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[ CALL TO ORDER: Council Chamber INVOCATION: City Attorney/Legal Counsel Jones PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor/Chair Beamish ROLL CALL: Mayor/Chair Beamish Mayor Pro Tem/Vice Chair Espinoza Councilmember/Director Gomez Councilmember/Director Medrano Councilmember/Director Shaw]

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YEAH, THEN VOCATION WILL BE GIVEN BY A CITY ATTORNEY LEGAL COUNSEL, RICHARD JONES FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY ME.

DICK ASKED YOU TO PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS.

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, WE'RE FULL OF GRATITUDE THIS EVENING, AS WE GATHER, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS THAT HAVE BEEN BESTOWED UPON THE CITIZENS OF LAHABRA.

WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE RESIDENTS WHO WERE SERVED CITIZENS OF SERVICE AND CARING, WHO ADD TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THIS COMMUNITY.

WE ASK A SPECIAL BLESSING THIS EVENING UPON THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM THE VIRUS, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT AND THOSE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE ASK YOU TO GUIDE THIS COUNCIL THIS EVENING, THAT THEY WILL DO THAT, WHICH IS BEST FOR ALL THE HARBOR.

THEY WILL ACT WITH INTEGRITY AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF THAT, WHICH IS THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND WE SAY THESE HUMBLY AND MY SON'S NAME.

AMEN.

THANK YOU, DICK.

IF YOU'D ALL FOLLOW ME IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

I MEAN, ADDED STATES THAT AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC, IT SAYS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WILL THE CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLE COUNCIL MEMBER, DIRECTOR, SHAW COUNCIL MEMBER, DIRECTOR.

MADRANO YEAH.

COUNCIL MEMBER, DIRECTOR GOMEZ HERE.

MAYOR PRO TEM, VICE CHAIR, ESPINOSA MAYOR CHAIR.

BEAMISH I AM HERE AND THERE ARE NO CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS TONIGHT.

[1. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BEACH BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY]

SO THE FIRST STEP WILL BE A PRESENTATION BY ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, THE BEACH BOULEVARD, CORRIDOR STUDY.

AND I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE IF THEY'RE HERE OR COMING IN DAN FU AND SAM CERVINI FROM OCJ TO GIVE THE PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

YEAH, RIGHT THERE, BACK THERE ON THAT CORNER.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DAN FU FROM THE OTTA.

YOU STAND REALLY CLOSE TO THE LIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DAN FOO.

IS IT ON, HOLD ON A SECOND.

I DON'T THINK IT'S ON.

I TURNED IT ON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DAN FOO FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY.

ALSO HERE WITH ME TONIGHT IS, IS SAM CERVINI FROM THE OTTA PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

I'M GOING TO BE GIVING YOU A PRESENTATION ON THE BEACH BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS WAS ROUGHLY ABOUT A 12 MONTH BETWEEN THE OTTA CAL TRANS, WHO, UM, NAMELY OWNS MOST OF THEY'RE THE OWNER OPERATOR FOR MOST OF BEACH BOULEVARD.

UM, AS WELL AS THE NINE QUARTER CITY PLUS THE COUNTY OF ORANGE.

SO IT WAS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS ON BEACH BOULEVARD, UM, AMONG THE, THE VARIOUS PARTIES.

SO OCT WORKED CLOSELY.

WE WOULD EACH ONE OF THE QUARTER CITIES AND EACH QUARTER CITY ACTUALLY DESIGNATED A POINT OF CONTACT SO THAT WE CAN BE SURE THAT THE INFORMATION IS DISSEMINATED THROUGHOUT THE CITY STAFF.

UM, THE CITY, THE STUDY WAS COMPLETED IN SPRING OF THIS YEAR, SO THAT IT WAS JUST RECENTLY COMPLETED.

AND THE DRAFT REPORT WAS ACTUALLY PROVIDED TO THE, EACH OF THE QUARTERS CITY POINT OF CONTACT EARLIER IN THE YEAR, AS WELL AS IN SPRING OF THIS YEAR WHEN IT WAS FINALIZED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HERE'S A MAP OF THE BEACH BOULEVARD QUARTER STUDY EFFECTIVELY.

IT WAS ACTUALLY FROM BASICALLY THE COAST ALL THE WAY TO THE INLAND.

SO IT'S ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY.

IT'S A 21 MILE, UH, STUDY FROM BASICALLY PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ALL THE WAY TO WHITTIER BOULEVARD OR, UH, I THINK, UH, ROUTE 72.

AND IN TERMS OF LOOKING AT A BUFFER FOR THE STUDY AREA, WE LOOKED AT ONE AND A QUARTER MILE TO THE EAST AND TO THE, TO THE WEST OF BEACH BOULEVARD.

