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Supervisor Bill Campbell’s Third District Report

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 7, 2012

This came over the wire from Supervisor Bill Campbell’s office yesterday…

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Welcome to this edition of “Bill Campbell’s Third District Report,” an electronic newsletter keeping you updated about the events taking place in the County of Orange and in the Third District. It is my hope that you find this distribution informative and I would encourage you to contact me regarding any thoughts, comments, or concerns you may have.

bill.campbell@ocgov.com


IN THIS ISSUE…1. BOARD ACTION

2. VLF UPDATE

3. LOSSAN BOARD

4. CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSION

5. ADJOURNMENT IN THE MEMORY

 


OUR STAFF…

Laura Cunningham Chief of Staff Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda

Christine Compton Deputy Chief of Staff Irvine

Louis Bronstein Policy Advisor Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park

Michael Johnson Policy Advisor Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons

Whitney Ayers Policy Advisor North Tustin, Tustin

Renee Chinchilla Office Manager/Executive Secretary

Brent Kuluris Executive Aide

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April 6, 2012  Volume: 10 Issue: 12
BOARD ACTION
Kermore Island- The Board approved a Pre-Annexation Agreement for the annexation of the Kermore Island in the City of Stanton. Kermore Island includes 7.5 acres and a total population of 60 residents, 7 multi-family units and 18 single family homes. The annexation will allow the City to provide municipal services to the area. The City of Stanton approved the pre-annexation agreement at its March 27 council meeting. For a map of the area, please click here.
Civica Software for eGovernment Services- The Board approved a new contract with Civica Software for eGovernment Services and the replacement the County’s existing Vignette web content management system. The replacement of the County’s existing Vignette system and in-house web development support model with Civica Software’s all-inclusive eGovernment solution, future eGovernment program costs are estimated to be reduced by 40 percent annually while providing improved capabilities for agencies and departments to deliver constituent services online. In addition, this contract represents the County’s first IT managed-services model which establishes quality control metrics for Civica’s performance in delivering the County’s eGovernment services and penalties for substandard performance. To review the presentation on the eGovernment contract, please click here.
Medical Transportation Services- The Board approved a Master Agreement with ten ambulance companies to provide for medical transportation for residents who have been detained by Behavioral Health Care Services. The participating providers under this Master Agreement will be placed on a monthly rotation list, with one provider designated as the primary contact for the month. Medical transportation providers are reimbursed at a fee-for-service basis, with rates set at Medi-Cal levels. The approved companies include: Americare Medical Services, Inc., dba AmeriCare Ambulance, Care Ambulance Services, Inc., Doctor’s Ambulance Services, Emergency Ambulance Service, Inc., Lynch Ambulance Service, Medcoast Ambulance Services, Medix Ambulance Service, Inc., Pacific Ambulance Service, Priority One Medical Transport, and Schaefer Ambulance Service, Inc.
Santa Ana River Flood Protection Appointment- The Board appointed Orange resident, Bill Everest, to serve on the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency.
VLF UPDATE
State Files Lawsuit Against Orange County- On Thursday, April 5 the Board of Supervisors was notified that the Department of Finance filed a lawsuit against the County of Orange relative to our action to recoup $48 million in annual County Vehicle License Fee revenues which were diverted in last year’s state budget. Our counsel is evaluating the merits of the suit. To view a copy of the County’s press release, please click here.
LOSSAN BOARD
LOSSAN Board Meeting- Last Friday, I attended the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor Board of Directors meeting in Santa Barbara. In California, there are three state-supported passenger rail corridors: Pacific Surfliner – LOSSAN, Capitol Corridor, and San Joaquin Corridors. The LOSSAN Corridor Board of Directors’ role is to seek to increase ridership, revenue, capacity, reliability, and safety on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. The Pacific Surfliner service is currently provided and managed by Caltrans.
Possible Local Authority for Intercity Service- Over the last several months, the LOSSAN Board of Directors has been exploring the possibility of forming a local authority to manage the Pacific Surfliner train service instead of Caltrans. In January, the LOSSAN Board directed staff to work with the Legislature to introduce a bill, should the Board decide to pursue forming a local authority. At Friday’s meeting, the LOSSAN Board directed staff to amend the bill with language which would permit the formation of a local authority to take over responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner service from Caltrans. The new language will be heard in committee later this month. I would like to complement OCTA’s CEO, Will Kempton for his effort to bring this language before the Board. Mr. Kempton worked with the CEO’s of Southern California’s transportation agencies to build consensus around the concept of a local authority and around the introduced language.
LOSSAN Corridor Strategic Implementation Plan- The LOSSAN Board approved the LOSSAN Corridor Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan is the first step towards implementation of a new vision for passenger rail service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. The plan outlines how a new local authority could work to increase ridership, revenue, capacity, reliability and safety along the LOSSAN Corridor. To view the plan, click here.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSION
2012 Community Indicators Report- The Commission received a presentation on the annual Community Indicators Report. The report provides insight into the welfare of the Orange County community by providing a snapshot of 49 topics including the business climate, health, education, public safety and the status of our natural environment. To view the presentation given to the Commission, please click here.
Annual Strategic Plan Update- The Commission received a presentation on updates to the Strategic Plan, Business Plan and budget actions. Staff will return to the Commission in September or October with the year-end financial report and recommendations on budget amendments. The Strategic Plan also identified $1.3 million in potential catalytic investments for fiscal year 2012-13. To view the presentation, please click here.
ADJOURNMENT IN THE MEMORY
I adjourned this week’s Board meeting in the memory of former City of Villa Park Councilman and Mayor Harold Tipton, and North Tustin resident Dean McCormick. To read my adjournment in Harold’s memory, please click here. For Dean’s adjournment, click here. Supervisor Bates adjourned in the memory of North Tustin resident Gordie Lee. To read her adjournment, please click here. Please keep each family in your thoughts and prayers.
Last Saturday, my grandson Diego and I were joined by Lauren Spitzer for the public presentation of the two new mountain lions at the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park. The 80 pound orphaned cubs are litter mates and about 9 months old. As part of the opening of the new exhibit, it was my pleasure to announce the OC Parks naming contest for the two mountain lions. The contest is being held on Facebook at the OC Parks Facebook page. OC Zoo will post weekly updates and photos. For the naming contest, all you will need to do is submit your names for the male and female mountain lion cubs. Then check back and vote for your favorites. The contest will run from March 31 to April 22. The top ten name pairs that receive the most votes will be submitted to OC Zoo staff to select the winner. Winners will be announced Thursday, April 26. For more information, please click here. For pictures, click here.
Mary and I enjoyed a tour of the magnificent Crystal Cathedral with the Orange County Chapter of Legatus. The Crystal Cathedral was purchased by Bishop Tod Brown to accommodate Orange County’s 10th largest Catholic population in the nation. One of the interesting statistics about the Cathedral is that it is not air conditioned. Rather, it is cooled by fresh air flowing from the ground level through the clerestory windows which open and close thermostatically. Heat flows from underground pipes to regulate temperatures in cooler months. To read more interesting facts about the Cathedral, please click here.
I , along with staff from Supervisor Shawn Nelson’s office, met with Interim Public Works Director Ignacio Ochoa who updated us on the Santa Ana River Interceptor (SARI) Relocation Project.
I met with Celeste Cantu, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Authority (SAWPA) to discuss issues related to the One Water One Shed (OWOW) water management plan.
I met with Garry Brown from Orange County Coastkeeper regarding their proposal to conduct guided kayak trips on the Santa Ana River.
I met with Wickland Pipelines, LLC to discuss the potential for the construction of a five mile long pipeline to bring jet fuel into John Wayne Airport for additional safety and reduced daily truck trips to refuel the existing fuel tanks.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stations of the Cross Hike- Each year, on Good Friday, the Diane and Dan Dulac family hosts an outdoor “Stations of the Cross” hike on their property in Baker Canyon. The walk starts at 1 pm on Friday, April 6 and covers a mile and a half. For more information, including a map to the location, please click here.
Easter in the Canyons- The residents of Modjeska Canyon will host their Easter Egg Hunt and pancake breakfast at the Modjeska Fire Station on Easter Sunday. To view more information please, click here. The residents of Silverado Canyon will also host an Easter breakfast in Silverado Canyon, to view more info, please click here.
Registrar of Voters- Just in time for the 2012 Election season, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelly has launched a new election website. The new site offers innovative easy-to-use features. To view the new site, please visit OCVote.com, or click here.
Exotic Plant Disease- The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has established a plant quarantine zone in portions of the City of La Habra, the City of Brea and unincorporated areas closest to the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles County due to a Citrus Greening infestation. Citrus Greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) is a serious citrus tree disease of which there is no known cure. Other than tree removal, there is no effective control once a tree is infected. Possible spread of the disease could put California’s $1.88 billion citrus industry at risk with serious national and international consequences. For more information, please contact the CDFA Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or please click here.
Yorba Linda Inaugural Helicopter Egg Drop- Beginning at 10:30 on Sunday, April 8 the Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at the Yorba Linda High School’s Nathen Shapell Memorial Stadium concluding with a 10,000 egg drop from a helicopter flying above. For more information, please click here.
Arts Orange County Imagination Celebration- The 27th Annual Imagine Celebration will take place from April 12 through May 30, 2012. The festival includes 50 free or affordable arts events for children and families across Orange County. To learn more about the arts festival, please click here.
Property Tax Reminder- The second installment of property taxes are due no later than April 10, 2012. Payment not received by Tuesday, unless they have a United States Postal Service stamp on or before April 10, will incur a 10% penalty late fee. To view a reminder from Orange County Treasurer Tax-Collector Shari Freidenrich about the April 10 deadline and ways to pay your property taxes, please click here.
Mary and I would like to wish everyone a happy Passover and a joyous Easter.
It is a pleasure to serve the constituents of the Third District.
Please pray for our armed forces and our foreign services personnel.

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