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June 6, 2014

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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

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 8 Issue 22

Budget Preview and Hearings

In preparation for next week’s Budget Hearings, there was not a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors this week.

Orange County’s Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget will be previewed for the public from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Tuesday, June 10, prior to the regularly scheduled budget hearing at 9:30 AM before the Board of Supervisors.

The preview will be held in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room. Budget staff will be available to provide highlights of the County’s spending plan, information about the budget hearing process, and explain how to read and use budget documents, which will be available the day of the hearings or by clicking here.

The Board will review the budget beginning 9:30 AM June 10, with hearings scheduled for Wednesday, if needed, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana.

The budget is divided into seven sections or programs:
  • I Public Protection
  • II Community Services
  • III Infrastructure and Environmental Resources
  • IV General Government Services
  • V Capital Improvements
  • VI Debt Service
  • VII Insurance, Reserves & Miscellaneous
The recommended budget represents a disciplined approach to fiscal management, as the County continues to adjust to economic realities, minimal revenue growth and continued demand for programs without adequate funding.

For more 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.


Election Results

The Orange County Registrar of Voters’ website provides fast, accurate and detailed election results from the June 3 Primary. For more information, please click here.


JWA Settlement Agreement Amendment Project

The County of Orange, as owner and operator of John Wayne Airport, recently issued Draft Environmental Impact Report 617 (Draft EIR) for the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement Amendment Project.

The Draft EIR has been prepared in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed modification and extension of the Settlement Agreement.

The Settlement Agreement formalized consensus reached between the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) on the nature and extent of facility and operational improvements that could be implemented at John Wayne Airport.

The Draft EIR and technical appendices are available for public review by clicking here, as well as at the John Wayne Airport Administrative Office, the City of Newport Beach Planning Department, and various public libraries.

Comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted until 5:00 PM, July 8 and may be submitted via email to DEIR617@ocair.com or by mail to:

Ms. Lea Choum
John Wayne Airport
3160 Airway Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For more information, please click here and here.


Eco Challenge Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Enjoy activities for the whole family this weekend at the Eco Challenge Household Hazardous Waste Collection event Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 AM to noon at Prima Deshecha Landfill, 32250 La Pata Ave., San Juan Capistrano.

Bring your old household chemicals, paint and e-waste for disposal and enjoy these activities:
  • ANGELS BASEBALL – FREE tickets* for the first 100 cars that deliver hazardous waste for proper disposal
  • FOUR tickets to the Angels Baseball game Sunday, June 22; or
  • FOUR general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center.
  • PLUS meet ADAM KENNEDY – Former Angels infielder. Bring Angels memorabilia for autographs from the 2002 World Series Champion.
*Prizes available while supplies last.

In addition, Eco Crafts will be available for children to enjoy; popcorn will be provided to all participants; learn about landfill operations and the County’s Eco Challenge Poster Contest, as five lucky winners will serve as honorary bat kids at an Angels game; van tours of the landfill will be available to the public; get information about the La Pata Extension Project.

For more information, please click here and here.

Aerial Weed Survey

Between Monday, June 9 and Friday, June 20, the Nature Reserve of Orange County, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks, OC Parks, City of Irvine, City of Newport Beach, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and Laguna Canyon Foundation, will conduct an aerial weed survey during daylight hours using a small, low-flying helicopter to document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located within selected coastal parks and open space areas.

The resulting information will provide details about the abundance and distribution of invasive weeds and help land managers evaluate the effectiveness of current weed monitoring practices, identify emerging weed problems, and strategically plan future weed management actions.

The aerial weed survey will be focused on mapping the distribution of artichoke thistle and a minimum of 30 other established and emerging invasive weeds, which degrade natural habitat values important to wildlife and the park visitor experience. The survey will cover nearly 18,000 acres.

For the land areas involved and more information, please click here and here.


Guided Hiking and Equestrian Riding Tours

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will be holding two hiking tours and two equestrian riding tours on OCTA’s wilderness preserve in Trabuco Canyon. During this interpretive excursion, learn how OCTA is contributing to wildlife and habitat preservation in Orange County.

Hikers and riders must be over the age of 12 and sign a liability waiver. The guided two-mile tour is taking place on 400-acre Ferber Ranch Wilderness Preserve Property. OCTA’s acquisition of this property protects several vital wildlife movement corridors, ensures the preservation of high quality habitat, and allows this core segment of Trabuco Canyon to be permanently protected.

Guided Hiking Tours will be held Saturday, June 7 and August 9. Registration begins at 7:00 AM. A Guided Equestrian Riding Tour will be held August 16, with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. For more information please click here.

Weekend at the Nix: Dr. Sue's Insect and Arthropod Zoo

Look, listen and learn about Dr. Sue's fabulous collection of live insects and arthropods Sunday, June 8 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

This event is FREE ($3.00 parking fee per car). Space is limited and sign-up is required. For more information, please click here.

Doheny Update

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

To view the DSBIA June e-newsletter, please click here.