AND AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, ACROSS THIS, UH, NINE TOTAL CITIES, EIGHT ORANGE COUNTY CITY CITIES, PLUS THE STUDENTS, IF I COULD INTERRUPT YOU, IS THERE A REASON YOU CAN NOT WEAR THE MASK? OH, I APOLOGIZE.

I THOUGHT I WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT OFF.

I ALWAYS SPEAK NO, NO.

OH NO.

I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

IF YOU WERE JUST KIND OF STAND CLOSER TO THE MIC.

THANK YOU.

I'D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

I APOLOGIZE.

I DID NOT, NOT A PROBLEM.

THANKS.

UM, SO IT'S A QUARTER CITIES IN ORANGE COUNTY THAT IT CROSSES OVER PLUS THE CITY OF LA MIRADA IN LA COUNTY, PLUS THE UNINCORPORATED PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY OF ORANGE, THE CONFIGURATION

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OF BEACH BARS, TYPICALLY BETWEEN SIX TO EIGHT LANES.

AND IN TERMS OF THE WIDEST CONFIGURATION, IT'S BETWEEN, UH, ESSENTIALLY THE FOUR OR FIVE TO ABOUT THE 91 IS THE WIDEST CONFIGURATION.

AND THAT'S WHERE THERE'S THE MOST AMOUNT OF LANES AS WELL AS THE HIGHEST TRANSIT USER, UH, THE TRANSIT RIDERSHIP.

SO THE, UM, DAILY TRAFFIC VOLUME RANGES FROM 30,000 TO 85, 30,000 IS CLOSER TO THE COAST AND AN 85,000.

IS THAT AREA THAT I JUST DESCRIBED A MOMENT AGO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF THE STUDY GOES IN OBJECTIVES.

WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS MORE CLOSELY WITH EACH ONE OF THE QUARTER CITIES, TO BE SURE THAT WE'RE, WE'RE HAVE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXISTING CONDITIONS OUT THERE ON BEACH BOULEVARD, BECAUSE EACH ONE OF THE QUARTER CITIES REALLY KNOW BEST WHAT, WHAT IS GOING ON WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION, AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING FROM A LAND USE PERSPECTIVE, WHAT ARE PLANS THAT ARE IN THE WORKS FROM EACH ONE OF THE QUARTER CITIES.

SO WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE QUARTER CITIES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE LAND USE PLANS ARE GOING FORWARD.

AND THEN THE OTHER THING THAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS ALSO DEVELOP A TOOLBOX OF APPLICABLE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE CAN LATER HAND OVER TO THE QUARTER CITIES SO THAT THEY CAN SPONSOR PROJECTS WITH CALTRANS AND OCT WILL BE IN THE ROLE OF HELPING THEM FIND FUNDINGS AS WELL AS ASSISTING THEM FROM MORE OF A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE.

AND THE, THE OTHER ASPECT OF THIS STUDY IS THAT WE ALSO HAD A COUPLE ROUNDS OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND I'LL, AND I'LL TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

SO THE PURPOSE OF NEED THERE, AGAIN, REALLY TO TAKE AWAY ON THE PURPOSE OF NEED WAS TO LOOK AT A MULTIMODAL STUDY ON BEACH BOULEVARD TO SEE WHAT CAN BE MAXIMIZED BY WAY OF THROUGHPUT FOR ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF THE OUTREACH APPROACH, WE PARTNER WITH THE QUARTER CITIES, UM, THERE'S A POINT OF CONTACT, AND THEN WE ALSO HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE VARIOUS QUARTER CITIES IN TERMS OF WHO TO ENGAGE FOR INSTANCE, WOULD IT BE A VARIOUS COMMUNITY GROUPS THAT ARE WITHIN A PARTICULAR CITY OR ANY, ANY PARTICULAR GROUP THAT THEY WANTED US TO TRY TO TARGET WITH RESPECT TO THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT? SO THERE WERE ALSO ONLINE SURVEYS, TWO ROUNDS OF THEM.

WE HAD A COMMUNITY EVENTS AND POPUP EVENTS FOR WHICH WE HAD PR UH, PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THIS BEACH BOULEVARD QUARTER STUDY.

WE'D ALSO, UH, PRESENTED TO PREVIOUS, UH, TO OTHER CITY COUNCIL, UH, AS WELL AS THIS GROUP FROM ABOUT A YEAR AGO, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY GROUPS.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAD, UM, AN ONBOARD BUS CUSTOMER OUTREACH ON ROUTES 29 AND FIVE 29.

THOSE ARE THE TWO ROUTES THAT ACTUALLY, UM, OCT RUN BUS SERVICE ON BEACH BOULEVARD.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SURVEY, WE COLLECTED A TOTAL OF ABOUT 2300 SURVEYS PHASE ONE, IF YOU WILL, OF THE SURVEY WAS REALLY TO GET A GAUGE ON HOW THE PUBLIC FELT ABOUT BEACH BOULEVARD BY WAY OF WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN TERMS OF THE IMPROVEMENTS ON BEACH BOULEVARD.

