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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
October 14, 2016 Volume 3 Issue 41
Fifth District Dispatch
2016 South County Disaster Preparedness Expo
Please join me at the 9th annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, October 15 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Norman Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

This enormously popular annual event is held in partnership with the City of Mission Viejo at the conclusion of the Walk Against Drugs. The Expo will feature a wide array of state-of-the-art emergency response vehicles and equipment displays, in addition to interactive vendor booths, informative presentations, fun activities for all ages, and much more.

Protect your family, home and business for when disaster strikes! Don't miss the 9th annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo! For more information, please see the flyer below.

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2016 Children and Families Forum & Fair
On Saturday, October 22, I will be hosting the 2016 South County Children and Families Forum & Fair in partnership with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County Children’s Partnership, Children & Families Commission of Orange County, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, and Orange County United Way. I cordially invite you to attend this inaugural family-friendly event, taking place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Bell Tower Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688.

During the Forum, the 22nd Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County will be released, and will also feature timely presentations from renowned children and family experts, as well as opportunities to win family 4-packs to Disneyland/California Adventure, Discovery Cube, Pretend City, and other exciting prizes.

In addition, the Fair will feature informative and interactive children & family-friendly resource booths, food trucks, music, and fun activities for the whole family.

To register for the South County Children and Families Forum & Fair, please visit For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at More than 30 OC Locations on "National Take Back Day"
The Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on “National Take Back Day” occurring Saturday, October 22 at more than 30 locations throughout Orange County.

“I encourage people to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring in expired, unused or unwanted prescription medication because one of the main sources of drug misuse in individuals over the age of 12 is prescription pain medication they’ve taken from a friend or family member,” said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. “The opioid epidemic is nationwide and it’s important we address it through participating in events like ‘National Take Back Day.’”

Since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) began “National Take Back Day” in 2010, Orange County residents have dropped off 54,000 pounds of unused prescription medications for safe disposal – about the weight of a large, full garbage truck. The ‘Take Back’ event that occurred earlier this year resulted in the collection of more than 7,800 pounds of unused or unwanted medications.

The drop-off service is free and anonymous. To locate a collection site in your area, please visit the DEA’s website here. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County, visit
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OC Health Care Agency Launches Creative Handwashing Campaign on Global Handwashing Day
To commemorate the creative call of Global Handwashing Day, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) launched The Art of Handwashing campaign to encourage handwashing best practices among Orange County businesses.

The campaign kicked off this month with the development of three artist-inspired handwashing signs available to Orange County businesses for free in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In addition to the innovative colorful signs, a storyboard depicting the importance of handwashing is also available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
“Our goal is to draw attention to the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of disease and foodborne illness,” said Liza Frias, Director of Environmental Health. “So, we gave the tried and true message of ‘washing your hands before returning to work’ a colorful facelift.”

For high resolution images, click here.
Occurring annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap. This year, HCA met this challenge through the production of the new handwashing signs inspired by contemporary artists Andy Warhol, Milton Glaser and Saul Bass. Throughout the campaign, Environmental Health Inspectors will observe and recognize food workers during their unannounced inspections, who are using excellent handwashing techniques.

Businesses can request the free handwashing signs by calling HCA’s Environmental Health Division at (714) 433-6000.
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OC Moves
THIS WEEKEND – La Pata Temporary Traffic Stoppages

As you know, the La Pata Extension Project is in full swing! We celebrated the Gap Closure opening to traffic nearly two months ago. The next phases are currently underway which includes:
  • Adding an additional lane in each direction between Ortega Highway and Stallion Ridge and
  • Extending Camino Del Rio to La Pata Avenue.
This Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm temporary traffic stoppages are necessary in both directions to remove the temporary traffic signal crossing. The 15 minute stoppages are occurring at different locations between Ortega Highway and Stallion Ridge in San Juan Capistrano. Please consider using an alternate route whenever possible. The project hours have been restricted to accommodate and minimize impacts to those traveling to/from San Juan Hills High School.

I encourage you to visit the OC Public Works La Pata Project webpage for regular updates. Please contact Amit Verma (714) 932-8634 with any questions or concerns. I appreciate your patience through the construction.
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County Connections
Dana Point Harbor: Street Improvement Project
Please see the community notice regarding the street improvement work scheduled for October 10 - October 21. For more information or to speak with a representative about the Street Improvement Project, contact Paul Weaver at 714-719-1742. For information regarding the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization, click here.

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John Wayne Airport: Orange County Students Invited to Enter 27th Annual Student Art Contest
John Wayne Airport's (JWA) 27th annual Student Art Contest is underway. All Orange County public and private school students, including home-schooled students, in grades kindergarten through 12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year's theme, "Beyond the Clouds." Entries should be submitted to the Orange County Department of Education, any Orange County Public Library Branch or participating city libraries, no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016.

"John Wayne Airport has a vibrant arts program, displaying museum quality exhibitions in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal throughout the year," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "The Student Art Contest Exhibition is one of the most popular, showcasing the talents of our community's young artists."

Selected by sponsors of the International Aviation Art Contest, the contest theme differs each year. Artworks that best depict this year's contest theme are selected for exhibition and prizes. Winners and honorable mentions from grades K-12 will be exhibited from December 6, 2016 until January 3, 2017, on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. The JWA Student Art Contest is part of the International Aviation Art Contest. JWA winning entries go on to compete at State, National and often International levels of competition.

