Bill Campbell’s Third District Report
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on May 20, 2012
This came over the wire from Supervisor Bill Campbell’s office on Friday…
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.
IN THIS ISSUE…
1. BOARD ACTION
2. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
3. TRANSPRORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES
Chief of Staff
Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda
Deputy Chief of Staff
Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park
Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons
North Tustin, Tustin
Office Manager/Executive Secretary
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May 18, 2012 Volume: 10 Issue: 18
BOARD ACTION There was no regular Board meeting this week. The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 9:30 am. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY OCTA Budget– On Monday, OCTA staff presented the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 to the Board of Directors at the OCTA Budget Workshop. The proposed budget highlights strategic initiatives, performance indicators and the upcoming budget process. The preliminary budget calls for $1,081.3 million in expenditures, which is less than FY 2011-12 budget which called for $1,105.3 million, $867.5 million in revenues and a $213.8 million planned use of reserves to support capital projects. The proposed budget calls for a reduction of 49 staff positions. To view the presentation given to the Board, click here.
Metrolink Budget– The OCTA Board of Directors received a presentation on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s (SCRRA) proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority is the joint powers agency between the transportation agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties that operates Metrolink. The Fiscal Year 2012-12 budget is proposed at $194 million. To view a copy of the budget presentation, click here.
Measure M2 Environmental Mitigation Program Update– On Monday, the OCTA Board of Directors approved the funding of another six restoration projects as part of the Measure M2 Environmental Mitigation Program, and authorized staff to issue another call for restoration projects focusing on the watersheds affected by the Measure M2 freeway projects. The Environmental Mitigation Program was approved by the voters as part of Measure M2 to provide funding to mitigate the environmental impacts on the freeway improvements approved in the measure. To date, the OCTA has funded eleven restoration projects and purchased five properties allowing the Authority to conserve more than 900 acres. To view a map of the funded restoration projects, click here.
The Board also authorized staff to accept a $732,000 competitive grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) to fund a portion of the Natural Community Conversation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan OCTA is developing in partnership with the USFW and the California Department of Fish and Game.
OC Fair Express and Angeles Express Service– OCTA received a $577,009 Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction competitive grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to support OCTA’s Orange County Fair Express and Angels Express services. On Monday, the Board of Directors approved acceptance of the grant funds.
This year the Orange County Fair Express will provide bus service on the five weekends the Orange County Fair is in operation, starting Friday, July 13, 2012, and continuing through Sunday, August 12, 2012. To satisfy the anticipated demand and in response to customer feedback received, the service is proposed to be expanded from five to seven routes serving the eight transit facilities. To view a map of the Orange County Fair Express routes, click here.
The Angels Express provides Metrolink rail service for Angels Baseball weekday home games that start at 7:05 p.m. The service began on April 2, 2012, and will operate through September 26, 2012.
Angels Express Event– On May 30, 2012, the Angels Express will be hosting a special event to promote the Angels Express service from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station. On the 30th at 4:30 pm, folks will have the opportunity to meet Former Angel Bobby Grich, the six-time American League All Star and the first player elected to the Angels’ Hall of Fame. Mr. Grich will be at the station to meet fans, sign autographs, and ride the Angels Express to the game. For more information, click here.
TRANSPRORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES FasTrak App Available– The new smartphone app developed by TCA which allows FasTrak customers to manage their FasTrak account through their smartphone is now available. The app is free and can be downloaded on the iPhone and Android. The app is the first of its kind in the nation, allowing FasTrak account holders access to the same account and customer service features they find on The Toll Roads’ website. For more information about the app, click here. To view images of the app, click here. Last Friday, I attended the 2012 Orange County Government Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast. This year’s Chairman was Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche and the Master of Ceremonies was KOCE’s Ed Arnold. The special musical guest was Christian Ebner. The featured speaker was High-Level Executive, Convicted Felon, Whistle Blower, and FBI Informant, Mark Whitacre. To view pictures from the event, please click here.
I attended the OC Parks Ranger Academy Class #3 Graduation. The Rangers serve as ambassadors for the County of Orange’s nearly 60,000 acres of parks, open space, historic and coastal facilities. I would like to congratulate all 25 graduates for completing this challenging training. For pictures, please click here. To view the event program, please click here.
I had a follow-up visit to the SARI Line Yorba Linda Spur Project to view the Herrenknecht Micro-tunneling Boring Machine (MTBM) in the 45 foot deep launch pit. The micro-tunneling jacking shaft has been installed, and the 24 hour a day tunneling operation has commenced and will continue for 14 days. For pictures, please click here.