SO THAT WAS KIND OF A BASELINE UNDERSTANDING WHO'S OUT THERE, WHO'S OUR TARGET AUDIENCE, AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING WHAT ARE THEIR KIND OF WISHES AND WHAT THEY SEE CAN BE IMPROVED BECAUSE THEY ARE THE USERS ON BEACH AND THEY KIND OF HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND IN A SENSE, SINCE THEY, SINCE THEY USE ON A REGULAR BASIS, THEN THE SECOND PHASE, WE ACTUALLY PROVIDED SOME CONCEPTS AND TRYING TO GET FEEDBACK ON HOW THEY REACTED TO THE VARIOUS CONCEPTS THAT WE PROVIDED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF THE TOOLBOX DEVELOPMENT THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER, UM, WE LOOKED AT BASICALLY FOUR DIFFERENT MODES.

IT WAS BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN TRANSIT, AS WELL AS YOUR TRADITIONAL VEHICULAR.

SO IT WAS TO LOOK AT ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION FROM AN EXISTING STANDPOINT, WHAT'S ON BEACH BOULEVARD, AS WELL AS IN CONJUNCTION, WE'RE UNDERSTANDING THE LAND USE THAT'S ON BEACH BOULEVARD AND LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES TO REALLY MAXIMIZE THE THROUGHPUT WITH ALL FOUR OF THOSE MODES.

AND IN TERMS OF ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT OF LOOKING AT THIS STUDY, IS IT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT ONE WHOLE CORRIDOR, EVEN THOUGH WE UNDERSTOOD THERE'S MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ALSO UNDERSTAND FROM A QUARTER STANDPOINT WHERE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRIDOR WIDE IMPROVEMENTS VERSUS IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE, THAT ARE MORE ENDEMIC OR LOCALIZE.

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NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF CASE STUDIES, WE LOOK TO AT, UH, VARIOUS, UM, BASICALLY SAMPLES, SAMPLE LOCATIONS ON BEACH BOULEVARD FROM THE COAST ALL THE WAY TO INLAND AND W WITHOUT REPEATING THOSE SUB BULLETS.

THOSE WERE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONFIGURATIONS THAT WE LOOKED AT ON BEACH FROM A MAJOR INTERSECTION, ALL THE WAY TO A SIX LANE ROADWAY SEGMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE OF A CASE STUDY THAT WE LOOKED AT.

SO ON THE LEFT SIDE, YOU WILL SEE THE EXISTING LAYOUT ON BEACH IN KIND OF A TYPICAL AREA.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT SIDE, YOU SEE POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS.

I EMPHASIZE THESE ARE REALLY POTENTIAL CONCEPTS BECAUSE IN ORDER TO REALLY DEVELOP FULLY DEVELOP THESE, WE WOULD HAVE TO WORK WITH BOTH CALTRANS WHO'S THE OWNER OPERATOR FOR MOST OF THE BEACH, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL JURISDICTION ON FURTHER DEVELOPING THE ACTUAL CONCEPTS INTO REAL PROJECTS DOWN THE LINE.

BUT FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BALL BELTS, AS WELL AS A PEDESTRIAN OVER-CROSSING TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF PEDESTRIAN ON, ON BEACH BOULEVARD.

SO THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF A NUMEROUS CASE STUDY THAT WE LOOKED AT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF, UM, EXAMPLES FOR THE CITY OF LA HABRA, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH, FOR OTTA TO FURTHER WORK WITH YOUR STAFF ON VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS FROM TRANSIT, PEDESTRIAN, BICYCLE, AND VEHICULAR FOR, UM, VARIOUS, UH, JURISDICTIONS WITHIN YOUR CITY AND TRANSIT.

THERE ARE BUS STOPS AND STATION AMENITY OPPORTUNITIES.

SINCE OCD DOES PROVIDE A BUS SERVICE THROUGH, UH, THROUGH THE CITY OF LA HOVER AS WELL.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES, SUCH AS HIGH VISIBILITY CROSSWALKS AND, AND, UM, PEDESTRIAN REFUGE, ISLANDS, AND CORNER AND SIDEWALK BULL BUYOUTS.

SO THAT'S JUST TO GIVE YOU SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT COULD BE FURTHER DEVELOPING CONJUNCTION WITH THE CITY, AS WELL AS WITH CALTRANS GOING FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN TERMS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH, THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE LOCAL AGENCIES, THE, THE NINE JURISDICTIONS PLUS THE COUNTY OF ORANGE, AND AS WELL AS CAL TRANS.

AND WHAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO DO WAS HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE LAND USE GOING FORWARD WITH WAS FOR EACH ONE OF THE JURISDICTIONS.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT GOING FORWARD, I THINK OCT CAN BE A TECHNICAL RESOURCE.

