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June 28, 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

Sabrina Ross:
Deputy Chief of Staff

Sergio Prince:
Policy Advisor

Erik Weigand:
Policy Advisor

Emily Osterberg:
Policy Advisor

Veronica Yniguez:
Policy Advisor

Ruth Strachan:
Office Manager

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Volume 7 Issue 25

FY 2013/14 Annual Budget Adoption

The Board approved the FY 13-14 Annual Budget for the County of Orange. In my last update, I wrote about the debate regarding the Board mandating a 5% cut to our individual office budgets. After very robust discussion, I moved that the Board reduce our budgets to the previous year’s (FY 12-13) amount and implement a 5% cut to all five Supervisors’ Office Budgets. That motion was unanimously approved.

Each year, our office budgets are built upon the previous year’s funding level. Historically our respective budgets have been very different and funding levels were always changing depending on the needs of the District. Each Supervisorial District is different and requires a different level of service, so each budget was a different amount depending on the District’s needs.

This year, it was proposed that we equalize our budgets so that all the Board offices have the same funding. The proposal was to bring all budgets up to the level of the highest office budget. This year, that number was $984K and three districts were at that funding level. My office budget last year was $947K, so this year it was proposed that I receive an additional $37K in the effort to equalize.

Due to many actions I took in my own office, it is projected that the 5th District office will be returning over $95K this year to the General Fund. If my office budget was raised to $984K and a 5% cut was made, I would be left with more money than I used for the current year.

Increasing our office budgets and then cutting that amount in order to “share the pain” is dishonest and irresponsible. In response, I proposed that we cut our budgets to the previous year’s level and then reduce them further by 5%. The proposal passed unanimously.

Law Enforcement Contracts

The Board voted to approve the annual contracts with cities for law enforcement services. The Board approved agreements with 13 cities that contract with the Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services, ten of which are in South County. Each of these contracts includes a varied amount of increases from the previous year.

All contracts include increases due to increased benefit costs for workers’ compensation and health insurance rates, the apportionment of the cost of leave balances paid at the end of employment, and increased liability cost. Three contracts are increased as a result of overtime usage. Four others have increased infrastructure costs, and one city is restoring a previously unfunded position.

In each agreement, we can be assured that cities are paying their full costs for law enforcement services. The Board had previously expressed concern about whether the County is fully recovering costs. A previous report by the Internal Auditor shows that the County does indeed recover full costs.

Of the 13 cites that renewed their contracts, four switched from a one-year contract to a five-year contract. We will continue work with our cities to develop longer term contracts that will provide more financial stability for both the cities and the County. City managers and the Sheriff’s Department continue to meet and develop options for agreements of terms no less than five years.

For more information, please click here (Items 26–38).

Avoiding Early Release of State Prisoners

Recently, a three-Judge panel ordered that Governor Jerry Brown immediately begin freeing state inmates and waive state laws to allow early releases. Citing California’s alleged failure to provide inmates with adequate care in its overcrowded lockups, the judges ordered that eight percent of the prison population (approximately 9,600 inmates) must be released by the end of the year. The Governor has until July 13 to file an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.

The Board unanimously agreed to support the Governor and his efforts to avoid the early release of State prisoners. A letter of support from the Board of Supervisors was immediately drafted to support his appeal.

It is important for the safety of our communities that we do not release prisoners until they are completely rehabilitated. Anything less would jeopardize public safety and interfere with the State’s right to manage its own correctional system.

For more information, please click here.

Sheriff Special Officers to Make Misdemeanor Arrests

The Board unanimously approved the Sheriff’s request to adopt an Ordinance which authorizes Sheriff Special Officers (SSO) to arrest persons who have committed misdemeanors in their presence.

SSOs are an important part of the Sheriff’s law enforcement team, as they perform a crucial function in maintaining security of County jails, courts, public buildings, John Wayne Airport and other areas.

