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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
October 7, 2022 Volume 9 Issue 40
HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!
Wishing You a Safe and Happy Columbus Day!

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day 2022 occurs October 10. To that end, please be advised that all County of Orange offices will be closed this Monday in observance of the holiday. Wishing you a safe and happy Columbus Day!

 
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BARTLETT BULLETIN
Standing in Support of our Iranian Community

At this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, I spoke up for women who have no voice. Each morning we are so fortunate to wake up and live in a country where it does not matter how we do our hair or what type of clothes we wear. We make that decision without having to think twice about our safety. This, unfortunately, is not the case throughout the world, particularly in Iran.

I want you to know that I stand in solidarity with our Iranian Community in Orange County and everyone who has been impacted by the detainment and death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini was a Kurdish Iranian visiting Tehran and apparently revealed some of her hair during her visit. She was arrested by Iran’s so called, “morality police” and sent to re-education camp, where several days later she died in custody.

Mahsa Amini, who died while in custody of Iran's morality police.

This continues to spark outrage and anger throughout the world, as Iranian women have been removing and burning their headcovers and cutting off their hair in protest.

As one of two women currently on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I wanted to echo that I stand with the women of Iran in their rightful demands to protest injustice without reprisal and to be free to exercise their autonomy, including their choice of dress and their right to seek accountability and upholding their basic human rights.

Shani Mosleh speaking at our Board meeting.

We also had two prominent members of the Orange County Iranian Community Shani Moslehi, Founder and Executive Director of the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce in Irvine, and Dr. Mahtab Jafari, who is professor at UCI School of Pharmacy and serves on the Board of United Way OC, as well as Jennifer Wang, Vice Chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

Dr. Mahtab Jafari speaking at our Board meeting.

I acknowledge this is an exceptionally challenging time for those members within our Orange County community who have close personal ties with Iran. But speaking up and speaking out is more important than ever, as Iranian government censorship is used to silence protests and conceal ongoing brutality amid escalating violence across Iran.

L-R: With Supervisor Do, Vice Chairman Wagner, Dr. Mahtab Jafari, Chairman Chaffee, Shani Moslehi, Supervisor Foley, and Jennifer Wang.

I hope you will stand with me in supporting women’s rights as well as our friends in the Iranian community in Orange County and throughout the world.

 
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Funding for our Homeless Services Providers

This week, my office hosted six wonderful organizations dedicated to assisting those who face barriers to permanent housing. Utilizing 5th District discretionary funding, I was pleased to present $150,000 to these organizations to help with efforts to permanently house individuals and families by applying a “whatever it takes” approach, including, credit rebuilding efforts, moving costs, household furnishings, rental deposits, as well as other expenses that keep people from moving into permanent housing.  

“With more housing vouchers and similar resources available to us, flexible funding like this is our greatest need. With these funds, we plan to fund the final pieces of the housing puzzle, things like appliances, extra housing deposits, and moving costs that often delay a client’s move into their new home. We’re so grateful Supervisor Bartlett and her staff saw that need and responded so generously," said Dawn Price, Executive Director of Friendship Shelter. 

The grants will also facilitate assistance to survivors of relationship violence who often choose between and abusive home and homelessness.

Presenting a $150,000 ceremonial check to various 5th District Homeless Services Providers.

Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options, stated, “Through Supervisor Bartlett's support, we are able to extend a critical lifeline and reduce economic and housing barriers survivors face when taking the courageous step to seek safety and healing”.

In addition, this assistance will be helpful to those affected by the effects of the health pandemic and are now getting back on their feet after being unemployed and struggling financially. Our community of nonprofit homeless services providers should have resources to serve their clients effectively when they seek them out for assistance.

I want to thank the following grant recipients for their ongoing efforts and important work in the community aiding our County’s most vulnerable individuals and families:

I am so proud of the work these organizations do to help with shelter support and reducing housing barriers!

