Friday, November 17, 2006

The Orange County Register's Adporting & Coto's Baloney Factor

November 17, 2006

Hello All: In this morning’s Register, Zipperman is reported as saying that the reason for the 2007 CZ dues increase is past CZ Board actions and the minimum wage increase. The so called fuel increase reasoning has gone by the wayside since the cost of gas has come down. If by past CZ Board’s he means the incompetent Varo/Mezger CZ Board that has been in office for several years has caused the $850,000 Incompetence Tax, then I could not agree with him more. If by inference he is saying that the Zarian, Glisson or Rose CZ Boards who have been gone for years caused the 2005 and 2007 dues increases then like Mezger, he is full of baloney. Zarian appropriately raised dues that had been place for years. Glisson never raised dues because we were able to get big things done while living within our means. Rose appropriately and substantially raised dues and concluded the street construction defect lawsuit to get our Reserve house in order.

It has been the incompetent Varo/Mezger CZ Board that has raised dues because they have failed to control expenses, properly manage our suppliers, generate revenues from freeloaders in our midst and stop and or moderate all the subsidies going to other organizations. So, Steve, let’s at least be clear as to which CZ Board we are talking about concerning both the 2005 and 2007 CZ dues increases. It is the incompetent Varo/Mezger CZ Board that you sit on that has caused these dues increases.

Specific the minimum wage red herring. Does anyone at Keystone earn minimum wage? Does anyone at Universal earn minimum wage? I very much doubt that any of the landscape maintenance people earn minimum wage because it is almost impossible to hire anyone in Orange County at minimum wage. Certainly, Harkins and all the high priced Consultants on the payroll do not earn minimum wage. So, Steve please doesn’t insult our intelligence.

The Varo/Mezger CZ Board should put a study group together to explore ways of cutting expenses, dealing with our suppliers, generating revenues from freeloaders and stopping and/or moderating the subsidies going to other organizations which are the real reasons for the 2005 and 2007 dues increases. If these issues are not dealt with, we will experience dues increases every year until kingdom come. So, Steve, what will your excuse be next year? Watch out, it is a trick question. Joe Morabito

P.S. Varo tells us we should be glad that the Incompetence Tax was contained to just 5% in 2007. Well Bob we are not glad we are being forced to pay for your failures.

Hi Joe:

Simply more OC Register adporting - advertising passing as reporting. It is not like the Register needs to spend money on research - all sides of the issue are available to them with the click of a mouse, or a phone call.

You can ask for either a clarification or an errata - since Ed was able to get one from the OCR, why not?

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