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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
July 6, 2018 Volume 5 Issue 27
Bartlett Bulletin
Excessive Heat Warning for Orange County

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for inland Orange County communities, including the Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses. 
Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures may cause serious conditions, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness.

Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache.

If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance. Move the person to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water. For more information and recommended precautions to prevent heat related illnesses, please click here.

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Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan Update
Speaking at the DPHAB meeting.

This week I was pleased to provide welcoming remarks at the Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board (DPHAB) meeting held at the Ocean Institute. The purpose of the meeting was to provide updates on the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan.

Present day Dana Point Harbor.

As such, the master lease agreement, authorizing the long awaited private/public partnership to rebuild and operate the harbor for the next 66 years, will come before the Board of Supervisors for approval at our upcoming Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

Dana Cove and the Dana Point headlands in 1927. 

Dana Point Harbor was created in 1968 from a natural cove along the shoreline as a small boat marina. The majority of the harbor’s facilities were constructed from 1971 through 1975. During the nearly five decades since that time, much of the harbor’s infrastructure has deteriorated or reached its useful life, and requires modernization and/or replacement.

Dana Point Harbor on its dedication day, July 31, 1971.

Recognizing the need to revitalize the harbor, the Board in 1997 created the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Task Force to assist with the development of a comprehensive revitalization plan. The Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan was developed through extensive community outreach efforts, public hearings, agency reviews, and entitlement approvals.

With approvals in place to implement the Revitalization Plan, the Board in 2015 assessed available options for project delivery, including a public project and public/private partnership (P3) structures. The Board took into consideration various factors, including the County’s ability to finance and the possible need to subsidize the Project, the probable outcomes of the County re-designing the scope of the Project, and the needs of Harbor tenants, boaters and visitors.

As a result, a P3 structure was selected as the preferred development structure because a P3 partner can construct, lease and manage the Project more cost-effectively and efficiently than the County due to greater knowledge and experience. 

Following the direction to pursue a P3 structure, the Board selected Dana Point Harbor Partners LLC (DPHP) on October 17, 2017, as the primary developer for the project, authorized the Chief Real Estate Officer to negotiate option and lease agreements with DPHP, and return to the Board for approval.

To that end, the master lease agreement will come before our Board for approval Tuesday, July 17. Board approval will allow Dana Point Harbor Partners LLC and Dana Point Harbor Partners Drystack LLC to administer and manage Dana Point Harbor for its long-term use and enjoyment by the public.

See the Agenda Staff Report (Item 27) and supporting documents for more information.

The Board will vote July 17 on the master lease agreement for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan.
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Caltrans SR 133 Improvement Project Update
Caltrans proposes improvements to Laguna Canyon Road.

Caltrans District 12 proposes to make improvements to SR 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) in both directions from south of El Toro Road to SR-73 in Laguna Beach. To that end, Caltrans held an open house for the public June 27 to provide information on the project. However, the format of the meeting left many community members dissatisfied.

In response, Laguna Canyon Foundation this week held a public meeting at the Susie Q Center in Laguna Beach to share its concerns over the project and receive feedback from the community. My office was also in attendance at the meeting.

The proposed project will make drainage improvements, widen the shoulders, add a Class II Bike Lane, underground overhead utilities, and provide other safety enhancements. The proposed work will also encroach upon wetlands and a floodplain.

As such, I have scheduled a meeting with representatives of Caltrans, the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon Foundation, OC Parks and my office to address community concerns over the proposed project.

The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and Initial Study/Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) are available online for review or during normal business hours at:

  • Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Laguna Woods Village Library, 24266 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Please submit your comments in writing no later than 5:00 PM, July 10, to: Edward Dolan, Associate Environmental Planner, Caltrans District 12, Division of Environmental Analysis, 1750 East 4th Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or via e-mail

If there are no major objections, Caltrans will proceed with the project’s design. For more information, please visit the Caltrans website or view the Flyover Video.

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County to Maintain Fire Protection in Irvine
OCFA Headquarters in Irvine.

On June 26, the City of Irvine voted to provide official notice of withdrawal from the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in 2020. OCFA is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that provides premier public safety firefighting and emergency medical services (EMS) to 23 cities and the County unincorporated areas. Irvine’s decision to withdraw from OCFA is due to ongoing concerns regarding inequitable funding of OCFA.

