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Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s 5th District Dispatch

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Lisa Bartlett - Supervisor, Fifth District
February 10, 2022 Volume 9 Issue 6
ENJOY A SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
Observing President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Please be advised that County of Orange offices will closed Friday, February 11 in observance of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, which takes place February 12. County office will reopen Monday, February 14.

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Super Bowl LVI – Sunday, February 13, 2022

For many of us, the Super Bowl is practically a national holiday! To that end, I wish football fans throughout the Fifth District a safe and happy Super Bowl Sunday! GO RAMS!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to the Fifth District!

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy Valentine’s Day this Monday, February 14!

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BARTLETT BULLETIN
Dana Point Harbor Public-Private Partnership

With 2022 in full swing and tax season upon us, I think it’s important to share ways the County of Orange is saving taxpayer dollars. To do that, look no further than south Orange County’s jewel: Dana Point Harbor.

As many of you are aware by now, the County of Orange entered into a 66-year public-private partnership (“P-3”) – a legally binding agreement between public and private-sector organizations with Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) to revitalize and manage Dana Point Harbor. Under this agreement, the County of Orange retains ownership of the Harbor and leases it to DPHP.

I have long been a strong advocate for P-3 partnerships for many reasons. P-3s save taxpayer dollars because it is the private entity that invests its own dollars to design, develop and maintain the property for the full duration of the lease. Our P3 partnership with DPHP also serves as a great source of ongoing revenue for the County. Per the terms of the Dana Point Tidelands Trust, county revenue generated in the harbor stays in the harbor to help fund critical services and programs.

Additionally, these partnerships, according to a recent report by Deloitte titled “Closing America’s Infrastructure Gap: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships,” have solid track records of on-time delivery and provide incentives for public sector assets to be properly maintained.

As we move closer to being able to announce a groundbreaking date for the $400 million re-development, we have already seen the benefits of entering into this P-3. The improvements that have been made within the Harbor, at no cost to the taxpayers, include rebuilt pergola’s and picnic areas – including new barbeques, refreshed buildings, parking areas, and signage, Wi-Fi in The Marina, and many more improvements that enhance the Harbor experience for County residents. The planning and design process have been first-class and incorporated a tremendous amount of input from the community.

Dana Point Harbor is a prime example of how the County and, more importantly, Orange County taxpayers can reap the many benefits of a public-private partnership.

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5th District Mental Health & Affordable Housing

I am pleased to announce my fellow Orange County Supervisors and I this week unanimously approved a loan commitment to Jamboree Housing Corporation towards the development of Paseo Adelanto Mixed-Use Permanent Supportive Housing.

As proposed, this development, located in the City of San Juan Capistrano, will include 49 affordable rental units and provide supportive housing for up to 40 extremely low and very low income households experiencing homelessness, or who were formerly homeless, including veterans.

Paseo Adelanto Mixed-Use Permanent Supportive Housing in San Juan Capistrano

Additionally, nine affordable housing units will provide housing stability and security for households with low to moderate income. The mixed-use development also allows for the construction of a new city hall and is part of a concerted effort to address homelessness and further develop a much-needed System of Care in Orange County.

In addition to the Paseo Adelanto project, the Board also unanimously approved a Lanterman-Petris-Short designation for Aliso Ridge Behavioral Health, a 119-bed acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facility located in Aliso Viejo.

Aliso Ridge will provide a full range of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. This includes evidence-based behavioral health and addiction treatment services. The facility will be open 24/7 and offers free evaluations for patients.

Aliso Ridge Behavioral Health in Aliso Viejo

The Aliso Ridge Behavioral Health facility officially opened in late January 2022. Built from the ground up, this 80,000 square foot modern facility has open and serene spaces with ample daylight, creating a safe and therapeutic environment. Amenities include group treatment rooms, therapy spaces, a full dining area, along with recreational activity spaces.

At full capacity, the facility will have 250-plus employees and providers. This is a big win for South County as it will allow for our residents to have closer accessibility to a wide range of behavioral health services. For more information about services offered at Aliso Ridge, click here.

