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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
August 26, 2016 Volume 3 Issue 34
Congratulations, Olympians!
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and welcome home our Fifth District athletes and coaches who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Four athletes and one coach from our very own community represented our nation in the summer games, many bringing back gold and silver medals! Win or lose, I could not be more proud of these individuals for their dedication to their sport. The pressure of performance at the games is immense, and the physical demands are beyond strenuous, but it is the mental toughness and pure grit throughout the years of training that makes these athletes truly remarkable human beings. Congratulations to Klay Thompson (Basketball), Logan Dooley (Gymnastics), Aria and Makenzie Fischer (Water Polo), and Robert Ridland (Coach – Show Jumping) for your incredible accomplishments!
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OC Moves
OC Public Works Launches Camino Del Rio Extension Phase of its La Pata Extension Project
Now that the first phase of the La Pata Extension is complete, OC Public Works is now launching the second project phase this month that will extend the existing Camino Del Rio roadway in the Forster Ranch community in San Clemente to the newly connected La Pata Avenue.

As part of the overall La Pata Extension project, the Camino Del Rio Extension is scheduled to be completed in eight months and will add approximately 0.5 mile in length to the existing road. The Camino Del Rio improvements will also accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists by constructing streetlights, bike lanes and sidewalks. Completion of the Camino Del Rio Extension phase is anticipated to be in April 2017.

Construction updates about the Camino Del Rio Extension with expected activities and other information will be posted on the project web site and distributed to nearby and interested residents as the project progresses. Sukut Construction is the County’s general contractor performing the construction of all project phases.

OC Public Works is also underway on a project phase of widening approximately 1.4 miles of the existing La Pata Avenue with an additional lane in each direction between Ortega Highway and Stallion Ridge (formerly Vista Montana). The improvements will include a dedicated southbound turn lane toward San Juan Hills High School to enhance the flow of traffic. Completion of the La Pata widening phase between Ortega Highway and Stallion Ridge is anticipated to be in February 2018.

The La Pata Extension Project is increasing regional mobility in south Orange County and connecting communities by eliminating the existing gap between Ortega Highway near San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Vista Hermosa in San Clemente. For many drivers, it cut commute times to those areas by 20 minutes by serving as a north-south alternative to Interstate 5.

For additional project information, visit the project web site at, call the project hotline at 844-4-LAPATA (452-7282) or visit the OC Public Works Facebook page at
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Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point Trolley & Harbor Shuttle
Thanks to the City of Dana Point, Dana Point Trolley service has been extended into the Harbor! Trolley service will run through Labor Day. Visit for more details about the route.

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Save the Date: Dana Point Harbor 50-Year Time Capsule Celebration
Mark your calendars for Monday, August 29, to attend a special historic event to celebrate the unveiling of the Dana Point Harbor 50-Year Time Capsule. In addition to the unveiling, there will be a special BBQ dinner to follow. Don’t miss out! Be sure to purchase your BBQ dinner tickets in advance here. See the flyer below for details. For more information, please visit

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County Connections

OC Parks Mobile Application Launched

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks are pleased to introduce the new OC Parks mobile application, making it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer! Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

“The new OC Parks app gives Orange County residents and visitors information about the features and amenities available in our beautiful County parks,” Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District, said.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Users can also search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more. Further, the app links to camping and picnic shelter reservations, some program registrations and annual parking pass purchases.

The new OC Parks app is free and available for download in the Apple and Google Play stores.
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Treasurer-Tax Collector: Unsecured Property Tax Deadline is August 31st
Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds those with unsecured property taxes due for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 relating to business property, leased equipment, boats and aircraft to submit payment by Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, to avoid late charges. Any unsecured property tax payments received after Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, that do not show a US Postal Service date stamp for the 31st or earlier will be charged a 10% delinquent fee and a $75 late charge.

Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich encourages taxpayers to not stand in line, but pay online by eCheck with no additional cost using a bank checking or savings account at, a secure website. “The most cost effective way for my office to process tax payments is by eCheck,” says Freidenrich. To further assist taxpayers, tax payments processed no later than 11:59 pm PST, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, using the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website will be accepted as timely payment of taxes, receive same day credit, and a receipt from the online payment that can either be printed or emailed.

The owner of record as of January 1, 2016, is responsible for paying the unsecured property tax even if the unsecured property has been sold or otherwise disposed of after Jan. 1, 2016, as these taxes are not prorated by time of ownership. The new owner is not responsible for paying the 1% tax on the personal property purchased until January 1, 2017.

