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Ooctober 12, 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 40

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, October 16. 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.


Fifth Annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo

As we’ve learned all too well, wildfires, earthquakes and floods are ever present threats in Southern California. As such, I’m pleased to host my 5th annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, October 20 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, in Mission Viejo.

The South County Disaster Preparedness Expo is being held in conjunction with the City of Mission Viejo’s “Walk Against Drugs” and will take place from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon.

We can’t predict when a disaster will strike, but we can certainly prepare for one. I urge you and your family to attend the 5th annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo.

Get prepared! Learn how! For more information, click here.


Lake Forest Sports Park Groundbreaking

This week, I was pleased to be a part of the groundbreaking at the new Lake Forest Sports Park. This project is the result of a great collaboration between the City of Lake Forest and the County of Orange.

Not long after I joined the Board of Supervisors, we adopted a new strategic plan for our regional park system. That plan recognized that there was land in the County’s inventory that better served our residents by operating as local parks.

With the support of our Board of Supervisors and the Lake Forest City Council, our respective staffs went to work on creating a mutually-beneficial land exchange, through which the City received property that set about the process of making the sports park a reality.

In exchange, the County received properties that added to the acreage at nearby Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and helped us acquire one last remaining inholding within the park, permanently preserving an important trail linkage for the public.

This type of collaboration is, for me, government at its best. I want to thank the City Council and City Manager Bob Dunek for their collaborative efforts and congratulate everyone in Lake Forest on this remarkable achievement. I’m sure we are all looking forward to 2014, when the park will be completed and available for residents to enjoy.

Aliso Creek Regional Trail Named National Recreational Trail

The Aliso Creek Regional Riding and Hiking Trail was recently named a National Recreational Trail. To that end, I invite you to join me in a celebration that will take place at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 18, beginning at the rest area located off El Toro Road between Portola Parkway and Marguerite Parkway in Lake Forest.

The U.S. Secretary of Interior recognized the Aliso Creek Regional Trail as an exemplary local and regional trail, which is part of America’s national system of trails. Currently, the Aliso Creek Regional Trail is 15 miles and travels through five South County cities, beginning in Lake Forest and ending in Laguna Niguel.

Participants are invited to walk, bike or ride their horses on the dynamic trail and witness the unveiling of a special sign, designating the Aliso Creek Regional Trail as a National Recreation Trail.

For more information, please click here and here.


Save the Date: FREE Flu Shots October 19

Flu season is near and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) reminds everyone that getting a flu vaccination each year is the best way to prevent the flu. As part of an emergency preparedness exercise, HCA is partnering with the cities of Anaheim, Laguna Niguel, Placentia, Stanton, and Westminster to dispense flu shots to the community.

FREE flu shots will be offered to persons 3 years of age and older at five Orange County locations October 19 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Drive through and walk through options will be available at all locations.

In South County, the vaccination location will be located St. Timothy Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677. For more information, please click here.

To receive a flu shot, you should be feeling well on the day you receive your flu shot. To learn more about this event, please click here. To learn more about the flu and other vaccination locations, please click here.

Orange County Youth Commit to a Drug-Free Life

Since 1988, Orange County has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention effort that takes place during the month of October. Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) plays a leading role in this effort in Orange County.

For 24 years, DUILA has provided Red Ribbon wristbands to every school-aged child in public and private schools in Orange County. This amounts to an astounding one million Red Ribbon wristbands annually.

Additionally, DUILA partners with local businesses to provide incentives for students who wear the Red Ribbon wristbands in recognition of their commitment to be drug-free. Students must be wearing their Red Ribbon wristbands to receive these special deals. To see examples of the incentives available through October 28, please click here. For more information, click here.


Orange County Fire Authority: 7th Annual Open House

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) invites you to bring your family and friends to see live fire demonstrations, put out make-believe fires, take a ride in a fire engine, try on firefighter turnouts, and discover life and fire safety in a fun-filled environment at OCFA’s 7th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Regional Fire Operations & Training Center located at 1 Fire Authority Road (Jamboree & Tustin Ranch Rd.) in Irvine.

For more information, please click here and here.

