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Bill Campbell’s Third District Report

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 29, 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. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

3. TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES

 


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 27, 2012   Volume: 10 Issue: 15
BOARD ACTION
There was no regular Board meeting this week. The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at 9:30 am.
ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
I-405 Improvement Project Express Lane Alternative– OCTA is in the process of studying the various alternatives for improving traffic on the I-405 between the SR-55 and the I-605. Three alternatives are currently being evaluated in the environmental document. Alternative 1 would add one general purpose lane in each direction between Euclid Street and the I-605. Alternative 2 would add two general purpose lanes in each direction, and Alternative 3 would add one general purpose lane and one express lane, which combined with the existing carpool lane, would operate as a two-lane express lane in each direction from the SR-73 to the I-605.

On Monday, the OCTA Board of Directors received a presentation on how Alternative 3 might be financed if that option is selected. The presentation evaluated three separate finance and delivery options: self-financing, alternative payment, and public-private partnership. For the presentation, click here.

Combined Transportation Funding Program Call for Projects– The OCTA Board directed staff to issue the FY 2011-12 Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program (CTFP) Call for Projects. The CTFP is a competitive program that funds local streets and roads improvement projects. The program is funded through Measure M2 funds, as well as with state and federal sources. The call for projects is seeking city and county projects to improve regional capacity and traffic signal synchronization. There will be $35 million available for local street and road improvements, and $9.6 available for regional traffic signal synchronization projects.

Bus Customer Satisfaction Survey– The OCTA Board of Directors received a report on the 2012 Bus Customer Satisfaction Survey completed by OCTA. The survey revealed that customer satisfaction is strong, with 80 percent of respondents reporting that they are either “very or somewhat” satisfied with OCTA bus service. The level of stratification was only slightly lower than 2005 and 2007 levels. The survey also revealed improvements in frequency of service and reducing the overcrowding inside buses as a priority for riders. To read the executive summary of the survey report, clickhere.

SR-55 Improvement Project Update– The Board of Directors selected Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. as the top ranked firm to prepare a project study report for improvements to the SR-55 freeway between I-5 and the SR-91. The study will assess the options and cost of improving this segment of the freeway. It will also evaluate operational improvements for the portion of SR-55 from the SR-22 to the SR-91.

Employees of the Month– I would like to congratulate David Deloye and Sanford Smith who were honored as the April 2012 OCTA Employees of the Month. The Board honored these employees for their outstanding work at Monday’s Board meeting. To read the resolutions presented to Mr. Deloye and Mr. Smith, click here.

Angels Game Day Bike Ride and Pre-Game Tailgate Party– On Sunday, May 6th OCTA in partnership with JAX Bicycle center is hosting a game day bike ride and tailgate party at Angels Stadium. Leave your car at home and ride your bike to the Angels Game. Particpants will be eligible for a discount game ticket, a sponsored lunch, and use of a bike valet service. Space is limited. To register go to www.octa.net/bike.

TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES
Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Budget Workshop– I attended the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Agency Budget Workshop to begin work on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
On Friday, Congressman Ken Calvert and I participated in a tour of the Santa Ana River Mainstem Prado Dam project. The tour was conducted by Colonel R. Mark Toy, Commander and District Engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers. To view pictures, please click here. For a copy of the Corps presentation, please click here.

Mary and I attended the Orange Public Library Foundation Legacy Gala at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. I would like to congratulate the recipients of the Library Legacy Awards in the following categories: Special Recognition – Klein Family Foundation, Leadership Legacy Award – Former Mayor Joanne Coontz, Educational Legacy Award – St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, and the Local History Award – The Mead Family. For pictures of the event, please click here . To view the program, click here.

I attended the annual Recognition Breakfast for Police, Firefighters & Emergency Services sponsored by the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce. To view pictures from the event, please click here. Congratulations to Officer Nicholas Petropulos, Officer Scott Ferraro, Detective Justin Morouse, and Detective Michael Johnson of the Brea Police Department, and to Firefighter Teresa Gabrielson of the Orange County Fire Authority.

