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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
January 26, 2018 Volume 5 Issue 4
Fifth District Highlights
Where We're Going and How We're Getting There
In reflecting on the year that just passed and looking forward to the year ahead, I realize that the work county and local governments have been doggedly engaged in can be summarized in a single word: Motion.

In July, we cleared ourselves completely from the last vestiges of the 1994 bankruptcy and we are speeding forward with a focus and alacrity befitting our inspired community. This year, residents across the county will marvel at where we are going, and how we are getting there.

From the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization project to the John Wayne Airport General Aviation Improvement Program to continued improvements on the 1-5 in South County, the projects we are putting into motion will literally propel more residents, tourists and business leaders around the county.

The stunning – and hard-fought – improvements in transportation and public works will affect all of our day-to-day living and prospects for our future, as Orange County alleviates traffic burdens while simultaneously attracting more businesses and tourism dollars to our already thriving community.

We’ve also made relatively small changes that will result in incredibly big changes for many of our residents. For example, we have reduced taxes for homeowners and business owners participating in Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones for the City of San Juan Capistrano, protected neighborhoods from unregulated commercial marijuana in unincorporated communities and commenced the next phase of flood protection projects in San Juan Creek.

Aerial view of Dana Point Harbor
Of all our accomplishments, I am particularly proud of the Public Private Partnership (P3) model we invested in for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization project. After 20 years of discussions, debates and regulatory challenges, the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization plan is underway through a P3 model that allows us to leverage private sector expertise, create jobs, spur commercial retail growth and reduce our use of public funding – all while creating a celebrated gateway to the entire Orange County region.

Of course, new projects are not our only metric of success. As a county, we are responsible not only for infrastructure and growth but for one another.

This past year, we allocated additional resources towards the creation of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Our plan will place more mentally ill homeless people into housing and connect them with the health care and other resources they need to get back on their feet. This $15 million mental health services allocation will reduce our cost to care for these individuals, while providing them with stable homes and improved health outcomes.

We are also making government services more accessible to everyone. With the launch of three award-winning mobile apps, including myOCgov, Senior Resources Mobile App and myOC eServices, the county has increased the efficiency and effectiveness of government.

We’re making changes this year to our bricks-and-mortar operations, too. Having approved a new Civic Center Master Plan, the county is on its way to building a new Civic Center that will feature a customer-centric “one-stop” public service center for many government agencies. The effort will streamline interactions and improve public engagement, so the public can spend less time standing in lines and filling out forms.

And more time in motion.
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I-405 Improvement Project Groundbreaking
As Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors, today was a momentous day, as it was my pleasure to give the welcoming remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony in Costa Mesa for the I-405 Improvement Project, one of the busiest segments of highway in the nation.

At the I-405 Groundbreaking Ceremony with Congresswoman Mimi Walters, Assemblyman Matt Harper, San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak, Laguna Niguel Councilwoman Laurie Davies, OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson, and members of the Board of Directors.
In November 2006, Orange County voters overwhelming supported Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. By the year 2041, the Measure M program plans to deliver approximately $13.5 billion worth of transportation improvements to Orange County. Measure M will contribute $1.1 billion to the I-405 Improvement Project, shortening your commute. Other Project funds include: State, Federal and a Federal TIFIA loan.

The Project will improve 16 miles of I-405 and includes adding one regular lane in each direction from Euclid Street to I-605 and making improvements to freeway entrances, exits and bridges. It also will construct the 405 Express Lanes from SR-73 to I-605.

Construction will soon get underway. The Project is anticipated to be complete in 2023. For additional information please visit the I-405 Improvement Project website.
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ThisDay on Laguna Woods TV6

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This week, I was pleased to give a Fifth District update and discuss the 2017 year in review with Ken Goldenberg, host of the Laguna Woods TV6 talk show, ThisDay. To view the interview, please click here or on the image above.
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Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano

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A lecture and discussion series detailing the lives of the Juaneños kicked-off last week at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The next presentation, titled “We’re Still Here: To Be a Southern Californian Native American Indian in the 21st Century,” will be held at 5 PM Tuesday, January 30 at San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real.

The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation are the original inhabitants of the lands that ultimately became the County of Orange, as well as parts of San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. The Tribe provided the original manpower for the construction of some of the earliest key landmarks in Orange County, including Mission San Juan Capistrano.

For more information, view the video trailer, visit the event website, or see the flyer below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Last Thursday, Mayor Elaine Gennawey of Laguna Niguel hosted a Human Trafficking Workshop to bring attention to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. This workshop helped identify volunteer opportunities and ways we can assist in ending this heinous crime.

In 2016, 75 victims of child exploitation were identified in Orange County. Our Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) works tirelessly to stop these crimes and help children live happy, healthy lives. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and how you can help, please visit Be The One OC, SSA’s effort to get all of us to be the one to help a child in need.
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DUI Enforcement Operations in Dana Point
Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying in the City of Dana Point from 6 PM Friday, Jan. 26 through 2 AM Saturday, Jan. 27 to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests in the City of Dana Point.

