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November 2, 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.

PatBates@ocgov.com


IN THIS ISSUE...

1. IMPORTANT REMINDERS

2. BOARD BULLETIN BOARD

3. TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

4. TAX COLLECTOR COLLECTIBLES

5. SAFETY SENTRY

6. HARBOR HAPPENINGS

7. NOTES FROM THE FIELD

8. SOUTH COUNTY CALENDAR

9. FIFTH DISTRICT WRAP-UP


OUR STAFF...

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 43
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

When you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour, as Daylight Saving Time ends this year at 2:00 AM, Sunday, November 4.

Also, when you change your clocks, please remember to change your smoke alarm batteries, too!

2012 Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day. Please remember to vote and that all vote-by-mail absentee ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters (ROV) by Tuesday. To avoid any potential postal delays, voters should not mail their voted ballot between now and Election Day. California law requires that all ballots must be in the custody of election officials prior to 8:00 PM on Election Night. Postmarks do not count.

To allow greater flexibility for voters needing assistance prior to Election Day, the ROV office will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Voters are also able to drop-off their completed vote-by-mail ballot, pick up a vote-by-mail ballot, or vote in the ROV office, located at 1300 S. Grand Ave, Building C, in Santa Ana.

Polling place voters should prepare for congestion during peak voting times and plan ahead prior to voting (peak voting times include 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and 5:00 PM. to 8:00 PM). For information on preparing prior to Election Day, please click here. Voters can look-up their polling place by clicking here.

For more information, please click here.

BOARD BULLETIN BOARD

Elected Official Vacancies

At our October 23 Board meeting, I directed the CEO’s office to return to the Board with a process for filling the current elected office vacancies in the Public Administrator, Auditor-Controller and, depending on the results of the November 6 election, the Clerk-Recorder’s office. The report to the Board provides a framework to establish a process for accepting applications, interviews, timelines and appointment to these offices.

Government Code 25304 spells out the authority of the Board of Supervisors to fill a vacancy of a countywide elected office holder. Appointments made by the Board of Supervisors would hold office until the conclusion of the remaining term of office and would need to run for the office in 2014 and be elected by Orange County voters to continue in office.

Appointees for the positions of Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Administrator must be registered voters of Orange County and qualified to vote for the office as of the date of their appointment. In contrast to the Auditor-Controller, there are no unique statutory requirements to hold the offices of Clerk-Recorder or Public Administrator. For the qualifications for Auditor-Controller, please click here.

The CEO’s office will return November 20 with a more detailed process and procedure outlined for the Board to consider.

MCAS El Toro Base Homeless Agreements

On July 24, the Board approved agreements with Community Action Partnership and Families Forward to allow the use of a warehouse on the former MCAS El Toro to provide services for the homeless.

This past Tuesday, the Board approved supplemental agreements with Community Action Partnership and Families Forward, which sets up alternate means of providing homeless assistance for the homeless service providers in the event they cannot utilize the warehouse for their programs.

If the warehouse cannot reasonably be used for the homeless programs, the warehouse shall be re-conveyed to the County under the Base Closure Agreement with the Department of the Navy. The County will then be tasked with providing “for the use to assist the homeless of buildings and property, resources, and assistance on and off the installation."

The approval and acceptance of these agreements will help facilitate the re-conveyance of the warehouse to the County without property restrictions and add 5.2 acres to the County's 100 Acres assemblage that completely surrounds Warehouse 360 on the former MCAS El Toro.

For more information, please click here.

Reorganization of County Human Resources

The Board voted unanimously to centralize the County’s human resource services into the new Human Resource Services Department. The reorganization is a significant government reform.

In June, the Board authorized the County Human Resource (HR) Director to begin preliminary planning to centralize all of County HR. Tuesday’s action is the culmination of that preliminary planning. Over the course of the next 18 months, all of the County’s HR will be in one central department.

After the 1994 bankruptcy, County HR services were decentralized, with each department responsible for their own HR services. This centralization initiative came about as a result of a performance audit conducted last year of HR. The audit revealed many inconsistencies in the application of policies for human resources.

Supervisor Nelson and I served on an Audit Subcommittee, which was tasked with making recommendations to improve these practices. By centralizing HR, we will have a more consistent application of policies across County Departments and ensure that workplace rules are being followed.