For more information about entering the Student Art Contest, visit or contact Art Program Coordinator Jeffrey Frisch at
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Ocean Institute: Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle (and More!)
The Ocean Institute, a community-based non-profit located in Dana Point Harbor, has been teaching visitors about marine science and maritime history since 1977. The organization offers over 60 programs through its state-of-the-art ocean education center to accommodate the 250,000 students and adults that visit the facility each year. The Institute is hosting an on-going raffle, now through October 20th, to raise funds to support its educational programs and encourage good stewardship of our ocean and the environment. Prizes include South Coast Plaza gift certificates, dream vacations, luxury vehicles, and the grand prize, a lavish condominium in Laguna Beach. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by calling 949-627-8502. For more details and to see a full list of prizes, go to Good luck!

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OC Animal Care/Pet of the Week

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Out and About South County
Mission Viejo: 28th Annual Walk Against Drugs
The City of Mission Viejo and Orange County Sheriff’s Department have scheduled our 28th Annual Walk Against Drugs and Community Fair for Saturday, October 15, 2016. This event unites the City and Sheriff’s Department with our local schools, businesses and community groups to share an important message with students and families. In unity, we promote healthy choices and drug-free lifestyles to all of our participants.

Participants wearing red t-shirts will walk a mile and a half, forming a “red ribbon” on eastbound La Paz Road to the Oso Creek Trail, and ending at the celebration fair site on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park (24932 Veteran’s Way). This site features free vendor booths, activities, displays, food, entertainment, games and fun for all ages. The event ends at 12 pm. For more information, click here.
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San Juan Capistrano: FAM Hunger Walk
FAM's 29th annual Hunger Walk will be held this year on October 16, 2016! Come join us as we walk to end hunger in South Orange County!

We know you share our concern for hungry neighbors in our South Orange County community. The Annual FAM Hunger Walk fundraiser is a fun walk beginning and ending at the San Clemente Community Center. The FAM Board of Directors and staff invite you to participate in our Walk by signing up and helping us raise money, becoming an official sponsor or making a donation.

For details and to register, click here.
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San Juan Capistrano: The Ecology Center's Makers Market
On November 19th between 11AM – 5PM, come explore 40+ SoCal makers and food artisans for a one of a kind market. Support local economy and intentional, sustainable goods. Plus, enjoy fun activities such as Wildcraft Lab for kids, musical guests, & artisan demonstrations. There will also be live music from Paul Cannon IRON SAGE WOOD, among others.

Handmade: A Maker’s Market celebrates goods that are functional, well designed and handmade by our local community. Choose to buy locally produced and handmade goods, rather than factory made. When we do so, we keep our money and skills inside our community to strengthen and grow our economy while supporting talented, skilled and artistic individuals.

Visit the Ecology Center's website for a list of participating artisans, as well as for more information on the Center's upcoming events.
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Connecting Women to Power Business Conference
Last year, over 1,500 women attended Diane Harkey’s first Connecting Women to Power Business Conference. This year, we are bringing a bigger and better conference to Southern California. Speakers will include a representative from Facebook, a former NASA astronaut, and an international branding expert. The conference is free, but tickets are going fast, so RSVP today and reserve your seat. Space is limited!

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San Clemente: Pet Project Foundation Howling Halloween Ball
Halloween isn't far away! Get your tickets to the Pet Project Foundation's Howling Halloween Ball, benefitting the Dana Point/San Clemente animal shelter. The event will take place on October 30th at the Bella Collina Golf Club from 5PM – 9PM. Don your most creative costume and enjoy dinner, cocktails, music, a silent auction, and more! See the flyer below or click here for details.

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Last but not least this week I:
  • Chaired the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting.
  • Presented a Board Resolution to Elizabeth Hueg of OC Shelter Partners in honor of her service and dedication to the Orange County Animal Shelter.
  • Presented a Board Resolution to Rusty Kennedy upon his retirement after 40+ years of service as the OC Human Relations Executive Director.
  • Participated in the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board meeting.
  • Participated in the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Board meeting.
  • Participated in the TCA Joint Executive Ad Hoc, 241/91 Ad Hoc, and the San Juan Hills/Foothill Eastern Board meetings.
  • Participated in the Library Advisory Board meeting.

Presenting a Board Resolution to Rusty Kennedy in recognition of his retirement after 40+ years of outstanding service as Executive Director of OC Human Relations.

Presenting a Board Resolution to Elizabeth Hueg of OC Shelter Partners in appreciation of their outstanding volunteer work with OC Animal Care.
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My Staff:
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Boot Barn ribbon cutting in Lake Forest.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Essential Fitness ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Orchard Supply Hardware ribbon cutting in Mission Viejo.
  • Presented Certificates of Recognition in honor of the Crocs and Luxury Mall ribbon cuttings at the Outlets at San Clemente.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy Group ribbon cutting.
  • Attended a crisis communication workshop.
  • Testified at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting in Long Beach.
  • Attended the Dana Point Harbor Association meeting.
  • Participated in the Orange County Superior Court Leadership Academy meeting.
  • Participated in the Library Advisory Board meeting.

Cutting the ribbon at Orchard Supply Hardware in Mission Viejo.
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South County Elected Officials in the Community

Lake Forest Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts at the Boot Barn ribbon cutting.

Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Tony Beall and Councilman Brad McGirr at the Essential Fitness ribbon cutting.
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In This Issue
orange arrow Fifth District Dispatch
orange arrow OC Moves
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
Senior 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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