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 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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County Connections
Restructured Commission to End Homelessness
On January 23, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the formation of the newly restructured Commission to End Homelessness, representing a transition to a regional, systems-based approach to solving homelessness.

The previous commission will be dissolved effective January 31, followed by the formation of the new commission designed to better respond to current needs related to homelessness.

Once established, the new Commission to End Homelessness will work in collaboration with stakeholders across Orange County to focus on regional strategies to create systemic change to promote an effective response to homelessness within the county.

We value the input and contributions of our many partners participating in the commission as well as members of the public interested in solving homelessness. Homelessness is a complex issue and requires partnership among County and City governments, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, community members, and businesses.

The new Commission to End Homelessness will meet a minimum of six times per year, and each meeting will be open and public. Learn more about the County’s efforts to address homelessness.
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District Attorney Cautions: Know Before You Sign
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas warns voters to be cautious as the election season brings a large influx of professional signature gatherers. Orange County residents may face potentially dozens of ballot initiative petition efforts competing for signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. Petitioners regularly frequent supermarkets and coffee shops, and sometimes even go door-to-door to obtain signatures.

Orange County residents are urged to thoroughly understand what they are signing before lending their signature to any petition effort. Petitions often mislead the public and hide important details in the fine print that signature gatherers often don’t share with signers.

Tips for Residents on Signature Gatherers:
  • Avoid being manipulated or bullied by petition gatherers by declining to sign any petitions until you have had a chance to fully read the fine print.
  • Review a copy of any initiative on your own time, and then decide for yourself if you want to lend your signature.
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OCTA Wilderness Preserve Naming Contest
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is looking for your help in renaming seven of our open space preserves to highlight the regional and environmental significances of each of our treasured preserves.

OCTA has successfully purchased seven properties that are permanently preserved as natural open space, totaling more than 1,300 acres of land. To learn more, check out the videos highlighting each property’s natural resources and offering great views from every preserve.

Pick your favorite names and join us at OCTA’s next hike Saturday, Feb. 24 at O’Neill Oaks in Trabuco Canyon to witness the unveiling of the new preserve names. Register here. The survey closes on February 16, 2018.
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Local Underwater Photography on Display at JWA
From January 18 to February, underwater photography by Patsee Ober, a resident of Laguna Beach for over 30 years, will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of the Community Focus Space Program. These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

The intimacy of the tide pools allows Ms. Ober to explore space, angles, reflections and light as they constantly change with the tide, currents and path of the sun. Her intention has always been to explore the tide pools, not alter them. Ober’s images are taken in the marine protected areas of the shallow tide pools and reefs along the coast from Laguna Beach to Corona del Mar, and since 2015, the protected marine areas of the Sea of Cortez, Belize and French Polynesia.

The Gang's All Here by Patsee Ober
More images can be seen here.
An annual Sawdust Festival exhibitor, Ms. Ober is a representative for saltwater inhabitants and their pristine ocean homes, accomplishing this by revealing their world through her work.
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Critter Chronicles
Pet of the Week

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Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month
February is Rabbit Month at the Orange County Animal Shelter. For the entire month, all spay/neuter and microchip fees will be waived for rabbit adoptions! Hop on down to the shelter and find some bunny to love!

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Out and About In South County
Laguna Beach: Laguna Art Museum Centennial
You are invited to join the Laguna Art Museum Saturday, January 27 from 8 PM to 12 AM as they kick off their centennial celebrations! There will be live music, art performances, video installations, and creative hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit the Laguna Art Museum’s website.
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Laguna Beach: Eco-Warrior Beach Cleanup
Participate in the first Eco-Warrior beach cleanup of the year! The non-profit will host this community cleanup at Aliso Beach Park from 9am –12pm. Come early – the first 48 volunteers will receive a trial size Aveda Hand Relief Crème to sooth those working hands! See Stu News Laguna for more information.
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Laguna Niguel: Triathalon
The City of Laguna Niguel will be hosting a USA Triathlon sanctioned event Sunday, January 28 from 8 AM to 11 AM at 29571 Crown Valley Parkway. Whether you would like to participate or cheer on the athletes, come by and witness this challenging event! For more information or to register, please visit the Renegade Race Series’ website.
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Laguna Niguel: Inaugural Senior Games
The City of Laguna Niguel is proud to present its first ever “Senior Games.” The Opening Ceremony will be held Friday, March 9 at the Sea Country Senior and Community Center from 4 PM to 6 PM. Seniors 55 and older will compete in a number of sports, including billiards, table tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, soccer, and swimming Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Resident registration begins Monday, January 22, and Monday, February 5 for non-residents at Crown Valley Park’s Registration Office and at the Sea Country Senior and Community Center. The registration fee is $10 for non-residents and free for Laguna Niguel residents. See the event flyer for more information.
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Lake Forest: SnowFest
The City of Lake Forest is hosting their annual winter event, SnowFest, Saturday, January 27 from 11 AM to 4 PM. This event will include snow slopes, a snow play area, and guest appearances from a galaxy far, far away! For more information about this event, please visit the City of Lake Forest’s website.
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Irvine: OC Older Driver Mobility Training
Let's help make everyone safe on the road. If you work with the elderly or even have an older relative, sign up for this training course so you can help an elder stay safe and mobile. The training will take place on March 7 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Alzheimer's Orange County Office. You must RSVP, as space is limited. See the flyer below for details.