For more information, please click here.

Accountability Commitment Program

The Board approved an amendment to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Orange County Department of Education. The Amendment allowed for a lease extension to continue the Accountability Commitment Program (ACP).

ACP is an alternative to incarceration for juveniles. Students are required to attend classes five days a week from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Academic instruction is provided in the morning hours. Afternoon activities are aimed at enhancing the lives of participants with drug prevention education, gang prevention workshops, job readiness/job placement, and community service projects.

On weekends, youth are required to join Juvenile Court Work Program (JCWP) work crews to perform weed abatement, graffiti removal, and other projects benefiting local cities and parks throughout Orange County.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Policy

The Board approved revisions to the County Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Policy and Procedures. The revisions will make the policy and procedures more clear and organized. The Board is committed to ensuring each County employee follows the appropriate workplace rules to keep a safe and harassment free workplace environment.

For more information, please click here.

Assessment Tax System Re-Engineering

Over the past few years, the County has begun several IT projects to update those complex systems that manage the assessment and collection of property taxes.

At Tuesday's Board meeting, Assessor Webster Guillory reported the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar program to update our current Assessment Tax System (ATS).

Our new ATS system manages over 10 million documents, including deeds, correspondences, and property statements that assist the Assessor in maintaining and assessing nearly 914,000 Secured Roll parcels with a valuation of over $408 billion.

For more information, please click here.

Full Service Day Spa Concession for John Wayne Airport

The Board approved a specialty concession lease for a full service day spa and specialty retail travel store in Terminal B.

XpresSpa will operate a full service day spa and a specialty retail travel store providing services, including massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials, as well as hair washing and styling for men and women. The prices for these services will range from $8 to $175.

XpresSpa has been in business since in 2003 and operates exclusively at airports. They currently have 37 locations in 19 major airports in the United States and three locations in European airports. XpresSpa employs over 500 trained technicians.

In addition, XpresSpa will partner with Brookstone, a leading specialty retailer. Brookstone offers a wide assortment of travel and unique products and has over 50 airport locations.

XpresSpa’s proposed rent to John Wayne Airport over the 5 year lease term is $700,000.

For more information, please click here.

Boards, Committees and Commissions

The Board approved my nomination of Ron Langer of Laguna Niguel to serve on the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council and my reappointment of Gary Kreitz of Rancho Santa Margarita to serve on the Orange County Assessment Appeals Board. I commend both Gary and Ron for their outstanding commitment to public service!

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

I-5 Closures November 3 & 4 in San Clemente

Caltrans will intermittently close Interstate 5 (I-5) at Camino de Estrella in the City of San Clemente for bridge work on November 3 and 4 during night time and early morning hours. There will be a full closure of the southbound lanes November 3 from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM; and a full closure of northbound lanes November 4 from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM.

For more information, please click here, here and here.

South Orange County Transportation Forum

Approximately 40 community members participated in the South Orange County Economic Coalition Transportation Forum last Friday to discuss present and future transportation projects affecting the South Orange County region.

The event included representatives from the Orange County Transportation Authority, Caltrans, Metrolink, Transportation Corridor Agencies and the County of Orange, who shared key information about local projects, including the I-5 HOV Lane Extension Project, the Ortega/I-5 Interchange Project, the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure Project, the Antonio Widening Project, and the SR-241 Tesoro Extension Project.

Led by the South Orange County Regional Chambers of Commerce, the South Orange County Economic Coalition advocates for greater investment in the region's infrastructure and a comprehensive solution to transportation challenges.

Orange County Receives $2.77 Million for Highway Projects

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $2.77 million to Orange County's Caltrans District 12 for two highway improvement projects at last week's meeting in Sacramento.

State Highway Operations and Protection Program funds will provide for a surface overlay and improved drainage on the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) near the southbound Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) connecting on-ramp.

The funding also will pay for the same improvements on the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) in Anaheim from Harbor Boulevard to East Street, in addition to new median barrier.