AND AS FAR AS, UM, HELPING EACH ONE OF THE CITIES, SHOULD THEY HAVE A DESIRE TO PROCEED IN THE FUTURE WITH SPECIFIC CONCEPTS OF PROJECTS THAT THEY WANT THEY WANT TO PURSUE.

SO THAT CONCLUDES MY REMARKS.

I BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

THANK YOU, DAN.

DO ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE A QUESTION, JIM? THANK YOU.

UM, IF YOU CAN BACK UP ONE SLIDE, MAYBE EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE AFTER TRAFFIC SIGNAL AND PINEY ACCESS.

I THINK IT'S ON, DID I TURN IT OFF? SORRY ABOUT THAT.

FORGIVE ME.

SO UNDER VEHICULAR THERE, UH, ACTIVE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, ADVANCED TRAFFIC SIGNAL, TIMING, ACCESS MANAGEMENT.

COULD YOU JUST EXPLAIN THAT A LITTLE BIT TO A STAND? SO, UM, I THINK FOR PEOPLE WHO AT HOME, YOU KNOW, WHO, WHO MIGHT DRIVE BEADS, THIS IS KIND OF A WHERE THE REAL CRUX MIGHT BE, UH, WHAT IMPROVEMENTS THEY MIGHT SEE.

SO COULD YOU PUT A LITTLE MEAT ON THE BONE THERE? SURE.

SO OCT AS A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH VARIOUS CITIES THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY OVER THE YEARS ON FOR INSTANCE OF SIGNALS SYNCHRONIZATION PROGRAM AND THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM, DEPENDING ON THE SPECIFIC LOCATION IN, I THINK IN LAYMAN'S TERMS WOULD BE TO MAXIMIZE THE THROUGHPUT ON WHATEVER ARTERIAL IS BEING LOOKED AT IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE IT'S BEACH BOULEVARD.

SO IT'S AN WITH TRAFFIC PATTERN, AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC AND TRAFFIC PATTERN HAS CHANGED.

SO EVEN IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PANDEMIC, WE'RE IN OVER THE YEARS, TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES AND THE VOLUME OF CARS ON ANY GIVEN ROADWAY ALSO CHANGES.

SO IN ORDER TO REALLY MAXIMIZE THE THROUGHPUT EVERY SO OFTEN, THERE'S NO HARD AND

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FAST RULE, BUT EVERY SO OFTEN WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY WORK WITH THE LOCAL JURISDICTION TO GO OUT THERE AND FIND, I THINK MAYBE THE EASIEST WAY TO LOOK AT IT IS TO FINE TUNE THE SIGNALS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS THE BEST THROUGHPUT FOR BOTH INTERSECTIONS, NOT NECESSARILY JUST FOR BEACH AND ALLOW CARS TO GO THROUGH ON BEACH WHILE THE, UM, THE, THE OTHER INTERSECTIONS HAVE CARS QUEUING UP.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS, UM, WITH OTTA HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS TO ASSIST THE VARIOUS LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WHO REALLY, I THINK EFFECTIVELY JUST MAXIMIZE THE THROUGHPUT FOR THE MAJOR MATERIALS, AS WELL AS THOSE THAT ARE CROSSING THOSE ARTERIALS.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, ONE QUESTION FOR YOU? UM, IT JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, HOW, HOW HAS RIGHT, HOW HAD WRITERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRE COVID? HAS IT BEEN GOING UP OVER THE YEARS OR DOWN? UM, I, I'M NOT, UH, UH, I APOLOGIZE.

I'M NOT ON THE TRANSIT OPERATIONS.

I CAN, I CAN CERTAINLY GET THAT INFORMATION TO YOU, BUT WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS PRE COVID AROUND.

THIS IS A BALLPARK AROUND THE FEBRUARY TIMEFRAME.

WE WERE AVERAGING ABOUT 130,000 RIDERS PER DAY AT THE LOWEST POINT WITH COVID.

I WANT TO SAY THAT SOMETIME IN THE APRIL TIMEFRAME, I THINK IT DROPPED INTO THE HIGH TWENTIES.

SO YOU CAN SEE A SIGNIFICANT DROP GETTING INTO AUGUST.

AND I THINK SEPTEMBER, WE'RE STARTING TO SEE A REBOUND, BUT IT'S STILL NOWHERE NEAR THE ONE 30.

I WANT TO SAY SOMEWHERE ABOUT ONE HALF ABOUT FIFTIES AND 60 THOUSANDS TODAY.

SO THERE, THERE IS, UM, IT'S ENCOURAGING SIGNS THAT WE'RE SEEING IT GO BACK UP, BUT IT'S STILL NOWHERE NEAR THE STATE OF FEBRUARY TIMEFRAME WHERE WE HAD ABOUT 130,000 WRITERS ON ANY GIVEN DAY.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? NO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DAN.

I THINK THAT'S IT.

HEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THEN WE

[2. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY EMPLOYMENT AND TRAVEL SURVEY]

HAVE A, ANOTHER PRESENTATION, ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, EMPLOYMENT, AND TRAVEL SURVEY.

AND WE'LL HAVE COUNCIL MEMBERS SHAW INTRODUCE THE SPEAKER I BELIEVE IS ON THE PHONE.

YES, YES.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

SO PLAYED OPPORTUNITIES AS A COUNCIL MEMBERS REPRESENT NORTH ORANGE COUNTY ON THE ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

AND, UM, WE'VE BEEN GETTING UPDATES, UM, AS A BOARD RECENTLY, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE PANDEMIC IS GOING TO DO TO TRAVEL PATTERNS IN THE COUNTY AND MAYBE EVEN, YOU KNOW, PERMANENTLY AFFECTING HOW PEOPLE TRAVEL.

SO, UH, AS I'VE GOTTEN SOME OF THAT, THOSE STAFF PRESENTATIONS I'VE MADE COPIES AND BROUGHT, BROUGHT THEM BACK HERE TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COUNCIL AND THE STAFF, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, UM, ILLUMINATING TO HAVE A LITTLE PRESENTATION HERE AT OUR, OUR COUNCIL MEETINGS.

SO WE HAVE WITH US ON THE LINE, DR.

TIM MCLARNEY, HE, UH, HELPED US CONDUCT A EMPLOYMENT AND TRAVEL SURVEY, UH, AT OCCA TO DEVELOP STATISTICALLY RELIABLE, UM, DATA ON WHAT'S GOING TO GOING TO BE HAPPENING WITH THESE TRAVEL BEHAVIORS AND, UH, WORK ARRANGEMENTS.

AND THE LIKE DR.

MCLARNEY IS THE PRESIDENT OF TRUE NORTH RESEARCH, A FIRM THAT SPECIALIZES IN DESIGNING STATISTICALLY RELIABLE SURVEYS FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES TO DATE HE'S DESIGNED AND CONDUCTED MORE THAN 1000 SURVEYS FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES, INCLUDING DOZENS FOR OTTA AND MEMBER, UM, AND, AND CITIES THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY.

DR.

MCLARNEY RECEIVED HIS PHD FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY IN THE STUDY OF GOVERNMENT WITH AN EMPHASIS IN SURVEY METHODOLOGY, STATISTICS, AND PUBLIC OPINION ANALYSIS.

SO DR.

MCCLENNY YOU'RE ON, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE WARM INTRODUCTION.

UH, GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, UH, TIM MCLARNEY WITH TRUE NORTH RESEARCH AND AS MENTIONED, UH, I'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH OCT OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS.

AND TONIGHT I'M ABLE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE RESULTS OF A RECENT STUDY THAT WE CONDUCTED, WHICH WAS REALLY, UM, THIS IS THE FIRST PART OF A TWO PART STUDY WHERE WE WERE EXAMINING WHAT THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 AND THE EFFORTS TO REDUCE ITS SPREAD OF HAT ON EMPLOYMENT AND WORK ARRANGEMENTS AND COMMUTE PATTERNS IN ORANGE COUNTY.

SO, UM, I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION AND GIVE YOU A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT SOME OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS WERE.

UM, AS I GO THROUGH THE PRESENTATION, I WELCOME QUESTIONS.

IF THEY'RE ALREADY, OBVIOUSLY YOU'D HAVE TO JUMP IN AND GIVE ME A VERBAL CUE ON THAT, UH, OR WE CAN SAVE INTO THE END, WHICHEVER IS YOUR PREFERENCE.

SO IF WE CAN GO TO SLIDE TWO, IT'S THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY? UM, YOU KNOW, THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT COVID OBVIOUSLY IS THAT IT IS IMPACTED SEEMINGLY EVERY ASPECT OF HOW WE WORK

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LIVE IN PLAY, UH, IN, IN THE STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

UM, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S JUST SORT OF NO ASPECT OF OUR LIVES THAT IS EITHER, UH, NOT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IMPACTED BY CODE THAT.

AND THERE'S LOTS OF ANTIDOTES OUT THERE THAT TALK ABOUT SOME OF THAT, YOU KNOW, SORT OF PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT THE IMPACTS HAVE BEEN.

WE DO HAVE SOME DATA AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL, UM, BUT THERE REALLY WASN'T ANY DATA THAT LOOKS AT ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITIES SPECIFICALLY, AND UNDERSTANDING HOW COVID HAS IMPACTED THOSE COMMUNITIES IN PARTICULAR, IN, IN, IN EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUTE BEHAVIORS.

