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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
November 10, 2017 Volume 4 Issue 45
Happy Veteran's Day!
On November 11, 1918, the Allied nations and Germany signed the armistice, formally ending the hostilities of World War I. Almost one hundred years later, we recognize the day to honor all veterans who have courageously served our great nation.

Veterans will be deservedly celebrated and honored Saturday throughout South County. Please see the "Out and About in South County" section of my newsletter to find a Veterans Day observance near you.

Thank you to all the cities and organizations holding these events. It is truly gratifying to see such passionate community support for the brave men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces. And of course, to all veterans everywhere, I extend my heartfelt thanks for your meritorious service.
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Fifth District Highlights
5th District Veterans Resource Guide

Speaking with veterans at the 2017 South County Veterans Resource Fair.
In September, I had the pleasure of cohosting the 9th annual South County Veterans Resource Fair at Saddleback College, as WWII veterans to those recently returned from the Middle East visited over 60 vendor booths providing information on a wide array of resources available in the Fifth District for veterans, active duty personnel, and their families. To view pictures of our Veterans Resource Fair, please see the photo album

I was also pleased to unveil my new 5th District Veterans Resource Guide at the event. The Guide was created to help cities and other legislative offices in my District provide assistance to our esteemed local veterans. To receive the 5th District Veterans Resource Guide, contact my office or visit my County Information Table at the Mission Viejo Veterans Day Observance from 2 PM to 5 PM on November 11. To view the 5th District Veterans Resource Guide, click on the image below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 11–19 is recognized as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, when people across the nation come together during the week before Thanksgiving to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness all around us.

As the holidays approach, we often take time to consider what we're thankful for, and many of us choose to offer some of our time, energy, and resources to help others less fortunate. In that spirit of giving, we may seek opportunities to volunteer or contribute to such a worthy cause.

To learn how you can have a positive impact in helping those experiencing hunger and homelessness in South County this holiday season, please click the flyer.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Holiday Decorations on Public Property in the Unincorporated Areas
With the holiday season approaching, the County of Orange would like to provide support for decorating unincorporated communities in a safe manner. In the Fifth District, this includes the communities of Coto De Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe, and Wagon Wheel.

The County wants to work with interested residents and home owner associations in our unincorporated areas to help ensure the placement of decorations on/over public property is done properly in compliance with the County of Orange regulations. The simplified process below will ensure compliance:
  1. Encroachment permit application
  2. Site Plan – clearly show locations of decoration
  3. Letter of Authorization – notarized by representative of HOA
  4. Credit Card Authorization
  5. Insurance Information
  6. Contractor Guidelines
For more information, residents and HOAs can contact the OC Public Works Development Processing Center at (714) 667-8888 or via email, or visit the website for online services.
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DUI Checkpoint in Laguna Hills This Weekend
Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint in Laguna Hills 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 Friday, Nov. 10, to 3 AM Saturday, Nov. 11.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

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.

Remember, if you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.
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Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Laguna Niguel
A bat found November 3 near the entrance of Laguna Niguel Regional Park by the Ranger’s Office has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat, or saw someone else having contact with the bat, is asked to call OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies.

The rabies virus is found in an animal’s saliva and transmitted to people by a bite from a rabid animal. Although very rare, contamination of the eyes, mouth or an open wound by the saliva of a rabid animal can also transmit rabies. Most cases of human rabies in the United States in recent years have resulted from bat strains of rabies; bats have very small teeth, and their bites may go unnoticed.

Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is nearly always fatal. For that reason, preventive treatment to stop the rabies virus from causing illness is given to anyone who may have been exposed to rabies. Medical assistance should be obtained promptly after an exposure so any wound can be cleaned and preventive treatment can be started. This treatment is safe and effective.

Potential exposure to a bat or other wild animal should be reported to HCA Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180. To report a bat in your home, an animal bite, or a stray animal, contact OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848. For more information about rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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County Connections
Seasonal Armory Emergency Shelter Opens Early

The County's seasonal Armory Emergency Shelter in Santa Ana.
The County of Orange, in partnership with Mercy House, Inc., has opened the seasonal Armory Emergency Shelter in Santa Ana early, providing up to 200 beds for individuals experiencing homelessness more than a month earlier than usual. The shelter at the California National Guard Armory in Santa Ana opened October 30, 2017.

