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Shawn Nelson’s Fourth District Update

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on July 1, 2012

This came over the wire from Supervisor Shawn Nelson’s office on Friday…

Supervisor Shawn Nelson - Fourth District Update
June 29, 2012
Volume 3, Issue 12
Denis Bilodeau
Chief of Staff

Audra Adams
Policy Advisor /
Communications Director

Steve Spernak
Policy Advisor

David Zenger
Policy Advisor

Scott Carpenter
Policy Advisor

Mark Lopez
Policy Advisor

Neha Sata
Executive Aide

Welcome to Nelson’s E-News!

This is my last newsletter of FY 2011-12. As we look forward to the coming year, I would like to reassure you that on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a balanced budget that will ensure we can all enjoy both a high quality of life and continue to live within our means. In fact, as just one example, the Board voted to save $50,000 of your tax dollars on one item at Tuesday’s meeting. Details of this can be found below. Although the savings could have been higher, hopefully this is a trend that continues.

There is a lot of other good news to report. In this edition and during this tough economic time, I want to draw your attention to some positive news as you continue reading. My office recently participated in welcoming a new business, Goodrich Systems, to the City of Brea. There are also many opportunities for you to get involved in the community. Among these is tomorrow’s 2012 Pet Fair “California Dreamin’” hosted by OC Animal Care.

Of course, there remain many challenges as various issues remain unresolved. Perhaps the most pressing is the ongoing lawsuit with the State over the County’s $73.5 million VLF dollars. Should the State successfully take this revenue, the County’s budget and residents will be severely impacted. However, with your participation, I look forward to continuing to serve our communities.

As a reminder, the County will be closed in observance of Independence Day this Wednesday. The Board of Supervisors will be dark on Tuesday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 10. Its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at 9:30am, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana 92701. Please have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Shawn Nelson.

Gilbert Street Project Improvements
The County’s Crosswalk Warning Light System and Radar Speed Feedback Sign Project will construct “in-pavement” flashing crosswalk lights at the intersection of Gilbert St. and Guinida Lane, similar to one recently constructed at the intersection of Gilbert Street and Banta Ave. This project will include a new street light on the west side of the intersection as well as an electronic radar feedback sign in the northbound direction of Gilbert Street just north of Cerritos Ave. The project was developed with input and concurrence from the City of Anaheim and will be coordinated to expedite the permitting process. The estimated project cost is $80,000.00. The anticipated construction start date is September 12, 2012 and work is scheduled for a total of 21 days.

Human Relations Council Funding Reduced
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board decided its funding level for the Human Relations Council (HRC), a non-profit created 20 years ago meant for “developing and implementing proactive human relations programs in partnership with schools, corporations, cities, foundations and individuals.”

Ultimately, Supervisors approved a $50,000 reduction to the council’s proposed budget of $302,000 in FY 2012-13. This 17% decrease was followed by a direction that staff to return next year with options to further phase down subsidizing the HRC over the next four years and provide clarification on the council’s role and the services it provides.

However, detailing a palpable absence during last year’s turmoil in the Fullerton community following the death of Kelly Thomas, Supervisor Nelson urged defunding the council by $203,000.

Read more about the Human Relations Council reduction in the news.

Fullerton Transportation Center – Parking Structure to Open
For Passengers

State-of-the-art structure provides additional parking for bus and train riders

With more than 850,000 riders boarding Metrolink and Amtrak trains every year, Fullerton is one of the busiest stations in the county.

The four-level structure features a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Boulevard to provide direct access to the train platforms, an open design to promote safety and aesthetic elements that integrate with the existing SOCO development.

Construction began on the structure in March 2011 as part of OCTA’s Metrolink Service Expansion Program, which added additional train service between Fullerton and Laguna Niguel. The new structure will augment the current 510 parking spaces available at the station.

The $33 million project is funded with $10.5 million from Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, $10.5 million from Proposition 116 and additional state and local funds.

The structure is located on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue and was built by Bomel Construction Company.

Blood Drive Blood Drive

(Left) Sup. Nelson addresses the crowd at the Fullerton Transportation Center (Right) Sup. Nelson interviewing with PBS

O.C. Bridges – Placentia Avenue Closure
As you may have noticed while traveling on Placentia Avenue over the past week, a portion has been closed to allow construction crews to shift the railroad tracks and prepare for the opening of a new bypass road. This closure will continue through the weekend. Once Placentia Avenue reopens, drivers will use the temporary road while work continues on the undercrossing project.

The full closure will end at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 2. Detour signs are posted and the suggested route is as follows:

  • Traveling southbound on Placentia Avenue, turn right at Chapman Avenue, left at State College Boulevard and left at Orangethorpe Avenue
  • Traveling northbound on Placentia Avenue, turn left at Orangethorpe Avenue, right at State College Boulevard and right at Chapman Avenue

The Placentia Avenue undercrossing project is part of the O.C. Bridges Program, which will improve traffic flow and safety at seven crossings along the BNSF rail line by building a series of bridges – both underpasses and overpasses – to separate car traffic from trains. Once work is completed, drivers will save time avoiding the long waits at rail crossings as trains pass.

