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Bill Campbell’s Third District Report

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 25, 2012

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

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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.

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IN THIS ISSUE…

1. BOARD AGENDA

2. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 


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Laura Cunningham
Chief of Staff
Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda

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Deputy Chief of Staff
Irvine

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Policy Advisor
Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park

Michael Johnson
Policy Advisor
Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons

Kari Schumaker
Policy Advisor
North Tustin, Tustin

Renee Chinchilla
Office Manager/Executive Secretary

Brent Kuluris
Executive Aide

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August 24, 2012   Volume: 10 Issue: 32
BOARD AGENDA
Real Estate Fraud Prosecution– The Board approved the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Annual Report regarding the $3.00 recording fee on certain real estate transactions. The fee is designed to prosecute, investigate, and deter real estate fraud crimes. There are currently 37 open criminal cases. In FY 11-12, the program collected $1,527,480. The funding provided for 55 convictions and 403 open referrals and investigations. Some highlights from these 55 convictions include: a defendant who was convicted of 65 felony counts and sentenced to eight years in state prison for an equity skimming scheme; a person convicted of 68 counts of felony real estate fraud and sentenced to 15 years in state prison in an investment loan scheme involving $6.9 million in losses to 12 senior citizens; and a defendant who was convicted of 13 felony fraud charges in a real-estate fraud scheme where the defendant received a 10-year sentence in state prison. To view the report, please click here.

Law Enforcement Services for the City of Stanton– The Board approved an amended contract and agreement with the City of Stanton for law enforcement services in an amount not to exceed $7,291,782. The new staffing levels include: one lieutenant; four patrol sergeants, one investigative sergeant; 20 patrol/traffic deputies; two investigators, two investigative assistants; two office specialists; and one utility driver. This represents a savings of $1,128,218, or 13.4%, less than the original proposed cost for FY 2012-13 of $8,420,000. The decrease is due to the elimination of five sworn positions.

Animal Care Ordinance– The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance of the County of Orange, California amending sections of the Orange County Codified Ordinance to clarify permit requirements for the keeping and maintenance of animals and for animal grooming facilities.

The first proposed amendment clarifies OC Animal Care’s authority to limit the number of animals in a single residence. The second proposed amendment clarifies the appropriate permitting process for animal rescuers and defines “animal rescuer.” The third proposed amendment clarifies that all forms and manner of animal grooming businesses are subject to individual permitting. At its next regularly scheduled meeting, the Board will consider the matter, and adopt the ordinance.

Edinger Storm Channel– The Edinger Storm Channel Project includes the replacement of nearly 3,000 feet of trapezoidal channel with a new reinforced concrete rectangular channel. To date, all work on the project has been completed except for the tunneling work, which was suspended due to difficulties in securing a permit for work within the Caltrans I-405 right of way.

On Tuesday, the Board approved a contract change order for $3,096,695 that will enable the contractor to complete work on this flood control facility. Nearly $2 million of the total estimated cost of the directive is for additional work required by Caltrans. Completed improvements will provide and enhance flood protection for residents and businesses in the area.

ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Proposed Fare Increase– At the Finance and Administration Committee, the Committee received a presentation regarding the proposed across the board fix route (bus) fare increases. Since Fiscal Year 2008-09, the fare revenue OCTA receives from its bus services has declined from $54.5 million to $50.6 million in Fiscal Year 2011-12. This decline is making it difficult for OCTA to meet the 20% farebox recovery mandated by state law. The fare increase is a 25% increase and if approved by the OCTA Board of Directors it will be implemented in February 2013. To view the presentation given to the Committee, click here.
Last Friday, I attended a meeting of the OC Parks Foundation. We approved a vision and mission for the Foundation. The approved vision is, “To inspire an enduring connection to Orange County’s natural resources and expand recreational enjoyment for present and future generations.” The approved mission is, “To raise money to preserve, enhance, and promote the use and appreciation of parks and beaches in Orange County.”

On Sunday, Mary and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with dinner at the historic Wilcox Manor in Tustin. We were joined by Tustin Mayor John Nielsen and several other friends. A good time was had by all. For pictures, please click here.

I met with Igor Pasternak and Demian Casey of Aeroscraft and OC Parks Director Mark Denny regarding Aeroscraft’s use of the Tustin Hangar to construct a blimp for the military.

I met with OC Public Works Director Nacho Ochoa and Herb Nakasone, a member of the independent review committee, to discuss the committee’s report regarding OC Public Works.

I met with OC Parks Director Mark Denny, OC Road Manager Khalid Bazmi, and North Tustin residents who live on Lake Court and Bent Tree Road near Peters Canyon Regional Park to discuss possibilities for restricted street parking in those neighborhoods. For a picture, please clickhere.

On Wednesday morning I attended a special meeting of the Orange County Children and Families Commission to discuss a request from CalOptima for mutual aid and staff assistance. The Commission authorized Executive Director Mike Ruane to assist CalOptima on a temporary basis by serving as Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) for CalOptima. The Commission appointed Christina Altmayer to serve as the Interim Executive Director. Kelly Pijl was appointed administratively to serve as the interim COO.

I met with Jeff McBride and Dolores Marikian of the YMCA (the Y) of Orange County to discuss the services and benefits the Y provides to Orange County communities. For a picture, please click here.

I met with Melanie Schlotterbeck and Max Borella, representatives of Laguna Greenbelt and the Laguna Canyon Foundation, to discuss the FBI’s proposed training facility at the former MCAS El Toro.

Mary and I attended the Orange Concert in the Park and enjoyed listening to a variety of hits performed by Cold Duck.

I toured Limestone Canyon with members of the 49’er Forum and Mike O’Connell of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. We hiked to Box Springs and travelled to the overlook at the Sinks. For pictures, click here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great Park Flight & Sounds of Summer Festival– The Orange County Great Park will host music and dance events on August 23 – 25 beginning at 8:15 pm. This weekend’s theme is “Made in America,” and highlights blues, swing, and great guitars. Admission is free, but parking is $10.00. For more information about the festival, its various events, and the schedule of performances, click here.

Villa Park Orchard Harvest– On Saturday, August 25, from 9 to 11 am, OC Food Access Coalition’s Harvest Club will pick oranges from a grove in Villa Park. The oranges will be donated to a local food bank. To volunteer for the harvest, please click here. For more information on the Harvest Club, please click here.

The Richard Nixon Foundation’s Concert Series– The concert series continues this Sunday, August 26, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, with classical guitarist Lee Zimmer. Concerts begin at 2 pm. For more information, click here.

Irvine Regional Park Concert Series– OC Parks free summer concert series continues at Irvine Regional Park with Cold Duck, performing on August 29. The concert will run from 6:30 to 8 pm. Irvine Regional Park is located at 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange. For more information, click here.

Orange Concerts in the Park– The Orange Concerts in the Park series wraps up on Wednesday, August 29 with The Fenians playing traditional and contemporary Irish music. The Hart Park Band Shell is located off the 22 freeway and Glassell and the concerts run from 7 to 8:30 pm. For more information, click here.

Santa Ana River Kayak Program– Orange County Coastkeepers has announced that they will commence their recreational kayak program on the Santa Ana River. The program, known as the Santa Ana River Connection, will run for a limited number of weekend-only trips through September 30. Coastkeeper is currently looking for experienced and qualified guides, as well as participants. The program is in Featherly Regional Park, between the Gypsum Canyon and Yorba Linda bridges. For more information, call (714) 850-1965 or 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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