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November 1, 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 Camuglia:
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 43

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 3.

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


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 2013, please click here.

Our next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, November 5. 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.


Open Houses Set for I-5 improvements in South County

Please join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to learn more about the upcoming improvements to the I-5, from Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road. Construction is slated to begin in early 2014 in San Juan Capistrano.
  • Thursday, November 7 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    St. Andrews by the Sea Church
    2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente
    View on Google Maps

  • Thursday, November 14 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    San Juan Capistrano Community Center
    25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano
    View on Google Maps
A video showing a digital representation of the finished Avenida Pico interchange will be shown at both open houses. The meetings will not include a formal presentation, but will have project experts to answer questions about the project.

For more information about the upcoming open houses, please contact OCTA Outreach Specialist Julie Toledo at (714) 560-5573. You can also learn more at www.octa.net and on the project's Facebook page.

La Pata Avenue Gap Closure / Camino Del Rio Extension

As reported in the print media, the bids for construction of the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure / Camino Del Rio Extension Project were received and opened by the County this week. While the bid amounts indicate this project will be able to begin in early 2014, our staff is still analyzing the details of the bids to ensure all required specifications were met.

I will continue to keep you updated as we move through this process.


Flu Vaccine Now Available

Flu vaccine (flu shot or nasal spray) is now available from health care providers, clinics, and pharmacies throughout Orange County. Many community sites in Orange County will offer free flu vaccine this fall, and the Orange County Health Care Agency will offer free influenza vaccinations for people 6 months of age and older who do not have a medical provider or health care coverage.

For more information, please click here.


Park Hours Change for OC Parks

Clocks fall back early Nov. 3, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6:00 PM for fall and winter.

Current fall/winter hours for regional parks are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, including Irvine, Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba Regional Parks. Laguna Niguel Regional Park opens at 6:00 AM and will close at 6:00 PM.

Santiago Oaks, Peters Canyon and O’Neill Regional Parks operate on wilderness park hours. Wilderness parks are open at 7:00 AM and close at sunset year round. OC Parks’ Wilderness Parks are: Aliso and Wood Canyons, Caspers, Laguna Coast, Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch, and Riley Wilderness Parks, as well as Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.

Hours for OC Parks’ Beaches vary, but are generally between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM. Salt Creek Beach opens at 5:00 AM and will close at 12:00 AM. Thousand Steps Beach opens at 6:00 AM and will close at 9:00 PM.

OC Parks facilities will remain on these operating hours until daylight saving time returns in spring.

For more information, please click here.

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.


Famed Architect of San Juan Capistrano's Library to Visit

Renowned architect Michael Graves will visit San Juan Capistrano Friday, Nov. 8, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration for the City’s library, which he designed. Graves will speak at San Juan Capistrano Library and answer questions as part of an event that will include horse carriage tours of the City's architecture.

Considered a father of modern architecture, Graves submitted the winning architectural design for San Juan Capistrano's library, which Newsweek magazine called the “first authentic postmodern masterpiece.” The 78-year-old Harvard-educated architect's visit to San Juan Capistrano is part of a series of events planned to honor the library and reintroduce it to the community.

For more information, please click here and here.


Saturday Hours in November and December

Appointments are being taken now for marriage licenses and ceremonies, as well as passport services, for Saturday Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, when the offices of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Clerk-Recorder has opened office doors one Saturday each month since June to help customers who are unable to visit during regular weekday hours.

The Old County Courthouse will be open Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 for marriage licenses, civil wedding ceremonies and passport applications, as well as property research. Property and vital record copies, as well as marriage services, will be available at the Laguna Hills and Fullerton branch offices. FREE parking will be available at all three locations.

For more information, please click here.


OC Students Invited to Enter Aviation Art Contest

John Wayne Airport's 24th annual Student Art Contest is now underway. All OC public and private school students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year's theme: "Flying Saves Lives." Entries should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5.

