2000 Press Releases

December 15, 2000 
Gerontologist Named to Post by Board

(SANTA ANA) - An expert in aging was recently appointed executive director of the Orange County Area Agency on Aging by the Board of Supervisors.

December 13, 2000 
County to Begin Redistricting Process, Meeting Set for December 20

The County's Redistricting Committee will meet next week to kick-off the process of redrawing boundaries of the five Supervisorial Districts from Census data to be released in April.

December 6, 2000 
County Remembers Airport Planner

(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting yesterday in memory of Ron Ahfeldt, County consultant and senior vice president of P&D Aviation. Ahfeldt died of unknown causes in his sleep on the evening of December 3. He was 55 years old.

November 30, 2000 
250 Emergency Shelter Beds Become Available Tomorrow

(Santa Ana) - The County's cold weather emergency shelter program begins tomorrow and will operate through March 31. The Good Samaritan Church of Westminster will house the homeless December 1 through December 3. The program moves to the Santa Ana and Fullerton National Guard Armories on December 4.

November 10, 2000 
Board of Supervisors Meetings Going on TV

(Santa Ana) - Beginning next week, cable television viewers in Orange County will be able to watch gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Board of Supervisors' meetings from the comfort of their homes. The November 14 Board meeting will kick off the weekly videotaping and next-day distribution of tapes to all the county's cable companies. Each cable franchise will air the meeting in its entirety.

October 31, 2000 
Election Date Email Declared Hoax

(Santa Ana-CA) - Orange County Registrar of Voters Rosalyn Lever said that an email currently circulating and instructing Democrats and Independents to wait until November 8 to vote is a complete hoax.

October 12, 2000 
The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP)

(Santa Ana) - The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) and the funding process for Orange County will be the topic of the October 12 Continuum of Care (CoC) Community Forum at 1:30 p.m., October 12 in the LA Times Mirror meeting room, 1375 Sunflower Avenue, Costa Mesa.

October 12, 2000 
County of Orange Honored with three state awards

(Santa Ana) - A handbook for opening a child care center, mentors for children and teens with emotional and/or behavioral problems, and an effort to keep first-time juvenile offenders from repeating their mistakes are three County of Orange programs honored as the most innovative and creative in the state. Only 17 percent of the 162 entries from 33 counties were honored as 2000 Challenge or Merit Award winners.

September 28, 2000 
County Employees Kick-Off United Way Campaign

(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange will kick-off its 2000 United Way Campaign with a rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 4 at Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Ana. Featured festivities are the annual department-head "putt-off," an opportunity drawing, live music, and abundant food.

September 20, 2000 
Back Bay High School Neighborhood to Consider Costa Mesa Annexation

(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange will host an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., September 28 to discuss the potential annexation of the Back Bay High School neighborhood.

August 22, 2000 
County Employees Honored as Volunteers in 'Points of Light' Program

(Santa Ana) - Less than one mile from Civic Center Plaza, the work site for approximately 6,000 County employees, is Pio Pico Elementary School. Within one square mile around the school, there live 26,000 young people 21 years of age and under. Ninety-eight percent of the students who attend Pio Pico have limited English proficiency; and 93 percent of them receive free or reduced-cost meals.

August 8, 2000 
Board Gives Voters a Choice in November

(Santa Ana) - Supervisor Chuck Smith today supported a ballot measure that offers an option to Measure H, a proposal that commits all future tobacco litigation proceeds to healthcare, tobacco use prevention and public safety. "Initiative G will work because it's simply good government," said Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.The Board this morning approved placement of Measure G on the November ballot.

July 31, 2000 
Board of Supervisors Schedules Study Session

(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors will meet in special session August 3 for an offsite study session to discuss the 2001 Strategic Financial Plan. The all-day meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center at 1845 Park Avenue in Costa Mesa.

July 27, 2000 
Library has Record Year

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) recently announced a record-breaking milestone for the library--over six million items were circulated throughout the 28-branch system during the County's fiscal year ending June 30, 2000.

July 27, 2000 
Water Quality Study Outlines Improvement Plan For Aliso Creek Watershed

Santa Ana, CA (July 28, 2000) -- A comprehensive list of recommendations ranging from programs to educate the public about water quality and urban runoff to retrofitting existing drainage systems are among the management strategies proposed by the County to improve water quality within the Aliso Creek Watershed.

