Archive for August, 2008

    Mission Viejo native Mark Sanchez left no doubt about his ability to lead the USC Trojans when USC trounced Virginia, 52-17, on Saturday.

    Sanchez, who dislocated his kneecap on August 8, missed practice after the injury and stood to lose his starting role if it hadn’t healed before the opener.  He showed no physical limitations in completing 26 of 35 passes for 337 yards in front of 65,000 spectators. 

    Sanchez’s No. 3 ranked Trojans meet No. 2 ranked Ohio State on September 13.


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    Fines of up to $10,000 can be levied effective Monday for improper disposal of hypodermic needles (“sharps”) in trash or public places.  Mission Viejo has a program with Waste Management for complying with the new state law.  The Company will provide Disposal by Mail containers upon request. Call Waste Management at 877-927-8363 to find out how to use the program.

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Allan Bridgford

Allan Bridgford

    Last night the MVHS Diablos defeated Baldwin High School 48-21 on the island of Maui.  The game had been highly anticipated by islanders because of the strong ranking of this year’s MV team.

    The Diablos were ranked 6th in the West and 40th nationally.  The Baldwin Bears were ranked 6th among Hawaiian football teams and had gone to the State Semi-finals in four of the last five years.

    Dallas Kessman, one of two sophomores on the team with Riley Detrick, scored the first touchdown of the game and added a second later.  Alex Mascarenas also scored two touchdowns.  Six extra point attempts were converted by Kassius Boswell.

Kevin Chandler

Kevin Chandler

    Kevin Chandler led the scoring for the Diablos with three touchdowns.  He caught eight passes from Allan Bridgford who completed 14 of 20 attempts.

    Early in the second half the score was 48-0, an outstanding offensive and defensive effort by MV.  After the game Baldwin’s coach told the the Maui News, ‘‘That team is everything as advertised. They are a great football team. Coach (Bob) Johnson does a great job with that team. That is why they are ranked 40th in the nation. My hat is off to them.”

    The MV team stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel where the guys enjoyed a great bonding experience which should be an asset for the rest of the season.  They underwent physical conditioning every day until noon.

    The game was the season opener for the Diablos. MV has a bye next week before traveling to Redondo on September 12.  Click here to view team roster.

Photos by Lisa Detrick

Photos by Lisa Detrick (Click to Enlarge)

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    Mission Viejo residents can get a glimpse into their potential future from an LA Times article about a mixed-use development in Fullerton. It is similar to the City of Mission Viejo’s vision for the shopping centers at LaPaz and Marguerite, and perhaps outlying centers as well. Mixing high-density residential and retail works in LA, but it’s a bad fit in the suburbs.

    Residents, shopkeepers and surrounding neighbors are unhappy at Fullerton’s SoCal Walk, according to an LA Times story, Fullerton Residents See Downside of Downtown

    The City of Mission Viejo calls mixed-use a “revitalization” of La Paz and Marguerite. Sounds innocent enough, but it really means developers leveling existing businesses serving everyday family needs. Replacing them will be three stories of apartments stacked on top of trendy stores, bars and eateries catering to a younger urban population that will feel just as out of place here as their Fullerton soul mates do there.

    The scheme is formally called “social engineering,” or high-density urban clusters in low-density family communities. It was introduced in Mission Viejo by Councilman Frank Ury’s former planning commission appointee and is now embraced by the city council and staff. It’s likely only the housing crash has held off the bulldozers, and only a change on the city council will stop the eventual demise.

    Fullerton and Mission had gone urban on other fronts as well, with similar unhappy results. Recent newspaper stories pointed to policing and related problems at Fullerton’s nearby redevelopment that preserved old buildings but turned its downtown into the French Quarter of Orange County.

    At one point the Fullerton City Council considered requiring restaurants with bars to clean up their patrons’ vomit, urine and trash from the sidewalks just like the nightclubs are required to do. Mission Viejo has encountered enforcement and littering problems mostly with pre-teens and teens at the Kaliedoscope urban entertainment center, but at least one of its restaurants had asked for a 2 am license to lure young adults.

    Is the glimpse in the Times article what we want for Misson Viejo?

Allan Pilger

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    On August 21 the City of Mission Viejo filed a court petition alleging two sentences in Neil Lonsinger’s city council candidate statement were false or misleading, and should be amended or deleted.  The Dispatch has learned the action was precipitated and orchestrated behind the scenes by Councilman Lance MacLean. 

    Lonsinger alleged in his original statement that the City spent $23,000 on easels for an anniversary event, and that City Hall lied by stating the job was done largely by volunteers. MacLean used public works director Keith Rattay to convince the City Clerk the easels cost the city about $16,500 instead of Lonsinger’s number of $23,000.  Lonsinger was not contacted by the City for clarification or supporting documentation before he was served with a court summons.