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All Laguna Beach Evacuation Orders Now Lifted
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HCA Recommends Continued Indoor Masking…
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Ready S.E.T. Youth Entrepreneurship Program
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Virtual Film Screening: Healing From Hate – 2/23

On Wednesday, February 23, from 5 PM to 8 PM, OC Human Relations will host a virtual film screening of “Healing from Hate” – a documentary examining the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines.

The film follows former hate-group members in their work to de-radicalize white nationalists and heal communities torn apart by racism. To register or for more information, click here or on the image below.

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SOCEC: 2022 Economic Report – February 25

Concerned about inflation, the volatile stock market or the unemployment report? If so, I invite you to join the South Orange County Economic Coalition (SOCEC) on Friday, February 25 for an IN PERSON luncheon at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center for their annual signature event.

UCI Economic’s Professor Christopher Schwarz will give a presentation answering these questions and many more, as he analyzes key economic challenges, trends and opportunities impacting our region. We’ll look back at pivotal events from the previous year as well as share predictions for the future.

Space is limited! To register or for more information, click here or on the image below.

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The 2022 Point in Time Count Needs Your Help!

The County of Orange is among several Continuums of Care (CoC) in Southern California that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reschedule the 2022 Point In Time Count to the last 10 days of February due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The County of Orange and the Orange County Continuum of Care will conduct the sheltered count the night of Monday, February 21, 2022, and the unsheltered count starting the morning of Tuesday, February 22 through Thursday, February 24. For more information about the 2022 Point In Time Count, including details on how to volunteer, please click here.

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Orange County Micro Business Grant Program
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2021 Progress Report: OCTA Accomplishments

In addition to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I’m also honored to serve you on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors.

In 2021, OCTA marked its 30th year and succeeded in advancing projects promised to voters through OC Go, also known as Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

Among them are important freeway improvements on the I-405 and I-5 in South County. To see a video of OCTA’s accomplishments in the past year, click here or on the image below.

Click the image above to see the 2021 Progress Report on OCTA Accomplishments.
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South Coast Air Quality Management District
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EQUITY in OC: Join the Equity Movement in OC!
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Find the Right Medicare Plan Through March 31
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John Wayne Airport: Winter 2022 Newsletter

I’m pleased to share John Wayne Airport’s Winter 2022 Newsletter, featuring interesting information on:

For more information, click here.

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New Community Focus Space Exhibit at JWA

Lifelong memories of outdoor adventures and explorations immersed in nature inspire Monica Edwards’ art. Picturesque florals and serene coastal scenes in the Plein air style, the practice of painting an entire finished picture out of doors, will be on display through February 17, as part of the most recent JWA Community Focus Space exhibit in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Montage – Laguna Beach

This curated show with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program exhibits her botanical work and Plein air art that captures iconic Southern California locations. Selections are viewable (pre-security) on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C and the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. For more information, click here.

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5th DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT
Working Wardrobes Commemorates Milestone

Last week, it was my honor to present a proclamation from my office to the wonderful nonprofit, Working Wardrobes, which held a press conference to commemorate the two-year anniversary of a devastating fire that leveled their previous facility in Irvine.

Speaking at the press conference for Working Wardrobes.

Working Wardrobes has been a premier workforce development agency in Orange County for 32 years, providing a full menu of excellent career development services designed to help deserving clients achieve meaningful employment, self-sufficiency, and the Power of a Paycheck.

Since 1990, Working Wardrobes has made an indelible mark in the lives of their clients as well as the community, with their goal to positively impact our collective way of life from economical, emotional, and environmental perspectives.

As they prepared for their year-long 30th anniversary celebration, Working Wardrobes suffered a devastating fire on February 2, 2020, as the damage to their previous building in Irvine and its contents was a total loss. But thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the community, Working Wardrobes was able to rebuild their Career Success Center and Donation Center in two beautiful locations within six months of the fire.

