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April 19, 2013

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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 7 Issue 15

Board Appoints Orange County Auditor-Controller

Following a series of interviews of four outstanding candidates, the Board appointed Jan Grimes to the position of Orange County Auditor-Controller. Ms. Grimes will assume the vacant seat of former Orange County Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom, who resigned in January 2012 to take the Auditor-Controller position in the County of Sonoma. His uncompleted term will be up for election in 2014, and Ms. Grimes has indicated she will not run for the position at that time. Therefore, it will most likely be an open seat.

Jan Grimes has been Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller and acting Auditor-Controller for the previous nine months, and prior to that served as Director of Central Accounting operations for five years. She will be able to immediately provide management direction to the Department’s staff and has experience working within the County while having established professional relationships with managers in County Departments and Agencies.

Along with being a California Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager, Jan Grimes has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project

The Board approved an amendment to the contract with Project Dimensions, Inc. (PDI) for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project Management. PDI has highly relevant experience and detailed knowledge of Dana Point Harbor, the Revitalization Plan, the stakeholder community, and has provided critical project management support for OC Dana Point Harbor since 2003, when they were selected following an RFP process. The amendment to the five-year contract in the amount of $4.7 Million runs from 2013 to 2018.

The scope of the agreement will continue to include the management of various architectural, engineering, landscape, signage, and other preliminary design and engineering work needed to support the preparation of the necessary approvals prior to construction.

It will also include the preparation and acquisition of all regulatory permits and approvals, as well as design, engineering, and Coastal Commission compliance services for the waterside portion of the project, and managing of the landside project through construction.

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Extending John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement

The Board authorized execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Newport Beach, the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON). The MOU is an important step toward extending the landmark John Wayne Airport (JWA) Settlement Agreement.

The MOU defines roles and responsibilities with respect to preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the EIR is to identify the environmental impacts associated with a proposed 15-year extension of the Settlement Agreement.

Following community meetings and a required public comment period on the results of the environmental analysis, the Draft EIR will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration. The County expects this environmental review process will be complete in early 2014.

The original 1985 Settlement Agreement formalized consensus between the County, the City, AWG and SPON on a set of defined facility and operational improvements for JWA and a related set of environmental protections. The Settlement Agreement was amended and extended in 2003 and is currently set to expire on December 31, 2015.

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Musick Jail Expansion

The Board approved the acceptance of the State Public Works Board (SPWB) project establishment designation for the Musick Jail Expansion. The Board also approved a contract with a firm for design and engineering services for the first phase of the expansion.

On December 6, 2011, the Board authorized the Sheriff to submit an application to the State for AB 900 funding for the Musick Expansion. The Sheriff received a conditional award in the amount of $100 million on March 8, 2012. To satisfy the conditions of the award, the County was required to submit project scope, cost, schedule, CEQA, and real estate due diligence information to the SPWB.

On March 8, 2013 the SPWB approved the action to allocate funding to complete design and construction for the Musick expansion. The establishment of the project by the SPWB allows the County to commit funding to design and construction that is reimbursed from the AB 900 Phase II $100 million award.

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Northeast Annexation to the City of Mission Viejo

The Board approved the Pre-Annexation Agreement between the County of Orange and the City of Mission Viejo for the Northeast Annexation. The County is owner of two parcels within the annexation area. Upon annexation, these parcels will transfer to the City.

The City of Mission Viejo filed an application with the Local Agency Formation Commission to annex 40 acres of unincorporated territory into Mission Viejo to allow Standard Pacific Homes to construct a single-family project within the City boundaries.

Mission Viejo currently lies entirely within the 5th District; however, the annexation area lies completely within the 3rd District. As such, upon annexation, the City of Mission Viejo will officially be in two Supervisorial Districts.

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Salt Creek Beach Lifeguard Programs

Each summer, our beaches are open to a multitude of youth summer programs, including the very popular junior lifeguard programs. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board approved a new two-year operating permit with U.S. Open Safety Inc. and California Junior Lifeguard Programs, Inc. These programs not only provide our South County youth a great summer activity, the licensing fees help offset the cost of lifeguard services during the summer months.

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General Development Plan for Orange County Zoo

The Board approved a General Development Plan for the Orange County Zoo at Irvine Regional Park. This plan reflects the Zoo’s mission to “Provide an attractive zoo with high quality programs that entertains and educates visitors about the current and past animals know to inhabit Orange County.”