On May 24, 2012, the Sheriff was advised by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) that in an audit of the Sheriff’s Department, SSOs do not meet the requirements to be peace officers as defined under the CA Penal Code.

Following the audit, the Sheriff’s Department and county Human Resources met with representatives of the Orange County Employees Association to discuss the best way to move forward.

On May 6, 2013, the Sheriff determined that SSO personnel will be appointed and employed under the authority of CA Penal Code Section 831.4, meaning the SSO will be classified as “public officers” and will be able to write citations for infractions, carry a firearm, baton, and other safety equipment as authorized by the Sheriff’s Department. They will also be able to carry flat badges as identification.

Further, Penal Code Section 836.5 provides that the governing body of a local agency may adopt an ordinance authorizing a public officer to arrest persons when that public officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a misdemeanor in the presence of that officer.

The arresting SSO will now be able to prepare a citation and release the arrestee for the misdemeanor in accordance with Penal Code 853.6. If the arrestee demands to be taken before a magistrate or does not qualify for citation and release, the SSO will request a peace officer to take that person into custody for transport to jail.

For more information, please click here.

Irvine Ranch Open Space Management Services

The Board approved a three-year contract with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to continue managing the 20,000-acre Irvine Ranch Open Space operated by OC Parks.

This will continue the partnership between OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to manage and provide public access to this area. In 2010, the Board approved acceptance of these 20,000 acres of open space donated by the Irvine Company. This wild land was the very first California Natural Landmark, as well as a National Natural Landmark.

With this land moved from private to public ownership, the Board and OC Parks have worked to maximize public access while also managing these resources and sensitive habitat responsibly.

To date, more than 34,000 people have visited the Open Space and volunteers have contributed more than 57,000 hours, including Fire Watch patrols during high fire-risk days.

This partnership will lead to more public programs and access in the years to come, including 40 miles of new trail loops and connections.

If you have not had the opportunity to experience the Irvine Ranch Open Space for yourself, I encourage you to do so. In addition to regularly scheduled activities, such as hikes and bike rides, there are monthly Wilderness Access Days for self-guided access.

For a full schedule of activities, please click here. For more information, please click here.


South County Cities Get Millions in Grants for Shuttles

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors approved grants for Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Lake Forest on Monday.

The funding is part an OCTA Measure M2 program called Project V, which encouraged cities to develop community-based transit systems to fit area needs that complement regional transit service. For this first competitive round of funding, a total of $9.8 million was approved to fund new and expanded transit services for five local agencies.

Laguna Beach, which has had a free trolley for more than 10 years, is using its $3.61 million grant to expand service in the summer festival season and the offseason with service in the spring and winter.

Dana Point will use its $2.45 million grant to operate summer trolleys on weekends on Pacific Coast Highway and along the Harbor. Money also will go toward a special-event shuttle during the Festival of Whales.

Lake Forest submitted two proposals to fund two station van projects carrying passengers from the Irvine Station to two major employers – Oakley, Inc., and Ossur Americas. The funding totals $223,699 for a seven-year operating period.

The funding includes all capital cost and eligible operations and maintenance (O&M) for up to seven years. The O&M is subject to minimum performance standards, a cap per boarding, as well as an annual cap per project, and is subject to annual audit.

SR 241 Tesoro Extension Update

On June 19, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board voted to deny the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension’s Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) Permit. The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) was seeking a permit to build a 5.5 mile extension of the 241 toll road from where it currently ends at Oso Parkway to Cow Camp Road near Ortega Highway.

The 241 Tesoro Extension will provide much needed traffic relief as a stand-alone project to South County. Obtaining the WDR permit was a critical step in this process.

The Regional Water Board staff recommended adoption of the (WDR), with Regional Water Board Environmental Scientist Darren Bradford stating that “given the comprehensive approach and large mitigation ratios, it is anticipated that the proposed mitigation will adequately compensate for impacts to waters of the state associated with the discharge of fill material."

