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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
January 16, 2015 Volume 2 Issue 2
Board of Supervisors Update
Election of Board Officers
The Board held the Election of Officers for the 2015 calendar year. Supervisor Todd Spitzer was selected to serve as the Board Chairman, and I was selected to serve as the Board’s Vice-Chair.

Both Chairman Spitzer and I received unanimous support from our colleagues, and I am honored to serve as Vice-Chair for the upcoming calendar year. Please click here for more information.
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Orange County Mobility Information
OCTA Board Gets New Chair & Vice Chair and New Members
In a unanimous decision at Monday’s Board meeting, the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Board of Directors selected Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway, who served as the OCTA Board’s vice chairman for the last year, as the new Chairman and San Clemente City Councilmember Lori Donchak, who is also a 5th District representative on the OCTA Board, as the new Vice Chairman.

In addition, Oaths of office will be administered to new Board Member Michelle Steel and returning Board Member Shawn Nelson.
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Grant Award for the 2015 Angels Express Service
On Monday, the OCTA Board of Directors voted to accept a grant award and execute grant-related agreements with the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to support the Angels Express service. MSRC awarded OCTA $239,645 in grant funds to support the direct operating costs of providing the Angels Express service for the upcoming 2015 baseball season.

The Angels Express Metrolink rail service will again serve all 48 regular season weekday evening home games that start at 7:05 p.m., which will begin on April 1, 2015, and operate through September 30, 2015, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Angels) baseball season. The service will deploy special Metrolink trains to operate along the Orange County Line, originating from Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo in the south and from Los Angeles Union Station in the north, terminating at Anaheim Station. To learn more about the grant award please click here.
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Pedestrian Safety Workshop: January 26
Join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in a roundtable discussion about education, engineering, and enforcement activities to improve pedestrian safety throughout Orange County.

OCTA would like to hear your thoughts and ideas about pedestrian safety and how pedestrian travel on our city and county streets can be safer and more supportive for everyone on foot.

Pedestrian safety expert Paul Zykofsky will facilitating the discussion.

Reserve your spot for this important workshop.

Event Details:
Monday, January 26, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
OCTA Headquarters
600 South Main Street, Room 154
Orange, California
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The Toll Roads Extends Online Payment Window to Five Days
The online payment period that allows drivers to pay their toll after their trip on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads in Orange County, has been extended from 48 hours to five days.

Nearly 100 roadway signs were recently updated to inform drivers about the change. Customers who drive The Toll Roads without a pre-established FasTrak or ExpressAccount can pay tolls online using One-Time Toll within five days after their trip at or using The Toll Roads mobile app.

Visitors who travel the 73, 133 and 241 toll roads infrequently, can tune into The Toll Roads Radio to learn about how to pay their toll after their trip. Signs directing drivers to tune in to 1680 AM on the 73 Toll Road and 1690 AM on the 133 and 241 toll roads have also been installed along the routes.

The Toll Roads Radio repeats a 34-second message informing drivers they are in Orange County, what road they are traveling on and information on how to pay online once they have reached their destination.

More than 260,000 people drive The Toll Roads every day as a way to avoid traffic congestion and save time.
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Healthcare Advisory
Potential Public Exposure to Measles
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last week, in conjunction with the outbreak recently reported affecting multiple counties in California and Utah. These cases raise the possibility that Orange County residents may be exposed to measles since the patients visited public locations while infectious.

The Health Care Agency has been working with the facilities listed below to contact people who may have been exposed to these cases and who are at increased risk of severe illness. The risk of developing infection after brief encounters with persons with measles is low, but as a precaution, people who were in the below locations around the same time as the individuals with measles should:
  • Review their vaccination history if they have not previously had measles; people who have not had measles or the measles vaccine are at higher risk after an exposure, so they should talk with a health care provider about receiving MMR vaccination.
  • Monitor themselves for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after their exposure (the time period when symptoms may develop); if symptoms develop, stay at home and call a health care provider immediately.
Potential exposure locations and times:
  • St. Joseph Hospital, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange
    • Emergency Department: Tuesday, December 30, 6:00 - 11:30 p.m.
  • CHOC Children’s Hospital, 1201 W. La Veta Avenue, Orange
    • 4th Floor: Thursday, January 1, 3:40 p.m. through Friday, January 2, 12:45 p.m.
    • Emergency Department: Sunday, January 4, 10:25 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., and Monday, January 5, 8:25 a.m. - 12:40 p.m
  • Quest Diagnostics Laboratory, 1010 W. La Veta Avenue, Suite 140, Orange
    • Saturday, January 3, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to preventing outbreaks of disease in our community. Given the recent cases identified here and in other jurisdictions in Southern California, additional cases are expected and vaccination is key in preventing infection from future exposures.

To learn more about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Orange County Health Care Agency
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Illness Associated with Rosca de Reyes Bread
Over 30 people from multiple unrelated groups became ill with symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, and numbness after eating Rosca de Reyes Bread distributed by Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana. The Health Care Agency is investigating the cause of the illnesses, and the bakery is closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

The bread was distributed on January 5 and 6, 2015 to a number of retail outlets in Orange County and Long Beach. Health officials have advised retailers to remove any unsold product from their shelves and consumers who purchased the bread are advised to discard any uneaten product. Anyone who consumed the bread who experiences symptoms similar to those reported should contact their personal physician.

