We kicked off the beginning of May with a beautiful day outside at the grand opening event for the historic Aliso Viejo Ranch! Though physically distanced, it was nonetheless great seeing the faces of our residents and visitors in person to celebrate such a rich and unique piece of our City’s past. I want to thank everyone who came out to join the festivities with us, as well as those who made it happen – my City Council colleagues, along with our friends at Thirtieth Street Architects, Moulton Museum, RHA Landscape Architects, Renewable Farms, and all of our hardworking staff and collaborators who helped turn this incredible place from a dream into reality for many generations to come. I encourage those of you who were unable to attend the event to head over to Aliso Viejo Ranch in the coming weeks to immerse yourself in a piece of our history, or to host your next memorable occasion at one of the six distinctly beautiful locations on property. I feel very fortunate to have this gem located in our City and I hope you are able to share in as much joy at this property as we had in bringing it to life.
At the City of Aliso Viejo, we value our residents as our number one priority through everything we do. As previously announced, we are in the process of updating our Housing Element for the 2021-2029 planning period, and we would love your feedback to help us evaluate the housing needs of our City’s current and future residents. If you haven’t already had a chance to contribute to our planning process, I would like to remind you to fill out our brief survey online by Friday, May 7 at avcity.org. Every voice counts, and the responses from this survey will help us tremendously in providing the best strategy for current and future residents who call Aliso Viejo home.
As a quick update on the COVID-19 landscape here in California, we are excited to see reduced cases across the State as a whole, as more and more residents are obtaining their vaccine. As many of you know, the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all California residents ages 16 and up. I encourage those of you who wish to have the vaccine to sign up for your appointment with one of the many vaccine providers in our City and across Orange County. One of the many places that you may obtain the vaccine locally is at the County Super POD at Soka University. If you plan on making a vaccination appointment at Soka University, please note the new hours on Tuesdays are from noon through 8:00 p.m., to accommodate those who may not be available during normal business hours. Walk-in vaccinations have been announced through May 8, but keep an eye on OC Health Care Agency’s Facebook page for future availability. Additionally, the Soka POD is now closed on Thursdays. As a reminder, appointments are available through Othena.com.
In other news regarding COVID-19, Governor Newsom announced the State’s next steps in the pandemic recovery as we move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In a recent statement, the Governor announced that California is planning to fully reopen its economy on June 15 if two criteria are met: vaccine supply is sufficient for residents who wish to be inoculated, and hospitalization rates continue to remain stable and low. With the State’s reopening, this would allow everyday activities and all businesses to resume their operations with common-sense risk reduction measures to continue preventing illness and promoting health wherever possible. I encourage everyone to do their part to help our State get back to our “normal” economic operations in the given timeline by contributing in all the ways you can – get vaccinated and continue to follow all guidelines at home and in public settings. We have come so far, and I am confident we can continue making great progress as one community together.
As always, City Council, City Staff, and I remain committed to your needs in every way possible, and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces this summer as our State progresses towards these exciting months ahead.
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
Any views or opinions expressed in this message belong solely to the Mayor.