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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
September 4, 2015 Volume 2 Issue 35
County Connections
San Clemente Library and Bookstore Expansion
On Saturday, August 29, I was pleased to preside over the grand reopening ceremony for the new and improved San Clemente Library and Bookstore, as the long-awaited expansion and renovation is now complete. In honor of the occasion, I also presented San Clemente Library Manager Karen Wall with a proclamation from my office and joined Councilwoman Lori Donchak in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Construction began in June 2014 to expand the library into the space vacated by the Senior Center across the building lobby. With this expansion, the library has grown to approximately 15,000 square feet, including the new Friends of the Library Bookstore. The expansion brings much more than just added space to the library. Librarians are now able to provide more programming to the public with the addition of the new Community Room.

All aspects of the expansion project have included thoughtful attention to the diverse needs of library users. The “new” library will be more energy efficient, with a new heating and air conditioning system, as well as provide consistent, energy efficient lighting throughout. Bookshelves have also been redesigned to make better use of natural light.

The library’s literacy partner, READ/OC, finally has a long-awaited private space for adults learning to read as well as their tutors. The room also houses literacy materials and training resources.

I am grateful to the San Clemente Friends of the Library for their very generous support and contribution to this project. The majority of funds raised by the Friends of the Library came from the sales generated in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. The Friends are also pleased that their new bookstore is on Avenida Del Mar, creating better visibility and a larger, more open space for shoppers. They anticipate the new location will help increase sales and allow them to provide even more support for library materials, programs and services.

I applaud the outstanding work, dedication and cooperation of the community, the San Clemente Friends of the Library, the City of San Clemente, and the County of Orange. This collaboration resulted in an invaluable community resource that created, developed, and built this beautiful library, which will provide outstanding services now and for future generations of library patrons.

San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak interviews Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.

To view more photos of the grand reopening celebration, please click here.
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John Wayne Airport Provides Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips
John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period from Thursday, September 3 through Tuesday, September 8 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. More than 151,000 passengers traveled through JWA during the same period in 2014 with the busiest travel days being the Thursday and Friday before Labor Day.

During this holiday period, JWA travelers can visit for real-time flight status as well as construction activities around the Riley Terminal. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and exercise caution when navigating Airport roadways and follow posted speed limits.

Travel Tips
  • Arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

  • Traveling with furry friends? Utilize one of two animal relief areas before heading into the terminal, located on the Arrival (lower) Level in front of Terminals A and C.

  • Pack up to one small carry-on bag plus one personal item as long as the carry-on bag fits airline dimensions. Check with individual airlines for specifics and details related to checked baggage.
  • Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30 per day or $10 per hour.

  • Self-parking is available in Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C for $20 per day and $2 per hour with the first 15 minutes being free.

  • Off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St., Irvine, for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Riley Terminal every 15 minutes.
Passenger Pickup/Drop Off
  • 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. Access to terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.

  • Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy. Column 14 is also a designated JWA Yellow Cab pickup location for Terminal C.
Other travel planning resources
  • Visit Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to become familiar with prohibited items and the 3-1-1 rule for liquids in carry-ons.

  • TSA Pre✓® passengers can take advantage of expedited screening at one of three checkpoints at John Wayne Airport.

  • International travelers should check U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to ensure they have appropriate travel documentation for visiting the United States. Note: Passengers who are members of the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program can expedite their Customs clearance into the U.S. at John Wayne Airport. Those passengers traveling to and from Vancouver, Canada, will clear Customs in Canada before entering the United States.
For more information about John Wayne Airport, please visit
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La Pata Extension Project on Schedule to Connect Communities
The La Pata Avenue Extension Project Team is proud to announce that refuse removal was completed on August 3, 2015. Approximately 800,000 cubic yards of refuse were excavated and relocated within Prima Deshecha Landfill to facilitate the construction of this project.

The La Pata gap connector phase, the project’s initial construction phase, is 70% complete. This phase started in spring of 2014 and is expected to be completed in fall of 2016.

Earth work is expected to be completed in November 2015. This activity involves the moving of existing soil to achieve proposed roadway topography. About 11 million cubic yards have been excavated and moved.

Bridge 1 is expected to be completed in fall of 2015. This bridge will allow Prima Deshecha Landfill vehicles to cross La Pata Avenue without interrupting traffic flow and providing public access to different landfill services.

Bridge 4 is a multi-use recreational bridge that will connect the Forster Ridgeline and Prima Deshecha trails in San Clemente and also provide access for utility maintenance. This bridge is expected to be completed in spring of 2016.

As of September 4, 2015 the contractor has discontinued importing soil from the I-5 widening project in San Clemente.

In spring of 2016, residents and students of San Juan Hills High School can expect lane closures during the road widening phase of La Pata. More information will be provided in advance to notify the community about the schedule of this activity.

During the next few months, the La Pata gap connector phase will progress as crews continue earthwork, bridge construction, paving, sidewalk, traffic signals, and landscaping. La Pata Avenue is anticipated to open and help ease your drive by fall of 2016.

To learn more about the La Pata Avenue Extension Project and sign up to receive project updates, visit the La Pata website.

Bridge 1 to be complete in Fall 2015.

Tunnel to provide access road for trash trucks to commute across landfill.
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The Toll Roads Provides Labor Day Holiday Travel Tips
As summer comes to an end, The Toll Roads anticipate a busy travel period during Labor Day weekend. Visitors driving through Orange County to and from the Inland Empire, San Diego and Los Angeles are encouraged to drive The Toll Roads (State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261) as alternatives to the freeways.

The 73 Toll Road is a popular route for drivers traveling between Los Angeles and San Diego, while the 241 Toll Road is a popular route to get to and from the Inland Empire, mountains and deserts to Orange County’s beaches.