Presenting a proclamation to Ashley Baribeault-Vlcan, Director of Client Services for Working Wardrobes.

Today, Working Wardrobes continues to provide workforce readiness services in an atmosphere of dignity that enhances the lives of their clients, achieves sustainability for their clients’ organizations with great integrity, celebrates the successes of their clients’ collaborative partners, donors and volunteers, partners with corporations educational programs, community agencies and civic partners, and diligently engages in the power of volunteerism and harnessing the efficiency of the many who care.

At the press conference with OC Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Chaffee and Ashley Baribeault-Vlcan of Working Wardrobes.

Congratulations to Working Wardrobes on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of the devastating fire that destroyed their previous facility, as we gathered to celebrate the embrace of the community that helped them rebuild and shared in their vision for developing the workforce of the future.

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Dana Point Chamber Installation/Awards Dinner

Thsi week, I was pleased provide welcoming remarks at the 2022 Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Installation & Awards Dinner, held at the Dana Point Yacht Club in Dana Point Harbor.

Provide welcoming remarks at the Dana Point Chamber Installation & Awards Dinner.

During the festive evening, I also presented a proclamation to outgoing 2021 Chairman of the Dana Point Chamber Board of Directors, Ryan Krause.

Presenting a proclamation to outgoing 2021 Board Chairman, Ryan Krause.

In addition, I had the pleasure of presenting commendations to the various 2020 and 2021 Chamber Award Winners, including:

  • 2020 Citizen of the Year – Jody Marcon
  • 2020 Business of the Year – Wind & Sea
  • 2021 Ambassador of the Year – Kathleen Fox
  • 2021 Citizen of the Year – Jack Loconsolo
  • 2021 Business of the Year – Dana Point Hardware

Presenting a commendation in honor of 2020 Citizen of the Year, Jody Marcon.

Presenting a commendation in honor of 2020 Business of the Year,  Wind & Sea.

Presenting a commendation in honor of 2021 Ambassador of the Year, Kathleen Fox.

Presenting a commendation in honor of 2021 Citizen of the Year, Jack Loconsolo.

Presenting a commendation in honor of 2021 Business of the Year, Dana Point Hardware.

Congratulations to all the award winners and especially Dana Point Chamber Executive Director Vickie McMurchie and Marketing/Events Manager Katie McGann for organizing a most wonderful evening!

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COUNTY OF ORANGE COVID-19 UPDATE

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COVID-19 Orange County Case Counts by Cities

The OC Health Care Agency continues to release daily COVID-19 case counts in Orange County. As of today, HCA is reporting 530,036 positive cumulative cases and 6,308 deaths to date, as well as 581 currently hospitalized with 118 in ICU.

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OC Health Care Agency COVID-19 Messages
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Difference Between a Booster Shot and 3rd Dose
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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Engagement Program!

My Board colleagues and I approved the launch of the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Vaccine Equity Engagement Program in an effort to accelerate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, with a continued focus on the most vulnerable high-risk populations in Orange County.

The program provides an opportunity for community members to nominate collaboratives, volunteers and other organizations (especially smaller groups in hard-to-reach communities) for an opportunity to earn a coordination fee of $20 for every individual who receives either their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (with a preferred minimum of 50 individuals registered per event). The program’s $4.5 million in funding is made available from the State of California’s Government Operations Agency.

Through the Vaccine Equity Engagement Program, HCA will oversee the criteria for organizations to host clinics, provide them with public health messaging resources to help them promote their events and communicate the importance of the vaccine to their community members, and collaborate with them on innovative ideas to increase engagement with residents such as donation and gift matching opportunities.

Interested organizations will be able to sign up to participate in this program and host vaccine clinics in partnership with HCA through the Mobile Vaccine Service feature on the Othena platform. Additionally, the Othena platform now offers a new feature for any eligible individual who has scheduled a vaccination appointment to request free roundtrip rides to their appointment. They can now log in to Othena.com or the smartphone app to request a ride to their appointment (residents are encouraged to request rides 3 to 5 days in advance and rides are subject to availability).

