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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
July 5, 2019 Volume 6 Issue 26
Bartlett Bulletin
Sheriff Presents Initiatives to Keep Us Safe
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San Juan Creek/Capo Beach Channels Rehab
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O'Neill Retarding Basin Rehab Project
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Calle De Los Molinos Bridge Repair
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South County Spotlight
Debbie Newman: Laguna Niguel Legend Retires
Debbie Newman receives a proclamation from my Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, with former 5th District Supervisor Tom Wilson.

Last week, my office was pleased to present a proclamation to Debbie Newman, CEO of the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, at a celebration in honor of her recent retirement after 30 years with the Chamber. 

Debbie Newman served the Laguna Niguel Chamber with distinction from 1989 to 2019, as she consistently championed the Chamber’s mission to stimulate and support a strong relationship with local businesses, government offices and agencies, civic leaders, and the community through the development of useful tools and programs.

Debbie Newman served the Laguna Niguel Chamber from 1989 to 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery Photography)

Throughout her illustrious 30-year career with the Laguna Niguel Chamber, Debbie Newman provided invaluable guidance to its various Boards of Directors, as the Chamber implemented numerous outstanding programs and activities, including the inaugural Tennis Tournament, Joint Mixer with the Dana Point Chamber, Community Expo, Shop Laguna Niguel, Quarterly Business Seminar, Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and YMCA Run in The Park, among many others.

In 2004, Debbie Newman established the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, which under her leadership became the gold standard for all of the Chambers in South Orange County.

With Debbie Newman at a Laguna Niguel Chamber event.

Earlier this year, Debbie Newman led a committee made up of various Chamber of Commerce leaders in South County, including from Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, and San Juan Capistrano, to host my 2019 State of South County Address & Dinner.

I will miss Debbie and wish her all the best for a happy and healthy retirement!

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County Connections
Behavioral Health System Transformation Innovation Project

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has been approved for up to $18 million over three years from the State Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to fund the Behavioral Health System Transformation Innovation (INN) Project.
The INN project was born after the community identified the fragmented public and private behavioral health systems as a barrier to receiving the right care at the right time. Oftentimes, patients in need don’t know where to turn for care or how to pay for services that fall outside of their existing health plan, if they have one. Through the INN project, we will create a tool that provides guidance to any member of the public as they seek resources within the complex system.
The funding will support the development of this system-transformation at two levels. The INN project will include building a comprehensive digital resource navigator. This tool, which will be available and leveraged through Be Well OC’s mission, will consolidate and integrate disparate directories of resources into a single source, making it easier for users to navigate. 

The budget was approved at the MHSOAC meeting May 23 in Los Angeles. The three-year timeline will begin when funds are first spent or when services are first delivered, whichever comes first. The County will be responsible for submitting an annual report outlining milestones and lessons learned.

The vision of Be Well OC is to lead the nation in optimal mental health and wellness for all residents of Orange County. Be Well brings together a robust, community-based, cross-sector strategy (public, private, academic, faith-based and others) to create a community-wide coordinated ecosystem to support optimal mental health. For more information, please visit

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JWA General Aviation Improvement Program

Last week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a plan for improvements to the General Aviation (GA) facilities at John Wayne Airport (JWA).

On a vote of 5-0, our Board approved the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and a project proposal put forward by Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor, limiting space for medium and large general aviation jet aircraft, and dedicating space exclusively for light GA aircraft.

The Board carefully considered feedback received from members of the public, and I’m pleased we approved this plan that will allow JWA to move forward with improvements while balancing the needs of the community.

Click here for more information. Click here for existing GA facilities. Click here for the proposed project and project map.

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Interactive Digital Wayfinding at JWA

New interactive digital wayfinding signage makes traveling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) even more convenient. The easy-to-use touchscreens help travelers locate specific restaurants, retail concessions and amenities throughout the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

With the new Digital Wayfinding Displays, JWA has established a creative and innovative way to enhance the overall guest experience. The new wayfinding signage allows multiple passengers to engage simultaneously and helps ease their journey through the Terminal.

Signs located at TSA entrances now combine JWA’s Flight Information displays with two 46” touchscreen wayfinding LED screens, and three 37” horizontal LED screens that continually display the overall layout of the Terminal’s concourse and gate numbers.

Guests at JWA now have access to LED digital touch-screen wayfinding signage to easily locate everything in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal from sunglasses to water refill stations. Guests can also view menus, locate vegan-friendly options, and order food directly from a mobile device.