July 19, 2000 
Cats Available for Immediate Adoption at Weekend Special Event

(Santa Ana) - Orange County Animal Care Services (OCACS) will have 40 cats available for immediate adoption this weekend at the Purina Cat Chow "Way of Life" Tour, to be held Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23 at The Block at Orange, 20 City Boulevard West, Orange. (address).

July 14, 2000 
Jean Lamb Wins Friendly Honor

Tustin Octogenarian Jean Lamb is the 2000 recipient of the Annual Best Friend Award presented by the Orange County Public Library to honor outstanding service by an individual on behalf of libraries.

July 13, 2000 
Midway City Celebrates Street Festival

(Santa Ana) - Midway City's community center will be the site of Saturday's (July 15) Summer Festival as well as the recipient of the day's fundraising efforts. The day of food, fun, games and information is co-sponsored by the Midway City Community Organization, Midway City Chamber of Commerce and Homeowners Association, the gang prevention/youth development project of Community Services Programs, Inc. (CSP), and the County of Orange.

July 10, 2000 
Community Leaders To Discuss Developing Affordable Housing

(Santa Ana) - Obtaining community and government support for creating affordable housing and homeless shelters will be the topic of the July 17 Continuum of Care Community Forum.

June 17, 2000 
M*A*S*H's "Major Houlihan" Scheduled To Appear at Unveiling of New Pet Adoption Web Site

(Santa Ana) Loretta Swit, known for her classic role of Major Houlihan on television's much loved M*A*S*H*, is scheduled to join the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the public for an unveiling of a new, user-friendly pet adoption web site. The site was developed by the Health Care Agency's Animal Care Services to help people search online for a new family pet.

June 9, 2000 
Orange County Public Health Warns of Possible Measles Exposure

(Santa Ana) - Today Dr. Mark Horton announced that some members of the public might have been exposed to the virus that causes measles when they attended the Season Finale of the Orange County High School of the Arts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on June 4, 2000, at 7:30 p.m. One person in attendance was subsequently diagnosed with measles, and this was confirmed by the Orange County Public Health Laboratory.

June 6, 2000 
County to Implement State-Required Fingerprint "Imaging"

(Santa Ana) - New technology will go into use next month as the County's Social Services Agency (SSA) implements a state requirement to collect scanned fingerprint and photo images of all CalWORKS and food stamp recipients.

June 6, 2000 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves $8 Million Grant Application to HUD

(Santa Ana, CA) - On the heels of two successful years that garnered the county $13 million in homeless assistance funding, the County of Orange and its network of partners have submitted an $8 million grant request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs.

June 5, 2000 
Orange County Releases Opinion Survey on Budget Priorities

(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors today released results of a survey that measured public opinion about the county's key issues, said Charles V. Smith, Chairman of the Board and First District Supervisor.

May 23, 2000 
Fitch Upgrades Orange County Credit Rating For Second Time This Year

(Santa Ana) - Today Fitch IBCA announced an upgrade of the County's 1996 Recovery Certificates of Participation (COPs) from A+ to AA-. Only three months ago, Fitch increased the ratings on the COPs to A+ from BBB.

May 22, 2000 
County of Orange Presents Budget Workshop for the Public

SANTA ANA - The County of Orange invites the public to attend a budget workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., May 26 in the multipurpose room of the County Library Administration Building, 1501 East St. Andrew Place in Santa Ana.

May 11, 2000 
Biologic Agents Identified by Mark Horton, M.D

Today Mark Horton, M.D., Orange County's Health Officer, reported that two bacteria were identified among the biological materials removed from the Biofem facility in conjunction with the investigation surrounding Dr. Larry Ford.

May 2, 2000 
The Nurse Recognition Committee, Orange County Health Care Agency

What: "Journey to the New Millennium," a sold-out luncheon recognizing nurses in Orange County and the Los Angeles area, will feature an array of uniforms and nursing equipment from this past century. Historical memorabilia from the Greater Los Angeles nursing schools, including UCLA, USC, Santa Ana College and Loma Linda University as well as the American Red Cross, Army and Navy Nurses Corps, and the American Journal of Nursing will be displayed.

