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December 2, 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 47

Fifth District Holiday Open House


No Board Meeting This Week

There was not a 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, December 6. 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.


Next Phase of Orange Freeway Construction

Construction will soon begin on the second segment of the Orange Freeway (SR-57) Northbound Lane Addition project between Katella Avenue and Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim.

This week, I attended a kick-off event for the project at the Honda Center in Anaheim, marking the beginning of the second phase of the SR-57 Northbound Widening Project.

The second phase of construction is expected to begin early next year and will add one northbound general purpose lane from Katella Avenue to Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim.

Existing lanes and shoulders will also be widened to conform to Caltrans’ design standards. Currently, construction is under way on the first segment of the project, which extends from Orangethorpe Avenue to Lambert Road.

Visit the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) project website for more information about this project, including the map, timeline and alternative routes during construction.

OCTA Reviews California High Speed Rail Plan

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Transportation 2020 Committee and the Finance & Administration Committee received a presentation on the California High Speed Rail Plan (CHSR) Business Plan update.

CHSR Chairman Tom Umberg attended the T2020 Committee meeting to answer questions and receive input from the OCTA committee members' concerns regarding several aspects of the CHSR financial plan and operational challenges.

The respective committee recommendations regarding the CHSR Business Plan will be discussed in detail by the entire OCTA Board of Directors at our December 12 meeting.

For more information, please click here.

Measure M2 Quarterly Progress Report

On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board received the Measure M2 progress report for the period of July 2011 through September 2011. The report highlights progress on Measure M2 projects and programs.

To view the report, please click here.

91 Express Lanes 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) periodically conducts surveys of 91 Express Lanes toll road users to provide an understanding of customer satisfaction, priorities, concerns and experiences, as they pertain to OCTA and the 91 Express Lanes.

To view a summary of the results of the 91 Express Lanes 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey, click here. To view the PowerPoint presentation presented to the OCTA Board, click here.


1st Installment of Secured Property Taxes Due

The 1st installment of your secured property taxes is due Monday, December 12. Payments postmarked after this date will be subject to a 10% late penalty.

To pay by eCheck at no cost, please visit the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website, click the link for “Pay or Review Your Property Taxes,” find your parcel number, then select and choose "pay online."

For more information, please click here.


County Homeless Emergency Shelters Now Open

This week, the County of Orange opened the Armory Emergency Shelter Program. This seasonal program provides up to 400 beds for homeless families and individuals. As such, the program offers shelter to families and individuals, along with a nutritious meal, warm shower, a safe place to sleep, warm clothes, as well as a wide variety of supportive services, all in a friendly and safe atmosphere.

The shelters are located at the National Guard Armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana and are a vital link in our efforts to care for those who lack proper shelter as well as provide needed services to families and individuals.

The Armory Emergency Shelter Program supports the County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and is possible thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers from County agencies, churches, and other community groups.

For more information, please click here.


Laguna Niguel Regional Park: Thumbelina Puppet Show

Join OC Parks and The Puppets & Players Little Theatre for a puppet performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.”

The FREE performance will take place Sunday, December 4 in Laguna Niguel Regional Park at Shelter #4, near the front of the park. Lawn seating will be available, so bring blankets and chairs to sit on.

Come early for FREE holiday crafts, featuring Thumbelina-sized gingerbread houses, and puppet demonstrations beginning at 1:00 PM. The show will begin at 2:00 PM.

Thumbelina will also be available for photos, so be sure to bring a camera! 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 special events as well as current conditions at the State Park.

To view the DSBIA December newsletter, please click here.


Photo with Santa!

Bring your pet to OC Animal Care the first four Saturdays in December from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a photo with Santa! All participants will receive a festive holiday frame with their pet’s photo along with a digital copy to share with friends and family. All donations will benefit the animals at OC Animal Care.

For more information, please click here.


South County Marching Band State Champion Once Again

Capistrano High School’s award-winning Black & Gold Brigade marching band has clinched the top spot again in its division at the Southern California Judging Association (SCJA) California State Band Championships.

The most recent win marks a remarkable three-peat victory for the group from Mission Viejo at the prestigious SCJA competition. With this latest victory, the school’s 96-member marching band and color guard have taken four 1st place state titles in just six short years!

The band’s talents will be on full display Saturday, December 3 at the San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting Ceremony and again Saturday, December 10 at the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade.

For more information, please click here. To view photos, please click here.


Dana Point: Holidays in the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights

Dana Point Harbor will host its 37th annual Holidays in the Harbor, featuring the 2011 Boat Parade of Lights and much, much more! For more information, including dates and times for this year’s holiday festivities, please click here and here.

Lake Forest: Victorian Christmas & Candlelight Tour

Heritage Hill Historical Park’s 30th annual Victorian Christmas celebration in Lake Forest will take place Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Heritage Hill will also host the 26th annual Candlelight Tour on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. For more information, please click here.

San Clemente: Santa’s Village by the Sea

The City of San Clemente proudly presents, “Santa’s Village by the Sea” on Saturday, December 3. The Holly Jolly Hoopla will be held at the San Clemente Community Center from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, followed by the Mayor’s annual tree lighting in the courtyard at 5:15 PM, with Christmas at Casa Romantica from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. For more information, please click here.

Mission Viejo: ‘The Nutcracker’ Puppet Show

Welcome the holiday season with a delightful production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 3. The FREE puppet show will take place at 2:00 PM and again at 3:30 PM at Mission Viejo City Hall. For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Tree Lighting Ceremony

San Juan Capistrano hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 3 at Historic Town Center Park, featuring a cornucopia of holiday activities, spirit and fun for folks of all ages. For more information, please click here and here.

Laguna Niguel: Christmas Tree Lighting

Come to Laguna Niguel City Hall on Saturday, December 3 at 4:30 PM to mingle with friends, munch on cookies, sip hot chocolate and enjoy the songs of the season at the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony! For more information, please click here.

Laguna Hills: Breakfast with Santa

Santa will be arriving at the Laguna Hills Community Center for a morning full of holiday fun, including a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa, and holiday crafts on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, please click here.

Aliso Viejo: Holiday Concert

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the City of Aliso Viejo, the public is invited to attend a special Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 10 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Soka University's Performing Arts Center. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Beach: 21st Annual Winter Fantasy

The 2011 Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach will feature the fine art and craft of over 170 exhibitors on weekends through December 11 at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. For more information, please click here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Attended the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Transportation 2020 Committee meeting to discuss California High Speed Rail Plan project issues.
  • Attended the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) kick-off event for the second phase of the SR-57 Northbound Widening Project.
  • Received a briefing from representatives of the South Orange County Economic Coalition.
  • Attended the Orange County Coastal Coalition meeting. More on this next week.
My office also:
  • Provided a certificate of recognition in honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony for South County Collision in Mission Viejo.
  • Provided a certificate of recognition in honor of the ribbon cutting ceremonies for Olympic Tree Sales and Computer Tech Express in San Juan Capistrano.
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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