AND SO OCCA REACHED OUT TO, TO CONDUCT THIS STUDY AND IT'S GOING TO BE CONDUCTED IN TWO PHASES THAT I MENTIONED, UH, THIS FIRST INITIAL SURVEY WAS REALLY DESIGNED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED THUS FAR, RIGHT? SO WHERE WERE WE PRIOR THE, TO THE PANDEMIC AND WHERE ARE WE AT THE TIME THAT THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE CHANGES? THERE WILL BE A FUTURE STUDY, UM, THE TIMING OF THAT AS YET TO BE DETERMINED, BUT THE IDEA BEING THAT AFTER THE PANDEMIC RECEIPTS, AND AS THINGS RETURNED TO WHATEVER THAT NEW NORMAL LOOKS LIKE, UM, THERE WILL BE A STUDY TO SEE TO WHAT EXTENT THESE CHANGES THAT ARE PRETTY DRAMATIC, THAT I'LL SHARE WITH YOU, THEY, UH, ENDURE INTO THE FUTURE.

AND SO, BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING AT, UH, WHAT CHANGES HAVE HAPPENED, YOU'LL SEE, IN THE STUDY, WE ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEIR EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUTE PATTERNS WERE LIKE IN FEBRUARY, PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.

AND THEN WHERE ARE THEY AT THE TIME THAT WE CONDUCTED THE STUDY, UH, WHICH IS IN JULY.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON A LOT IN THE SLIDES WE'RE GOING THROUGH.

SO IF WE CAN THEN GO NOW TO THE METHODOLOGY SLIDE TO SLIDE NUMBER THREE, JUST QUICKLY.

UM, WE USE WHAT'S CALLED A MIXED METHOD APPROACH TO THESE SURVEYS, WHICH IS REALLY THE BEST PRACTICES AND SURVEY METHODOLOGY THESE DAYS, WHERE YOU ARE REACHING OUT USING MULTIPLE RECRUITING METHODS.

IN THIS CASE, WE REACHED OUT USING BOTH TELEPHONES THAT'S LANDLINE, THEN CELL PHONES, AS WELL AS EMAIL.

AND WE GAVE FOLKS THE OPTION OF PARTICIPATING EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR ONLINE IN A PASSWORD PROTECTED WEBSITE.

UM, WE HAD ACTUALLY SET OUT TO DO 2000 INTERVIEWS AND WE WALKED BACK IN THE DOOR WITH OVER 2,500.

UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE SORT OF SILVER LININGS, IF YOU WILL, OF THE PANDEMIC IS MORE PEOPLE ARE HOME, RIGHT? THEY'VE GOT MORE TIME ON THEIR HANDS.

THEY'RE PROBABLY A LITTLE TIRED OF TALKING TO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY LIVE WITH.

THEY WANT TO TALK TO SOMEBODY ELSE, IT'LL CHANGE THE PACE.

AND, UH, BECAUSE OF THAT, UH, WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS ALL THE SURVEYS WE'VE BEEN CONDUCTING IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS ARE OUR PRODUCTION, OUR PRODUCTION, AND OUR PARTICIPATION RATES ARE REALLY HIGH.

UM, AND SO THAT ALLOWED US TO OVER DELIVER ON, ON COMPLETE, UH, CONDUCTED IN THREE LANGUAGES NOW, BECAUSE THIS WAS A RANDOM SAMPLE OF 2,548 INDIVIDUALS AND NOT A CENSUS OF ALL ADULTS IN THE COUNTY.

IT HAS, WHAT'S KNOWN AS A MARGIN OF ERROR DUE TO SAMPLING.

AND IN THIS CASE, THAT'S PLUS OR MINUS ABOUT 1.9%.

NOW WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE CAN BE 95% CONFIDENT THAT THE RESULTS I'LL SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT ARE WITHIN 1.9% OF WHAT WE WOULD HAVE FOUND.

HAVE WE SPOKEN WITH ALL ADULTS IN THE COUNTY? OKAY.

SO ONTO THE INTERESTING STUFF, UM, IF YOU TURN TO SLIDE FOUR, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES, WE OPEN UP THE SURVEY WITH A FEW HIGH LEVEL KIND OF WARM UP QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS THINKING ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY AS A WHOLE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING ORANGE COUNTY TODAY? THIS QUESTION WAS ASKED IN AN OPEN ENDED MANNER, MEANING THAT WE DIDN'T READ THEM THAT LIST OF OPTIONS AND ASK THEM TO CHOOSE.

THEY JUST GOT TO TELL US IN THEIR OWN WORDS, WE WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THEIR RESPONSES AND THEN GROUP THEM INTO THE CATEGORIES.

DO YOU SEE HERE TOP OF THE LIST, NOT SURPRISING COVID-19 CONCERNS AND ISSUES ABOUT A THIRD OF INDIVIDUALS SAID THAT THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING THE COUNTY TODAY.

UM, YOU HAD ABOUT 15% WHO WERE NOT SURE COULDN'T THINK OF AN ISSUE.