As a JPA, OCFA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of its member agencies. While members are contractually bound to a Regional Fire Protection model, a member can withdraw from OCFA in 2020 by providing notice by June 30, which Irvine did. 

Per the termination process, the City has relinquished its seat on the Board of Directors, and the County has become responsible for providing fire protection services to Irvine. 

There has been ongoing concern by member agencies regarding the method to pay for services. 16 of the 23 OCFA members are Structural Fire Fund (SFF) cities that never had their own fire departments and have always utilized a regional model, which was previously the County Fire Department.

SFF cities’ fire protection funds are directly linked to property taxes, at approximately 11.6% of the 1% base levy. The remaining OCFA members are contract cities that previously had city fire departments, which they dissolved in order to contract with OCFA. The financial obligations of contract cities are commensurate to the services OCFA provides.

Concern about inequitable payments first surfaced in 1999, just three years after OCFA was formed. In 2012, Irvine renewed its concerns about inequity. In 2013, an amendment to the governing documents of OCFA was approved, which sought to address over-equity payments. However, a California appellate had ruled that OCFA illegally bypassed the County of Orange when trying to re-purpose taxpayer funds designated for fire protection services.

In FY 16-17, Irvine contributed $79 million in Structural Fire Funds to OCFA. However, the estimated value of the services provided to Irvine were only approximately $56 million. The difference, $23 million, is the sole reason Irvine has taken this action. Of the entities that are over-equity, the County of Orange is the second highest paying member agency.

The County is committed to ensuring firefighting and EMS services are continued within the City of Irvine. Negotiations toward a resolution will continue, and it is incumbent upon all parties – the County, the City of Irvine, and OCFA – to negotiate in good faith an in the interest of all Orange County residents. 

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Oso Parkway Bridge Project Update
Click the image above to view the fact sheet.
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Ride the FREE Summer Breeze to Laguna

Enjoy all of Laguna Beach this summer without the traffic and parking hassles. Climb aboard the Laguna Beach Summer Breeze (OC Bus Route 689) at the Laguna Canyon Road parking lot in Irvine, just off the I-405 and SR 133, and breeze all the way into town!

This FREE service is available Saturdays & Sundays, June 30 to September 2, every 30 minutes from 11 AM to midnight. Stops include:

From the Laguna Beach Bus Station, you can connect with the FREE Laguna Beach Trolleys. The Trolleys connect with shopping and foodie destinations along Pacific Coast Highway. Main Beach is only a block from the Laguna Beach Bus Station.

To return, just hop onboard at any of the Summer Breeze stops and ride the air-conditioned bus back to your car! For the Summer Breeze schedule, map and directions, visit the website. See the flyer below for more information.

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County Connections
OC Bus Youth Summer Pass for Half-Price

With an OC Bus Youth Summer Pass, kids can get out of the house and have a summer worth posting. A pass costs $20 and is valid for unlimited rides for 30 consecutive days through Aug. 31. That’s a 50 percent savings over the typical cost for a 30-day youth pass.

For the past 17 years, OCTA has provided a summer bus pass for ages 6 to 18 to help young riders discover affordable, convenient public transit. But kids aren’t the only ones that like the freedom of having a set of wheels. Parents appreciate having a safe, reliable, affordable transportation alternative to being the family chauffeur.

The Youth Summer Pass can be used on any OC Bus fixed route, whether it’s to get to the beach, a local shopping mall or to an amusement park. In addition to unlimited service on OCTA buses, Youth Summer Pass holders will also enjoy several discounts at local attractions.

As part of this year’s promotion, OCTA is also offering prizes as part of a Summer Youth Pass photo contest. Simply hop on an OC Bus and take a selfie with your pass and post it using #OCSummerBus. Prizes for selected winners include tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and additional OC Bus passes to be used at a later date.

The Youth Summer Pass is on sale now through August 15 via the OC Bus mobile app, online and at participating Orange County Ralphs, Vons, or the OCTA Store. For more information, click here and here.

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series 2018
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OC Parks Sunset Cinema Series 2018
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Critter Chronicles
Pet of the Week
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OC Animal Care to Waive Pet Adoption Fees

Due to an abundance of dogs, cats and other animals, OC Animal Care will begin waiving fees for pets adopted by residents across Orange County.