The 241 Tesoro Extension's water quality measures have been designed to go above and beyond standard construction requirements to minimize and offset any potential impacts to waterways. The project will impact 0.4 acres of jurisdictional waters of the State of California. To compensate for these impacts, F/ETCA proposes approximately 34 acres of wetlands creation and enhancement and upland watershed buffer restoration, which is above and beyond required enhancements.

Opponents of the project were concerned the Tesoro Extension is the first step in extending the road to Interstate-5 in San Onofre State Park near the Trestles surf break, just south of San Clemente at the San Diego County Line. However this 5.5 mile extension is approximately 10 miles from the Trestles surf area and does not connect to Interstate-5 near San Clemente. At this time, there are currently no plans to connect SR 241 to the I-5.

As a result of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s action, the F/ETCA Board of Directors will assess the options for advancing the project toward the construction phase in the coming weeks.


Dana Point Harbor: Fourth of July Parking Program

Please be advised that Marina parking lot gate attendants will be on duty July 4–7. There will be limited employee parking in the Harbor all four days, beginning July 4. Parking for Catalina Express passengers will be moved to the Nordhavn lot and the Embarcadero one-acre lot.

On July 4 only, complimentary shuttle service will be provided by the City of Dana Point between Dana Hills High School and the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Employees are encouraged to park at Dana Hills High School and take advantage of the Harbor Shuttles.

Boater cargo courtesy golf cart shuttles will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to boaters with valid boater ID. Pick-up will be at Dana Point Harbor Drive & Island Way (the bridge) at the red curb on eastbound Dana Point Harbor Drive (will be indicated by a sign), and will drop off as close as possible to the boater’s gangway gate area. The carts will operate from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Shuttles will provide transportation within the Harbor along designated shuttle route with the following stops:
  • Ocean Institute
  • Baby Beach
  • Dana West Yacht Club
  • Dana Point Yacht Club
  • Aventura Sailing
  • Mariners Village
  • Golden Lantern Lawn - just past the Brig Restaurant
  • Little Doheny Beach
All services are subject to program changes based upon conditions and the event. For more information, please click here.


John Wayne Airport: Fourth of July Travel Tips

John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, July 7 during the Fourth of July holiday. Passengers are reminded that fireworks are prohibited and should be left at home.

Visitors to JWA during this holiday period should be aware of ongoing construction activities around the Riley Terminal, exercise caution when navigating Airport roadways and follow posted speed limits.

Travel Tips for Passengers and Visitors:
  • Arrive 90 minutes to two-hours before the flight departure time to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre✔™ can expedite the screening process in Terminal A.
  • Drivers picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to utilize 2-hour parking spaces, located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C, as some portions of the white curb are closed due to construction.

Parking Options at JWA:
  • Curbside Valet Parking for $30 per day, located on the departure level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.
  • Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers.
  • Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Terminal every 15 minutes.
  • For parking availability call 949.252.5200 or for directions to JWA, please click here.
For the latest travel tips and security requirements, please click here.


OCFA: On The Front Line

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) has released its latest issue of “On The Front Line.” To view the newest edition of the OCFA newsletter, please click here.

OCSD and OCFA Discuss the Dangers of Fireworks

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) are partnering together to warn residents of the potential dangers of fireworks this Fourth of July holiday and promote fireworks safety. The press conference will take place Monday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the OCSD Katella Training Facility, 1900 West Katella Avenue in Orange.

OCSD and OCFA will discuss fireworks regulations, emphasizing that even “safe and sane” fireworks are illegal in most Orange County cities. If fireworks are allowed in their city, residents must comply with that city’s regulations and use the fireworks only in the timeframe allowed, within those cities. Fireworks safety tips will also be discussed, as fireworks are explosives and can cause severe personal injuries and property damage if used incorrectly.

For more information, please click here.

How to Stay Safe This Summer

CalOptima has released the summer 2013 edition of its e-newsletter, Community Connections. Included in this edition is information on “How to Stay Safe This Summer.”