Nearly 70 trains a day travel along the BNSF rail line through Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia and that number is anticipated to increase more than 45 percent by 2030.

Additional crossings will begin construction on a staggered basis over the next 18 months, including Orangethorpe Avenue, Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive, Lakeview Avenue, Raymond Avenue and State College Boulevard.

The $600 million O.C. Bridges program is funded by Measure M2, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, as well as state and federal dollars.

For more information, visit www.ocbridges.com.


OCCOG Adopts Budget
During its meeting yesterday, the Orange County Council of Governments adopted its FY 2012-13 budget, which included three major areas.

First, Board members approved the $320,000 budget by a 13-1 vote, which also increased funding through higher member dues in the coming year. For the County of Orange, this equates to a membership assessment increase from $5,000 in the current fiscal year ending June 30 to $9,000 in the next fiscal year beginning July 1.

Following an amendment to one of the 23 major focus areas contained in the proposed FY 2012-13 work plan, the Board supported its adoption by the same margin. Instead of calling for a discussion on Orange County’s designation as its own Metropolitan Planning Organization, separate from Los Angeles, the seventh listed item was restated to more generally discuss and explore the purpose of an MPO and what role OCCOG might have.

Finally, the decision to recruit a permanent Executive Director for OCCOG passed 12-1 with one abstention. The necessity of this hinges on the ultimate future of OCCOG during this upcoming “transition” year in which the Board will discuss more in-depth how active the organization should be.

The OCCOG is a joint powers agency comprised of a voluntary association of member local governments and agencies in Orange County. This organization was intended to establish a unified Orange County position in performing its charge as an official sub region of the Southern California Association of Governments, the federally designated MPO. Its responsibilities include protecting Orange County interests in SCAG’s development of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation to local jurisdictions in the six-county SCAG region and providing input and recommendations on new requirements relating to SB 375.

Below are the adopted membership dues for FY 2012-13 and estimated dues for FY 2013-14, forming approximately 75% of OCCOG’s budget. To view the entire agenda, including the budget item, click here. For more information about OCCOG’s role, its members and meeting times, visit OCCOG online.

The 4th District has vacant appointments on the following commissions or committees:
Development Processing Review committee

Assessment Appeals Board No. 1

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please call Audra Adams at (714) 834.3440.
Fourth District Community Clean-Up Day
More than 25 volunteers from OC Public Works (OCPW) and OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) hosted Community Clean-Up Day in the unincorporated West Anaheim islands on Saturday, June 2nd – continuing to build momentum in an effort that has included similar successful events in unincorporated El Modena, Stanton, and the Midway City islands.

On the big day, OCWR Recycling and Environmental Programs Manager Isabel Rios arranged for the delivery of 12 trash containers to strategic locations, giving community members the opportunity to dispose of household waste and debris like old furniture, mattresses and yard refuse at no cost. Two to three staff members were stationed at each site, ready to assist participants with unloading. “The event was so well embraced by the residents that one of the roll-off containers was full before 8 a.m.” said Rios.

A local church lent a hand by allowing the County to stage an E-waste drop-off collection site in its parking lot, where residents disposed of their old televisions and other electronic items. “Overall, an estimated 36-40 tons of refuse was removed from the community and, before the event was over, our volunteers were already being asked to return in the future,” said OCPW Neighborhood Preservation Unit Manager Eric Hull.

As Community Clean-Up Day concluded, 4th District Supervisor Shawn Nelson treated all of the volunteers to a barbeque of hot dogs and polish sausages prepared by Policy Advisor Steve Spernak. “It was great to see the neighborhood work as a team and take pride in their surroundings,” said Supervisor Nelson. “We enjoyed meeting new neighbors and saying hello to some old friends. With help from OC Public Works and OC Waste & Recycling, I was proud to be a part of the community taking ownership of continually improving North Orange County.”


United Dental Group Grand Opening – Fullerton
Fourth District representative, George Gabriel (left), presents a certificate to United Dental Group in recognition of their grand opening. The ribbon cutting ceremony welcomed United Dental Group into the Fullerton business community and thanked them for choosing Fullerton as its location. United Dental Group is a dental corporation based in Korea that is expanding into various southern California locations. The dental office offers state of the art technology and a modern presentation to its customers. With the support of the Fullerton community, United Dental Group will allow all Fullerton residents to smile bright! The Fourth District is proud to recognize this wonderful addition to the Fullerton community!

Nelson staffer George Gabriel (left) presenting a certificate of recognition to United Dental Group.

