I can’t believe we’ve already made it through the first half of the year - it feels as though we are that much closer to returning to normal. In the past couple of weeks, Orange County moved into the yellow tier – the least restrictive tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This advancement has allowed many businesses to expand capacity and reopen indoors, and has put us in a great position for the State’s planned reopening on June 15. In regard to the reopening, the California Department of Public Health has released information on the restrictions that will remain in place after June, along with those that will be lifted. This includes recommendations around vaccine verification/negative testing, capacity limitations, physical distancing, masking, and traveling. More details can be found on their website at cdph.ca.gov.
As many of you may know, the County of Orange Super POD at Soka University closed this month on June 6 due to a decrease in demand for the vaccine. This drop in demand, along with State data showing more than 2.6 million administered doses in Orange County, indicates great news that residents who wanted the vaccine and were able to travel to the Super POD sites have done so. I want to thank our partners, residents, volunteers and City staff who made this Super POD the success that it was – it is inspiring to know that our combined efforts helped advance our City, as well as Orange County, to the current climate that it is today. The Soka POD had the distinction of being the only County of Orange Super POD that had been in continuous operation since it opened, helping administer a total of 296,594 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m so proud of the contributions that our community has made, not only in the past six months, but in the past year, despite the many curves and road bumps we’ve encountered along the way.
Due to current restrictions surrounding the pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to forego our annual State of the City event this year. That being said, I am excited that we are able to virtually share the State of the City video with you online on the City’s YouTube page. If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the video as we recap the City’s past, present and future – including the many accomplishments we’ve achieved in the past year as well as what we have in store for the year to come.
Speaking of future events, I am excited to share that the City will be hosting a fun, family-friendly 4th of July Community Parade & Celebration this year! The event will take place on July 4th with the parade starting at 9 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Ranch, traveling around the property, and ending at a free community festival. Don’t forget to add this highly-anticipated event to your calendar – I look forward to seeing you there in your most festive attire!
If you’re looking to get some fresh air sooner than July 4th, I encourage you to stop by the Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers’ Market at Town Center. This wonderful outdoor market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and features many of our local farmers and vendors who offer fresh fruits, vegetables, dips, treats and more. It’s a great way to support small businesses and treat yourself to fresh, locally-sourced goods while enjoying the beautiful weather.
As the weather warms up, I’m looking forward to seeing you and your families out and about in the City. As you know, City Council, City Staff and I remain committed to supporting our residents in every way possible.
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
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