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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
July 28, 2017 Volume 4 Issue 30
Fifth District Calendar
Ride the Summer Breeze FREE to Laguna Beach!

Preparing to board the first Summer Breeze bus of the season.

Summer Breeze makes you feel fine, with FREE parking and a FREE bus ride, blowing through the jasmine of Laguna Canyon. The Summer Breeze offers convenient stops at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Laguna Playhouse, and the Laguna Beach Bus Station.

From the Laguna Beach Bus Station, riders can easily connect with the FREE Laguna Beach Trolley, which takes visitors to world-class beaches, shopping, and restaurants along Coast Highway. Main Beach is only a block from the Bus Station.

The Summer Breeze runs Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 3, every 30 minutes from 11 AM to midnight. This FREE park & ride service originates from the Summer Breeze parking lot located at the I-405 & SR-133 (Laguna Canyon Road) interchange in Irvine, previously the site of the Odysseo/Cavalia horse show.

No need to stress about parking in Laguna Beach this summer! Blow freely into town on a sweet Summer Breeze and be returned safely to your vehicle when you’re done! For more information - including the Summer Breeze bus schedule, route map, and directions - please click here or see the flyer below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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South Dakota Volunteers Serve OC's Homeless
This week, Mercy House welcomed a group of volunteers, ages 13 to 17, from The Beacon Church. The youth, accompanied by their Pastor and his wife, travelled all the way from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to California to attend a Youth Conference at Chapman University. These outstanding volunteers were connected to Mercy House through Pastor Ric Olsen of The Beacon Church in Orange and graciously spent the week assisting staff and clients at Bridges.

After cleaning, serving meals, greeting people, scrubbing floors, disinfecting tables and chairs, detailing walls and furniture, and building ping-pong tables the kids created inspirational flyers with encouraging messages for clients to enjoy. Mercy House expressed gratitude for their new friends from Sioux Falls and are appreciative of Trinity Baptist Church and The Beacon Church for their generous assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering at Bridges at Kraemer, please contact Irene Drisson, Mercy House Community Resource Coordinator, at 714-836-7188 x142 or
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South County Spotlight
South County Summer Trolleys: ALL ABOARD!

Photo courtesy of Kristina Pritchett/Dana Point Times
Even before taking office as your Orange County Supervisor, I have been a strong advocate for an integrated trolley network that provides a convenient and flexible transportation system connecting our unique and beautiful South County communities.

Last year, as a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, I was pleased to support full funding of all Project V Community Circulator applications, investing more than $27 million for capital, operations, and planning purposes. As a result, this trolley service is now a fabulous way to experience South County’s summer destinations without the stress of sitting in traffic or fighting for parking.

For summer 2017, we now have three cities connected for a fun and easy way to get around! All three trolley services are free of charge for South County residents and visitors. With 28 miles of trolley coverage, you can now connect to and from Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. You can now explore our South County communities during summer using this convenient, fun, and free form of transportation, while avoiding parking headaches!

The Laguna Beach Trolley has pick-ups every 20 minutes. The free daily service runs through September 3. The Laguna Beach Trolley System has three different routes available for your enjoyment, including a convenient connection to the Dana Point trolley. Click here and here for more information.

The Dana Point Trolley connects to the Harbor Shuttle, as well as the Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano trolley junctions. The trolley service through this ocean lovers’ paradise is free of charge and runs daily through September 4 (Labor Day), arriving at each stop every 15 minutes. Click here to view the trolley map, or here for more information.

The San Juan Capistrano Trolley operates Friday evenings, as well as Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day. With frequency every 20 minutes, this service through Orange County’s most historic town also connects conveniently with the Dana Point Trolley. Click here for more information.

The Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano trolleys all interconnect, allowing intrepid explorers to enjoy continuous shuttle service through all three of these cities during summer without the parking hassles!

In addition, Mission Viejo and San Clemente also have successful shuttles that operate within their respective city boundaries. And the Orange County RanchRide will be on board soon, too.

Summertime and the living is easy! I hope you take advantage of these convenient, fun, and free trolley services all summer long and encourage your friends and family to do the same! To view a map of the entire South County Trolley System, please click the image below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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County Connections
DUI Checkpoint in Laguna Niguel Tonight
The Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint in Laguna Niguel this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

The checkpoint will be held from 7 PM on Friday, July 28 to 3 AM Saturday, July 29.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

If you see an impaired driver, remember to call 9-1-1.
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South County I-5 Freeway Closures

A full nighttime freeway closure on northbound I-5 from Avenida Pico to PCH / Camino Las Ramblas began Wednesday night and will run through tonight.

