peters, an EMT who had just driven up with her family, stepped forward to assist. CSO Holland began mouth-to-mouth while Mrs. Peters started chest compressions. Within minutes, EMT Sarah Duncan and Navy Corpsman Bryan Goodman arrived at the accident scene and also offered to help. Ms. Duncan took over chest compressions while Mr. Goodman relieved CSO Holland. They continued CPR and the victim soon regained a heartbeat and starting breathing on his own.

Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the victim to the hospital in critical, but stable condition. The man remained in the hospital for two months while recovering from the injuries sustained in the collision. The Board of Supervisors honored CSO Kenny Holland, Megan Peters, Sarah Duncan and Bryan Goodman each with a Special Recognition for Lifesaving Resolution for their heroic efforts in the City of Lake Forest.


Gray Whale in Dana Point Harbor

As you are undoubtedly aware, a gray whale has been enjoying Dana Point Harbor since Monday. On Wednesday, Harbor officials worked with NOAA’s Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center staff, and Sea World staff to disentangle what appears to be a commercial fishing net that had entangled the whale. After the disentanglement was complete, the whale exited the Harbor only to return again Thursday. In spite of heroic efforts by volunteers the whale did not survive.


Mobile Multi Service Center to Deliver Services in San Clemente

The County’s newly expanded Mobile Multi-Service Center will be making its next stop at the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, San Clemente Campus (654 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente) on Thursday, May 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The mobile unit, in conjunction with the Lestonnac Clinic, will provide medical services, social service consultations and referrals, and links to housing and employment.

The mobile unit is operated through a partnership between OC Community Services/Homeless Prevention, the Health Care Agency, Social Services Agency and the Illumination Foundation. The primary function of the Mobile Multi-Service Center is to act as a one-stop service center and a point of entry for homeless individuals and families to receive supportive services from nearly 60 agencies ranging from housing and employment to education and medical services. For more information please click here.


County of Orange Green Fair 2110

A policy approved by the Board of Supervisors has inspired the County’s First Green Fair, an opportunity to showcase eco-friendly products and services. The Green Fair will be held Thursday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Santa Ana Civic Center Plaza, 333 W. Santa Ana Boulevard.

The Fair will feature displays of green products and services from more than 50 vendors, as well as exhibits showcasing the efforts of County departments. By raising awareness of what is available and what is possible, the goal is to reduce the County’s impact on the environment without raising costs as well demonstrate how each and every one of us, as consumers, can reduce our impact on the earth by selecting sustainable eco-friendly products and services. This event is free to the public and will feature food, giveaways and door prizes. More information is available at www.ocgreenfair.com.


Pet Parent of the Year

VPI Pet Insurance recently named Lake Forest resident Jim Gardner as Pet Parent of the Year. Jim and his wife Ann organized a pet food drive that collected about 20 tons of pet food last year for pet owners in need. So when it was his own pet Tizzy, a bijou/poodle mix, that needed help, Jim didn’t hesitate.

While out in the community one afternoon, an unleashed dog ran up and grabbed Tizzy by the neck. Jim first tried to pull the much larger attacking dog off Tizzy by its back legs, but its grip was too strong. The dog clawed at Jim as he attempted to put it in a chokehold, but the dog still would not let go. With adrenaline kicking in, Jim grabbed the dog by the teeth and pulled its jaws apart to free Tizzy, who was hurt and bleeding. Jim and Ann rushed her to a veterinary hospital where she was treated for lacerations to the neck. Jim also suffered multiple cuts on his legs. The attacking dog was seized by animal control.

"I'm not brave," Jim says. "I was just rescuing a family member that happens to be a dog instead of a kid or wife. Anyone who views a pet as part of the family would do that."


Campfire Fun

Huddle around the campfire with a Park Ranger from Casper’s Wilderness Park this Saturday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. The evening will include a slide presentation, wilderness safety information, games and activities for children, a chance to visit the Nature Center, and a live animal demonstration. The park welcomes visitors of all ages to come and enjoy the one-hour campfire event for free, with a normal parking fee of $5. For more information please click here.

Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Come help pull non-native plants at “Keep it Wild” Volunteer Day at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this Saturday, May 15. Working with Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff, the group will meet at the Little Sycamore Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Parking fees are waived for volunteers. All volunteers must make reservations by calling (949) 923-2235.


Mariachi Festival

On Saturday, May 22 the Mission San Juan Capistrano will host the 6th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival. The festival will include authentic Mexican food, live musical entertainment, traditional dancing, and a mariachi competition for cash prizes. Festivities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mission courtyard. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. For more information please click here.

Doheny Blues Festival

The annual Doheny Blues Festival will be held May 22-23 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. This two-day festival features 26 performances on three stages, including all-star sets from headliners Crosby, Stills, & Nash and The Black Crowes. A one-day general admission ticket can be purchased in advance by clicking here or at the gate. For more information and a performance schedule please click here.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon & 5K

Sprint into summer on Monday, May 31 during the City of Laguna Hills’ Memorial Day Half Marathon & 5K run. The City is hosting the run for the 12th year and is expecting more than 6,000 participants on race day. The event will feature a half marathon 13.1 mile run through Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo, a 5K Run/Walk looping through Laguna Woods Village, a half-mile Kid’s Run, and a community Finish Line Expo with live entertainment and vendors. Runners can register on race day or in advance by clicking here. For more information please click here.


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

  • Provided a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Grand Re-Opening of the Laguna Niguel Sea Country Community and Senior Center
  • Received a briefing from the Health Care Agency regarding impending health care reforms
  • Chaired the Public Safety Working Group meeting
  • Attended the LAFCO meeting
  • Participated in the quarterly meeting of the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board.
My office also:
  • Provided a Certificate of Recognition in honor Manzanita Cottages’ 10 year anniversary in Laguna Beach.
  • Attended Health Care Agency’s Annual Emergency Response & POD seminar
  • Presented certificates to 29 South Orange County restaurants for participating in the OC Waste & Recycling Diversion program
  • Attended the OC Forum Luncheon
  • Attended the Orange County Taxpayers’ Association meeting
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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