AND THEN AFTER THAT YOU SEE HOMELESSNESS, HOUSING AVAILABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

WHAT'S INTERESTING IS IF YOU SAME EXACT QUESTION.

WE ASKED FOR A SURVEY OF ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS IN 2018 FOR OTTA AND THE TOP THREE ISSUES AT THAT TIME WERE, UH, HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS, TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

SO THE TOP THREE ISSUES THEN ARE, ARE, IF YOU SUBTRACT COVID OUT OF THIS ARE STILL THE TOP THREE, BUT OBVIOUSLY COVID HAS SORT OF SUCKED A LOT OF AIR OUT OF THE ROOM, UH, IN, IN RECENT MONTHS.

SO GO AHEAD AND TURN TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WHICH IS OPINION OF COVID-19.

UH, PAGE FIVE.

WE ALSO ASKED INDIVIDUALS TO TELL US WHICH OPINION IS CLOSER TO THEIR OWN VIEW ABOUT WHERE ORANGE COUNTY STANDS IN THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS THE WORST BEHIND US, OR IS THE WORST YET TO COME.

YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT AT THE TIME WE COLLECTED THE DATA IN JULY, UH, AND YOU HAD ABOUT 20% WHO FELT LIKE THE WORST OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WAS BEHIND US.

YOU HAD A LARGE MAJORITY AT 63% WHO FELT LIKE THE WORST WAS YET TO COME.

IT'S INTERESTING.

I THINK TIMING HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HOW THESE ANSWERS PLAYED OUT.

IF YOU LOOK AT A STATEWIDE SURVEY A COUPLE OF MONTHS EARLIER, SAME EXACT QUESTION,

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IT WAS EVENLY SPLIT.

YOU HAD ABOUT HALF THE PEOPLE THAT HAD AN OPINION FELT THAT THAT THE WORST WAS BEHIND US.

AND ABOUT HALF WHO FELT THAT THE WORST WAS YET TO COME.

THAT WAS IN MAY TIMEFRAME, I BELIEVE.

AND IF YOU REMEMBER ABOUT MAY, WE'VE BENT THE CURVE, THINGS WERE LOOKING GOOD.

THERE WASN'T A SENSE LIKE, HEY, WE WE'VE REALLY CONTROLLED THIS.

AND THEN COME JULY.

WE HAD, WE WERE HAVING, UH, SPIKES AGAIN IN CORONAVIRUS CASES.

AND I THINK THAT PLAYS OUT IN THE ANSWERS TO THIS QUESTION.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

SO IF YOU GO TO FIVE, SIX, UH, EMPLOYMENT STATUS, UM, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE HERE IS A SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISONS.

AND SO FOR RESPONDENTS, WE ASKED THEM THINKING BACK TO FEBRUARY, OBVIOUSLY PRE PANDEMIC TIMES, RIGHT? WHAT WAS THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS IN FEBRUARY? SAME QUESTION WE LATER ASKED ABOUT WHAT WAS THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS IN JUNE.

AND YOU CAN SEE IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS SLIDE, THAT FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT DECREASED BY 9% BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JUNE PART TIME EMPLOYMENT DECREASED 1% SELF-EMPLOYMENT DECREASED 1.6%.

CONVERSELY, THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO WERE UNEMPLOYED OR LOOKING FOR WORK LAID OFF ARE FURLOUGHED INCREASED FROM 4% IN FEBRUARY, ALL THE WAY UP TO 18% BY JUNE, RIGHT? SO WE HAD A BIG NET LOSS OF JOBS BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JUNE.

AND AGAIN, THIS DATA IS SPECIFIC TO ORANGE COUNTY.

UM, IN THE REPORT, YOU CAN DIG INTO HOW THIS BREAKS DOWN ACROSS DIFFERENT GROUPS.

BUT THE ONE THING THAT'S VERY CLEAR IS THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT, THE NET LOSS OF JOBS WAS NOT FELT EVENLY ACROSS THE COUNTY.

AND THAT YOU FOUND THAT INDIVIDUALS FROM LOWER INCOME HOUSEHOLD, LATINOS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, AND YOUNGER INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCED MORE NET JOB LOSSES THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE SLIDE SEVEN.

THIS IS THE ONE TITLED WORKDAYS PER WEEK, FEBRUARY IN JUNE.

SO ON THE PRIOR SLIDE, WE SAW THAT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF JOBS BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JUNE.

WE ALSO WANTED TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW, UM, IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF DAYS PEOPLE ARE WORKING PER WEEK WAS THAT IMPACTED.

AND SO WE ASKED INDIVIDUALS IN FEBRUARY, HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK THEY WORK.

