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June 3, 2011

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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.
















Don Hughes:
Chief of Staff

Kristen Thornton:
Deputy Chief of Staff

Ray Grangoff:
Deputy Chief of Staff

Sergio Prince:
Policy Advisor

Sabrina Ross:
Policy Advisor

Brian Probolsky:
Policy Advisor

Ruth Strachan:
Office Manager

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Volume 5 Issue 21

No Board Meeting This Week

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there was no regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors this week. To view the Board meeting schedule for 2011, please click here.

Our next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, June 7. For Agenda & Meeting Information, please click here.

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


National Transit Association Recognizes OCTA

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) transit team received the Certificate of Merit for Safety Award at the Annual Bus Safety and Security Awards ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee last week. OCTA topped more than 50 other applicants for this prestigious award.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) highlighted OCTA’s commitment to transit safety and security, as the award recognizes the transit agency that received passing marks on the APTA Safety Audit and demonstrated efforts to institute greater safety measures for the transit service it provides.

Draft Orange County Sustainable Communities Strategy

As previously reported in my newsletter, the Orange County Transportation Authority approved the release of the Draft Orange County Sustainable Communities Strategy (OC SCS) to seek additional public comments on the document through Friday, June 10.

To that end, the Orange County Council of Governments will host a second Public Workshop on the Draft OC SCS Tuesday, June 7 at 4:00 PM at the West Anaheim Community Center.

To view the Draft OC SCS and for more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano Road Closures

Two full road closures are planned at Oso Road and La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano as part of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Rail Safety Enhancement Program.

Oso Road will close for about two weeks beginning at 6:00 AM on Monday, June 13. Detour signs will be posted and drivers can use La Zanja Street during the closure.

Once work at Oso Road is complete, La Zanja Street will close for one week, beginning at 6:00 AM on Monday, June 27. Drivers can use Oso Road to detour around the La Zanja Street closure.

OCTA is partnering with eight cities to implement the $85 million program, which includes safety enhancements at 50 railroad crossings throughout Orange County. After the improvements are made, cities are able to apply for quiet zone status. Current law requires engineers to sound their horns up to four times when they approach a crossing. If a quiet zone is established, horns will only sound in emergency.

For more information, please click here and here.

Aliso Viejo Power Outage May Cause Traffic Delays

Southern California Edison on Wednesday, June 8, will repair the traffic signal at Aliso Creek Road and Windsong, causing a power outage at the signal and some traffic delays. The intersection will be controlled by stop sign from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM while the utility repairs a power malfunction.

For more information, please call (800) 611-1911.


San Juan Capistrano Election Next Tuesday

The Orange County Registrar of Voters will be conducting San Juan Capistrano's special municipal election Tuesday, June 7 on Measure B. City voters are being asked to choose between competing development plans along La Novia Avenue. A "yes" vote is for the newer plan, while a "no" vote keeps the older plan.

For more information, please click here.


2011 Dana Point Harbor Boat Show and Green Expo

Dana Point Harbor is one of the most spectacular marinas along the California coast. Always full with the highest-quality boats, Dana Point Harbor is home to thousands of watercraft and enthusiasts who enjoy all types of water sports activities throughout the year.

This year, the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show and Green Expo is scheduled to coincide with National Marina Day (June 11). On this day, Dana Point Harbor will join other marinas nationwide in celebrating and spreading the joy of boating and the marina lifestyle.

The 2011 Boat Show and Green Expo, which officially runs June 9-12, also shares in National Marina Day’s commitment to environmental stewardship, with features such as sustainable boating demonstrations and marine conservation activities. The beautiful waterfront of Dana Point Harbor serves as a natural backdrop to the Boat Show and Green Expo, where both marine and land related conservation issues merge.

For more information, please click here and here.


John Wayne Airport: Community Focus Space Program

A selection of works from artist Frank Ritenour are being featured in John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program and will be on display through July 18. A South County resident, Frank and his wife live in San Clemente with their two daughters.