May 2, 2000 
Carol Ann Helsel Named Chapman Branch Library Manager

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) has announced the promotion of Carol Ann Helsel to the position of Branch Manager of the Chapman Branch Library, effective Friday, May 5, 2000.

May 2, 2000 
Biologic Agents Identified

The purpose of this communication is to confirm that two bacteria were identified among the biological materials removed from the Irvine home of Dr. Larry Ford. As we have stated in the past, there is absolutely no indication of any threat to public health. The organisms, which were found in extremely poor condition, were identified as Salmonella typhi and Vibrio cholerae. While both organisms are rare in the United States, they have been responsible for epidemics, particularly in developing countries, where hygiene and medical care are deficient.

May 2, 2000 
Andrea Dietze named OCPL Acquisitions Librarian

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) has announced the appointment of Andrea Dietze to the position of Acquisitions Librarian effective Friday, May 5, 2000.

May 2, 2000 
Trish Noa named Rancho Santa Margarita Library Manager

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) has announced the appointment of Trish Noa to the position of Branch Manager of the Rancho Santa Margarita Branch Library, effective Friday, May 5, 2000.

April 28, 2000 
Mussel Quarantine

Santa Ana, April 28, 2000, The Orange County Environmental Health Division, reminds consumers that the Annual Mussel Quarantine in California will be in effect in Orange County from May 1 through October 31, 2000. Sport harvesting of mussels for human consumption is prohibited along the entire California coastline. All bays and inlets are included in the quarantine. The purpose of this quarantine is to protect the public from deadly poisons which may be present in bivalve mollusks, such as mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops.

April 25, 2000 
African-American HIV/AIDS Leadership Initiative: Strengthening and Developing HIV/AIDS Ministries

A free one-day conference, open to all African-American clergy, their congregations, and other members of the African-American Community who are interested in providing effective and appropriate HIV prevention and supportive services to African-Americans, will be held May 8 in Fullerton.

April 24, 2000 
Tobacco Use Prevention Program and Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition Kicks Off World

(SANTA ANA) The Orange County Health Care Agency, Tobacco Use Prevention Program and the Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition (TUPC) are celebrating the 3rd annual World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2000 with a kickoff race/event. This race/event will include a 5 K walk/run, 10 Mile run and kids fun run races on Sunday, April 30, 2000 at Newport Beach Back Bay.

April 24, 2000 
Emergency Medical Services Receives Grant

SANTA ANA- Emergency Medical Services, a part of Orange County's Health Care Agency, has received a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, State of California and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant will implement a program that will train approximately 4,000 law enforcement personnel in Orange County in the use of bag-valve-mask ventilation.

April 24, 2000 
Students Visit County Offices For Student Government Day

(Santa Ana) - Approximately 125 Santa Ana students will shadow officials from City and County government on Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the business of government. It's the third year that the County of Orange has joined the City of Santa Ana in giving students close-up experiences in a variety of County and City agencies.

April 19, 2000 
Date, Time Set for Board Study Session On MCAS El Toro

(April 19, 2000 - Santa Ana, CA) -- The Board of Supervisors will hold a study session on the reuse of MCAS El Toro. The study session will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on May 3, in the Board Hearing Room.

April 14, 2000 
National Library Week 2000

National Library Week is April 9-15, a time to celebrate what libraries offer to the community. This year's theme is "Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library."

April 6, 2000 
Julie Fredericksen Named Programs Administrator

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) has announced the promotion of Julie Fredericksen, Branch Manager for the Rancho Santa Margarita Library, to the position of Programs Administrator effective Friday, April 7, 2000.

April 4, 2000 
Representatives of the County's 23,501 Volunteers To Be Honored April 18

(Santa Ana) - An 81-year-old credited with more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service, a Vietnam veteran, and a volunteer who bakes cookies to help troubled kids open up are some of the 41 individuals to be honored April 18 by the Board of Supervisors. This year's honorees will be recognized at the fourth annual County of Orange volunteer recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. prior to the regular Board of Supervisors meeting.

April 4, 2000 
Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library

The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) has announced the promotion of Julie Fredericksen, Branch Manager for the Rancho Santa Margarita Library, to the position of Programs Administrator effective Friday, April 7, 2000.

