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July 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

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 28

New Waterfront Restaurant Coming to Dana Point Harbor

The Board approved a new waterfront restaurant lease in Dana Point Harbor with Pacific Harbor Hospitality Group. This new tenant will renovate the currently vacant restaurant building, formerly The Jolly Roger, on Dana Wharf into a new dining experience called The Waterman at Dana Point Harbor.

Pacific Harbor Hospitality Group also owns and manages other local eating establishments, including Sunsets in San Clemente and Capo Beach, and Stillwater Spirits and Sounds in Dana Point.

For more information, please click here and here.

In-Home Supportive Services Managed Care Support

The Board approved and authorized the Social Services Agency (SSA) to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows SSA (the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority) and CalOptima to perform and support the provision of In-Home Support Services (IHSS) as a managed care benefit. The MOU will be effective January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016, barring any potential delays at the State level.

SSA’s IHSS program provides domestic services, personal care, protective supervision, and paramedical services to eligible individuals residing in their own homes. The Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), enacted through Senate Bill 1008 and Senate Bill 1036, requires IHSS to be a managed care benefit available through each county’s managed care health plan, which is CalOptima in Orange County.

With the implementation of CCI, IHSS will become a Medi-Cal benefit available through CalOptima. Orange County is one of eight counties scheduled for CCI implementation effective January 1, 2014.

CCI requires managed care providers to create a Care Coordination Team, which may include but is not limited to, the IHSS Social Worker, the IHSS recipient and their representative, and CalOptima for the purpose of developing an individual care plan.

The implementation of CCI will:
  • Improve the quality of care for IHSS recipients.
  • Maximize the ability of IHSS recipients to remain safely in their homes and communities, with appropriate services and support, in lieu of institutional care.
  • Coordinate Medi-Cal and Medicare benefits across health care settings and improve continuity of care for IHSS, using a centered approach.
  • Promote a system that is sustainable, person and family centered, and enable IHSS recipients to attain or maintain personal health goals by providing timely access to appropriate, coordinated health care services and community resources, including home and community based services, mental health, and substance use disorder services.
As part of this integration effort, I felt it was important to direct staff to return to the Board with a biannual report. I believe it is critical to track the progress of this integration, as it directly impacts the delivery of services to Orange County residents. Upon implementation January 1, 2014, we anticipate our first update in June next year.

For more information, please click here.


I-5 Improvement Project between El Toro and SR-73

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) staff made presentations to the Laguna Hills and San Juan Capistrano City Councils on the upcoming the I-5 Improvement Project between El Toro and SR-73.

The projected $560 million project is proposed to widen I-5 in each direction (by either one or two lanes), extend the existing carpool lane from El Toro to Alicia Parkway in each direction, reestablish auxiliary lanes, reconstruct Avery Parkway and La Paz Road interchanges, and modify ramps and add soundwalls as needed. The project is expected to begin construction in 2018.

The project report and environmental documents (PA/ED) are planned for release around August 14 and a public hearing is set for August 28 at the Norman Murray Center in Mission Viejo. The three project alternatives, including a no-build option and two build options, will be presented.

To view the presentation made to the City Councils, please click here. To learn more about this and other South County projects planned or underway, please click here.

OCTA: On The Move

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has released its latest edition of “Orange County: On The Move.” To view the OCTA e-newsletter, please click here.


The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) has released its latest edition of The Toll Roads VIEWSLETTER. To view the TCA publication, please click here.


What Will Your Teen Be Up To This Summer?

Did you know that some kids are abusing drugs by age 12 or 13 and that 90% of alcohol consumed by youth occurs while binge drinking? Orange County high school students involved in NextStep, a program of Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) would like parents to be informed on the latest drug trends among teens.

NextStep engages high school students to mentor middle school students in continuing drug education efforts. This highly participatory program is designed to change with the trends of the particular time and involves both parents and students to educate and promote a clear no use message.

To read what these concerned and informed high school students have to say to parents, please click here. For more information about NextStep, please click here.

RSM Community Emergency Preparedness Academy

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will host a FREE 8-week Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) to provide residents with critical information and skills to care for themselves, their families and neighbors when emergency responders may not be able to respond.