Ritenour's artwork will be displayed on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening checkpoints and on the Arrival (lower) Level near baggage carousels 1 and 4. For more information, please click here.


Tax Auction

The Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector will be holding a tax auction June 29 at 9:00 AM to auction off certain County of Orange real property that has unpaid property taxes for five years or more. For more information, please click here.

Tax-Defaulted Properties

The Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector has posted a list of all properties which will have been tax-defaulted five or more years and will become subject to the tax collector’s power to sell on July 1, unless the property is redeemed or an installment plan of redemption is initiated prior to 5:00 PM on June 30. For more information, please click here.


Community Provider Plan for the Healthy Families Program

For the 14th year in a row, state regulators have designated CalOptima as the Community Provider Plan for the Healthy Families Program in Orange County. The Healthy Families Program offers comprehensive health coverage to children from working families without employer-sponsored insurance.

Each year, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board recognizes one Healthy Families Program plan in each county with the Community Provider Plan designation. This designation goes to the plan with the most providers in its network and means members who enroll with CalOptima receive a premium discount.

CalOptima, through the Healthy Families Program, currently provides health care coverage to nearly 40,000 children in Orange County. The program covers children up to age 19 whose households are at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For more information, please click here.


Doheny State Beach Update

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) has released its monthly DOHENY UPDATE to better inform the public about events and conditions at the State Park. To view the DSBIA June newsletter, please click here.


OC Animal Care: Paw It Forward

Sponsored by the Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club, OC Animal Care will host a Paw It Forward adoption event Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The first 20 dogs adopted will receive a $50 discount on their adoption fee as well as a FREE training session!

For more information, please click here and here.


Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano to National Finals

Six members of San Juan Capistrano’s Ballet Folklorico are heading to the national finals after earning first place trophies at the U.S.A. National Folklorico Regional Dance Competition last month. The outstanding victories qualified them for the national finals to be held Saturday, June 11 in Lynwood.

The group also received a grant from Ralphs/Food 4 Less for its commitment to the community and improving the quality of life through vivid performances. Ballet Folklorico provides opportunities for youth to participate in a low-cost cultural dance program that promotes self-esteem, teamwork and cultural diversity. Next up for the dance group is a performance at the Orange County Fair on July 16.

For more information, please click here.


San Clemente: Student Beach Concert

The 12th Annual Beach Concert Series at San Clemente Pier is “Bringing the Bands to the Sand” on Friday, June 10 at 6:00 PM. Join the community to enjoy the San Clemente High School & Shorecliffs Jazz Band and celebrate live music on the beach with the sunset as your backdrop and FREE seating on the sand.

For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Summer Nites Concert Series

San Juan Capistrano's opener of its 2011 Summer Nites Concert Series will be Wednesday, June 15 at Historic Town Center Park. "Steely Jam,” a tribute to Steely Dan, will headline from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Admission is FREE, with food and beverage available for purchase. Blankets and beach chairs are welcome, but pets aren't allowed. For more information, please click here and here.

Laguna Niguel: Water Safety Presentation

With summer nearly upon us, water safety will once again be a concern for parents and their children. Please join Laguna Niguel Police Services and the Orange County Fire Authority for a Community Safety Presentation on Thursday, June 16 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Crown Valley Community Park.

For more information, please click here.


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

  • Provided a County Update and certificates of recognition at the 4th annual State of the Community reception in Ladera Ranch.
My office also:
  • Participated in the regular meeting of the Orange County Coastal Coalition. More on this in next week’s newsletter.
  • Presented a proclamation to OC Dana Point Harbor in celebration of National Marina Day.
  • Provided a certificate of recognition to Santiago de Compostela Church Youth Ministry for their outstanding youth involved in the Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership.
  • Provided a certificate of recognition to Rite Aid Pharmacy in honor of their ribbon cutting ceremony in Dana Point.
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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