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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
February 23, 2018 Volume 5 Issue 8
Fifth District Highlights
Don't Miss the 2018 South County Pet Expo!

Pets and their owners enjoying the 2017 South County Pet Expo.
This enormously popular third annual event is being presented by my office, in partnership with the City of Lake Forest, The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County, and Mount of Olives Church – Mission Viejo. The Pet Expo will be held Saturday, March 10 from 10 AM to 2 PM in The Commons greenbelt area at Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630.

Bruce Cameron will be signing his books at the 2018 South County Pet Expo.
The 2018 South County Pet Expo is pleased to present special guest, W. Bruce Cameron, author of the New York Times Bestseller and major motion picture, “A Dog’s Purpose.” Cameron, who recently finished shooting his latest movie, “A Dog’s Way Home,” starring Ashley Judd, will be at the Pet Expo to conduct a book signing for all attendees.

This family and pet friendly event will feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, as well as food trucks, music and entertainment.

As an added bonus, Mount of Olives Church – Mission Viejo will perform a special Blessing of the Animals for all pets present at the Expo! Overflow parking and shuttle service will also be available at Saddleback Church, directly across the street from the Pet Expo, at the parking lot on the corner of Portola Parkway and Purpose Drive.

We look forward to seeing you and your well-behaved pet (leashes required) at the South County Pet Expo! To view pictures of last year's event, see the photo album. For more information about the 2018 Pet Expo, please click on the flyer below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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Count Down of Final Weeks of I-5 Construction
I’m pleased to report that work is finishing up on the I-5 South County Improvements Project, a $230 million widening of I-5 to extend carpool lanes from San Juan Capistrano to San Clemente that includes the complete reconstruction of the Avenida Pico interchange.

The project is approaching several milestones in the last few weeks of work. Here’s a look by segment:

San Juan Creek Road to PCH/Camino Las Ramblas

Crews have finished placing the final cap of asphalt and are striping lanes into their final configuration on this section of the project, which is expected to wrap up in early March.

PCH/Camino Las Ramblas to Avenida Vista Hermosa

Crews are expected to remove debris along the median in the coming weeks to prepare this segment for final striping. The work is expected to finish up by mid-March.

Avenida Vista Hermosa to Avenida Pico

Last month, final paving and striping was completed on Avenida Pico, and the roadway is now in its final configuration. Over the next few weeks, crews will be finalizing signal timing and completing landscaping. On the freeway, crews still need to place final paving and striping, which requires nighttime temperatures of 50 degrees or higher. Work on this segment is scheduled to be completed by early March.

Look for the carpool lanes to open up by mid- to late March. For more information or to sign up for construction alerts, visit here.
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Targeting Distracted Driving in Mission Viejo
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division will launch a special enforcement effort Friday, Feb. 23, to target distracted driving in the City of Mission Viejo.

Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel – especially texting and cell phone use.

Cell phone usage is the most common distraction for drivers, but any other activities that pull a driver’s focus from the road could warrant a citation. Although eating, applying makeup, reading directions, or driving with a pet in the lap are not illegal, if a law enforcement officer determines the practice is distracting enough to be dangerous, a driver may be cited.

The California Office of Traffic Safety offers these reminders to stay safe on the road and prevent collisions:
  • Never text and drive
  • Turn off your phone before you get behind the wheel
  • Don’t text or call someone when you know they are likely to be driving
  • Make a pact with your family, spouse and caregivers to never use the phone with children in the car
  • Do not eat or drink while driving
  • Do not program your GPS, MP3 player or other devices while driving
  • If a phone call is necessary or you need reroute your map, pull over to a safe parking spot
  • Do not groom
  • Do not read
  • Do not watch videos
  • Try not to get too involved with passengers in your car
  • Finally, if something falls to the floor, pull over to a safe parking spot before trying to reach it
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Dana Point Harbor Construction Alert

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Ocean Institute Jazz Festival
The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to experience the Ocean Institute Jazz Festival Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. The annual fundraiser combines philanthropy with world-class jazz to support the Adopt-a-Class program that benefits more than 10,000 underserved students in Southern California.

This annual event raises funds and awareness for an educational cornerstone in Dana Point Harbor. The Ocean Institute provides an unforgettable learning experience for thousands of students annually, and the two-night seaside jazz celebration is vital to their philanthropic endeavors.

The 16th annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival will feature jazz artists including four-time Grammy nominee Jeffrey Osborne, renowned cosmopolitan saxophonist Michael Paulo and R&B driven guitarist Paul Brown, among others. For more information, visit the event webpage.
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County Connections
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Dedicated to serving frail seniors, CalOptima’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is expanding through new partnerships with selected Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) centers. With access to these centers, more seniors may join PACE and existing PACE participants will gain more options to receive adult day health care that suits their culture, location or medical condition.

Adult day services are an integral part of PACE, a community-based program launched in 2013 to deliver coordinated care that helps seniors with chronic health conditions live as independently as possible. The CBAS centers will function as satellite locations for the PACE program. The centers can provide most of the core PACE services, such as personal care, restorative therapy, recreational therapy, social services and more, while CalOptima’s main PACE center in Garden Grove maintains responsibility for primary care and care planning.