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San Juan Capistrano: Car Show

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This week I:
  • Attended the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner and presented certificates of recognition to outgoing 2017 Chairman Eric Hauber and the previous 2016 Chairman Beau Nokes.
  • Attended the Joyful Child Foundation's first annual BRAVE 5K held at Aliso Niguel High School to present awards to the race winners and honor the organization with a certificate of recognition on behalf of their 15-year anniversary.
  • Attended the Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) monthly employee reception.
  • Participated in the OCTA Board meeting.
  • Attended the Business Industry Association Orange County Chapter's (BIA/OC) Economic Outlook event.
  • Participated in the Board of Supervisors meeting.
  • Presented a "Year in Review" on Laguna Woods TV6. Watch the segment on YouTube.
  • Participated in the Transportation Corridor Authority (TCA) Joint Finance & Investment Committee and Joint Strategic Planning meetings.
  • Presented certificates to the honorees at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, including proclamations to outgoing Chamber President Kim Tilly and Citizen of the Year Donna Kalez.
  • Gave the welcoming remarks at the I-405 groundbreaking event in Costa Mesa.
  • Participated in a behavioral health ad hoc with Chairman Do.
  • Participated in the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA) Leadership Council meeting.
  • Attended the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast and presented a proclamation to outgoing Chairwoman Malinda Goller.

L-R: With Laguna Niguel Mayor Pro Tem John Mark Jennings, Mayor Elaine Gennawey, Councilman Minagar, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery / Montgomery Photography)

Presenting a proclamation to outgoing Chairwoman Malinda Goller at the Laguna Niguel Chamber Breakfast.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery / Montgomery Photography)

With 2017 Citizen of the Year Donna Kalez and outgoing Chairwoman Kim Tilly (right) at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner.

L-R: Dana Point Mayor Richard Viczorek, Candice Burroughs (Senator Bates' office), Donna Kalez (Citizen of the Year), Don Hansen (Founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing), and Assemblyman Bill Brough at the Dana Point Chamber Dinner.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery / Montgomery Photography)

Presenting a certificate of recognition to Erin Runnion in honor of the 15-year anniversary of The Joyful Child Foundation – In Memory of Samanth Runnion, with Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington (left) and Councilman Bill Phillips.

Presenting awards to the winners of the BRAVE girls & boys 1K Kids Race.

Presenting certificates of recognition to outgoing 2017 Chairman Eric Hauber and previous 2016 Chairman Beau Nokes at the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery / Montgomery Photography)

With Ken Goldenberg, host of "ThisDay" on Laguna Woods TV6.
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My Staff:
  • Attended the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce new member orientation.
  • Attended the Association of California Cities Orange County Chapter's (ACC-OC) Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting.
  • Attended the Ladera Ranch Civic Council meeting.
  • Attended the Irvine Chamber's Business Outlook event.
  • Attended the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Board meeting.
  • Presented certificates of recognition at the Athlete's Choice and AMP Sports Med ribbon cuttings in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Attended the Dana Point Historical Society meeting to present an Adjournment in Memoriam in honor of Colene Schwandt.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Orange County SkinLab ribbon cutting in San Juan Capistrano.

My Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince (right), at the Orange County SkinLab ribbon cutting in San Juan Capistrano.

Presenting a certificate of recognition at the Athlete's Choice ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / Takata Photo & Design)

Presenting a certificate of recognition at the AMP Sports Med ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / Takata Photo & Design)
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Elected Officials in the Community

RSM Councilman Brad McGirr (left) and Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Holloway (right) at the Athlete's Choice ribbon cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / Takata Photo & Design)

Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Mike Vaughn the RSM Chamber of Commerce new member orientation.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / Takata Photo & Design)

Dana Point Councilwoman Debra Lewis (right) and Arts and Culture Commission Chairwoman Nancy Jenkins at the Dana Point Historical Society meeting.

Keith Johannes (left) receives the Pat Plepler Award from former Dana Point Mayor Bill Bamattre at the Dana Point Historical Society meeting.

MNWD Director Duane Cave at the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery / Montgomery Photography)
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In This Issue
orange arrow Fifth District Highlights
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

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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