April 3, 2000 
Animal Care Services Holds Open House

(SANTA ANA) - The County's Animal Care Services will hold an open house from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., April 9 at its facility located at 561 The City Drive South, Orange. The event will highlight the new, Sunday opening at the facility. The public can now visit Animal Care Services seven days a week (except holidays) from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Wednesday's extended hours when the closing time is 7 p.m. New features at the center include the new Dog Walk for exercising dogs and the new Cat Pavilion with 72 individual cages.

March 31, 2000 
Special Events Planned for Orange County Observance of National Public Health Week

(Santa Ana) - Following the theme "Healthy People in Healthy Communities", the Orange County Health Care Agency, in partnership with the Orange County Coalition for Health Education, will participate in numerous special events during the upcoming observance of National Public Health Week.

March 24, 2000 
College Scholarships Available From Supervisor For Community Volunteers

(Santa Ana) The deadline is March 31 for the Cynthia Coad Community Service Scholarship. Students from the sixth grade through community college are eligible for awards ranging from $250 - $1,500 in recognition of their volunteer work.

March 22, 2000 
Orange County Public Health Recommends Immune Globulin For Some Patrons of Fisherman's Bar

(Santa Ana) Today Dr. Mark Horton, Orange County Health Officer, recommended that certain patrons of the Fisherman's Bar (not Fisherman's Restaurant) in San Clemente get an injection of immune globulin (IG) due to possible exposure to hepatitis A. One Fisherman's Bar employee has been identified as having hepatitis A.

March 21, 2000 
Governor Appoints OC Chief Probation Officer to California Board of Corrections

SANTA ANA - Orange County's Chief Probation Officer, John B. Robinson, has been appointed to the state Board of Corrections by Governor Gray Davis.

March 13, 2000 
Community Leaders To Discuss Upcoming SuperNOFA Homeless Assistance Application

(Santa Ana) - Representatives from non-profit organizations, state agencies, Orange County cities and County agencies will meet March 20 to discuss the Year 2000 application for the Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance funding. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) application deadline is May 31.

March 13, 2000 
Social Workers Lauded for Support Given to County's Most Fragile

(Santa Ana) When the County's Social Workers are honored tomorrow morning by the Board of Supervisors, the Board will be thanking them for the hundreds of acts of persistence and compassion that make a difference in the lives of Orange County residents.

February 22, 2000 
Chuck Smith Invites Seniors to Town Hall

(Santa Ana) - Senior citizens from Fountain Valley and the First Supervisorial District are invited by Chuck V. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, to a Town Hall meeting on Thursday to discuss senior issues. The forum will be from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Fountain Valley Community Center, 10200 Slater Avenue in Fountain Valley.

February 15, 2000 
Proposition 12 & 13

(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to support two statewide ballot measures: Proposition 12, the Park Bond; and Proposition 13, the Water Bond. Both are on the statewide March 7 ballot.

February 15, 2000 
A Look at OC's Economic and Social Health

(Santa Ana) -The County of Orange, Office of Strategic Affairs today released the first Orange County Community Indicators Report. The document, which is expected to become an annual report, is an assessment of the economic and social well-being of the county.

February 9, 2000 
Fitch IBCA Increases Orange County's Credit Rating

(Santa Ana) - For the second time in two and one-half weeks, a major bond rating company has increased the credit rating for the County of Orange.

January 27, 2000 
Public Hearing Scheduled On Plan For Orange County's $48 Million In Proposition 10 Funds

SANTA ANA - The Orange County Children and Families Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed Strategic Plan to allocate approximately $48 million in annual tobacco tax revenues for early childhood development programs. The public hearing will be held on February 2, 2000 at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.

January 27, 2000 
OC Public Library Receives $56,000 Gates Foundation Grant

The Orange County Public Library system has received a $56,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide funds for the expansion of public access to computers and the Internet.

January 25, 2000 
Laguna Beach Library Gets New Computers

Twelve new computers have been added for patron use at the Laguna Beach Branch of the Orange County Public Library.