The shelter at the California National Guard Armory in Fullerton will open December 1, 2017, consistent with previous years. Both armory locations will shelter individuals this year. Families seeking shelter will be referred to family emergency shelter providers.

The armory program, which typically runs December through April, provides shelter along with a nutritious meal, warm shower, a safe place to sleep, warm clothes and a wide variety of supportive services.

The following agencies provide onsite services aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness and moving individuals to self-sufficiency and independent living: Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County Social Services Agency, Mental Health Association of Orange County, Public Law Center, 2-1-1 Orange County, Orange County Rescue Mission and many others. Donations from other non-profit organizations, churches and individuals add to the available resources to make this program a success.

For more information, see the full press release.
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SSA Warns of Text Messaging Scam
The Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) is warning residents of a text messaging scam targeting CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Relief clients.

CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Relief recipients in various California counties have reported receiving a text message prompting them to call a false phone number that purportedly connects them to their respective County Social Services Agency regarding their benefits issued through their EBT cards. When the client calls the scammer’s number from the text message, they are prompted by an automated system that requests the caller to enter their personal information such as their EBT card number, PIN, date of birth, and Social Security Number.

Please note that these text messages are NOT originating from the Orange County Social Services Agency, and clients are advised to NOT give out their personal information. Please remember that SSA will never ask for your personal information (EBT card number, PIN, date of birth, and Social Security Number) in an email or text message.
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The Grand Jury Needs You – Apply Today!
The Orange County Superior Court is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury. The 19-member Grand Jury will take the official oath of office on June 29, 2018 for a one-year term.

The Grand Jury’s responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring that the performance of county, city, and other local agencies is proper and ethical
  • Providing recommendations to government agencies for improvement
  • Responding to citizen complaints about local government agencies
  • Ensuring that our local tax dollars are wisely spent
  • Evaluating conditions at our county’s jails
  • Issuing indictments for serious crimes.
Grand jurors receive training and attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of county agencies to help them assess areas in need of improvement.

To qualify to serve on the Grand Jury, you must be a resident of Orange County for at least a year, a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, in possession of sound judgment, and have sufficient knowledge of English. Interested citizens must apply by January 26, 2018.

The application form and additional information are available on the Grand Jury website, by calling the Grand Jury Hotline 657-622-6747, or in person at the Jury Commissioner’s Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, 92701.
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Rerouting of Pedestrian Traffic in the Civic Center
Visiting our County offices in the Civic Center? Be sure to note the specific construction alerts, which have altered both parking options and pedestrian routes in the area. For directions and maps, see the full press release.
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OC Moves
Reduced Lanes on Ortega Highway at Night
From Monday, November 13 to Friday, November 17; and Monday, November 20 to Tuesday, November 21, Caltrans will be doing night work on State Route 74 (Ortega Highway) near Hot Springs Canyon Road, about 12 miles east of Interstate 5.

The work will take place from 10 PM to 5 AM and will reduce traffic flow from two lanes to one lane. Construction activities will occur under flagging operations, allowing one direction of traffic to pass at a time. Delays are expected, please plan accordingly.

Detours are:

From I-5
  • South I-5 to east SR-76 to north I-15.
  • North I-5 to SR-55 to east SR-91 to south I-15.

From I-15
  • North 1-15 to westbound SR-91 to south SR-55 to south I-5.
  • South 1-15 to westbound SR-76 to north 1-5.

To ensure the safety of travelers and workers in a construction zone, please remember to slow for the cone zone, move over, be alert, proceed with caution, and be mindful that fines are doubled in construction zones.