After a thorough review of service quality, financial stability, operational capabilities and more, the following five CBAS centers qualified for partnerships:
  • South County Adult Day Services, Laguna Woods
  • Acacia Adult Day Services, Garden Grove
  • SeniorServ Anaheim Adult Day Health Care, Anaheim
  • SeniorServ Santa Ana Adult Day Health Care, Santa Ana
  • Sultan Adult Day Health Care Center, Anaheim
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HCA Launches New "Every Woman OC" Website
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) in partnership with the Orange County Perinatal Council is proud to announce the launch of a new website with the goal of providing essential health information and resources to women who are considering pregnancy, pregnant, or in the postpartum period with infants through their first year of life.

Recognizing the need for reproductive age women to easily access accurate and up-to-date pregnancy and postpartum health information, the website was developed through the collaborative efforts of public and private partners.

Women in the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum periods can find information on medical services, nutrition and healthy weight, healthy relationships, substance use, the home and work environment and infant care. The website has rich content with national, state, and local resources pertinent to these and other topics. The content is also available online in Spanish.
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Painted Stories on Display at John Wayne Airport
From February 20 to March 19, 2018, paintings by Veronica Schmitt will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s 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.

"Time to Shine" by Veronica Schmitt
Please visit for more information about Veronica Schmitt’s work. To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit
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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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Spay Day
Saturday, February 24 is Spay Day USA! All animals adopted on February 24 will be spayed or neutered for free! This event is from 11 AM to 5 PM.

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Out and About In South County
Dana Point: Festival of Whales
Join the City of Dana Point - March 3 & 4, 10 & 11 - as we celebrate the annual migration of the Gray Whale with family friendly activities, including a parade and street fair, marine mammal lecture series, Ocean Awareness events, and delicious food over both weekends. Whale watching can also be done every day of the festival from a lookout point or on a boat. For more information, visit the event webpage or see the flyer below.

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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. The registration fee is $10 for nonresidents and free for Laguna Niguel residents. See the event flyer for more information.
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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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Mission Viejo: What's Hurting Our Kids?
Please join us Wednesday, March 7, as we address serious issues affecting our kids and teens today. Keynote speakers will share insights, resources, and answer important questions to support children and families on various timely topics, such as the impacts of social media, social and academic pressures, identity issues, and much more. This important community discussion will take place from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at Mount of Olives Church in Mission Viejo. For more information, please visit the event webpage or click on the image below.

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San Clemente Day: 90th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the City's 90th anniversary during San Clemente Day, Saturday February 24 from 9 AM to 6 PM, at the San Clemente Pier, Beach Club, and historical sites. Enjoy FREE Trolley Rides, a Fishing Derby, Recreation Swim, Cake Cutting and Ice Cream Social. Historical luncheon at the Ole Hanson Beach Club $25. Register for the Derby and Luncheon online. For more information, visit the event webpage or click on the flyer below.

Click on the image above to view a PDF version.
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This week I:
  • Appeared with OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on Laguna Woods TV6 to discuss Human Trafficking Exploitation in Orange County. To view the video, click here.
  • Met with John Wayne Airport representatives to discuss the General Aviation Improvement Plan.
  • Spoke to the UCI American Metropolitan Politics Class.
  • Participated in the Orange County Realtors Associations' Homeowners Matters Summit to discuss new laws affecting homeownership and the future of the OC housing market.
  • Participated in the Trampas Canyon Reservoir groundbreaking ceremony in Rancho Mission Viejo with the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) Board of Directors.
  • Participated in a TCA Strategic Planning meeting.
  • Attended the SOCEC Economic Report Luncheon.
  • Chaired the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Board of Directors meeting.
  • Attended the OCFA Best and Bravest Awards Ceremony in Laguna Hills.

With the SMWD Board of Directors at the Trampas Canyon Reservoir groundbreaking ceremony.

With District Attorney Tony Rackauckas at Laguna Woods TV6 to discuss Human Trafficking Exploitation in Orange County.
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My Staff:
  • Participated in Hands-On Emergency Training for our Hall of Administration Building.
  • Participated in a Homelessness Partners Working Group.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Board & Brush Creative Studio ribbon cutting ceremony in Lake Forest.
  • Presented a proclamation to the San Clemente City Council in honor of San Clemente Day and the City's 90th anniversary celebration.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Ballou Dental Arts ribbon cutting ceremony in Mission Viejo.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Thrive Alive ribbon cutting ceremony in San Clemente.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition at the Bad To The Bone BBQ Event Center ribbon cutting ceremony in San Juan Capistrano.

My Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, presents a proclamation to San Clemente Mayor Tim Brown in honor of San Clemente Day and the City's 90th anniversary.

With Lake Forest Mayor Pro Tem Leah Basile and Councilman Scott Voigts at the Board & Brush Creative Studio ribbon cutting in Lake Forest.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / TAKATA Photo & Design)

Presenting a certificate of recognition at the Thrive Alive ribbon cutting in San Clemente.

Presenting a certificate of recognition at the Ballou Dental Arts ribbon cutting.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / TAKATA Photo & Design)
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Elected Officials in the Community

Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Greg Raths and Councilwoman Trish Kelley at the Ballou Dental Arts ribbon cutting.
(Photo courtesy of Ildiko Takata / 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 my Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, at
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
Senior Policy Advisor

Sara May
Policy Advisor

Mary Follo
Policy Aide

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Tanya Flink
Office Manager

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