Mary and I toured the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. This 16.5 acre site, formerly the home of the James Irvine family currently serves as the headquarters for OC Parks and the Katie Wheeler Branch Library. We were briefed on the Irvine Ranch Historic Park Master Planning Program which proposes to adaptively-reuse and renovate the historic Ranch buildings, including a mess hall, bunk house, employee residence, and a driving barn. For pictures, please click here.
I attended the Orange County Tourism Council’s Annual Tourism Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Championing the OC Experience…Power of the OC Brand”, focusing on a collaborative effort to brand Orange County as a travel destination. This year’s keynote speaker was Ed Fuller, President and Managing Director of Marriot International. For pictures from the event, please click here.
I toured the construction and installation of the County’s new solar photovoltaic power generation system being built by Psomas-FMG. The system is spread-out over five county properties and will generate 3.3 megawatts of electrical power once completed. Over the next 20 years, this system will save the County an estimated $4.4 million in electricity costs as part of the County’s Power Purchase Agreement with Psomas-FMG. For pictures of the construction and installation of the system, please click here.
I met with Jay Mitchell, the new CEO of FlexEnergy and Mike Levin, Director of Government Affairs for FlexEnergy, to discuss the 1.7 megawatt renewable landfill gas generation project at the Santiago Landfill under development by FlexEnergy.
I attended the OWOW Steering Committee meeting. The Committee approved the policy framework and the timeline for the second round of OWOW grants. The new criteria will incentivize water use efficiency and multi-jurisdictional collaboration. For pictures, please click here.
I visited the 3rd Annual OC Green Fair which was held at the Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. This year’s Green Fair featured over 90 vendors and exhibitors. The OC Green Fair is part of the overall county effort to raise awareness about the importance of environmental stewardship and to exchange ideas, products, and services. This year, the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center was at the Green Fair. The mobile exhibit was designed by a unique team of educators, scientists and conservationists representing top public, private and non-profit organizations around the country. It is designed to educate people of all ages about the conservation of wildlife and marine habitats. Congratulations to the County Purchasing Department and the OC Waste & Recycling Department on another successful Green Fair. For pictures, please click here.
Sheriff’s Department Seeking Third District Volunteers– The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is seeking volunteers from its “North County Operations” area including Villa Park, North Tustin, Orange Park Acres, and El Modena to participate in a Citizens Academy. The Academy is a 14-week program for only 30 students. Because the program begins on June 14, the deadline to apply is rapidly approaching. For more information, please click here. If you would like an application, please call (714) 647-6024.
Treasury Oversight Committee Vacancy– The Orange County Treasurer Tax-Collector is seeking applications to serve on the Treasury Oversight Committee. The Treasury Oversight Committee was established after the County bankruptcy in 1994 and is tasked with oversight of the County Investment Pool and the Treasurer’s compliance with regulations, laws, and investment policies. For more information, including qualification requirements, please click here or contact the Treasurer Tax- Collector’s Office at (714) 834-7625.
Orange County Historical Commission Vacancy– The Orange County Historical Commission (OCHC) was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1973 to serve its citizens as an advisory committee on historic places, archaeological and paleontological sites, archival records, publications and special events. The OCHC meets once a month at various places throughout the County. If you would like to apply for the OCHC, please fill out the online application at here. You may also contact my Chief of Staff Laura Cunningham at (714) 834-3330.
Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Lobsterfest– Join the Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Club for the 25th Annual Lobsterfest & Silent Auction. The all-you-can-eat event is this Friday, May 18th at the Yorba Linda Community Center. For more information, please click here.
Foothill High School “Friday Knight” Event– On Friday, May 18, from 5 pm to 8 pm, the Tustin Unified School District is hosting an open house for the community to showcase Foothill High School’s new Event Center on campus. The “Friday Knight” event will include Gourmet Food Trucks in the school parking lot.
Ranger Reserves 25th Anniversary– The OC Parks Ranger Reserves Program is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a summer season of special events at OC Parks. Specialty hikes, family events and children’s crafts are planned at various parks from May through August. At each event, the Ranger Reserves will be on-site leading special interpretive programs and offering commemorative giveaways. For more information, please click here.
OC Triathlon– The 5th Annual OC International Triathlon is taking place this Sunday, May 20th. The Olympic Distance Triathalon starts at Lake Mission Viejo and is followed by a 24 mile bike ride through Santiago Canyon returning to Lake Forest along the Aliso Creek Bike Trail. If you are heading towards this area, be sure and check for road closures and detours. 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.