For more information on this project, please contact the District 12 Public Information Office at (657) 328-6000.
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Critter Chronicles
Meet OC Animal Care's Pet of the Week

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Newspapers Needed at Laguna Beach Shelter
Got old newspapers? The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter needs them. Drop them off anytime from 11 AM to 4 PM any day of the week. While you're there, check out their adoptable animals and find the purrfect addition to your family!
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Out and About in South County
Dana Point: Veterans Day Ceremony
VFW Post 9934 and the City of Dana Point will present a Veterans Day program Saturday, November 11 at the Dana Point Veterans Memorial, starting at 10 AM. The Memorial is located at 34201 Selva Road, at Strand Beach, just off Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, see the event website.
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Irvine: Veterans Day Ceremony
The City of Irvine will host a special ceremony to pay tribute to our nation's troops – both past and present. Saturday, November 11 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event website.
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Laguna Beach: Laguna Food Pantry Drive
In observance of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, all are invited to contribute nonperishable food items to help their neighbors in need during the 2017 Laguna Food Pantry Citywide Food Drive. Sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and Waste Management, this food drive is being held through November 17. Please see the Laguna Food Pantry website for suggested donations and drop-off sites.
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Laguna Niguel: Veterans Day Observance
Come to the City of Laguna Niguel on Saturday, November 11 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM to honor our veterans. This event will be held at the Sea Country Senior and Community Center, 24602 Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel. See the event flyer for more information.
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Lake Forest: Veteran's Day Program
The El Toro Memorial Park Committee invites you to their annual Veteran's Day Program from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, November 11 at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest. The program will feature Lieutenant Colonel Troy Alexander, Commander of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion. For more information, call 949-951-8244.
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Mission Viejo: Veterans Day Observance
On Veterans Day, the City of Mission Viejo will pay tribute to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. Light refreshments provided. Saturday, November 11 from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Stop by my County Information Table to get a copy of my new 5th District Veterans Resource Guide! For more information, see the city calendar.
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This week I:
  • Participated in the OCTA Executive Committee meeting.
  • Participated in the LAFCO Ad Hoc and Regular Commission meeting.
  • Participated in the TCA Foothill Eastern/241/91 Express Connector Ad Hoc meeting.
  • Met with the new Executive Director of Waste Not OC, Michael Learakos.
  • Participated in a business leadership meeting to discuss solutions to child hunger in Orange County.
  • Participated in a business leadership meeting to discuss solutions to child hunger in Orange County.
  • Met with Mayor Fred Minagar and Mayor Pro Tem Elaine Gennawey from the City of Laguna Niguel.
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My Staff:
  • Presented and Adjournment in Memoriam at the Celebration of Life service for Denny Welch of Laguna Woods, who passed away October 2.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition in honor of the Rite-Aid ribbon cutting in Rancho Mission Viejo.
  • Attended the 8th Annual Southern California Economic Coalition in Los Angeles.
  • Attended the 51st Annual Board Installation for the Building Industry Association of Orange County.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Sabrosada Fresh Mexican Food ribbon cutting in Laguna Woods.

My Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, presents an Adjournment in Memoriam at the Celebration of Life service for Denny Welch, with Laguna Woods Councilwoman Cynthia Conners (left) and Mayor Shari Horne.
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Elected Officials in the Community

Laguna Woods Mayor Shari Horne cuts the ribbon with Mayor Pro Tem Carol Moore and Councilmembers Cynthia Conners, Noel Hatch and Joe Rainey at the grand opening of Sabrosada Fresh Mexican Food in Laguna Woods.

Laguna Woods Village CEO Brad Hudson (left) and Councilman Noel Hatch at the Celebration of Life service for Denny Welch.

Laguna Woods Village Councilman Noel Hatch at the Celebration of Life service for Denny Welch.
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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 email or
In This Issue
orange arrow Happy Veteran's Day!
orange arrow Fifth District Highlights
orange arrow County Connections
orange arrow OC Moves
orange arrow Critter Chronicles
orange arrow Out and About in South County
orange arrow This week I:
orange arrow My staff:
orange arrow Elected Officials in the Community
Victor Cao
Chief of Staff

Kelley Lee
Senior Policy Advisor

James Dinwiddie
Policy Advisor

Sara May
Policy Advisor

Mary Follo
Policy Aide

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Tanya Flink
Office Manager

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