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July 13, 2012

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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

Ruth Strachan:
Office Manager

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Volume 6 Issue 27

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 2012, please click here.

Our next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, July 17. Regular Board meetings begin at 9:30 AM in the Hall of Administration. 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.


I-405 Improvement Project Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors received an update on the I-405 Improvement Project. The presentation included information on public perceptions about project alternatives, frequently asked questions related to express lanes, as well as traffic modeling data.

To view the presentation, please click here.

ARTIC Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors received an update on the proposed Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project from a representative of the City of Anaheim. To view the presentation, click here.

In a separate item, the OCTA Board approved the Purchase and Sale Agreement for the sale of approximately 13.5 acres of real property located at 1750 South Douglass Road, Anaheim, to the City of Anaheim for development of the ARTIC project.

Per the terms of the agreement, OCTA will sell the property to the City for $32.5 million, which will be paid to OCTA over a fourteen-year term at a two percent fixed interest rate.

Economic Forecast

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) contracts with three local universities to provide an annual 30-year taxable sales forecast for Measure M2. The latest forecasts were received in April. On Wednesday, Dr. Esmael Adibi, from Chapman University provided OCTA’s Finance and Administration Committee an update on the annual forecast.

To view the presentation, please click here.


San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Update

Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The data show that most of the wear, or tube wall thinning, was less than 20 percent. This is far below the 35 percent wall-thinning limit, which would require that the tube be plugged. The majority of the wear is related to support structures.

For more information, please click here and here.


LAFCO: Rancho Mission Viejo Development Update

The Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) received an update from Dan Kelly of Rancho Mission Viejo Company regarding development plans in South County.

To view the PowerPoint presentation provided to the Commission, please click here. For more information, please click here.


John Wayne Airport: Construction Alert

A portion of the lower/arrival level of the John Wayne Airport roadway will be narrowed to allow for construction on the pillars reinforcing the upper/departure level roadway, now through September.

For more information, please click here.


Candidate Filing for November Election to Begin

The candidate filing period for the November 6 General Election will begin Monday, July 16 at 8:00 AM and run through Friday, August 10 at 5:00 PM. Any qualified person can begin the filing process in the office of the Registrar of Voters, 1300-C South Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, or online using the Registrar of Voters' online candidate filing system.

The Registrar of Voters is the filing officer for schools and special districts. For city offices, individuals should contact their local city clerk. For more information, please click here and here.


Healthy Places, Healthy People

A new report by the Orange County Health Care Agency and its partners demonstrates how health is affected by where we live, work, learn, and play. The ‘Healthy Places, Healthy People’ report provides sub-county (e.g., city, school district, census track, etc.) data on economic, educational and community factors that influence physical health and wellbeing.

The ‘Healthy Places, Healthy People’ report was produced through collaboration between the Health Care Agency, Social Services Agency, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the Orange County Department of Education, and faculty from University of California, Irvine.

For more information, please click here and here.


Orange County Coastal Coalition Meeting

Please join me Thursday, July 26 for our next Orange County Coastal Coalition meeting. The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM at Newport Beach Library. Presenting will be Clifton Davenport, Project Manager, California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup; and David Cannon, President, Everest International Consultants, Inc.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information, please click here.

Who is Your Conservation Hero?

Help Cox Communications honor unsung Orange County environmental heroes and inspire neighborhood conservation by nominating your hero. Three winners, chosen by the public, will share $8,500 in prize money to award to the environmental nonprofit of their choice!

For more information, please click here and here.


Second Annual Wilderness Celebration in Black Star Canyon

OC Parks is pleased to announce the Second Annual Wilderness Celebration in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks will take place in Black Star Canyon on Saturday, July 28 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

This event, which partners with Irvine Ranch Conservancy, represents the second time that the area will be open for self-guided access. Light refreshments will be served and local community partners will have informational booths.

This area is part of 20,000 acres the Irvine Company donated to the County in 2010. Since moving from private to public ownership, more than 12,000 visitors have enjoyed public programs and open access days in the Irvine Ranch Open Space.

Onsite and advance registration will be available. To register online, please click here. For more information, please click here.