An important change this year is that unsecured property tax bills are no longer issued for businesses and boats or aircraft whose assessed value is less than $3,000 (estimated $30 in property taxes). In prior years, the Treasurer did not issue any property tax bill that was less than $20. View your FY 2016-17 unsecured tax statement at for current or delinquent unsecured property taxes and check out the new unsecured property tax search feature by business name.

Payments by eCheck, which allows a taxpayer to pay using their bank account online without a service fee, represents over 20% all property tax payments received in FY 2015-2016. The number of mailed payments has been decreasing and currently represents less than 45% of all property tax payments.

The Treasurer billed over $203 million in unsecured property taxes for FY 2016-17. Unsecured property tax bills were sent to approximately 88,000 businesses, 25,000 boat owners, and 775 aircraft owners. The number of the unsecured property bills has decreased 9% from the prior fiscal year primarily due to not issuing unsecured property tax bills for assessed values below $3,000.
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OC Animal Care/Pet of the Week

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Out and About South County
Dana Point: Coastal Clean Up Day

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Dana Point: OC Parks Final Summer Concert
Don't miss the last concert of the season! On Thursday, September 1st, bring your friends and family down to Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach for a special community concert featuring JR JR with Big Monsta. The concert will take place from 6pm – 8pm, but get there early to claim your spot! Feel free to check out the food trucks or bring your own picnic. This event is free and suitable for all ages. Thank you to OC Parks for a wonderful summer concert season!

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San Clemente: Barks & Brews at the Outlets at San Clemente
In honor of National Dog Day, the Outlets at San Clemente are hosting a Barks and Brews event this Friday, August 26th! Bring your dog and enjoy the pet costume parade, photo booth, craft beer, food trucks, and free dog treats! All proceeds will go toward the Pet Project Foundation, which supports the Dana Point/San Clemente animal shelter. See the flyer below or click here for details.

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San Juan Capistrano: Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo
Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of "passing the hat" in support of a sick child or friend in need, all proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities. Events include bull riding, concerts, and western dancing! Adult tickets are $30 and kids 12 and up are $10. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th at 30753 La Pata Road.

For more information click here.
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Last but not least this week I:
  • Chaired the Board of Supervisors meeting.
  • Presented a Board Resolution to SSA Director Mike Ryan, HCA Director Mark Refowitz, and OCCR Director Steve Franks, recognizing August 2016 as "Eligibility Professionals Month".
  • Presented a Board Resolution to Larry Barman and Steve Adamson from the California Prostate Cancer Coalition and the Prostate Forum of Orange County, recognizing September 2016 as "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month".
  • Participated in the OCTA Board meeting.
  • Interviewed with PBS SoCal to discuss last weekend's traffic shift onto the new Avenida Pico bridge.
  • Attended the South County Mobility meeting in Mission Viejo.
  • Participated in the OCFA Board meeting.
  • Attended and gave the welcoming remarks at the Aliso Viejo/Laguna Niguel Relay for Life event.

Presenting a Board Resolution recognizing September 2016 as "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month".

Presenting a Board Resolution recognizing August 2016 as "Eligibility Professionals Month".
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My Staff:
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Miracle Ear ribbon cutting in San Juan Capistrano.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Grayse ribbon cutting at the Outlets at San Clemente.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the MEDHERO ribbon cutting in San Clemente.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the New Life Cryotherapy ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Met with representatives from OC Vector Control.
  • Attended the South Orange County Economic Coalition meeting in Laguna Hills.
  • Toured the OCFA Regional Fire Operations & Training Center.
  • Attended the OC Parks Summer Concert at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach to welcome the audience and introduce the bands, Family Style and Tijuana Dogs. For information on the OC Parks Summer Concert Series, please click here.

At the Grayse ribbon cutting at the Outlets at San Clemente.

At the OC Parks Summer Concert at Salt Creek Beach.

At the MEDHERO ribbon cutting in San Clemente.
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South County Elected Officials in the Community

San Juan Capistrano Mayor Pro Tem Kerry Ferguson at the Miracle Ear ribbon cutting.
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For questions or comments regarding Supervisor Bartlett’s E-Newsletter please contact the Supervisor's office staff at: (714) 834-3550 or
In This Issue
orange arrow Congratulations, Olympians!
orange arrow OC Moves
orange arrow Dana Point Harbor
orange arrow County Connections
orange arrow OC Animal Care/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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