Travel Tips for Drivers and Visitors:
  • Temporarily Add a License Plate – Are you hosting out-of-town guests for the holiday or renting or borrowing a vehicle? Temporarily add a vehicle’s license plate number to your ExpressAccount® or FasTrak® account to continue to pay electronically. Log in to your account at and click on the “Vehicle Information” tab to easily add a vehicle for a temporary basis.

  • Pay Tolls Online Using One-Time-Toll – Visitors can pay tolls online or via The Toll Roads’ free app using the One-Time-Toll® payment option. With One-Time-Toll, drivers have 5 days after their trip to make a One-Time-Toll payment to avoid receiving a Notice of Toll Evasion. To download the app, search "The Toll Roads" in the Apple App or Google Play Stores.

  • Calculate Tolls Online – Want to know what the cost is for a particular trip? Check out The Toll Roads’ online toll calculator at To easily calculate your toll, select the road you will drive; your entry and exit points (choose “unknown” if you are not sure); how you will pay; and the number of axles your vehicle has. The toll calculator webpage also features a downloadable map and rate card.

  • Pack Your Fastrak Transponder – FasTrak is used to collect tolls electronically on all of California’s tolled bridges, lanes and roads – including the 10/110 Metro ExpressLanes in Los Angeles; The Toll Roads and 91 Express Lanes in Orange County; the I-15 Express Lanes and 125 South Bay Expressway in San Diego; the I-680 Express Lanes in Alameda; the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and various bridges in the Bay Area. Make sure the vehicle you will be driving is registered to your FasTrak account and tolls will be collected electronically.
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Healthcare Advisory
OC Links
The OC Links Information and Referral Line provides telephone and online support for anyone seeking information or linkage to any of the Health Care Agency's Behavioral Health Services. These services include children and adult mental health, alcohol and drug inpatient and outpatient, crisis programs, and prevention and early intervention services. Callers can be potential participants, family members, friends or anyone seeking out resources, or providers seeking information about Behavioral Health programs and services. Trained Navigators provide information, referral, and linkage directly to programs that meet the needs of callers.

If you would like to learn more about services available through Behavioral Health Services, please call (855) OC-LINKS between the hours of 8AM - 6PM to be connected to a Behavioral Health Navigator, or click on the OC Links Chat icon during open chat hours. Telecommunication Device for the Deaf Number: 714-834-2332.

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OC Pet of the Week

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Out and About South County
Dana Point: Nature Tour
This Saturday, September 5th, RSVP to take a walk exploring the ecology and natural history of the area. The walk begins at 9AM, starting at the Nature Interpretive Center. For more information, please click here.
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Irvine: Saturday Family Park Play
Learn about the Great Park through themed crafts for children this Saturday, September 5th at the Orange County Great Park from 10AM to 2PM. For more information, please click here.
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Laguna Hills: Civic Center Public Arts Tour
This Saturday, September 5th, travel through time and relive Laguna Hills’ early history through stories and art displays at the Laguna Hills Civic Center. This free 40 minute tour gives a brief look into the City’s rich history. The tour starts at 10AM. For more information, please click here.
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Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert Series
Come join the annual Summer Concert Series locate in the newly renovated Crown Valley Park Amphitheater! Don’t forget you dancing shoes! This Friday, September 4th the series will feature Tommy Tassi & The Authentics (50’s and 60’s rock) from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. For more information, please click here.
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San Clemente: Kids Free Fishing Clinic
This Sunday September 6 at noon, Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. This Sunday, September 6th at Noon, Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dockside fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. For more information, please click here.
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Last but not least this week I:
  • Participated in the Orange County Board of Supervisors Board meeting.
  • Attended a breakfast with the Mexican Consulate.
  • Participated in the OCTA Environmental Oversight Committee.
  • Participated in the Urban Counties Caucus Board meeting.
  • Participated in the Orange County Sanitation District Operations Committee.
  • Participated in the California State Association of Counties Board meeting.
  • Participated in the CalOptima Board meeting.

Consul de Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora with Chairman Spitzer and Supervisors Bartlett and Do.
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My Staff:
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sherwin-Williams in Laguna Hills.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Once in a Licetime in Lake Forest.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Barefoot Bliss in San Clemente.
  • Attended the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting, featuring keynote speaker Diane Harkey, Member of the Board of Equalization.
  • Attended Orange County Forum’s Community Indicators Report Luncheon.
  • Attended the Irvine Chamber Government Affairs Committee meeting, featuring Orange County CEO Frank Kim and OCTax CEO Carolyn Cavecche.

Sherwin-Williams grand opening in Laguna Hills.

Once in a Licetime grand opening in Lake Forest.

Barefoot Bliss grand opening in San Clemente.
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South County Elected Officials in the Community

Diane Harkey, Member of the Board of Equalization (center), Aliso Viejo Councilman Ross Chun (right) and Scott White (left) at the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting.

Lake Forest Mayor Scott Voigts at Once in a Licetime ribbon cutting.

Lake Forest Councilman Jim Gardner (right) at Once in a Licetime ribbon cutting.

San Clemente Councilwoman Kath Ward (right) at Barefoot Bliss ribbon cutting.
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In This Issue
orange arrow County Connections
orange arrow OC MOVES
orange arrow Healthcare Advisory
orange arrow OC Pet of the Week
orange arrow Out and About South County
orange arrow Last but not least this week I:
orange arrow My Staff:
orange arrow South County Elected Officials in the Community
Paul Walters
Chief of Staff

Victor Cao
Policy Advisor

James Dinwiddie
Policy Advisor

Kelley Jimenez
Policy Advisor

Sara May
Policy Advisor

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Tanya Flink
Office Manager

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