Highlights of the interactive digital wayfinding signage include:

  • Identify where retail, food and beverage, airlines, and services (pet relief areas, taxi/ride-app locations, nursing mother’s lounge, ATMs, water refill stations, USO) are located in Terminals A, B, or C.
  • Know the distance from one location to another to comfortably judge the time needed to reach the destination.
  • Locate a restaurant and view menu options, calorie counts, vegan/vegetarian options, and gluten-free items.
  • Download a free HMS Host “Host2Coast” app directly to a mobile device via QR code to pre-order a meal from seven restaurants, pay and schedule a pick-up time up to 4 hours in advance.
  • View the JWAlive music program schedule for performance times and locations.
  • Find information and links to wheelchairs, airlines, rental cars, and TSA Pre✓™.
  • In the coming months, guests will be able to have their mobile food orders delivered while they wait at their gate at no charge.
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Critter Chronicles
Shih Tzu Shelter Puppies Ready for Adoption

Applications flooded in last week after the Board of Supervisors announced the first round of adoptions for the 140 Shih Tzu puppies recently rescued from a home in the city of Orange.

With my Board colleagues and the Shih Tzu puppies.

OC Animal Care staff and volunteers are working diligently to create a seamless process and ensure a positive experience for each adopter that walks through their door. This includes reviewing applications and scheduling visits with potential adopters to best match each dog with a loving, forever home. Click here for more information.

It is our goal to place every dog into a loving home. We are incredibly proud of our team at OC Animal Care, which pulled together to provide care for these dogs on such short notice, and we’re greatly touched by the generosity and support from our community.

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Almost FREE Special Pet Adoption Event!

OC Animal Care needs your help! In light of recent events, OC Animal Care is at almost DOUBLE the shelter’s capacity! With an additional 600 shelter pets out in foster care, that's over 1,200 pets who need a home to call their own!

OC Animal Care believes in giving these pets every available chance for a forever family. To that end, the shelter is reducing their adoption fees until they are under 60% of their capacity.

If you are unable to add a new family member at this time, spreading the word is just as important. Let’s give these animals the chances they deserve. For more information, please click here or on the image below.

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Feline Pet of the Week: Meet Jack-Jack!
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Out & About in South County
San Juan Capistrano: Summer Carnival
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Aliso Viejo: Summer Series 2019
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Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concerts
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San Clemente: Summer Concert Series
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Laguna Niguel: Timeless Melodies
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San Juan Capistrano: Mission Fest
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Laguna Beach: 2019 Music in the Park

Enjoy the Music in the Park summer concerts every Sunday in Laguna Beach from 5 PM to 7 PM starting July 14 at Bluebird Park (Bluebird Canyon Dr./Cress St.) Free trolley service is available to the park.

7/14:  80's Daze (80's Tribute Band)

7/21:  Cubensis (Grateful Dead Tribute)

7/28:  Hollywood Blondie (Blondie Tribute)

8/4:  Bill Magee (Blues)

8/11:  Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/18:  Boys of Summer (Eagles Tribute)

8/25:  LA Sound Machine (Gloria Estefan Tribute)

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San Juan Summer Nites Concerts 2019
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Dana Point: Summer Concert Series

Presented by Doheny Blues Festival and the City of Dana Point. The Saturday, July 14 concert features two bands, Pyromania (The Def Leppard Experience) at 3 PM, and Aeromyth (The Ultimate Tribute to Aerosmith) at 4:30 PM. Refreshments and food available for purchase. For more info, click here.

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Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert Series
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Celebrate the El Toro Air Show: 1950-1997
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This Week I
  • Chaired a Special Meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
  • Participated in the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Regional Planning and Highways Committee meeting.
  • Participated in the City of Lake Forest's 4th of July Parade.
At the Lake Forest 4th of July Parade with Mayor Mark Tettemer, Mayor Pro Tem Neeki Moatazedi, and Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.

With Assemblyman Steven Choi and Lake Forest Councilman Scott Voigts at the 4th of July Parade.
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For questions or comments regarding my E-Newsletter, please contact my office staff at (714) 834-3550 or email my Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, at .
In This Issue
orange arrow Bartlett Bulletin
orange arrow South County Spotlight
orange arrow County Connections
orange arrow Critter Chronicles
orange arrow Out & About in South County
orange arrow This Week I
Doug Woodyard
Chief of Staff

James Dinwiddie
Senior Policy Advisor

Sara May
Senior Policy Advisor

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Megan Dutra
Communications Advisor

Pauline Covin
Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Rosemary Conteras
Staff Aide

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