January 24, 2000 
Standard & Poor's Raises County Bond Rating

(Santa Ana) - Standard & Poor's, a leading New York bond rating agency, today announced that it is increasing the County of Orange's bond credit rating by five notches to "A-." The County's overall rating will be "A."

January 21, 2000 
February Library Activities

The Orange County Public Library's annual Bookmark Design Contest continues through February 29, 2000. This year's theme, "Once Upon a Millennium" encourages budding artists in kindergarten through 9th grade to get creative, and all 27 branch libraries will select winners. For entry forms, rules, or information, please visit the branch library nearest you.

January 21, 2000 
Special and continuing Storytime programs scheduled for February

Special and continuing Storytime programs scheduled for February at OCPL branches: ALISO VIEJO Thursday, February 3, 7pm

January 20, 2000 
Report to be Released on Bacterial Pollution at Huntington Beach

(Santa Ana) - UC Irvine researchers from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering will release on January 21 the preliminary results of a study aimed at finding the causes of bacterial pollution in the water off Huntington Beach.

January 18, 2000 
Community Leaders To Discuss Homeless and Housing Tomorrow

(Santa Ana) - Representatives from non-profit organizations, state agencies, Orange County cities and County agencies will meet tomorrow to discuss the county's recent award of $6.8 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs. The competition funded 12 of the 13 requests submitted from Orange County.

January 14, 2000 
CEO Appoints Director For John Wayne Airport

(SANTA ANA) - County Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier today announced the appointment of Alan L. Murphy as director of John Wayne Airport (JWA). Murphy will be responsible for the oversight of all airport activities, and will continue to serve as the Aviation Team Leader for the MCAS El Toro Master Development Program.

January 5, 2000 
Orange County Children and Families Commission Approves Three Early Action Programs

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., (Jan. 5, 2000) The Orange County Children and Families Commission has approved three Early Action Programs to begin receiving funds allocated from Proposition 10 revenues. These programs will be funded in February 2000 with the adoption of a comprehensive Strategic Plan.

January 4, 2000 
County Leads Census Outreach Complete Count Committee

(Santa Ana) - Four working meetings are planned this month for the County-led Census 2000 Complete Count committee. "Our estimates show that a 1990 census undercount of nearly 51,000 OC residents has cost Orange County approximately $7.6 million per year since that time," said Chuck V. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. "It's important that we provide the leadership necessary to work with the Census Bureau and our community partners to get an accurate count in the upcoming census."

December 22, 2000 
Orange County Receives $4.1 million in Homeless Assistance Grant

(Santa Ana, CA) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today a $4.1 million homeless assistance grant award to the County of Orange. The grant, awarded under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) process, recognizes the County of Orange's collaboration with hundreds of non-profit organizations, cities and County agencies on a regional plan to reduce the growing number of homeless. Led by the County's Housing & Community Development Department (H&CD), the CEO Homeless Coordinator and the Continuum of Care Leadership Cabinet, the grant award will be used by five applicants to care for and assist the County's estimated 18,000 homeless.

November 20, 2000 
Board Offsite Meeting to Review 2001 Strategic Financial Plan

(Santa Ana) - The Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a special offsite meeting November 20 for the presentation of the 2001 Strategic Financial Plan. Funding scenarios for the 42 strategic priorities confirmed by the Board on August 3 will be discussed.

November 6, 2000 
Students Volunteer on Election Night

Who:75 student volunteers from colleges in Orange County including UCI, CSUF and Chapman University, in addition to two faculty members from Chapman, will will work through the night as the Orange County Election Night Tally Center Volunteer Team.

July 13, 2000 
Orange County Business and Community Leaders Appointed to Workforce Investment Board

(Orange County, CA) The Orange County Board of Supervisors has appointed 44 business and community leaders to oversee $18 million of State and Federal funds that support Orange County's One-Stop Employment Center system. Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) members were selected through a countywide recruitment process that included Chambers of Commerce, professional associations and the Orange County Business Council. The OCWIB officially takes effect July 1.

July 7, 2000 
Supervisor Coad Tries a Different Kind of Ride-Along

(Santa Ana) – The Monday morning ride-along won't be in a police cruiser this time. On Monday morning (July 10), Fourth District Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad will climb up into the first street sweeper to hit the streets in unincorporated El Modena.