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Archive for November, 2008

Letter: Losing the Dream

Culture and Leisure are almost 50% of total expenditures when we have roads and other infrastuture that looks like third world countries [Re Deficit]. Need to get back to basics in running this city before it loses it’s “California Dream status.”

Steve Caporaso

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    Trabuco made it to the final four in the Southwest Division by beating Western last night, 28-21. 

    The Mustangs let Western catch them at 21-21, but Donnie Simonson rushed for the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Western pushed the football toward the goal line, but failed to tie the game when time ran out.

    Trabuco will meet the high-scoring offense of LaHabra next week.  The victor will meet the winner  of Tustin v. Canyon for the Divison championship.

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    Lakewood advanced to the semi-finals of the Pac-5 playoffs last night by defeating Mission Viejo 28-7.  The Diablos, averaging around 40 points this season, never got their game into synch on Lakewood’s field. Mission had little to show for over 200 yards passing, after suffering two interceptions and a fumble.

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    Yesterday the City Clerk published the City financial summary for fiscal 2007-2008.  The report, required by state law, shows the City Council overspent revenue by almost $12 million.  

    Expenditures were $63,197,302 while revenue was $51,357,432.  At the beginning of the fiscal year the General Fund balance was $55,082,182 while the year ended on June 30 with a balance of $43,158,728. 

   The City Treasurer and Investment Advisory Commission have expressed concern that recent spending trends have created a strain on the City’s discretionary reserves. The bulk of the fund is allocated for specific purposes or unpaid commitments, leaving only about $5 million for discretionary purposes. 

    Recently the council tried to liquidate some City assets for cash to supplement reserves.  The transaction, a sale of City leases on cellular antenna sites, fell through earlier this month.

    The report showed the following net expenses for 2007-2008:

  • General Government – $10,931,422
  • Public Safety – $13,094,707
  • Transportation – $8,227,592
  • Community Development – $2,209,106
  • Culture & Leisure – $27,092,309

    The Council will hold a budget workshop meeting on December 15.

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    Mission Viejo relinquished its title as “America’s Safest City” in the new 2008-2009 crime rankings.  MV ranked 2nd among all cities.  

    Ramapo, New York, squeezed out the top spot.  Five of the top ten cities are in New York.

    Neighboring Irvine and Lake Forest ranked 11th and 12th, respectively.  Three other OC cities made the top 50: Huntington Beach (32), Orange (37), and Newport Beach (45).

    The rankings are conducted by CQ Press and based on FBI statistics for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. Larceny-theft was removed from this year’s analysis. Larceny-theft comprises about 60% of crimes, but the FBI felt inclusion of that category diminished the focus on more serious crimes.

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    The Santa Poll was concluded Sunday night after reaching a stabilized outcome over the past few days.  The results were 67% oppose relocating the Workshop from Four Corners (LaPaz & Marguerite) to Civic Center, while 33% favor moving the Workshop to the Civic Center, according to the tabulation company.

    The Mission Viejo Activities Committee has stated the Workshop will be at Civic Center this year.  It is unclear whether afterward MVAC and the City will reassess the location for 2009.

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     The Trabuco High Mustangs scored a decisive victory in their first round of the Southwest Division playoffs.  The team defeated Valencia 35-21 on Friday and will host Western in the quarterfinals next week.

    Trabuco scored early compiling a 28-7 lead over Valencia at halftime, then coasted to the victory although outscored 14-7 in the second half.  Shane DeCillo led the rushing attack for the Mustangs with 120 yards and two touchdowns.  Chris Simonton pulled down a 46-yard pass from Jason JJ Mayer for a score and added another touchdown on a short run from the two-yard line.  Mayer was 7-10-2 for 155 passing yards.

    The next opponent, Western, defeated Sunny Hills, 38-15.  Western was 9-2 during the regular season and unbeaten in league play.  It was defeated by Fullerton and Tustin, both in close contests.

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