The product was sold at the following 5th District locations to view the other locations please click here:

El Nopal Mercado
31451 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 443-9145

Tony’s Liquor
32141 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 218-8090
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OC Vote
Special Election Scheduled for Jan. 27
A winner-take-all special election will take place January 27 to fill the vacancy created by the election of former 1st District Supervisor Janet Nguyen to the state Senate.

The County Charter specifies that supervisorial vacancies must be filled by a special election held not less than 56 days or more than 70 days after the date of the vacancy. The 1st District includes the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster, portions of the City of Fountain Valley and the unincorporated community of Midway City.

For more election information please click here.
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Exploring Orange County
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes
OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.

Three types of cards are available:
  • County Regional and Wilderness Parks Parking Pass for $55 ($35 for seniors/disabled)
  • County Beach Parking Pass with Pay and Display Machines for $55 ($35 for seniors, disabled park free)
  • All County Parks and Beaches Parking Pass for $80 ($50 for seniors)
Distinguished Veterans (per California State Parks) are eligible for a no-fee pass. This applies to veterans with a 50% or higher service-connected disability, or who were held as prisoners of war, or who are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

OC Parks Parking Passes are available for purchase at an OC Parks facility near you. Visit OC Parks online at our Annual Parking Pass page for more information and a list of convenient locations.
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OC Community Resources
2015 Point in Time Count of the Homeless
A worthwhile event is being planned for late January 2015 that will significantly impact the future of many homeless families and individuals residing in Orange County. Every two years, the County of Orange and its non-profit partners conduct a single day count of the County's sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. The January 2013 count process determined that approximately 12,700 people become homeless in Orange County over the course of a year.

This project is undertaken to preserve over $16 million in annual federal funding for homeless programs and services. The project also serves as a means for leveraging additional funding from other government and private sources for needed homeless services and provides data to inform decision making on better service planning and delivery including Orange County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

1,500 volunteers are needed to count the homeless throughout Orange County. As Supervisor for the 5th District, I am inviting you to support the 2015 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless effort. 5th District residents can support the 2015 Point-In-Time Count by contributing a small amount of volunteer time to assist in this effort.

Each of the five County districts will have a deployment center where volunteers will gather on the morning of Saturday, January 24, 2015 to count the homeless from approximately 4:30 am – 9:00 a.m. on the streets throughout the entire county. A short training session is required prior to the day of the count. The location of each volunteer deployment center will be posted on the Point in Time website after December 1, 2014. The location of the 5th District volunteer deployment center is:

5th District - San Clemente
Family Assistance Ministries
1030 Calle Negocio
San Clemente, CA 92673
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Out and About South County
Low-cost Pet & Vet Clinic : Aliso Viejo
In an effort to keep Aliso Viejo pets healthy, the City's Family Resource Center is joining forces with the Society for California Veterinary Vaccine Care to host a low-cost Pet & Vet Clinic on Saturday, January 17.

The cash-only clinic will offer vaccinations and micro-chipping at discounted rates from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Iglesia Park Community Center. 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, e-mail or call 949-425-2519. Clinic participation requirements are available at
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History Tour: Dana Point
This walk explores the history of the area and begins at 9 AM on Sunday, January 18th. History Tours occur on the third Sunday of each month and have rotating themes. It is a docent led tour that covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance.

This walk requires RSVP to either or the Nature Interpretive Center (949)248-3527. Please click here for more information.
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“Eating Organic on a Budget” Workshop: Laguna Niguel
Good food. Good for you. The journey to lifelong health starts with one small step - and then one leads to another. A positive change here, an unhealthy habit dropped there, and before you know it, you're traveling down a healthier path. Join Chef Cintia Madrid, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market Tustin, for an informative workshop on planning healthy meals packed with nutrition. It will change your definition of delicious: It's Wholesome, healthy and, best of all, oh so easy! Seating is limited. Call (949) 425-5100 to reserve your spot. To view the flyer please click here.
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Last but not least this week I:
  • Participated in the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors meeting.
  • Attended the Women in Transportation Seminar Orange County event featuring the newly elected OCTA Chair.
  • Presented a proclamation to Daniel H. Abrams, the outgoing Chairman of the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce.
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My staff also:
  • Presented a certificate at the Honu Lani Community Acupuncture Ribbon Cutting in Laguna Beach.
  • Attended the Lake Forest New Business Reception.
  • Presented a certificate at the Jefferson Platinum Triangle Project Ground Breaking.
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In This Issue
orange arrow Board of Supervisors Update
orange arrow Orange County Mobility Information
orange arrow Healthcare Advisory
orange arrow OC Vote
orange arrow Exploring Orange County
orange arrow OC Community Resources
orange arrow Out and About South County
orange arrow Last but not least this week I:
orange arrow My staff also:
Paul Walters
Chief of Staff

Victor Cao
Policy Advisor

Veronica Carpenter
Policy Advisor

Evan Chaffee
Policy Advisor

James Dinwiddie
Policy Advisor

Kelley Jimenez
Policy Advisor

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Tanya Flink
Office Manager

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