 
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Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County

During this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, I was pleased to recognize the leadership, staff, and volunteers from Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County with a well-deserved Board Resolution for the vital work they perform in the community.

Recognizing Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County.

The Orange County chapter of TIP is comprised of approximately one hundred highly trained volunteer crisis responders in Orange County who provide emotional support and practical resources to victims, survivors, witnesses, loved ones and others immediately following traumatic events, such as suicides, homicides, overdoses, deaths at home, accidents in the workplace, roadside accidents, drownings, fires, robberies, sexual assault, and mass casualty incidents.

Rose Hancock, National Chairperson of TIP, Inc., speaking at our Board meeting.

TIP volunteers work within the existing 911 emergency system, called to scenes by first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, and hospital personnel. TIP responders are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a target response of arriving within twenty minutes of being dispatched.

I was also honored to present TIP of Orange County Executive Director MaryEllen Lowery with a grant of $20,000 from my 5th District discretionary funds to further support their in their efforts to translate key trauma resources, including Spanish and Chinese, among others, to better serve our diverse populations.

Presenting a Board Resolution and a $20,000 ceremonial check to Executive Director MaryEllen Lowery and the TIP OC Volunteers.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous donation from Supervisor Bartlett and the Fifth District. With our county's growing diversity, these funds will help meet an important need of translating key client resources into multiple languages, as well as recruiting and outreach to better serve our community in times of crisis," said MaryEllen Lowrey, TIP of Orange County Executive Director.

TIP of Orange County Executive Director MaryEllen Lowery speaking at our Board meeting.

Please join me in congratulating TIP of Orange County for the outstanding work they do! If you would like to participate or volunteer for TIP of Orange County, please click here.  

 
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$1.5 Million Available for Childcare Businesses!

I'm pleased to report my office has launched a funding assistance initiative to provide a boost to childcare centers. Utilizing discretionary state and federal funding, $1.5 million is currently available in grant funding for childcare businesses in my supervisorial district.

To that end, it was my pleasure to present a ceremonial check last week in honor of the 5th District Childcare Grant Relief Program. The Program will be administered by Charitable Ventures. For more information, click here and here.

L-R: Presenting a ceremonial check to Tiffany Alva (First 5 Orange County), Amy Klein (Charitable Ventures), and Kim Goll (First 5 Orange County).
 
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Emergency Declared to Stabilize Railroad Tracks
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Warning to Schools of “Rainbow Fentanyl” Trend
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2021 Orange County Hate Crimes Report

The OC Human Relations Commission has officially released the 2021 Orange County Hate Crime Report.  The Commission produced report provides valuable statistical information and resources pertaining to hate crimes and hate incidents that occurred throughout Orange County. A copy of can be found by clicking the graphic below or visiting the OC Human Relations Commission webpage

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Orange County’s Veterans Cemetery Update
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$45 Million Available to Ease Traffic Congestion

In addition to serving you on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I'm also honored to serve you on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors. As such, I'm pleased to report that OCTA has issued its annual call for projects aimed at improving traffic flow and reducing congestion throughout Orange County.

Approximately $45 million is available through the Regional Capacity Program, which funds improvements that increase mobility at major intersections and provide smoother transitions to the highway system, and the Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Program, which provides funding to time traffic lights along long stretches of street that can run through multiple cities.

Cities and the County can propose projects through both competitive programs, which are funded by OC Go, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, also known as Measure M.

Project applications are due by October 20 and are expected to be selected in spring 2023. For more information and to submit projects, click here.

 
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Ladera Ranch: Fiber Optic Equipment Installation
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Orange County’s Office of Independent Review
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Orange County Burglary Suspects Arrested
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Bat Found in Irvine Tests Positive for Rabies
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Promoting Mental Health with Anaheim Ducks
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Disability Employment Awareness Month
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Do You Need Help Paying for Child Care?
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OC Veterans Service Office: OC's Big Voice!
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U.S. Composting Council Seal of Assurance
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Everyday Stories Painted in Color and Light


French artist Veronica Schmitt is the newest artist featured in the Community Focus Space at John Wayne Airport. Her fine art painting is inspired by the California impressionist artists she treasured while honing her talent. Acrylic paint captures lively, soft, and colorful snapshots of local life in this exhibit.