UM, AND YOU CAN SEE AT THE BOTTOM ON AVERAGE, IF YOU WERE EMPLOYED IN FEBRUARY, YOU'RE AVERAGE, YOU AVERAGE 4.95 DAYS PER WEEK, RIGHT? SO THAT'S ALMOST FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR EVERYBODY BY JUNE AMONG THOSE WHO WERE EMPLOYED, NOT ONLY WAS THAT A SMALLER NUMBER OF PEOPLE, WHEN YOU ASK THEM HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK THEY WORK, WHAT YOU SEE AS THE AVERAGE WAS 4.73.

SO WE HAVE FEWER PEOPLE WORKING OVERALL AT, AMONG THOSE WHO ARE WORKING.

WE HAVE FEWER DAYS PER WEEK BEING WORKED, SLIDE EIGHT, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE ONE TITLED TELEWORK DAYS PER WEEK, FEBRUARY IN JUNE.

AND YOU ARE GOING TO SEE SOME VERY DRAMATIC CHANGES HERE.

UM, WE ASKED INDIVIDUALS BACK IN FEBRUARY, UM, HOW MANY DAYS OF WEEK THEY WORK FROM HOME, RIGHT? AND THEN WE ASKED THE SAME THING FOR JUNE POST PANDEMIC, RIGHT? OR ONCE THE PANDEMIC THAT OCCURRED.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S BEEN THIS VERY DRAMATIC CHANGE IN WHERE BUSINESSES BEING CONDUCTED IN ORANGE COUNTY.

UM, IN FEBRUARY, YOU HAD LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF EMPLOYEES, 23%, WHO INDICATED THEY WORKED FROM HOME AT LEAST ONE DAY PER WEEK, RIGHT? WHICH RESULTED IN THE COUNTY WIDE AVERAGE OF ALL EMPLOYEES, UM, OF ABOUT 0.6, SEVEN, SIX DAYS WORKING AT HOME PER WEEK.

SO IF YOU TOOK THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS WORKED AT HOME PER WEEK AMONG ORANGE COUNTY EMPLOYEES IN FEBRUARY, IT WAS 0.7, SIX DAYS FAST FORWARD TO JUNE, RIGHT? SO JUST A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS, AND YOU CAN SEE SUCH A DRAMATIC CHANGE THAT IN JUNE, THE AVERAGE ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT WHO WAS EMPLOYED WAS WORKING FROM HOME 2.5 DAYS, TWO DAYS PER WEEK.

AND SO WE HAVE THE MAJORITY OF, OF WORK HOURS.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT NOW, BEING IN THE HOME, AS OPPOSED TO AT AN OUTSIDE PLACE OF BUSINESS, UM, GO AHEAD AND SWITCH IF YOU WILL SLIDE NINE, THE WORK COMMUTE.

SO AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE WITH EVERYBODY WORKING FROM HOME, OR A LOT OF, A LOT OF, UH, INDIVIDUALS NOW TRANSFERRING FROM AN OUTSIDE WORKPLACE TO WORKING AT HOME THAT THAT COULD IMPACT, UM, THE COMMUTE STATUS.

AND SO IN FEBRUARY, WHEN WE ASKED THEM TO DESCRIBE, UM, WHEN THEY COMMUTE TO A DESTINATION OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOME, UH, HOW DO THEY COMMUTE? YOU CAN SEE THE VERY LARGE PERCENTAGE, 77% INDICATED THAT THEY DRIVE ALONE TO WORK RIGHT BY JUNE THAT 77% HAD TURNED INTO 48%, RIGHT? DUE TO THAT BIG GROWTH IN THE WHITE PART OF THE CHART THERE, WHICH IS THE PERCENTAGE OF FOLKS WHO SAID, I ONLY WORK FROM HOME NOW.

I DON'T ACTUALLY COMMUNITY ANYWHERE.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE THAT IN THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND CARPOOLING AND VAN POLLING, WHICH ARE CLUSTERED TOWARDS THE TOP OF THOSE BARS.

EACH OF THOSE WERE CUT ROUGHLY IN HALF, RIGHT? SO WE'VE SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN COMMUTES OVERALL, AND A DRAMATIC INCREASE, CONSEQUENTLY, IN THOSE VARIOUS, MMM, GO AHEAD AND TURN TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

JUST SLIDE 10.

UM, YOU KNOW, TOO, FOR INDIVIDUALS

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BE ABLE TO WORK FROM HOME, RIGHT? THEY NEED AN EMPLOYER.

WHO'S WILLING TO DO THAT AND ALLOW THAT.

AND WHAT WE SEE IN THIS SLIDE IS THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS REALLY FORCED A LOT OF EMPLOYERS TO CHANGE THEIR POLICIES IN THIS RESPECT.

UM, IN JUNE WE ASKED INDIVIDUALS, UH, DID YOUR, I MEAN, I'M SORRY.

IN FEBRUARY, PRIOR TO THE KRONOS CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, WE ASKED THEM IF THEIR EMPLOYER GAVE THEM THE OPTION TO WORK AT HOME AT LEAST ONE DAY PER WEEK.

AND AS YOU CAN SE