Eleven new components will be implemented in four phases. These phases will begin when funding becomes available in the future. I congratulate the great work of OC Parks staff to put together this document that will guide the revitalization of this wonderful asset to our community.

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Senior Citizens Advisory Council

The Board supported my nomination to reappoint Elizabeth Busick of Mission Viejo as my Fifth District representative on the Senior Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC). SCAC advises the Board of Supervisors and the Office on Aging on matters affecting senior citizens in Orange County. Elizabeth also serves as Chair of the SCAC Legislative Committee.

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Accepting Applications for Taxpayers Oversight Committee

If you have a good eye for details and live in Orange County's First, Third, Fourth or Fifth Supervisorial District, you are invited to join the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC). Applications are due Monday, April 22.

The TOC is an independent committee formed after the passage of Measure M in 1990. The Committee monitors the use of Measure M funds and ensures that all revenue collected from Measure M is spent on voter-approved transportation projects.

Currently, there are openings in the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Supervisoral Districts. The online application can be accessed here. For more information, please call the Grand Jurors Association of Orange County's Taxpayers Oversight Committee Selection Panel at (714) 970-9329 or click here.


Orange County Public Works Celebrates Annual Open House

Orange County Public Works will host its Annual Open House on Friday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 2301 North Glassell Street, Orange. This year, the Open House will exhibit an overview of projects, community services, and displays that give residents a better understanding of what OC Public Works does for their community.

OC Public Works staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the department’s projects and services. Public Works encourages all residents, students, and prospective engineers to join this informative event.

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Happy 20th Birthday Laguna Coast Wilderness Park!

It was 20 years ago this month that Laguna Coast Wilderness Park was officially dedicated as an Orange County Park. Since then, thousands of people from all over the world have forged a personal relationship with the park, having hiked its canyons, viewed its wildlife, biked its ridge lines, or painted its natural grandeur.

This land was originally preserved to provide a home for this threatened ecosystem. The coastal sage scrub ecosystem found in the Park is one of the world's 34 biodiversity hotspots and contains several endangered and threatened species. In fact, there are several species that are only found in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

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John Wayne Airport: 2012 Interactive Annual Report

John Wayne Airport (JWA) is pleased to announce its 2012 Interactive Annual Report. Please click LAUNCH to experience JWA's 2012 Annual Report or click DOWNLOAD to view the Annual Report in PDF format. For more information, please click here.


Pet Fair 2013: Furry Friends Fiesta

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4, as OC Animal Care hosts its biggest event of the year – Pet Fair 2013! The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, featuring pet-friendly vendors and offering hundreds of lovable animals available for adoption.

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Passport Day

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department has scheduled another Passport Day for Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. To save time, passport applications can be filled out in advance online at www.ocrecorder.com. Walk-ins are welcome to complete the process but appointments are encouraged by calling (714) 834-2588.

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Dana Point: Community Shred Day

Monarch Bay Plaza in Dana Point is sponsoring a FREE Community Shred Day to shred your sensitive documents Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Niguel: Baseball & Softball Skills Competition

Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run in Laguna Niguel on Sunday, April 21 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM is an exciting baseball and softball skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, an opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Beach: Healthy Girl Festival

Celebrate the value and potential of every girl at the Healthy Girl Festival – the mother/daughter event of the year in Laguna Beach – Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the Festival of Arts grounds. For more information, please click here and here.

Lake Forest: Rancho Days Fiesta

Explore the rich history of Orange County's Mexican Ranchos and Native American tribes at the Rancho Days Fiesta taking place at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Dana Point: 7th Annual Grand Prix of Cycling

Join top professionals, amateurs and excited kids May 5 at the 7th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, as they race on the best course in America, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and spectacular Dana Point Harbor. For more information, please click here and here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Gave the welcoming remarks at the Earth Day 2013 Restoration and Clean Up event at San Onofre State Beach with the California State Parks Foundation.
  • Attended the Lincoln Club of Orange County’s 51st Annual Dinner.
  • Participated in the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles.
  • Adjourned the Board of Supervisors meeting in memory of Ernie Schneider of San Juan Capistrano.
My office also:
  • Attended the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency’s FY 2013-14 Budget Workshop.
  • Attended the Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency’s FY 2013-14 Budget Workshop.
  • Attended the Safe Communities Meeting in the City of Irvine.
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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