Property Crime Triage System

The efforts of staff at the Orange County Crime Lab to improve the efficiency of the process of screening property crime DNA evidence were highlighted in a recent article in Forensic magazine.

The Property Crime Triage System was cooperatively developed and implemented by the Crime Lab and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The implementation of a new case submission process, the Triage System, and the Property Crime High Volume DNA Platform has reduced the average turn-around-time from submission of a work request until completion of the lab report on the analysis of DNA evidence in both property crime and violent/major offense cases.

For more information, please click here.

Get Ready to “ShakeOut”

At 10:18 AM on Thursday, October 18, County of Orange employees will join over 9 million residents statewide to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2012 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill.

For more information, please click here.


Vote-by-Mail Ballots Mailed to Orange County Voters

The Orange County Registrar of Voters mailed a record number of vote-by-mail ballots to voters this week. The number of voters receiving a permanent vote-by-mail ballot has doubled in the past four years. In fact, for the first time, it is likely we may see vote-by-mail voting surpass polling place voting in a Presidential General Election.

Statewide data indicates that over 7.4 million ballots will be mailed to voters throughout California, which represents 43% of the registered voters in the state.

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the November election is Tuesday, October 30. Voters can make a one-time request for a vote-by-mail ballot online or by using the application found on the back of their sample ballot. Voters can also track the delivery and return of their vote-by-mail ballot online. For more information, please click here.

Orange County is the only election jurisdiction in the nation to offer extensive real-time data online, which allows users to track data on the mailing and returns of vote-by-mail ballots, from party breakdowns to daily returns. For more information, please click here.


2012-13 Secured Property Tax Bills

The Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) has announced that the 2012-13 Secured Property Tax Bills are expected to be mailed to taxpayers October 18–25. All bills will be available for viewing on the TTC website once mailing starts.

The last day to make your payment for the first installment will be December 10, 2012; and for the second installment will be April 10, 2013. Payments made after these dates will be will be assessed a 10% late penalty.

For more information, please click here.


Daily Service to Mexico from John Wayne Airport

This week, Interjet inaugurated daily service to Mexico from John Wayne Airport. The flights to Mexico City and Guadalajara represent the company's fourth U.S. gateway, as Mexico's second largest air carrier continues to make a strong impact in the popular U.S./Mexico travel market.

For more information, please click here.


OC Animal Care: MVP Adoption Event

Please join OC Animal Care in celebrating the great varieties of pets they have during their MVP Adoption Event on Saturday, October 27, where you’ll have a chance to interact with some of their most popular breeds and receive BIG adoption discounts all day!

For more information, please click here.


Aliso Viejo: CARE4KIDS Run/Walk

The CARE4KIDS Run/Walk will take place at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 13 at Aliso Viejo Middle School in Aliso Viejo. Participants can choose to join one of three races: 10K, 5K, or 1K (for children 10 and under). For more information, please click here and here.

Laguna Niguel: Oohrah Anchors Away HoeDown BBQ

The City of Laguna Niguel invites you to the Sea Country Senior & Community Center for the “Oohrah Anchors Away HoeDown BBQ” at 5:30 PM on Saturday, October 13. For more information, please click here.

San Clemente: Carnival Colossal & Expo

The Carnival Colossal & Expo is now in San Clemente through Sunday, October 14 at the newly opened Vista Hermosa Sports Park located at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa. For more information, please click here.

Lake Forest: Friday Night Fright & Autumn Harvest Festival

Dare to be part of the 5th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill "Friday Night Fright!" This event takes place Friday, October 19 from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, in Lake Forest. And on Saturday, October 20, bring the family back to Heritage Hill Historical Park for the City's 2012 Autumn Harvest Festival, taking place from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For more information, please click here, here and here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Lake Forest Sports Park Groundbreaking and Rancho Parkway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
  • Participated in the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission meeting.
  • Hosted my second annual Children & Youth Summit.
  • Attended the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce “State of the City” reception featuring Mayor Tony Beall.
My office also:
  • Attended the Orange County Business Council’s Workforce Development Conference.
  • Attended the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council meeting.
  • Attended the Caltrans briefing on the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project.
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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