To sign up for the Vaccine Engagement Program and host a community clinic, interested organizations can click here.

Individuals looking to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment or complete their second dose can do so by visiting Othena.com or calling the OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000. For additional information on free or discounted rides to vaccination appointments, please visit the Lyft or Uber websites. For more information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine in Orange County, click here.

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County Offering Othena Mobile Vaccine Service

The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) launched a feature on the Othena platform, which streamlines the process for any interested individuals, groups, employers and businesses to request an onsite, mobile COVID-19 vaccination service.

To begin the application process, individuals can visit the Mobile Vaccine Service section of the Othena website or smartphone app and provide the following intake details:

  • Name of the organization or group
  • Primary point of contact
  • Estimated number of patients at event (at least 50 preferred)
  • Ability to register patients ahead of time
  • Ability to supply a climate-controlled location
  • Preferred day(s) of the week

Once the application has been submitted, HCA will assign a dedicated Community Liaison to work directly with the primary point of contact to engage in a collaborative planning process.

Additionally, the Mobile Vaccine Service feature enables community members who are homebound and meet specific criteria (or their caretakers) to schedule at-home vaccinations. To learn more, please visit Othena.com, call the OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000, or see the flyer below.

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Do You Need a Ride to Get Your Vaccination?
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Vaccination of Children Ages 5 to 11
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Pfizer Vaccine Eligibility Includes Ages 12-15

Orange County parents and legal guardians of minors ages 12 to 15 can now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment or walk-in to County of Orange Point-of-Dispensing (POD) sites offering Pfizer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the Pfizer vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization to allow administration for 12 to 15-year-olds, following clinical trials that proved it safe for this age group with only non-serious side effects like fatigue and headache.

Subsequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine safety review panel and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommended that the vaccine is safe and highly effective in protecting this age group against COVID-19.

Individuals who would like to receive the Pfizer vaccine for themselves or their children ages 12 and older can do so through:

  • A Primary Care provider or Pediatrician with whom your children or family is already familiar
  • Pharmacies
  • Visiting myturn.ca.gov
  • Visiting othena.com – If further assistance is needed with selecting a site, scheduling, or arranging for transportation to and from the site, community members can call HCA’s OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000
  • Walking-in to a County POD site that is administering the Pfizer vaccine

For more information, click here.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Available for Ages 16+

As previously reported, everyone ages 16 and over in Orange County is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Parental consent is required for youth under 18; however, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. If you have not already done so, be sure to get register with Othena ahead of time to ensure your place in the virtual waiting queue.

People within the eligible groups are strongly encouraged to register now with Othena to receive a vaccination from the County. Once registered, they will be placed in the virtual waiting room with other individuals who are already eligible within the State’s guidelines. Appointments are dependent on vaccine supply. As the County receives more vaccines, more appointments will open in Othena.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine resources in Orange County, including this weekend’s POD schedule, click here.

Please be aware that there are more channels of distribution other than the County where people can get a vaccine. For more information on where you can find appointments through other medical providers and local pharmacies, visit vaccinefinder.org.

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FREE COVID Testing Opportunities in The OC!

Testing continues to be a main priority of our COVID-19 efforts. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if your employer is requiring testing as a part of their business reopening plan, the County offers FREE testing to all of our residents.

There are many options for testing, including our County Super Sites, testing kiosks located at various locations throughout the County (including Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, and Mission Viejo in the 5th District), and even at home tests that can be delivered to you and mailed to the lab for processing.

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Get Your FREE At-Home COVID-19 Testing Now!
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While You’re Home, Beware of COVID-19 Scams!

While many of you are at home working or self-isolating and spending more time on the internet, thieves are taking advantage of this situation and coming up with new and innovative ways to separate you from your money. Now is a good time to educate yourself on the various ploys used by scammers for COVID-19.

If you lost a loved one to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a government program that pays for funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for loved ones who died of COVID-19. Survivors can apply for benefits by contacting FEMA, toll-free, at 844-684-6333. To find out if you qualify, read FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQs.