Fourth District Welcomes Goodrich Systems to Brea
Supervisor Nelson was honored to welcome Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems to Brea with their grand opening and ribbon cutting this week. Hosted by the Brea Chamber of Commerce, the event kicked off their new operations center in Orange County for 280 employees who design, engineer, fabricate, performance test and ship worldwide their search and rescue winches, in-flight data recorders, and technical air-data aviation software. The Orange County operation, located at Imperial Hwy at Kraemer, will infuse a projected $8 million in positive economics into OC and offer technical jobs and supply-side subcontractors with unprecedented growth and opportunities as military and civilian vendors.

Fourth District Policy Advisor Steve Spernak (left) presents Mark Skarohlid, Goodrich Vice President and General Manager, with a certificate of recognition honoring their move and grand opening to their new Brea operations and manufacturing facility.


Free Summer Concert Series

July 4 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley will kick off the summer concert series with four free Wednesday concerts. Mile Square wraps up its concerts with a special July 4 show by Barela. All concert events are from 6:30 to 8 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy fantastic live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

Event Fee: Free
Parking Fee: Free

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

Special Instructions: The concerts will be held near the Forest Shelter at Mile Square Regional Park.

Angels’ Bobby Wilson at the Zoo!

July 7 – 11 a.m.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catcher Bobby Wilson will make a special appearance at the OC Zoo at 11 a.m. and all visitors wearing Angels gear will get in free that day. In addition, all visitors wearing Angels gear will get half price rides on the train at Irvine Park Railroad. Both offers are good all day long. The zoo closes at 4:30 p.m. and the train at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The zoo opens at 10 a.m.

Event Fee: Free
Parking Fee: $5

Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Special Instructions: As many guests as possible will be allowed to meet and take pictures with Wilson, however, only the first 100 will be guaranteed spots at the animal presentation and photos with the Angels catcher. Zoo opens at 10 a.m.


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California Dreaming Pet flyer
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Buena Park – One Stop Center

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Mow Down Air Pollution
On Saturday, the South Coast AQMD will host its tenth annual “Mow Down Air Pollution” exchange program in Anaheim. This program has enabled residents to exchange their old gas-powered lawn mowers for brand-new electric mowers at a discounted price. Pre-registration is required. For more details, please see the flyer below.

video is also available detailing the benefits and process of the exchange!

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OC Used Oil Recycling on Facebook

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division has launched a Facebook page dedicated to help businesses and residents learn more about recycling used oil. The Facebook page ‘OC Used Oil Recycling’ provides information about collections sites, community events, and recycling tips. There are also links to YouTube videos in both English and Spanish that provide an entertaining look at the proper ways to recycle used motor oil. Become an ‘OC Used Oil Recycling’ fan today!

Fun Programs for Preschool Kids – Brea

Two preschool programs are special summer treats for young children! Play Days are four summer Fridays at the Brea Community Center that are reserved so children between three and five years-old can play the day away while parents go shopping, have lunch or just relax. Then, Storybook Adventure follows with two weeks of activity that gets them ready for the step into a preschool experience.

For Play Days, activities are provided, with lunch included, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Trained Tiny Tots instructors make theme-based activities fun by featuring creative games and crafts as outlets for tots’ energy and imagination. The dates are: Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3. The cost is only $28 per session.

Storybook Adventure is a Monday through Thursday program from August 6 through 16 for only $108. Tots stay engaged in a mini-day camp experience from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

All preschool classes are held at the Brea Community Center in a dedicated area of classrooms with a private playground. Children must be potty-trained and age 3 by December 2, 2012. To register, call 714 990-7100. Sorry, no refunds unless time slot can be refilled. For questions about specific program activities, you may call 714 990-7631.

On Sunday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the La Habra Library Meeting Room Tom Cantwell will show and talk about his vast Wizard of Oz Collection. Q&A will follow. For more information call the library at 562-694-0078.
What: Fullerton Recreational Riders Gymkhana Show
Where: Fullerton Recreational Arena, 2900 Lakeview Way
When: Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.

What: The Orange County Fire Services Association Annual Summer Show
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
When: Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.

Buena Park 
What: Rail Road Exhibit
Where: California Welcome Center, 6601 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90621
When: Saturday, July 7th, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

La Habra
What: “How to Thwart Identity Theft”
Where: La Habra Branch Library, 221 E La Habra Blvd, La Habra
When: Sunday, July 4th, 2012
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What: Movies in the Park (Dolphin Tale)
Where: City Hall Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd.
When: Friday, July 6th, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.

What: Muckenthaler Luau
Where: 1201 West Malvern, Fullerton
When: Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.

For questions or comments regarding Nelson’s E-News
please contact the Supervisor’s office staff:
Audra Adams Ph: 714-834-3440 Email: audra.adams@ocgov.com.

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