June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating individuals about behaviors that can prevent injury and death. Put safety first at home, at work and at play to help you and your family avoid getting hurt. Here are some quick tips so you and your loved ones stay safe during the fun summer season and beyond:
  • Put together a family emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Teach children the importance of playing safely inside and outside of the home.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated as the temperature rises this summer.
  • Set time aside to stretch multiple times throughout the day at work. Make sure to seek help if you experience symptoms of any ergonomic issues, such as numbness, pain and swelling.
  • Schedule time for physical activities to decrease your chances of getting sick.
To view CalOptima’s Community Connections e-newsletter, please click here. To learn more about safety, please visit the National Safety Month website or contact CalOptima’s Health Education department at 714-246-8500. For other healthy living tips, please click here.


Installment Plan for 5-Year Tax Defaulted Property Deadline

The Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector states that July 1 is the last day for an owner of real property to initiate a Five-Year Installment Plan for property that has delinquent taxes outstanding for five or more years. The property owner must qualify to enter into an Installment Plan by meeting certain criteria.

All property that has been tax defaulted for five or more years may be subject to tax auction by the Treasurer-Tax Collector, unless they are currently on a Five Year Installment Plan. If these tax-defaulted properties over five years do not have an installment plan initiated by July 1, the only way to avoid the tax auction is to pay 100% of the taxes, penalties, and fees levied on the property prior to the date of the next tax auction.

In addition, on July 2, any real property that has outstanding taxes, penalties, and fees levied for FY 2012-13 and/or supplemental taxes levied prior to FY 2012-13 that are not paid by July 1 will be declared tax defaulted. Tax defaulted property accrues penalties of 1.5% per month or 18% per year until the amount owing is paid in full.

After July 2, owners of real property that have outstanding taxes, penalties, and fees can sign up for an installment payment plan if they qualify. This plan will allow for installment payments of at least 20% per year for five years, which may reduce overall penalties charged by reducing the principal amount due over time.

For more information, please click here.


July is Pet Tag Awareness Month at OC Animal Care

Only 6% of the 29,000 animals impounded at OC Animal Care in 2012 had some form of identification, such as a pet license, microchip, or name tag. Also in 2012, 61% of animals with a form of ID were returned to their owners versus only 8% of animals without identification.

OC Animal Care wants to help protect your pet! A license, microchip, or tag could be your pet's ticket home! Please visit their booth near the shelter entrance every Saturday in July to receive your free tag!

For more information, please click here.


National Resource Defense Council: Testing the Waters

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) just released their annual report, “Testing the Waters,” which provides analysis of beach water quality across the nation. The report concentrates on providing a national picture of beach water quality and the causes for beach closures and advisories. Specifically, the report by provides a “State-by-State” comparison of water quality results and includes a summary of the beach water monitoring programs for each state. For more information, please click here.

In addition, the NRDC report issues its annual high profile list of “5-Star Beaches” by rating 200 of the most popular beaches in the United States. The star system awards five stars only to beaches with exceptionally low violation rates and strong testing and safety practices. This year, California and Orange County are highlighted as follows:
  • Nationwide, only 13 out of 200 beaches received a 5-Star Beach rating with California having more 5-Star beaches (3) than any other state.
  • All three of California’s “5-Star” beaches listed in the report are located in Orange County: Bolsa Chica State Beach, Newport Beach (38th Street and 52nd/53rd Street) and San Clemente State Beach (Avenida Califia and Las Palmeras).
Other important findings in the NRDC report spotlighting California and Orange County are as follows:
  • California moved up from 21st to 20th in the national state rankings for beach water quality as 8% of samples collected exceeded national recommended standards (a 1% improvement from last year).
  • A total of 27,092 water quality samples were collected in California, the highest number by any state and more than 2x the number of samples collected by the next state (Michigan = 13,337 samples).
  • Orange County was highlighted in the report for the Rapid Methods Demonstration Project that was conducted in the summer of 2010 as the first in United States to use the qPCR rapid test method allowing public health officials to issue the nation’s first ever same-day warnings for beach water quality.
  • Two Orange County beaches made the report’s list “repeat offenders” because of their persistent water quality problems: Poche Beach and Doheny State Beach.
For more information on NRDC’s Testing the Waters report, please click here, here and here.