Topics include Earthquake Preparedness, Disaster Plans, Fire Safety and Fire Extinguishers, Wildfire Preparedness, First Aid, CPR and Defibrillators, Light Search and Rescue, and more. Space is limited.

For more information, please click here.


Mountain Lion Encounters in South County

On July 9, a letter was sent by a Rancho Santa Margarita resident to the Mayor of the City regarding mountain lions in the Dove Canyon area over the past several months. OC Animal Care has been and will remain actively involved in this matter. To view a briefing paper by OC Animal Care on the issue, please click here. For more information, please click here.

People encountering a mountain lion are advised to stretch their arms up to appear as large as possible. People should back away from, but not turn their backs on, mountain lions. Children should always be kept close, as a lion will first go after what it perceives to be the smallest and easiest prey.

For more information, please click here and here.


Please join OC Animal Care in celebrating all that is wonderful about cats during their Catopia celebration on Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at OC Animal Care, 561 The City Drive, in Orange.

FREE adoptions & goodies for all cat adopters! Limit two cats per household. Please note the free adoption does not include the cost of the microchip.

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.

South County Low-Cost Pet and Vet Clinic

The City of Aliso Viejo’s Family Resource Center and Mission Viejo Animal Services Center are teaming up to host a low-cost Pet and Vet Clinic on Saturday, August 3 at the Iglesia Park Community Center in Aliso Viejo.

The cash-only clinic will offer vaccinations and micro-chipping at discounted rates along with dog licensing from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Vaccines for cats and dogs will range from $7 to $28. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. The Iglesia Park Community Center is located at 24671 Via Iglesia, near Moulton Parkway and Calle Cortez.

For more information, please e-mail gduran@cityofalisoviejo.com or call (949) 425-2519. Detailed vaccination information is also available by clicking here.


Under the Sycamores: Rattlesnake!

Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation on Saturday, July 27 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for "Under the Sycamores" at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, as a local snake researcher introduces live Rattlesnakes, Gopher Snakes, Rosy Boas, and California Kingsnakes. Learn to identify rattlesnakes and find out what to do in case you encounter one on the trails.

All Under the Sycamores events are held outside at the sycamore grove in front of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park ranger station. This event will be fun for the whole family. The event is FREE but parking is $3.00. Space is limited.

For more information and to sign up, please click here.


Positive Response Leads to More Saturday Hours

Responding to customer requests for more weekend hours, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will open on Saturday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at offices in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills.

Department offices at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana, as well as branch offices in Laguna Hills and Fullerton, will be open to provide greater convenience for customers unable to conduct business during regular weekday hours. As with the department’s two highly popular Saturday openings in June, parking will be FREE at all locations.

For more information, please click here.

Online Appointment System Available for Passports

Anyone interested in obtaining a passport can now make an appointment online through the Orange County Clerk-Recorder website. Applications can be filled out online, so most of the work can be done in advance. Passport applications are accepted at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The link for appointments and application can be found here. For more information, please call (714) 834-2500 or click here.


TSA Pre✔™ Expedited Screening Program Expands at JWA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced a limited expansion of TSA Pre✔™ operations at John Wayne Airport (JWA). As of July 17, eligible passengers traveling on participating airlines (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways) may receive expedited screening benefits at the checkpoint in Terminal B.

Hours of operations for TSA Pre✔™ in Terminal B are Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. TSA also operates a dedicated lane for TSA Pre✔™ operations in Terminal A from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

TSA Pre✔™ is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers about whom the agency knows less. TSA Pre✔™ has been a very popular program at John Wayne Airport, with nearly 80,000 travelers utilizing the lane in Terminal A since it was implemented in December 2012.

For more information, please click here.


Filing of Annual Assessment Appeals

The Orange County Assessor has delivered the 2013-14 Local Assessment Roll of Values, which includes all locally assessable property in Orange County. The Roll of Values is up 3.36%, or $14.3 billion, from last year. This means each of Orange County’s 34 cities saw a year-to-year increase in net taxable value for the first time in six years.

