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Bill Campbell’s Third District Report

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 14, 2012

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

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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. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

3. TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES

4. LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION

 


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 13, 2012  Volume: 10 Issue: 13
BOARD ACTION
There was no regular Board meeting this week. The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 am.
ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
OC Bridges Program Update– On Monday, the OCTA Board of Directors approved a revised funding plan for the OC Bridges Program. The OC Bridges Program includes seven grade separation projects at State College Blvd., Raymond Avenue, Placentia Avenue, Lakeview Avenue, Orangethorpe Avenue, Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive, and Kraemer Boulevard in North Orange County. The revised funding plan increases state funding, decreases federal funding and takes into account $8.8 million being provided by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for the projects. In addition, due to the new funding sources, the revised funding plan reduces the City of Fullerton’s contribution to the State College Blvd. grade separation project by $5.7 million to $5 million. To view the presentation given to the board, click here.
California High Speed Rail Business Plan Update– At Monday’s Board meeting, the Board received a presentation on the Revised 2012 California High Speed Rail Authority’s Business Plan. The revised business plan is in draft form but proposes a blended system for the high speed rail. The draft plan adjusts project costs downward by $10 billion, updates the Authority’s financial plan, and proposes a larger investment in the “bookends” of the system. To view the presentation, click here.
Measure M2 Environmental Mitigation Program Property Management Agreement– As part of the Measure M2 Environmental Mitigation Program, OCTA has been purchasing properties as mitigation for the Measure M2 freeway projects. One of the purchased properties is the O’Neill Oaks property, a 119 acre parcel located in the canyons. The Board approved an Interim Management Agreement with OC Parks for interim management of the O’Neill property. As a result, the County of Orange will manage the property until a long-term manager can be identified.
91 Express Lanes’ Traffic and Revenue Update– The 91 Express Lanes reported toll revenues of $2,533,237 and transactions of 1,013,841 for the month of March. Revenues were down 12.7% and transactions were up 2.1% over the March 2011 figures. Revenues were down even though transactions were due to the cumulative effect of the congestion management toll policy which has reduced tolls during eastbound peak travel hours.
7th Street Bridge Update– Last April, the 7th Street Bridge was closed for 12 months as part of the West County Connectors Project. The one-year closure was needed so that the bridge could be reconstructed in order to accommodate the new carpool lanes and connections along the I-405/I-605 interchange. Work on the newly constructed bridge is nearing completion and is expected to be completed with two weeks. As a result, the 7th Street Bridge will be reopened in a few weeks. The official date has not yet been released, but I will announce it in an upcoming newsletter once available.
I-5 Closure– Beginning Monday, April 16th, through Thursday, April 19th, Interstate 5 between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road will be fully closed each night between 11:59 pm to 4:00 am. The closure is needed to allow construction crews to place k-rail in the center median and to allow for the re-striping of lanes as part of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects from the Los Angeles/Orange County line to the I-605. As a result of the closure, motorists will not have access to the northbound or southbound lanes, and will be detoured off the freeway. For more information about the closure, click here.
TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES
Traffic and Revenue Update– The Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) reported toll revenues of $9,114,417 and transactions of 4,794,106 for the month of March. Revenues were up 4.1% and transactions were down 2.6% over the March 2011 figures. The San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency reported toll revenues of $7,940,121, a 3.1% increase from March 2011. The SJHTCA transactions were 2,171,674 for the month of March which represented a 2.3% decrease.
FasTrak App Demonstration– At the F/ETCA and SJHTCA Board meetings, the Boards of Directors received a demonstration on a new smartphone app developed by TCA which allows FasTrak customers to manage their FasTrak account through their smartphone. The app has been submitted to Apple Computer for certification to use on iPhones. I will announce when it is available to download.
LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION
The Commission held a budget workshop and directed staff to return in May with a revised Budget for FY 12/13. I asked staff to look at refunding a portion of the Agency’s reserves to our sponsoring agencies.
Mary and I attended the Tenth Annual North Orange County Good Friday Prayer Breakfast presented by Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church. This year’s keynote speaker was Gianna Jensen. To learn more about her inspiring story, please click here. For pictures, click here.
My daughter-in-law Szylvia and I attended the Stations of the Cross procression on the property of Dan and Diane Dulac in Baker Canyon. The mile and a half hike concludes at the base of a 50-foot cross which was erected in 1997 after two months of back-breaking and treacherous work. To view pictures, please click here.
I met with the Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory and received an update on several property assessment issues in the county.
I met with Third District appointee Peter Wetzel of the OC Recreational Trails Advisory Committee to review the committee’s progress and learn about their goals for 2012. To review the committees goals for 2012, please click here.
On Wednesday, I attended a meeting of the 49’er Forum hosted by Jack Flowers, CEO of Cunico Corporation. Cunico is the leading manufacturer of specialty fittings and valves for the United States Navy. Cunico’s Executive Vice President Captain Chris Ratliff, USN (ret.), gave a presentation on the current status of the Unites States Navy’s submarine fleet. To view a portion of Captain Ratliff’s presentation, please click here. In addition, Capt. Ratliff showed us the location and satellite photos of submarine bases located in Iran, Russia, and China using open source public imagery on Google Earth. To view the Iranian submarine base at Bandar-Abbas near the Strait of Hormuz, click here. To view the Russian Northern Fleet submarine base in Zapadnaya Litsa on the Kola Peninsula, click here. To view the PLA shipyard east of Qingdao, China click here.
I attended the OC Forum event to hear a panel discussion on the 2012 Community Indicators Report, which was presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 3. For pictures, please click here.
I met with Sheriff Hutchens to discuss issues in the Sheriff’s Department.
On Easter Sunday, Mary and I celebrated my 70th birthday with my sons, daughters in law, and grandchildren.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Modjeska Ranch Rescue Fundraiser– The Modjeska Ranch Rescue Art & Wine Fundraiser is on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 4 pm at a private residence located at 29022 Kommers Lane in Modjeska Canyon. The rescue has placed over 6,000 animals since its founding. For more information, please click here.
Literary Orange– The 6th annual Literary Orange event will be held on Saturday, April 14th at the UCI Student Center. This year’s two featured authors are Lisa See and Paula McLain. The event will also include sessions with over 44 authors. For more information, please click here.
JWA Announces Air Service to Mexico– Last November, I reported that the Board approved an airlines access plan that provided an incentive program for international flights to Mexico. I am pleased to announce that that program encourages AirTran Airways to explore service to Mexico. This week, John Wayne Airport announced that AirTran Airways will begin offering Orange County travelers international flights from JWA to Mexico beginning this summer. Effective June 3rd, AirTran will operate daily flights to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City. For more information, click here.
Non-Stop Service resumes between Calgary and JWA– WestJet will resume daily non-stop international service between John Wayne Airport and Calgary, Alberta on Sunday April 29. The service will be in addition to the daily non-stop service WestJet currently operates between Orange County and Vancouver. For more information, please click here.
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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