Public Meeting on Open Burning (Beach Fire Pits) July 12

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has scheduled a public consultation meeting to present and solicit information and suggestions from the public regarding Proposed Amended Rule 444 – Open Burning. This Rule amendment is related to open burning at beach areas.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 12 in the auditorium of SCAQMD headquarters, 21865 Coply Dr., Diamond Bar. Interested persons may attend and submit oral or written statements at the Board Hearing. 25 copies of all written materials must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board. Those wishing to submit written comments for review prior to the public hearing must submit such comments to the Clerk of the Board at 21865 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765 or cob@aqmd.gov.

For more information, please click here.


Doheny State Beach: South Swell E-Magazine

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) has released its summer edition of South Swell E-Magazine. In this edition:
  • Malcom Gault-Williams tells us about the Dana Point/Doheny years of legendary waterman, Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison.
  • Former Doheny Ranger Brad Barker wonders if our night herons can read tide books.
  • Ranger Jim Serpa shares information about the sharks cruising in the ocean off Doheny.
  • Take a hike in the nearby San Juan hills.
To view DSBIA’s South Swell E-Magazine, please click here.


Summer Reading Program Begins

Children and teens are invited to visit their local OC Public Libraries branch to register for the FREE Summer Reading Program, which runs through Saturday, August 3.

During the summer OC Public Libraries conducts a FREE Summer Reading Program for children and teens of all ages. The program is designed to maintain reading skills during the summer by keeping children excited about reading.

For more information, please click here and here.


Voter Outreach Summer

As summer heats up, the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ (ROV) award winning voter outreach continues throughout the County. The ROV has teamed up again with Verizon Wireless and Live Nation. Catch them through October 4 at these Live Nation shows at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine:
  • July 20 - Matchbox Twenty
  • July 27 - John Mayer
  • September 14 - Rascal Flatts
  • October 4 - Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson
They'll also be at other community and neighborhood events throughout Orange County, including the Dana Point Food and Wine Festival and the Dana Point Summer Concert Series. Stop by their booth to learn about elections, volunteer for an election, or just say hello!

For more information, please click here.

Orange County Election Academy

As reported in my newsletter last week, the Registrar of Voters (ROV) in 2010 launched the Orange County Election Academy, an 8-session long academic program designed to teach participants about elections in Orange County. This award winning, one-of-a-kind elections education program is open to the public at no cost. The comprehensive curriculum is particularly beneficial to those individuals interested in voting, running for office, and the elections process in general.

The ROV is currently accepting applications for the 2013 session, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The program will be conducted at the ROV office in Santa Ana. The curriculum will encompass all election management functions, including candidate filing, campaign finance, ballot creation, communications and more.

The Election Academy is designed to leave a lasting impact on those who participate in the unique, hands-on program. Applications are due by September 6, 2013.

To learn more about the Orange County Election Academy, including dates and times, and to complete an application for the program, please click here. For more information, please click here.


South County Surfers Dominate National Championships

San Clemente High School (SCHS) recently won its fourth straight team title at the National Scholastic Surfing Association's (NSSA) Interscholastic Championships.

On team points, it was a San Clemente runaway – 140 for San Clemente, 108 Huntington Beach, 86 Melbourne High of Florida, 78 Dana Hills High of Dana Point and 76 Kamehameha High of Hawaii to round out the top five.