OC Animal Care: Catopia

Please join OC Animal Care in celebrating all that is wonderful about cats during their annual Catopia celebration Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Adoption fees will be reduced during the event and all adopters will receive FREE giveaways to get their new feline friend started out right.

For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations

San Juan Capistrano will host a low-cost vaccination clinic for dogs and cats Wednesday, July 25 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in City Hall's back parking lot at 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

Dog vaccines include the four-in-one (DHPP, $17) and bordetella ($14). Cat vaccines include three-in-one (FVRCP, $17) and leukemia (FELV, $19). Dog and cat rabies vaccines are $7 each. Identification microchips are $28, and Purevax rabies vaccines for cats are $20.

Payments should be cash only. Pets must be on leashes or in carriers. For more information about the clinic, please call the City at (949) 234-4565.


Treasures in your Attic?

Is there a treasure in your attic? Bring your small treasure to the San Clemente Branch Library for an evaluation Monday, July 30 at 7:00 PM and find out! For more information, please click here.

eReader Open House

Learn how to download library books for FREE at the eReader Open House on Wednesday, August 15 from 10:00 AM to noon at the El Toro Branch Library, 24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest. For more information, please call (949) 855-8173 or click here.


South County Youths Earns Spots on U.S. Olympic Team

Summer just got a lot more interesting for Kyla Ross. The Aliso Niguel High School (ANHS) freshman will represent the United States on the women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, earning a spot recently at the Olympic trials in San Jose. At fifteen years of age, Kyla is the youngest member of the five-person team.

Kyla was a student at Aliso Viejo Middle School and Capistrano Home School before entering ANHS this year. One of her teammates, McKayla Maroney (16), also previously attended Aliso Viejo Middle School.

Additionally, former Fifth District resident Sam Mikulak was selected to represent the U.S. on the men’s Olympic gymnastics team competing in London this summer. As a current University of Michigan men's gymnast, Sam became the first American athlete in the program’s history to earn an Olympic berth.

Sam made the five-man squad for his outstanding collective performance at the Visa Championships and the 2012 United States Olympic Trials (June 28-30). After scoring a day-one best of 91.80 in the all-around at the Olympic trials, Sam competed solely on pommel horse on day two of action due to a sprained ankle. Still, the Olympic Selection Committee believed Sam worthy of being selected to the U.S. men’s squad, which is considered by many to be the best since the 1984 Olympic team.

For more information, please click here.

Congratulations to these and all our Orange County Olympians! GO USA!


Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert Series

Come take advantage of the FREE and always popular Laguna Niguel Summer Concert Series, beginning Friday, July 13 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Crown Valley Community Park Amphitheater. For more information, please click here.

Dana Point: Summer Concerts in the Park

Celebrating over 23 years of FREE Summer Concerts in the Park, the City of Dana Point is proud to announce their 2012 line up. On Sunday, July 15, enjoy Springsteen: The Premier Tribute to the Boss. All concerts are held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concerts Announced

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will present five FREE concerts of fantastic musical performances this summer. Concerts are Sundays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Central Park, beginning Sunday, July 15. For more information, please click here and here.

San Juan Capistrano: San Juan Summer Nites

The next San Juan Summer Nites concert is set for Wednesday, July 18 at the Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real. The concert starts at 6:00 PM and will feature "Family Style," playing their distinct sounds of soul, rhythm and blues. For more information, please click here.

San Clemente: Ocean Festival

The San Clemente Ocean Festival is celebrating “The Greatest Show on Surf!” Come join the fun Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22 at the San Clemente Pier. For more information, please click here and here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Attended the 2nd annual Roses, Radishes and Royalty Awards, recognizing the best (and worst) of individual, business and public agency taxpayer policy. Congratulations to the Orange County Transportation Authority and the City of Mission Viejo upon receiving Rose Awards! For more information, please click here.
My office also:
  • Attended the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors meeting.
  • Attended the OCTA Finance & Administration Committee meeting.
  • Attended the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission meeting.
  • Attended the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council meeting.
  • Provided certificates of recognition for the honorees at the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce 2012 Installation & Awards Dinner.
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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