The waiver includes all regular adoption fees with the exception of a $27 charge for rabies licensing and will begin on June 29. The waiver will remain in effect until the capacity at the shelter drops below 60 percent.

The Board of Supervisors approved the Fee Waiver Resolution in 2016, which calls to forego regular adoption costs when shelter capacity reaches above 80 percent. The resolution also applies when the shelter is expecting to see a sharp increase in numbers such as that during the Fourth of July holiday.

OC Animal Care has been dealing with a busy kitten season and has seen an increase in overall intake numbers since moving into its new facility in Tustin. Numbers have hovered around an 80 percent capacity and have now reached 93 percent.

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Out and About in South County

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Aliso Viejo: Summer Concerts & Movie Nights
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Dana Point: Summer of Music

2018 is the Summer of Music and the City of Dana Point is proud to announce the details for the 2018 Dana Point Concerts in the Park! The Concerts are free! Be sure to bring a blanket or low-back beach chair. The Dana Point Trolley will be running and there is a stop near the concerts. Click on the image below for more information.

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Laguna Beach: Music in the Park
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Laguna Beach: Passport to the Arts 2018

Receive unlimited admission to the three famous Laguna Beach art festivals and everything they have to offer all summer long! Passports can be purchased online, at festival box offices or the Visitors Center (381 Forest Avenue) during the 2018 summer season. Ride the FREE Summer Breeze to the art festivals on Saturdays and Sundays! Click the image below for more info.

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Laguna Niguel: Summer Concerts Shakin' It Up
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Lake Forest: Concerts in the Park

Get ready to rock Sunday, July 29 at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest, with "Safety Orange" - a southern California Beach/Rock/Reggae Band, "The Trip" - a high energy, genuine cover rock band, and "The Nineteen 90s Band" - the premiere live 90s music tribute playing your favorite songs. See the City website for more info.

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Mission Viejo: Symphony in the Cities

Make plans for Symphony in the Cities and Prelude in the Park on Saturday, July 28 in Mission Viejo from 4 PM to 9 PM at Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green, 24932 Veterans Way. The Prelude in the Park is from 4 PM to 6:45 PM, with Pacific Symphony kicking off at 7 PM. Enjoy free admission and shuttle rides from the Civic Center. 

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Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concerts
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San Clemente: Music and Movie Series
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San Juan Capistrano: Summer Nites
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This Week I:
  • Participated in the weekly California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Officers call. 
  • Met with representatives from Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to review the planned streetcar. 
  • Met with Congresswoman Mimi Walters to talk about issues facing our South County constituents. 
  • Participated in a Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board meeting to provide updates on the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan. 
  • Toured the Mission Viejo Mental Health Rehabilitation Center. 
  • Met with County staff to review current data on homelessness. 
  • Participated in the annual Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade. 
Riding in the Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

With Lake Forest Councilman Dwight Robinson and Assemblyman Steven Choi at the Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade.

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My Staff:
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the 1-year anniversary celebration for the Pet Adoption Center of Orange County in Lake Forest.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the ribbon cutting ceremony for The City Cleaners in Lake Forest.
  • Attended the public meeting hosted by Laguna Canyon Foundation on the Caltrans 133 Project.
  • Attended Laguna Beach Chamber Night at the Pageant of the Masters.
My Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, at the 1-year anniversary celebration for the Pet Adoption Center of Orange County with Lake Forest Mayor Jim Gardner and Executive Director April Josephson.

At the ribbon cutting for The City Cleaners in Lake Forest.
(Photo courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

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Elected Officials in the Community:
Assemblyman Steven Choi at the Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

Lake Forest Mayor Jim Gardner at the Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

Lake Forest Mayor Pro Tem Leah Basile at the Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

Lake Forest Councilman Dwight Robinson at the Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)

Lake Forest Councilman Scott Voigts at the Fourth of July Parade.
(Photo Courtesy of Takata Photo & Design)
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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
In This Issue
orange arrow Bartlett Bulletin
orange arrow County Connections
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

James Dinwiddie
Senior Policy Advisor

Sara May
Senior Policy Advisor

Megan Yoo Schneider
Policy Advisor

Mary Follo
Policy Aide

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

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