Seniors Jonah Carter and Ethan Carlston contributed to Sunday's SCHS team victory, backed by junior Colton Overin and freshman Conner Dand to round out the Triton men's shortboard team. Senior Mason Klink reached the final in longboarding as did both of the team's female shortboarders, freshman Malia Osterkamp and sophomore Kloee Openshaw.

The team title meant that San Clemente High's senior class has been NSSA champion all four of its years, a feat that hadn't happened since 2006, when senior Tanner Gudauskas led a team that won all of its four years of high school. San Clemente has dominated the NSSA tournament, winning it 11 times in the last 15 years.

NSSA Executive Director Janice Aragon said she could never remember a team clinching the title first day after only two rounds, but San Clemente did it with still a third round to surf on Saturday. "They just ran away with it," Aragon said. "I could stop counting. They were without Kevin Schulz ... and Tia Blanco. But their girls both made the final."

Schulz, a senior, and Blanco, a sophomore, were in Nicaragua on the U.S. team at the ISA World Junior Championships. The U.S. team placed third Sunday out of 30 teams, behind Australia and Hawaii.

San Clemente's Shorecliffs Middle School was just as dominant in its NSSA division Sunday, taking the team title with 136 points to just 86 for runner-up Aviara Oaks of Carlsbad. Sowers of Huntington Beach was third with 70, Bernice Ayer of San Clemente fourth with 53 and Dwyer of Huntington Beach fifth with 48 out of 10 teams.

Three of the six boys' shortboard finalists were from Shorecliffs, as Shorecliffs' Kei Kobayashi outclassed the field with 15.73 points to 8.27 for runner-up Ethan Mudge, also of Shorecliffs. This was Kei's second NSSA national title, as he also won the 2009 mini-grom title. He moves up to San Clemente High this fall. Alexxa Elseewi of Bernice Ayer was the girls' champion.

For more information, please click here.


Doheny: Surf Festival

Head down to Doheny State Park on Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, for the 2nd annual Doheny Surf Festival, featuring Surfer Village vendors and educational booths, water events and demonstrations, great food and drinks and plenty of music! For more information, please click here.

Aliso Viejo: July 4th Celebration with Fireworks

The Aliso Viejo Community Association will host its annual July 4th Celebration with Fireworks on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Grand Park from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. For more information, please click here and here.

Dana Point: 4th of July Fireworks Display

Don’t miss one of South County’s best aerial fireworks displays in the City of Dana Point! Gather family and friends, tune to KSBR 88.5FM, look toward the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Beach: Fourth of July Activities

The City of Laguna Beach’s fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. The City’s fireworks show will begin at 9:00 PM. City trolleys will operate under a modified schedule and will run from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Hills: Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate America’s birthday at the City of Laguna Hills’ annual Fourth of July celebration! This FREE community event will be held at 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Festivities begin at 4:00 PM, with fireworks at 9:10 PM. For more information, please click here.

Mission Viejo: 4th of July Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular

Make your plans to celebrate our nation’s independence at the annual 4th of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular, hosted by the Mission Viejo Activities Committee, on Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda Road from noon to 9:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: July 4th Celebration

Don’t miss the City’s spectacular 4th of July celebration at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park at 25925 Camino Del Avion. Festivities begin at 3:00 PM and a band will perform live on stage at 6:00 PM. The evening culminates with a spectacular choreographed fireworks show. For more information, please click here.

San Clemente: Independence Day Celebration

On July 4, the City of San Clemente will host an Independence Day celebration for the community, as the City continues its annual tradition of presenting a spectacular fireworks display from the Municipal Pier at 9:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Camps

This summer, your child can “become” a pop star, explore the wonders of animation, conduct experiments in the Mad Scientists’ Laboratory or design jewelry, as more than 50 summer camps are open for registration at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. For more information, please click here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Participated in the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting.
  • Participated in a Special Budget Meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
My office also:
  • Attended the retirement reception for Sylvia Mann, Director of the Orange County Office on Aging, who retired after 31 years of service to the County of Orange. To view a photo, please click here.
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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