Property Value Notices for 2013-2014 were mailed to property owners July 3 through July 9. There are two different notices this year, distinguished by color. The buff-colored notice is for properties that have a market value greater than their Factor Base Year Value. The blue-colored notice is for properties that have a market value that declined and is below Proposition 13 Factored Base Year Value.

Both notices contain explanations of the assessment. The packet also includes an insert that addresses market value decline, value restoration, and tips for homeowners to save money this tax year.

Additional forms and information related to the Roll of Values, Property Value Notices, and change of address forms are available by calling the Assessor Department at (714) 834-2727 or clicking here.

Taxpayers seeking to appeal the value on their notice of valuation can find information about the appeals process on the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors’ website. The deadline to file an appeal is September 16.

For more information, please click 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.


South County Graduate Perfect 13 Consecutive Years

There are nearly 3,700 graduates in the Capistrano Unified School District class of 2013, but only one managed to attend school every day for all 13 years of formal schooling.

Madeline Hannah, a graduate of Capistrano Valley High School, was recently recognized at meeting of the Board of Trustees for her 2,330 consecutive days of attendance. Despite many close calls, Madeline managed to only fall ill on weekends and holidays. She attributes her streak to two things: a good immune system and the fact that "sitting at home is boring."

Madeline will attend BYU Idaho in the spring and plans to become a molecular biology geneticist.


Irvine: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Through July 21, the City of Irvine in partnership with Vietnam Veterans of America and Visions2Victory welcomes The Wall That Heals – a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance. For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Mayor’s Monthly Trail Walk

Mayor John Taylor invites the public to walk/hike the trails of San Juan Capistrano every 3rd Saturday of the month. On Saturday, July 20, the Mayor will begin the walk at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Camino Las Ramblas to the start of the Patriot Trail. 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 20 & 21 at the San Clemente Pier. For more information, please click here and here.

Aliso Viejo: AVCA Summer Concert

Join the Aliso Viejo Community Association at the Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheater on Sunday, July 21 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for a summer concert featuring Liquid Blue. For more information, please click here.

Dana Point: Summer Concerts in the Park

The City of Dana Point invites you to enjoy its Summer Concerts in the Park, featuring Keston & The Rhythm Killers on Sunday, July 21 at Lantern Bay Park. The opening act kicks-off at 3:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concert

The Answer – a classic rock tribute band – will be playing at the City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s Summer Concert on Sunday, July 21 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Central Park. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert Series

The City of Laguna Niguel invites you to enjoy its Summer Concerts in the Park, featuring The Answer on Friday, July 26 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Crown Valley Community Park Amphitheater. FREE shuttle service available for every concert. For more information, please click here.

Mission Viejo: Pacific Symphony Summer Concert

Pacific Symphony offers something for everyone Saturday, July 27, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at "The Village Green" at Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo, as light pop, classical tunes and patriotic music will be featured. For more information, please click here.

Lake Forest: Pacific Symphony Summer Concert

Pacific Symphony returns to South County on Sunday, July 28, with classical tunes and patriotic music at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest, including pre-concert entertainment and a Musical Playground for Children at 5:30 PM. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Beach: Art Festival Season

Laguna Beach’s world famous summer art festival season runs daily through September 1. For information on the Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters, please click here. For information on the Sawdust Art Festival, please click here. For information on Art-A-Fair, please click here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • As a former “caregiver” in President Gerald Ford’s humanitarian effort to rescue orphans of the Vietnam War, I participated in an Operation Babylift tribute/reenactment event at Dana Point Harbor. To view photos, please click here.
  • Participated in the dedication of the new Freedom Shrine in the City of San Juan Capistrano. To view photos, please here.
  • Met with Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen to receive his 100-day progress report since being appointed to the office by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Attended the "Roses, Radishes and the Royalty" awards event in Newport Beach, at which Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) Shari Freidenrich received a Rose Award for providing TTC customers with easy online access. In addition, two Boards I serve on – the Orange County Transportation Authority and the Transportation Corridor Agencies – also received Rose Awards.

My office also:
  • Participated in the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council’s annual offsite meeting. To view photos, 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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