    Although City Code prohibits a council member from directing the actions of City staff, it appears MacLean enlisted staff members, taxpayer money, and the City Attorney in achieving his political goal of trying to smear Lonsinger. 

    The easel cost has been explored by other residents who obtained city records under the Public Records Act.  Those facts and analysis were published in detail by the editorial staff of the Mission Viejo Newsblog on August 2 and August 9, substantiating Lonsinger’s statement.

    At today’s court hearing Lonsinger’s attorney, Brad Morton, told the judge, “Mr. Lonsinger adamantly believes his original candidate statement is true, but felt it imprudent to further use resources of the court and city taxpayers, as well as the candidate himself, since changing a few words could resolve the matter.” 

    Lonsinger reached a resolution with the City within a few hours after he was served the petition on Monday, but the City had already placed an article on its website, released a newsletter, and given an unfavorable story to the OC Register. 

    Today (Thursday) an OC judge instructed the county registrar to honor the agreement between Neil and the City to amend his city council candidate’s statement.

Neil Lonsinger

Neil Lonsinger

    “Despite this childish action against me,” said Lonsinger, “I hope voters appreciate my mature approach to dealing with this matter.  I believe this is the type of level-headed judgment we need to address problems of the City.  Residents want practical, experienced people on the council instead of raging, vengeful politicians who enjoy playing dirty tricks.”

    Lonsinger anticipates more misleading attacks against him by a small, close-knit alliance of well-heeled special interests and political professionals associated with promoting the election of Frank Ury and Ury’s recruit, Richard Atkinson.

[Note: As already disclosed under About, Mr. Morton is the publisher of the MV Dispatch.]

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    The  City  of  Mission  Viejo  has  taken a position favoring the extension of the 241 tollroad from Rancho Santa Margarita to San Clemente because it believes the corridor will relieve traffic that uses MV streets as a pathway to the I-5.

    The Commerce Department will hold a hearing on September 22 from 10:30am to 8:30pm at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in O’Brien Hall.  Public speakers are required to register early by mail only.  Requests must be received by September 12 by Thomas Street, NOAA Office of General Counsel for Ocean Services, 1305 E-W Highway – Room 6111, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Written requests must include: Full name, address, whether testimony will be provided on behalf of an individual, organization, elected official or a tribe. Participants who wish to testify on behalf of an organization must submit the request on the organization’s letterhead, identify his or her title within the organization, and certify that the individual is authorized to provide testimony on behalf of the organization. Only one person will be permitted to speak on behalf of an organization. Elected officials must identify their official titles and must testify in person. Individual speakers will have three minutes to testify. Elected officials and representatives of organizations will be allotted five minutes. After receiving the written requests, NOAA will create a schedule of speakers, which will be posted online prior to the hearing.

    Speaking priority will be given to elected officials, followed by representatives of organizations or Indian tribes.  Other public speakers will allowed subject to remaining time.

    The Commerce Department is considering whether to overturn a decision of the California Coastal Commission which prohibited the planned extension of the tollroad.

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    Recently it has come to my attention that our city is funding a 2009 Pasadena Rose Parade float and budgeting $300K on the project. This disturbs me as I cannot see the justification of taking city taxpayer funds and wasting it on a 1-minute TV spot celebrating our city.

    Unless I am mistaken, Mission Viejo is almost completely developed. Past justifications for “float publicity” could have been made using new home ownership or recruiting new residents. Not now – we are an established, well-heeled, built-out community. So that doesn’t seem to work. I guess you could argue that the float building will foster short-term community pride. At least to those who know the project extisted in the first place.

    But lets slow down a second and think this through. If we are really seeking community pride, then how about funneling money into projects which provide long-term value to our city and our citizens? Why are we not proposing an annual college scholarship fund for Mission Viejo high school seniors? My three boys have graduated and I know how much it costs to send a kid to college. Too late for the Greenwoods, but our city can help others on the road to higher education. 

    Think about it! It achieves so many more goals that a “flash in a pan” $300,000.00 float. Flowers wither away, people forget. But if we funded a annual scholarship program with our taxpayer money, wouldn’t we be achieving the goals we really want?

  • Encouraging educational excellence and student ambition
  • Training new generations of leaders
  • Rewarding back city taxpayers with an investment
  • Creating Civic Pride

    Our current city council members and future council candidates seem very confused on how to use our money. Lets help them to clarity. Why not force them to think bigger and longer term? If you were investing $300,000.00 where would you invest it? In a short term happy hug, or a value-laden program all of our city can be proud of for years to come. I challenge the council members and candidates to do the right thing!

Michael C. Greenwood

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