Unfortunately, FEMA reports that scammers are contacting people and pretending to offer to register them for assistance. To avoid those scams, here are some tips:

  • FEMA will not contact you until you call or apply for assistance.
  • The government won’t ask you to pay anything to get this benefit.
  • Don’t give your own or your deceased loved one’s personal or financial information to anyone who contacts you out of the blue.

If you think you got a scam call, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

A recorded webinar on financial protection of older adults during the COVID pandemic was recently held and is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar included a panel discussion of experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Health and Human Services (HHS).

If you are behind on your mortgage, beware of mortgage relief scams. There is free foreclosure help. If anyone tries to charge you in advance for help or guarantees they can stop your foreclosure, they’re not legitimate. The CFPB has information on how you can avoid foreclosure and tips for working with your mortgage servicer. For more information on COVID housing protections and important deadlines, click here.

Challenges COVID-19 has brought include a higher risk of identity theft. In 2020, the FTC received about 1.4 million reports of identity theft, double the number from 2019. Repeatedly, identity thieves targeted government funds earmarked to help people hard hit financially by the pandemic.

During the pandemic, we’re doing more online – working, connecting with family and friends, shopping, and banking. If something goes wrong with your device, you want to fix it right away. Scammers are preying on this, offering phony tech support services. Here’s what you should know about tech support scams.

Be on the lookout for fake calls, texts, and emails, as scammers are pretending to be Social Security Agency employees. They may threaten you and demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. Do not be fooled!

Additionally, a large-scale coronavirus scam has erupted, as impostors are filing claims for unemployment benefits using names of people who have not filed claims. Victims learn about the fraud when they get a notice from their state unemployment benefits office or employer about their supposed application for benefits.

Sadly, people exploiting older adults are often family members or other trusted people who are handling the financial affairs of an incapacitated parent, relative or friend. As such, caregivers and assisted living and nursing facilities can also work together to help protect elderly residents from financial exploitation, both during the pandemic and after life returns to a new normal.

Lastly, if you’re having trouble paying your rent during the coronavirus pandemic, there are relief options and protections available for many renters. Additionally, through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, both income-eligible renters who experienced pandemic related financial hardships, or landlords who experienced income loss due to unpaid rent, are eligible for financial assistance.

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County of Orange Mental Resiliency Resources

As the spread and far reaching impacts of COVID-19 continue to dominate the world news, we have all witnessed and experienced the parallel spread of worry, anxiety, and uncertainty. The way to overcome this natural tendency is to build our mental resilience, the ability to refocus, clear our minds, and discard negative thoughts.

Here’s what you can do…

1) Remember that knowledge is power. Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immune response to COVID-19 will matter as much as, or more than, understanding the virus. There is great information available on the Orange County Health Care Agency’s What You Feel is Real webpage.

2) Don’t accept everything you read or hear. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information and frequent updates on the COVID-19’s spread, severity, risk assessment, etc., on the CDC’s website.

3) Get your emotional support system in place:

  • Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible; take care of your basic needs and employ helpful coping strategies; rest during work or between shifts, eat healthy food and engage in physical activity.
  • Stay connected with friends and family, even virtually connected, and maintain your social networks.
  • Have the emails and phone numbers of close friends and family handy.

4) Take control, incorporate preventative measures:

  • See the CDC’s list of preventative measures.
  • The constant stream of news reports can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed. Instead, seek updates and practical guidelines at intervals during the day.
  • Be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.

If you or a loved one are feeling anxiety, worry or fear related to the social disruption caused by COVID-19, you can also reach out to these resources for support:

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CRITTER CHRONICLES
OC Animal Care Pet of the Week: Meet Lucy!
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Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry at OC Animal Care
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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

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Lost and Found Community Pet Information
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OUT & ABOUT SAFELY IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
San Juan Capistrano Rotary Car Show – Feb. 12

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San Clemente Chamber Awards Luncheon – 2/25

The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will take place Friday, February 25 at 11:30 AM and be held at the beautiful Bella Collina San Clemente. This year’s theme is SHINE, as they reflect on their wonderful members! For more information, click here or on the image below.