The nighttime closures on I-5 through San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente will allow crews to remove existing, outdated overhead signs that span the freeway, and install new ones.

Lane closures are from 10 PM to 5 AM. Full freeway closures are from 11:59 PM to 5 AM. No closures are planned for Saturday, July 29, or Sunday, July 30.

The $230-million project is scheduled for completion in 2018 and is part of the Measure M program, the voter-approved, half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

For more information, click here. Significant travel delays are expected. Please avoid traveling through the area, if possible.

Please be advised: Dates and times are subject to change if there is inclement weather or there are unforeseen operational factors.

July 26-28: Northbound I-5 Detour Route

  1. Exit Avenida Vista Hermosa, turn left; head toward Avenida Pico
  2. Turn right on Avenida Pico
  3. Turn right on N. El Camino Real / Coast Hwy
  4. Re-enter northbound I-5 at PCH or Stonehill Drive
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La Pata Extension Project Stoppages Sunday
On Avenida La Pata near Gateway Place, traffic will be intermittently stopped Sunday, July 30 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. These brief traffic stoppages will be active for the day and are necessary for crews to complete the road widening improvements as quickly and safely as possible.

For more information, click here or see the map below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Medallion Signature Guarantee Stamp Program

OC District Attorney Tony Rackaukas and Treasurer Shari Freidenrich
Orange County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich became the first local government “Certified Medallion User” of a Medallion Signature Guarantee Stamp after completing the training required by the program. She affixed the first Medallion Guarantee Stamp to several documents for the Office of the District Attorney/Public Administrator (OCDA/PA) Tony Rackauckas last week.

Treasurer Freidenrich and OCDA Rackauckas worked together to increase the efficiency relating to the estates administered by the PA. Traditionally, this service has been done by a financial institution, and in December 2016, the County of Orange became the first government agency to be approved to become a Securities Transfer Agent Program Guarantor.

Rackauckas stated, “It is very satisfying to work with Treasurer Freidenrich, to solve a problem that has existed for many years. I expect other counties will follow our lead. Most importantly, with the Medallion Guarantee Stamp in place at the County, we will be better and more efficient in serving the needs of decedents, beneficiaries and families in our County.”

Treasurer Freidenrich echoed the sentiment, “The Public Administrator is now able to efficiently process these required transfers in a timely and cost-effective manner that will improve the services provided in the County, and I am proud to implement this innovative solution to streamline government services.”

Click here to read the full press release.
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Ride the OC Fair Express
The OC Fair Express Bus service provides convenient, non-stop travel from nine locations to the OC Fair from 11 AM to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays through August 13.

Regular bus fare is $4 round-trip, and riders receive a coupon for $3 admission to the OC Fair. Riders ages 60 and over and those with disabilities ride for just 75 cents each way, and children 5 years and younger ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Riders can also download the free OC Bus app to their mobile device to easily buy electronic tickets in advance and to check bus routes and schedules.

The OC Fair Express allows riders to avoid traffic and parking hassles, as passengers are dropped off at the Yellow Gate just feet from the entrance to the OC Fair.

For more information, click here.
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Meet OC Animal Care's Pet of the Week

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Summer Lovin': Discounted Pet Adoptions
During the month of July, OC Animal Care is hosting two special adoption promotions to help our homeless pets find loving, forever homes.

Looking for the purrfect feline friend? Visit the shelter on "Caturday" (any Saturday in July) and take home your new companion at a discounted rate.

If you prefer a more active lifestyle and have the time to devote to man's best friend, the shelter is offering the same discount for all Pit Bull adoptions every day in July. See the flyer for details.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Out and About in South County this Summer
Aliso Viejo: Movie in the Park
Bring your blankets and chairs a showing of Finding Dory (PG) at in Aliso Viejo's Grand Park on Friday, August 4. Food trucks will open at 6 PM and complimentary face painting will be available from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The movie will begin at dusk. For more information, click here.
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Dana Point: Summer Concert Series
Dana Point continues its Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 30 at Sea Terrace Park with Small World Band (Rock) from 2:30 PM to 4 PM, and Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi tribute) from 4:30 PM to 6 PM. Free Shuttle Service is available from Dana Hills High School from 1 PM to 7 PM. For more information, click here.
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Laguna Beach: Summer Art Festivals

Laguna's world famous art festivals are in full swing, including the newly renovated Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Art & Craft Festival and Art-A-Fair. These festivals feature a wide array of arts & crafts, great music, delicious food, enchanting ambiance, and much more. Ride the Summer Breeze to the festivals FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. Receive unlimited admission to the festivals with a Passport to the Arts! Click the links above for more information.

