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orange arrow New Legislation Update
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orange arrow In The Community
orange arrow Remembering Those Who Served
orange arrow Announcements From Our County Agency Partners
orange arrow A Guide to Hazardous Waste Disposal from OC Waste and Recycling
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November 25, 2019
Volume 5 Issue 14
A Time to Give Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on what we are grateful for and on our loved ones that we cherish. 

We remember that special meal in 1621 between 53 Pilgrims and 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims gave thanks to the tribe for their assistance in farming the land, providing food and supplies during their first winter when resources were scarce. 

We take this day each year to express our gratitude to our loved ones and to God for all that we have in our lives. 

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

New Legislation Update
Steel Charter Amendment Will Hold Elected Officials to Higher Standard for Raising Taxes

On Tuesday, November 19, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Vice Chair Michelle Steel’s proposal for a Charter Amendment, which would require a two thirds majority vote of the Board on any future special tax proposals.

Vice Chair Steel’s proposal reflects her consistent defense of taxpayers and will ensure that elected officials are held accountable for their actions when passing laws.

“With this charter amendment, we are ensuring that the Board of Supervisors are being held to the same standard as the public when approving a special tax, said Vice Chair Steel. “Today, it takes a two-thirds approval from voters to pass a special tax, but the board can put a special tax on the ballot with a simple majority, added Steel.”

Vice Chair Steel’s charter amendment will apply the same standards as Proposition 62, which provides that general taxes cannot be presented at an election unless such tax was approved by two thirds vote by the legislative body voting on the tax increase. It also requires two third’s voter approval for all special taxes. Vice Chair Steel’s amendment would ensure that this threshold applies to Board of Supervisors’ votes as well.

“This charter amendment will hold this board and future boards to the same standard as the public and require a higher level of review before special taxes get on the county ballot.”

At the request of Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, the Board accepted an exemption for Community Facility Districts (CFDs), which are localized to specific properties.

Requiring a supermajority on the ballot makes sure that raising special taxes at the public’s expense will be more challenging. Orange County will be joining many cities in ensuring this constitutional protection in defending our already overburdened taxpayers.

Public Safety Update
Newport Beach Public Safety Seminar, November 23

On Saturday, November 23rd, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a public safety seminar in Newport Beach with Mayor Diane Dixon. We were joined by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis and Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles to discuss methods taken by local government to ensure the safety of residents. Making sure our residents live in safe communities is of the utmost importance and is a major priority of mine. 

Thanks to everyone for attending! 


Food and Safety Seminar at Golden West College

On Wednesday, November 20th, I had the pleasure of hosting my third annual Food Safety Seminar at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. This event was designed to help local food service providers ensure that they are in accordance with food safety guidelines. 

The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health Division, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Waste Not Orange County provided helpful information to participants and answered all questions.

Those businesses who participated in this seminar were presented certificates of completion as a testament of their efforts to go above and beyond in protecting public health.

Thank you to all who joined me for this important event!




In The Community
Celebrating Diwali with the Jain Community

I had the honor of attending the 2019 Diwali - Festival of Lights Celebration at the Jain Center of Southern California in Buena Park.

Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night. In most of India, Diwali consists of a five-day celebration that peaks on the third day with the main celebration of Diwali. In other places where Diwali occurs, usually only the main day is celebrated.

I recognized the Jain Center, as well as Sankara Eye Foundation for their vital mission of combating curable blindness in India and restoring the gift of sight to the poor, free of charge.

Celebrating The Newport Harbor High School 1994 Varsity Football Team's 25th Aniversery for Their Perfect Season

I recently joined with alumni and fans of Newport Harbor High School’s 1994 Varsity Football Team to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their perfect 14-0 season, in which they won the CIF Division V State Championship.

It was the first and only time in the school’s history they won a state title. Pre-season predictions said the Sailors were not expected to be good that year - but no one told them that. They had six come-from-behind victories, including the state championship game against Servite.

That 1994 season was so incredible, a new book written about them was just released on Amazon called “14 Weeks.” It was authored by Richard Dunn.

Congratulations again to the coaches and players of the undefeated 1994 Sailors of Newport Harbor High School!

Celebrating DaVita Newport-Irvine Dialysis's New Newport Beach Location

I had the pleasure of awarding DaVita Newport-Irvine Dialysis a certificate of recognition for opening their new office in Newport Beach. 

My staff alongside the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Thank you DaVita for the work you do for our community and the residents of Orange County.

Celebrating The Opening of C2 Education's New Huntington Beach Office

This month, C2 Education, a business whose mission is to provide quality one-on-one educational assistance to succeed in school, just opened their new business in Huntington Beach. 

My staff presented these entrepreneurial women with a certificate of recognition on my behalf to commemorate their grand opening. 

A big thanks to these women for dedicating themselves to the education of the children of Orange County residents. 

Remembering Those Who Served
American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony in Huntington Beach

American Legion Post 133 held its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach. It was a picture-perfect day to honor the veterans among us.

Huntington Beach High School Band performed throughout the Program and did a fine job. Mayor Erik Peterson, a Marine veteran, welcomed everyone and rightfully praised his fellow legionnaires in Post 133, in this, their 100th Anniversary Year.

The Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Captain Jason Sherman, was the guest speaker and gave an impassioned speech.