I attended the Orange County Sheriff Department 24th Annual Medal of Valor luncheon. This event honors the outstanding accomplishments of the men and women who have distinguished themselves and the Sheriff’s Department through their exemplary actions. Medals were awarded in the following categories: Lifesaving, Merit, Courage, Distinguished Deputy and Valor. To view a list of the individual honorees and a narrative of their outstanding actions, please click here. To view pictures from the luncheon, please click here.

I participated as a panelist at the 2012 Santa Ana River Watershed “Implementing the Vision” Conference in San Bernardino. Convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Authority (SAWPA), the working conference discussed the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how to improve the quality and reliability of our water supply. I was joined by Riverside Supervisor Marion Ashley, San Bernardino Supervisor Josie Gonzalez on a panel “Making it Work on a Watershed Level”, moderated by Garry Brown of Orange County Coastkeepers. The luncheon keynote speaker was author Joel Kotkin. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Congressman Jerry Lewis. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Engineer, Brian Moore, received the Collaborative Vision Award and Ali Sahabi, CEO of SE Corporation, was honored with the Environmental Business Leadership Award. For pictures of the event, please click here.

I attended the ribbon cutting hosted by the Orange Park Acres Women’s League (OPAWL) in honor of their beautification project for the Monument Park Trail and bus stop on Orange Park Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. This wonderful project is the result of several years of planning, hard work and dedication by the OPAWL. To view pictures, please click here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sheriff’s Department Service in Yorba Linda– At their Tuesday council meeting, the City of Yorba Linda voted to approve a contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for police services. The contract will go into effect in May 2013.

7th Street Bridge Reopening– The 7th Street Bridge connecting the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) and westbound Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) into Long Beach is expected to reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday following a year-long closure as part of the $277 million West County Connectors Project.

Autism Awareness Town Hall– On Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 pm, State Senators Lou Correa and Mimi Walters are hosting a program and resource fair on autism. The event will be held at the Regional Center of Orange County, located at 1525 North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana. The program will include legislative updates, information on early intervention, housing, employment, autism, technology and more. For more information, please call Arthur Sandoval at (714) 558-4400.

Villa Park Women’s League Annual Home and Garden Tour– The Villa Park Women’s League will host its annual home and garden tour on Sunday, April 29 from noon to 5 pm. This year’s tour will feature four fabulous homes and continue the year-long 50th birthday celebration of the City. For more information about the tour and tickets, please click here.

Denim and Diamonds– The Orange Park Acres Association will host its annual Denim and Diamonds Dinner and Dance on Saturday May 5 at The Villa in Orange. The evening will include a silent auction, raffle, music and dancing. For more information about Denim and Diamonds, please clickhere.

Goat Hill Junction Railroad– The Orange County Model Engineers club hosts a day for the public to ride model trains on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of each month from 10 am until 3:30 pm. The rides are held at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. For more information about the club and public rides, please click here. To view pictures from my visit last weekend with Mary and our grandchildren, please click here.

OC Tastefest– The OC Fair & Event Center is hosting “OC Tastefest” on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. This two-day food, wine, and music festival will highlight the excitement and diversity of Orange County’s food scene. For more information, please clickhere.

Anaheim Hills Rotary Club Honors Heroes– On Sunday, April 29 at 1 pm the community is invited to a plaque dedication ceremony honoring Anaheim’s fire, police and military members. The two plaques will serve as a lasting reminder of those who serve to ensure freedom and protection to the community. For more information, e-mail project chairman for the Rotary Club, Tony Siragusa at dvaguy@aol.com.

Political Memorabilia Collectors’ Fair– The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will host the 4th American Political Items Collectors Show on Saturday April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. You may buy, sell, swap or just browse through history. For more information, please click here.

OC Mountain Lion Cubs Named– A pair of young, orphaned mountain lions at the OC Zoo have been named thanks to OC Parks’ Facebook fans. OC Zoo staff selected the winning names Modjeska, for the female, and Santiago, for the male. The cubs are now named for two local canyons – not far from the zoo – where mountain lions can be found in the wild. To read the press release, 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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