Corona Del Mar

Select paintings from her catalogue will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal through October 18. The exhibit is viewable (pre-security) on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C and the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. For more information, click here.

 
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Want to Change the World through STEM?
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5th DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT
Orange County Museum of Art Grand Opening

Today, I had the great pleasure of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the spectacular and new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), where I presented Heidi Zuckerman, OCMA CEO/Director, with a certificate of recognition in honor of the occasion.

Presenting a certificate of recognition to OCMA CEO/Director Heidi Zuckerman.

The $95 million, 53,000 square-foot Orange County Museum of Art completes the arts and culture puzzle for the world renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Cutting the ribbon for the new Orange County Museum of Art.

The new museum, located adjacent to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, features 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, including an exterior grand staircase, education pavilion, suspension walkway, Upper Plaza on the roof terrace, and administrative offices, as well as a gift shop and coffee bar, while the exterior consists of white terra cotta tiles that undulate and create a sweeping form.

Inside the new Orange County Museum of Art.

To that end, OCMA invites the public to a FREE 24-hour grand opening celebration at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, featuring music, food, films, yoga, dancing, and much more! For more information, click here or on the image below.

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Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Today, I was pleased to be the keynote speaker at the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce Governmental and Community Relations meeting, where I provided a retrospective of my eight years as your Orange County Supervisor, 5th District.

L-R: With Laguna Niguel Chamber CEO Scott Alvey, Councilman Fred Minagar, Mayor Elaine Gennawey, and Moulton Niguel Water District VP Duane Cave at the Governmental and Community Relations meeting.
 
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Laguna Niguel State of the City Luncheon 2022

Last week, I was pleased to sponsor the Laguna Niguel State of the City Luncheon, held at the Crown Valley Park Community Center.

L-R: My Chief of Staff Yasie Goebel, Mayor Elaine Gennawey, Deputy DA Ray Gennawey, Assemblywoman Laurie Davies, OCDA Todd Spitzer, my Community Relations Advisor Sergio Prince and Policy Advisor Vasila Ahmad, and Councilman Fred Minagar at the Laguna Niguel State of the City.

Mayor Elaine Gennawey delivered the State of the City Address and introduced the 2022 video to a full ballroom, while Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer served as Master of Ceremonies. To view the State of the City video, click here.

L-R: OCDA Todd Spitzer and Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey at the State of the City.
 
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Inaugural Laguna Hills Heritage Day Event

Last weekend, I was pleased to sponsor and participate in the inaugural Heritage Day event in Laguna Hills. During the festive occasion, I also participated in the burial of the City of Laguna Hills 30-year time capsule.

L-R: With Laguna Hills Councilwoman Erica Pezold, Mayor Pro Tem Janine Heft, Mayor Dave Wheeler, and Councilman Don Caskey, burying the City's 30-year time capsule at the Heritage Day event.
 
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THE PIER GRILL & TACKLE in San Clemente

My office was pleased to present a commendation in honor of The Pier Grill & Tackle on the San Clemente Pier, which was recently renovated by the local nonprofit organization and where the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. Visitors to San Clemente and locals alike will surely enjoy visiting this outstanding grill, tackle & souvenir shop located at the end of the beautiful San Clemente Pier! Please join me in congratulating The Pier Grill & Tackle in San Clemente!

My Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, presenting a commendation at the ribbon cutting for The Pier Grill & Tackle in San Clemente.
(Photo courtesy of the San Clemente Journal)
 
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COUNTY OF ORANGE COVID-19 UPDATE

 
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COVID-19 Orange County Case Counts by Cities

The OC Health Care Agency continues to release daily COVID-19 case counts in Orange County. As of today, HCA is reporting 669,278 positive cumulative cases and 7,459 deaths to date, as well as 133 currently hospitalized with 14 in ICU.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: HCA has transitioned to publicly reporting COVID-19 data to two days a week following the change in reporting by CDPH. Specifically data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU numbers and bed availability, and deaths will be reported on our dashboards Tuesdays and Fridays. Other data (e.g. testing positivity, variants, vaccinations) will continue to be updated on a weekly basis.

 
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COVID-19 Messages from Health Care Agency
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COVID-19 Update: Testing Unvaccinated Workers
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Respiratory Illness from Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
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COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine for Booster Doses
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HCA: Why Is It so Important to Get Vaccinated?

Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, County Health Officer at the OC Health Care Agency (HCA), has a video message to help explain why it's important to get vaccinated. To view the video, click here or on the image below.

Click the image above to view the video.

For informational town hall events and more educational videos related to COVID-19 vaccination, visit the OC COVID-19 homepage.

 
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CRITTER CHRONICLES
Orange County Pet of the Week: Meet Cali!
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Family Furst Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry - Oct. 8
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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Pets!

 
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OC Animal Care is NOW OPEN for Appointments!
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Orange County Pet Licensing Information
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Lost and Found Community Pet Information
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Large & Small Animal Evacuation Emergency Kit

 
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Let's Paws: Food Safety

 
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Let's Paws: Coyote Awareness

 
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Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm Prevention

 
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OUT & ABOUT SAFELY IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
Ladera Ranch Farmers Market is Every Sunday!
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Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival - Oct. 13
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Pier Pride Celebration at Casa Romantica - 10/13
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FAM's 35th Annual Hunger Walk - October 16
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Extraordinary Lives Foundation Gala - October 19
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Laguna Canton Foundation Gala - October 21
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A Night of Greek Culture in Laguna Niguel - 10/23
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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Gala - October 23
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45th Annual Turkey Trot in Dana Point Harbor
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247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball - November 12
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FOOD RESOURCES IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
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Meals on Wheels and Congregate Lunches for Seniors.

 

Click the image above for information on their
Drive-Thru Food Distribution, weekdays in San Clemente.

 

 

Click the image above for information on their
 Drive Through Food Bank, Monday - Friday in Irvine.

 

Click the image above for information on their
 Food Pantry, Monday - Friday in Laguna Beach.

 

 

Click the image above for info on their Food Pantry
held on the first & third Wednesday of every month.

 

 

Click the image above for information on their
PEACE Community Resource Center Food Pantries.

 

 

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Food Pantry Services weekdays in Irvine.
 
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NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
Check Out The Fifth District Dispatch Archives!

For those of you who may have missed any of my previous Fifth District Dispatch newsletters, featuring up-to-date COVID-19 facts and other information pertinent to South County, click here

Thank you so much for your outstanding and continuing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, as we're all in this together!

 
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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 Sergio.Prince@ocgov.com .
 
In This Issue
orange arrow HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!
orange arrow BARTLETT BULLETIN
orange arrow 5th DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT
orange arrow COUNTY OF ORANGE COVID-19 UPDATE
orange arrow CRITTER CHRONICLES
orange arrow OUT & ABOUT SAFELY IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
orange arrow FOOD RESOURCES IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
orange arrow NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
DISTRICT STAFF
 
Yasie Goebel
Chief of Staff

Sergio Prince
Community Relations Advisor

Pauline Colvin
Communications Director & Policy Advisor

Christian Abueg
Senior Policy Advisor

Jesse Guillen
Policy Advisor

Rosemary Contreras
Office Manager

Vasila Ahmad
Policy Advisor

Tannaz Malek
Contracts Manager

Dawn Kamber
Field Representative

 
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