Boater Advisory: Annual Charity Regatta

Regatta events will be taking place in Dana Point Harbor throughout this weekend. All boaters should exercise caution if operating near race areas.

For more information, please click here.


Dana Point Library Closure: Skylights Renovation Project

Dana Point Library and the Friends of the Library Bookstore will soon close for a roof renovation project that will replace two large skylights. The new skylights will benefit patrons of the Dana Point Library by providing more light and improving energy efficiency.

The target closure dates are June 30 through September 1. Dana Point Library patrons can obtain library services at the Laguna Niguel Branch as well as most South County branches during the construction period.

For more information, patrons should call Dana Point Library at (949) 496-5517 until June 29. From June 30 through September 1, or until the branch’s reopening, information on library services and hours for specific neighboring branches can be obtained by visiting the OC Public Libraries website.

FREE eBooks @ Your Library

Going on vacation and don’t want your books to be late? Check out OC Public Libraries’ eBook collection from Overdrive. With eBooks, you will never have any overdue books or late fees! eBooks come with a set due date and automatically return themselves on that date. That is what makes them perfect for traveling! You can feel at ease knowing you can literally be a million miles away and returning your library books is one thing you won’t have to worry about.

You can check out up to ten eBooks at a time. Download on the go with the Overdrive Media Console app. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection, a library card and library card pin number, and you can download these FREE books from anywhere! You can download eBooks to your smartphone, tablet or eReader device. You can even download them right to your web browser and read the book immediately on your computer. Ebooks give you access to your favorite titles 24/7.

What types of books are available as eBooks? All kinds! Browse the collection and take a look for yourself. Just like print books, you can place eBooks on hold. Many popular best-sellers are available as eBooks, and often the wait list is shorter than for the print book. Get the newest books faster! When you are browsing the eBook collection, all the books with a gray icon on the top right are currently checked out and ready for a hold to be placed and all the books with a black icon on the top right are available to be checked out today.

Ebooks are convenient and fun and they are even better when they are free from your local library! Check one out today! If you have an eReader device but aren’t sure how to download FREE library books through Overdrive you can visit any of the OC Public Libraries branches and get help. They love eBooks and are happy to help!

For more information, please click here.


K-9 Sando Captures Burglary Suspect

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (OCSD) K-9 program is an essential part of the Department. Currently, eight deputies and their canine partners provide coverage in Orange County, reducing the manpower needed to search large buildings and open space by over 50%.

The importance of the K-9 Unit was proven once again on the evening of Saturday, May 31, when a Laguna Hills resident called OCSD after discovering a suspected burglar who claimed to have a gun in their home.

The suspect fled and was discovered by a helicopter hiding in brush. After the man failed to come out of hiding, a K-9, Sando, was sent in. Thanks to Sando and his partner, the suspect was captured and officers took him into custody.

For more information, please click here.


San Juan Capistrano Wall of Recognition Honorees

A special ceremony will be held next month in honor of Laura Freese, Wayne and Shirley Howard, Dick Paulsen, and Gwen Vermuelen, whose names will be added to the City of San Juan Capistrano’s Wall of Recognition. The City Council this week approved the honorees for the Wall of Recognition, which is displayed at the City's Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion.

The program was created in 2000 to recognize individuals whose contributions, volunteerism, and selfless efforts have made San Juan Capistrano a more productive and pleasant place to live, work, and play. The ceremony is planned Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 PM at the Community Center.

For more information, please click here.


San Clemente: Student Beach Concert

San Clemente’s Annual Beach Concert Series, “Bringing the Bands to the Sand”, has returned. Come Friday, June 6 to San Clemente Pier at 6:00 PM to enjoy the San Clemente High School and Shorecliff’s jazz bands on the beach with the sunset as your backdrop. For more information, please click here and here.

Aliso Viejo: Community Health, Safety & Resource Fair

The Aliso Viejo Community Health, Safety and Resource Fair is from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday, June 7 at the Iglesia Park Community Center, 24671 Via Iglesia. The FREE event caters to people of all ages and will feature activities, information and resources to help folks live healthier, safer and more productive lives. For more information, please click here.

Rancho Santa Margarita: RanchoFest 2014

Bring the family for 2 fun-filled days of activities, eating, drinking and live entertainment Saturday, June 7 (11:00 AM to 10:00 PM) and Sunday, June 8 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM) at Central Park Rancho Santa Margarita. For more information, please click here and here.

San Juan Capistrano: Summer Nites Concert Series

Attend the first San Juan Summer Nites Concert of the year Wednesday, June 18, with Country Western band "River Road". The FREE concert is held at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, and starts at 6:00 PM. For more information, please click here.


In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other supervisorial activities, I also:
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the San Juan Capistrano Library Bookstore Grand Opening.

My office also:
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the San Juan Capistrano Reata Park & Event Center Grand Opening.
  • Attended the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee meeting at Laguna Niguel City Hall. More on this in next week’s newsletter.

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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