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SOCEC: 2022 Economic Report – February 25

Concerned about inflation, the volatile stock market or the unemployment report? If so, I invite you to join the South Orange County Economic Coalition (SOCEC) on Friday, February 25 for an IN PERSON luncheon at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center for their annual signature event.

UCI Economic’s Professor Christopher Schwarz will give a presentation answering these questions and many more, as he analyzes key economic challenges, trends and opportunities impacting our region. We’ll look back at pivotal events from the previous year as well as share predictions for the future.

Space is limited! To register or for more information, click here or on the image below.

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San Clemente Day & Fishing Derby – Feb. 26

Celebrate San Clemente Day at the Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Feb. 26 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The community is invited to celebrate the history of the San Clemente Municipal Pier and its fishing legacy. Registration is now open for ages 6-13 years. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For more info, click here.

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Laguna Beach State of the City Luncheon – 3/1

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51st Dana Point Festival of Whales – March 5 & 6
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San Juan Capistrano State of the City – March 10

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Swallows Day Parade & Street Fair – March 12

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Ladera Ranch Farmers Market Every Sunday!

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South OC Cars and Coffee in San Clemente

South OC Cars and Coffee is the world’s largest weekly car show, held every Saturday from 9 AM to 11 AM at Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, attracting a mix of 1500-3500 plus hyper-cars, supercars, exotics, vintage, classic, muscle and sports cars, hot rods, rat rods, pickups, 4x4s and motorcycles. No registration is required. Spectators are welcome and meet every Saturday, rain or shine! For more information, click here or on the image below.

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OC Public Libraries: Services, Events & Activities
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FOOD RESOURCES IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
 

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Meals on Wheels and Congregate Lunches for Seniors.

 

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Drive-Thru Food Distribution, weekdays in San Clemente.

 

 

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Drive Through Food Bank, Monday – Friday in Irvine.

 

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Food Pantry, Monday – Friday in Laguna Beach.

 

 

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held on the first & third Wednesday of every month.

 

 

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PEACE Community Resource Center Food Pantries.

 

 

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Food Pantry Services weekdays in Irvine.
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Nutrition Gap Program Relaunched with 211 OC

As previously reported, I’m pleased to have relaunched the Nutrition Gap Program. Food insecurity continues to be a major challenge for many residents, as people struggle to get back on their feet and keep food on the table. The goal is to satisfy the continued demand for nutritious food and bridge the gap between hunger and the next meal.

The $2 million dollar program is being funded by the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is available to residents living in my district. Priority will be given to those experiencing food insecurity due to age/disability, economic status, lack of familial or community support, lack of access to available resources, and those who have military service.

Enrollment is now open and, to make it as easy as possible for people to enroll in the program, we have three options by which they can enroll.

Program Details:

  • Coordinated through the Office on Aging in partnership with 2-1-1 Orange County.
  • Provides twice-weekly deliveries, via DoorDash, of restaurant-quality meals directly to participant’s homes.
  • Each Monday, participants receive three fresh lunches and three fresh dinners.
  • Each Thursday, they receive three fresh lunches, three fresh dinners, one frozen lunch, and one frozen dinner.

Restaurants participating in the program include:

  • Ruby’s Diner
  • Bella Collina
  • Villa Roma
  • Bamboo Bistro
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NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
Check Out The Fifth District Dispatch Archives!

For those of you who may have missed any of my previous Fifth District Dispatch newsletters, featuring up-to-date COVID-19 facts and other information pertinent to South County, click here.

Thank you so much for your outstanding and continuing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, as we’re all in this together!

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For questions or comments regarding my E-Newsletter, please contact my office staff at (714) 834-3550 or email my Community Relations Advisor, Sergio Prince, at Sergio.Prince@ocgov.com .

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