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Bill Campbell’s Third District Report

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 22, 2012

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

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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. TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES

3. LOSSAN CORRIDOR UPDATE


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 20, 2012  Volume: 10 Issue: 14
BOARD ACTION
Trabuco Creek Road– The Board adopted a Resolution establishing a 25 miles per hour “Radar Enforced” speed limit and emergency stopping restrictions on Trabuco Creek Road between Trabuco Canyon Road and the entrance of the Cleveland National Forest.
O’Neill Oaks 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. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an Interim Management Agreement with OCTA 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.
Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station– At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board recognized the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach & Navy Munitions Command, Conus West Division for receiving the 2012 Navy Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations. Captain Terry Auberry accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Station and presented a slide show on the mission of the Installation. To view a copy of the presentation, please click here. To view a copy of the resolution, please click here.
Orange County California Citizens Corps Council– The Board adopted a Resolution recognizing the Orange County California Citizen Corps Council and authorizing the Sheriff-Coroner to assist with activities to support the Council. The program provides collaboration, communication and cooperation for emergency preparedness activities through disaster response and recovery. To view a copy of the Resolution, please click here. To learn more about the Council, please click here.
TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES
San Joaquin Hills Budget Workshop– I attended the San Joaquin Hills Budget Workshop to begin work on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
LOSSAN CORRIDOR UPDATE
LOSSAN Board Meeting– On Monday, I attended the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor Board of Directors meeting.
Possible Local Authority for Intercity Service– As I have reported to you 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. On April 9, a bill in the State Legislature was amended to permit the formation of a local authority to take over responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner. To view a summary of the bill, click here.
LOSSAN Corridor Strategic Implementation Plan– The LOSSAN Board approved a Prioritized Capital Plan as part the LOSSAN Corridor Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan evaluates and prioritizes a variety of improvements along the LOSSAN corridor. For more information on the plan, click here. To view a map of the projects, click here.
Bicycles on the Pacific Surfliner– Third District resident, Alex Barloewen, spoke at the LOSSAN Board meeting urging greater bicycle capacity on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service. Currently, the number of bicycles permitted on Amtrak trains is limited and as a result travelers are often prevented from boarding the train with their bicycles. Amtrak and Caltrans are aware of the problem and are working to add more bike capacity to Amtrak trains statewide. They are looking to purchase superliner train cars to convert for more bike capacity. Recently, Caltrans received a $20 million AERA grant to complete this work statewide. It is expected that the first converted cars will be on the tracks by the first part of next year.
Last Friday, I spoke before the California Joint Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions. I discussed Orange County’s 1.62% at 62 hybrid pension formula and how this creative approach could be a model for the State of California to consider. In addition to my presentation, Anne Holdren of the Kern County Employees Retirement Association spoke about Kern County’s hybrid pension formula, and Greg Rademacher of the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) spoke about Los Angeles County’s 2% at 65 pension formula. Committee Members included State Senator Mimi Walters and State Assemblyman Jim Silva. To read my prepared remarks to the committee, please click here. For an overview of Kern County’s hybrid formula, please click here. To see the LACERA presentation, please click here. For pictures, please click here.
On Saturday, Mary and I attended the Lincoln Club of Orange County’s 50th Anniversary Gala. Third District resident, Doy Henley, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the evening’s keynote speaker was Karl Rove. For pictures from the event, please click here.
I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the County’s mental health campus located at 401 S. Tustin Avenue in the city of Orange. This facility is the first of its kind in the United States and it will provide a central location where individuals struggling with mental illness disorders can participate in therapeutic and educational recovery programs. Funding for the campus is provided by Proposition 63, also known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). For pictures from ribbon cutting, please click here.
Mary and I attended the Orange County Catholic’s Foundation conference on business and ethics. This year’s keynote speakers were Father Greg Boyle and Ken Blanchard. Congratulations to Randy Redowitz and Frank Kavanaugh for being named as 2012 Bishop Tod A. Brown honorees, Daniel Walker, Chairman of the Board for Farmers & Merchants Bank, for being named as 2012 Corporate Stewardship Award, and Bruno Serato, owner of Anaheim White House Restaurant, for being named the Farmers & Merchants Bank Inaugural Community Impact Award. For the program, please click here. For pictures, click here.
I met with Superior Court of California Presiding Judge Thomas Borris and Chief Administrative Officer Alan Carlson to discuss issues related to the courts.
I participated in the 4th Annual Orange County Business Council’s (OCBC) BIZPAC Roast and Tribute, honoring Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. The event was emceed by professional comedian and Hollywood entertainer Bob Zany. The other live roasters were Municipal Water District of Orange County Director Larry Dick, Lisa Hughes, and Jim Leach. For pictures of the event, please click here.
I attended the annual Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America annual Men of Honor awards dinner. Congratulations to: Sterling Brennan, Richard Heim, Ed Laird, Timothy LeVecke, Pastor Chuck Smith, Mike Caspino, Mitch Vance, and Tom Solazzo on being recognized as a 2012 “Man of Character.” For pictures, click here. For the program, click here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lease Revenue Bonds Update– On April 5, the County was successful in issuing $34.3 million of Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds for the Juvenile Justice Center. The issuance, along with debt service funds and existing reserves cleared more than $44.8 million in outstanding debt which was issued in 2002. The Bonds were rated as A+ by Standard and Poor’s and issued with average interest of 2.08%, with maturities ranging from 2013 to 2019. The previous Bonds were issued with an average interest rate of 4.59%. The refunding will achieve a net savings of approximately $1 million per year and a net present value savings of $3.14 million.
Helena Modjeska Foundation Event– In partnership with OC Parks and OC Public Libraries, the Helena Modjeska Foundation is hosting a lunch and lecture with author Dr. Beth Holmgren. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21 at the Irvine Ranch Historical Park located at 13109 Old Myford Road in Irvine from 11 am to 1:30 pm. For ticket information, please click here.
America’s Largest Pet Expo– The OC Fair & Event Center is hosting “America’s Largest Pet Expo” from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. OC Animal Care will be located at booth #1572 with animals for adoption. For more information about the different shows, 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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