I praised and thanked not only our veterans but also their families who must also sacrifice while their loved ones are deployed, or transferred on a regular basis. They too pay a price for our freedom.

I also gave appropriate accolades to Post 133 for their one hundred years of service. Lastly, I recognized the Gold Star Families in attendance, for they have paid the ultimate price and no longer have their loved ones with them to physically celebrate Veterans Day.

Thank you Post 133 for another great event. You do a fantastic job reminding the local community of the importance of its veterans. I’m proud - and blessed - to be an American.

Golden West College Veterans Day Ceremony

On Thursday November 7th, Golden West College in Huntington Beach held a Veterans Day Ceremony since the campus was closed on Veterans Day, Monday, 11/11.

This was a perfect opportunity to recognize their Veterans Resource Center with a resolution for the fantastic job they do on behalf of Golden West’s veteran student body. Since 2010 the VRC has helped hundreds of veterans receive the support and services they are entitled to as they pursue academic success.

President Tim McGrath and his faculty have truly made Golden West College a veteran-friendly campus where they go above and beyond for their students. It was a pleasure to have a member of my staff offer remarks and recognize the Veterans Resource Center.

Celebrating Our OC Veterans Service Office

On the morning of Tuesday November 12, our OC Veterans Service Office held an Appreciation Breakfast Potluck for its staff in honor of Veterans Day. Six of the employees are veterans who continue to serve Orange County’s veteran population (over 133,000) as claims officers.

I decided to attend their Breakfast in a low-key manner to surprise the veterans with certificates of recognition for their dedication and hard work in their very demanding (and vital) role. It was great to spend time with outstanding County staff who work so diligently on behalf of our resident veterans.

Thank you for your service to our great country and your continued service to Orange County. I’m very proud of the entire Veterans Service Office!

Announcements From Our County Agency Partners
Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips from the OC Health Care Agency

Practice Safe food handling procedures to reduce the risk of foodborne illness to you and your family this Thanksgiving holiday. 

Here are some helpful tips to keep your Thanksgiving dinner safe so you can enjoy the company of your family and friends. 

A Guide to Hazardous Waste Disposal from OC Waste and Recycling

Our partners at OC Waste and Recycling have put together a useful guide to assist Orange County residents in properly and safely disposing of hazardous materials. They also received a little help from the Anaheim Ducks' very own Wild Wing! Read below for more information:

Have you ever found yourself asking what to do with all old electronics or batteries laying around the house? Good news, these items along with many more can and should be recycled! Recycling household hazardous waste not only helps the environment but can also help keep local workers safe by preventing fires at landfills and other recycling facilities.

Orange County residents can drop off household hazardous waste at any of the County’s four Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection centers for free. Each center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Watch the video from Wild Wing, the official mascot of the Anaheim Ducks, on how and why recycling household hazardous waste is important. And remember to do your part and recycle right.

John Wayne Airport Thanksgiving Travel Tips

John Wayne Airport has put together some convenient travel tips for travelling for the Thanksgiving holiday season, one of the busiest times of the year. These tips and pointers include information on arrival, parking, ride share services and security checkpoints. Read below for more information. 

• All passengers are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage, and go through security screening.

• Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30/day and is located on the Departure (upper) Level curbside between Terminals A and B and Terminals B and C. On your return, call 949-252-6260 or 2-4018 from any White Courtesy phone for faster service. Download the free ‘FlashValet’ mobile app to drop-off and pick-up your vehicle via text or pay for your Valet Parking service from the convenience of your cell phone.

• Parking Structures A1, A2, B2, and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2/hour up to $20/day. The Main St. Parking Lot located at 15132 Main St. in Irvine is available for $14/day with free shuttle service to/from the Riley Terminal every 15 minutes.

• Electric Vehicle (EV) parking spots are located on Level 1 inside Terminal Parking Structures A, B, C and at the Main St. Parking Lot. Charging stations can quickly be identified by the EV reflective signage and parking space surface markings.

• Airport parking structures are likely to reach capacity during peak travel periods. Travelers should plan to check real-time parking availability online here or by calling 949-252-5200.

Security Checkpoints:
• Know the Transportation Security Administration’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-on bags. Traveling with food tip: If you can spill it, spread it, pump it, or pour it, the TSA considers this item a liquid. View more TSA Thanksgiving travel tips here or a list of frequently asked TSA questions here.

• Members of TSA Pre✓® can expedite the screening process in Terminals A, B, and C.

• There are specific rules and exceptions for passengers traveling with infant care items. Visit TSA Tips for Traveling with Children for more information.

• International travelers should check the S. Customs and Border Protection website to ensure they have appropriate documentation for traveling to and from the United States. Passengers who are members of the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program could expedite their Customs clearance into the U.S. at John Wayne Airport.

Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off:
• Utilize the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or 2-hour parking spaces located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C. Vehicle access to the Terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.

• Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy.

Ride Apps Uber, Lyft, and Wingz:
• Arriving guests should be aware of ride app pick-up locations on the Departure (upper) Level in Parking Structures A2 and B2 directly across from the Riley Terminal, and in Parking Structure C on Level 3 next to the Southwest ticketing area. Ride app drop-off locations are curbside on the Departure Level. More information is available here.

For more travel tips and additional information about John Wayne Airport, visit



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