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Laguna Beach: Music in the Park
Enjoy a free concert in Laguna Beach on Sunday, July 30 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Bluebird Park (Bluebird/Cress street) featuring Hollywood U2 (U2 tribute). For more information, click here.
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Lake Forest: 80s Flashback Tribute
Come to Lake Forest for 3 show-stopping 80s cover bands that will make you want to flash dance all night long – Flashpants, Boombox Heroes, and Pyromania (Def Leppard tribute) – Sunday, July 30 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Pittsford Park, 21701 Pittsford Drive. For more information, click here.
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Laguna Hills: Shakespeare in the Hills
Laguna Hills will host a reinterpreted production of Romeo & Juliet on Friday, July 28 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Community Center & Sports Complex. This interpretation transports the star-crossed lovers to 1845 in the conflicted world of Alta California, in which the local rancheros of old Mexico cope with the influx of American immigrants. Tickets are $10 per person and children under 12 are FREE! For more information, click here.
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Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert
Enjoy music from the 90's with No Duh (No Doubt tribute) at Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, on Friday, August 4 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. Free shuttle service is available from Laguna Niguel City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, 5:30 PM to 9:15 PM . Food and dessert will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks. For more information, click here.
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Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concert
Come to RSM on Sunday, July 30 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Central Park for an evening of great music, featuring The Trip (80s tribute). Visit some of the City's local restaurants before the concerts and bring a picnic dinner with you. For more information, click here.
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This week I:
  • Attended the OC Medical Association's Installation Ceremony and presented a Proclamation to outgoing President Dr. Darla Holland.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition to Rick Reiss, Managing Director at Montage Laguna Beach, in recognition of their contribution to Fete de la Musique.
  • Attended the TCA Joint Finance & Investment and the Joint Capital Programs & Projects Ad Hoc Committee meetings.
  • Spoke at the OCTA Mayor's Forum in Laguna Niguel.
  • Attended the OC Strategic Plan on Aging Leadership Council meeting.
  • Toured the UCI MIND Lab.
  • Participated in the OCFA Board of Directors meeting.
  • Attended the Aliso Viejo State of the City event. To view the video of Mayor Dave Harrington's speech, click here.
  • Gave the welcoming remarks at the South Orange County Economic Coalition's panel on Homelessness in Orange County.
  • Participated in the Board of Supervisors meeting and presented a resolution proclaiming July 16-22, 2017 as "Probation Services Week".
  • Adjourned the Board of Supervisors meeting in memory of Capt. Sean Elliott of San Juan Capistrano.

Presenting a Board Resolution to the Orange County Probation Department.

With Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington (left), Councilman Mike Munzing, and Mayor Pro Tem Phil Tsunoda at the State of the City.

With Aliso Viejo City Manager Dave Doyle at the State of the City event

Presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Rick Reiss, Managing Director at Montage Laguna Beach, with Karyn Williams, Founding President of Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association.

Speaking at the South Orange County Economic Coalition's panel on Homelessness in Orange County.

Speaking at the OCTA Mayor's Forum in Laguna Niguel.

Touring the UCI MIND Lab. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
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My Staff:
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Sunsets Recovery ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Opus Bank ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Patch Coffee ribbon cutting in Lake Forest.
  • Presented a Certificate of Recognition at the Talega Day Spa ribbon cutting in San Clemente.
  • Attended a meeting with faith leaders to discuss homelessness in South County.

Presenting a Certificate of Recognition at the Sunsets Recovery ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
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Elected Officials in the Community

San Juan Capistrano Mayor Kerry Ferguson at the South Orange County Association of Mayors meeting last week.

Laguna Niguel Councilwoman Laurie Davies, OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson and Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Pro Tem Mike Vaughn at the Fifth District Mayors Forum.

San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak, Laguna Woods Mayor Shari Horne, and Laguna Hills Mayor Pro Tem Melody Carruth at the Fifth District Mayors Forum.

Lake Forest Mayor Scott Voigts, Mayor Pro Tem Leah Basile, and Councilman Jim Gardner at the Patch Coffee ribbon cutting.
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In This Issue
orange arrow Fifth District Calendar
orange arrow South County Spotlight
orange arrow County Connections
orange arrow Meet OC Animal Care's Pet of the Week
orange arrow Out and About in South County this Summer
orange arrow This week I:
orange arrow My staff:
orange arrow Elected Officials in the Community
Paul Walters
Chief of Staff

Victor Cao
Deputy Chief of Staff

James Dinwiddie
Policy Advisor

Kelley Lee
Senior Policy Advisor

Sara May
Policy Advisor

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Tanya Flink
Office Manager

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