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


Animals for Armed Forces

Please join Animals for Armed Forces® and OC Animal Care for FREE pet adoptions for our dedicated service men and women during Veteran’s Day weekend. This event will take place Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at OC Animal Care, 561 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868.

The free adoption does not include licensing or microchip. Discount applies to the first 50 animal adoptions. Limit one animal per household.

The adoption discount applies to active duty, Reserve and Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, and/or immediate family members. Please bring your photo ID and one of the following to receive the adoption discount: A copy of your Military ID; A copy of your DD-214 and Driver’s License; or a copy of your NGB Form 22.

For more information, please click here.


Water Smart Home Program

It’s time to make our homes water efficient. Not sure where to start? The Municipal Water District of Orange County and participating Orange County retail water agencies are now offering FREE Home Water Use Surveys to help homeowners identify ways to reduce their home’s indoor and outdoor water use.

The Water Smart Home Program offers single-family homeowners the opportunity to certify their house as a Water Smart Home. This FREE program includes a Home Water Survey of the property and a detailed Home Water Use report with water-saving recommendations and rebate opportunities on water saving devices.

Participants can choose an outdoor-only survey, which looks primarily at the landscape and irrigation system, or an indoor and outdoor survey, which also detects possible leaks and looks at the water-using devices inside the home.

Following completion of the survey, you will receive a personalized Home Water Use Report containing your Home Water Use Score. If your score is high enough, your home will qualify as a “Certified” Water Smart Home. If your score indicates you're not quite there yet, the report will contain money- and water-savings recommendations and no-cost activities that can help you become more water efficient and potentially reduce your water bill.

For more information, please click here and here.


South County Project Recognized at 2013 SoCal Awards

The Rancho Mission Viejo Sendero project was recognized and received several awards recently at the 2013 SoCal Awards. The SoCal Awards, presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council of Southern California, recognizes building excellence in 48 categories, ranging from sales, marketing, and design.

OC Planned Communities, OC Planning and OC Public Works played a critical role in coordination with the master land owner, Rancho Mission Viejo, in the planning, permitting and development of these communities.

Below are the highlighted major award winning projects:
  • Ranch Mission Viejo – “Master Planned Community of the Year” (pg. 27)
  • Ryland Homes Sendero – “Best Architectural Design of detached homes from 2,100 to 2,500 sq. ft.” (pg. 20)
  • TRI Pointe Sendero – “Community of the Year with a sales price from $600,000 $1 million.” (pg. 25)
For more information, please click here.


Aliso Viejo: Veterans Appreciation

The Aliso Viejo City Council will recognize our veterans at 6:00 PM on November 7 at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center, 31 Santa Barbara. For more information, please click here.

Laguna Niguel: Veterans Day Celebration

Join the City of Laguna Niguel on Monday, November 11 from 11:00 AM to12:00 PM at City Hall, as they honor all those who served in our Armed Forces. For more information, please click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Tribute to our Veterans

Join the City of San Juan Capistrano in honoring our nation's heroes at the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by VFW Serra Post 3801 at Veterans Park on November 11 at 11:00 AM (refreshments provided), followed by a BBQ and live entertainment at Historic Town Center Park. For more information, please click here and here.

Mission Viejo: Winter Leisure Time

The City of Mission Viejo’s Winter Leisure Time publication is now available online, offering detailed information about upcoming special events and exciting programs and classes that span the next few months. For more information, please click here and here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Met with Presiding Judge Tom Borris and Asst. Pres. Glenda Sanders.
  • Participated in a joint leadership meeting of the Orange County Transportation Authority and the Transportation Corridor Agencies.
  • Met with the new OC Parks Director to be updated on Fifth District projects.
  • Attended a reception to preview the Life Time Fitness coming soon to Laguna Niguel.

My office also:
  • Attended the San Clemente Legislative and Transportation Council.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the grand opening of Chase Bank in Laguna Hills.

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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