TAX COLLECTOR COLLECTIBLES

2012-13 Secured Property Tax Bills Mailed

The 840,000 annual 2012-13 Secured Property Tax Bills have now been mailed to all Orange County property owners. Property tax bills are normally mailed in late September, but the County is in the middle of upgrading its property tax systems, causing the mailing of the tax bills to be delayed in the current year.

Although, the first installment is due November 1, taxpayers can pay their tax bill up to December 10 without any penalties. The second installment is due February 1, 2013 and the last day to pay without penalty is April 10, 2013.

If you have not yet received your secured tax bill, please go online to view and print your tax bill at bos.ocgov.com/octaxbill or call a customer service representative at 714-834-3411 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:45 PM, and they can mail you a duplicate copy of your bill.

Payments may be made online by eCheck at no cost using your checking or savings account at bos.ocgov.com/octaxbill by midnight on the last payment date. In addition, the convenience fee for credit card payments was reduced this year from 2.5% to 2.3% (with a minimum charge of $3.95). Visa Consumer Debit cards will be charged a flat convenience fee of $3.95.

Mailed payments must have a USPS Postmark dated on or before the last payment date to be considered timely.

SAFETY SENTRY

Behind the Orange Curtain

"Behind the Orange Curtain," an award-winning documentary that discusses the abuse of prescription drugs among Orange County’s youth, will air in the theater at San Juan Hills High School on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 PM.

The 55-minute film will be followed by a question-and-answer period with parents who have lost children to overdoses, as well as law enforcement and medical experts. The event is FREE.

For more information about the movie, please click here. To view a trailer for the film, please click here. For more information, please click here and here.

HARBOR HAPPENINGS

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center

The Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor and the Maddie James Foundation kicked-off the construction of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center with a ceremony October 25.

The Center is named for Maddie James, a five-year-old girl who passed away in 2011. As the Ocean Institute was a favorite location for Maddie, her foundation raised $1 million for the project, which will include facilities where children can learn about ocean science and maritime history.

Maddie's parents spoke at the event, which I was pleased to attend, along with Ocean Institute Board of Directors Chairman John Williams, Board members from the Ocean Institute and the Maddie James Foundation, as well as community leaders from Dana Point and surrounding communities.

The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center is scheduled to be completed in the spring and will begin serving students. For more information, please click here.

Boater Registration Open for 2012 Boat Parade of Lights

All boaters are invited to participate in the 2012 Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor taking place December 7, 8, 14 and 15. The theme for this year’s Boat Parade is “Lights, Camera, Action - A Hollywood Holiday”.

To enter your boat, please fill out an entry form and return it to the Dana Point Harbor Association no later than December 5. For more information on the 2012 Boat Parade of Lights, including details for the Pre-Parade Skippers’ Party/Meeting, or to download an entry form, please click here and here.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Doheny Update

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) has issued their latest edition of DOHENY UPDATE to better inform the public about events and conditions in the State Park.

To view the DSBIA November newsletter, please click here.

SOUTH COUNTY CALENDAR

San Clemente: Health Expo

The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers in collaboration with the Illumination Foundation is planning a Health Expo in the City of San Clemente on Sunday, November 4 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Health Expo will offer health screenings, vision services, flu vaccines and much more for underserved citizens. For more information, please click here.

Aliso Viejo: Children's Concert

The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) will host a children's concert in Aliso Viejo Town Center on Thursday, November 8 from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. The FREE concert is geared toward children and their parents. For more information, please click here and here.

Dana Point: 35th Annual Turkey Trot

Don’t miss the 35th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 22! Recognized as one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs, the 2012 Turkey Trot will also include a 2-day Health & Wellness Expo (Nov. 21 & 22). For early registration or more information, please click here.

FIFTH DISTRICT WRAP-UP

In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Participated in a meeting of the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Committee.
  • Presented the LARCS Teen Leadership Council of Ladera Ranch with a review of County government and our election process.
  • Attended a reception in the Hall of Administration in honor of Orange County’s Olympians who competed at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
  • Participated in a meet & greet with representatives of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Adjourned the Board of Supervisors meeting in memory Col. Dennis Fitz of San Juan Capistrano.
My office also:
  • Presented certificates of recognition at the Heroes with Heart reception hosted by the Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of Orange County.
  • Attended the Orange County Library Advisory Board 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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