Friday, November 10, 2006

Pat Bates is good for Coto de Caza: OCR & Coto de Caza Board of Directors

Pat Bates is good for Coto de Caza: OCR & Coto de Caza Board of Directors

November 10, 2006

Picking up where she left off during her pre-election “reporting”, the Orange County Register’s reporter Peggy Lowe argues that Pat Bates is good for Coto de Caza, and then cites members of the Coto de Caza board of directors as proof.

In the Orange County article titled Bates win supervisors seat dated November 10, 2006, Lowe quotes Bates’ as saying “We really proved grass roots beats big money any day of the week” – what Lowe fails to mention, is the bowing to union pressure, and in a classic “100,000 flies could not be wrong”-fashion, the republican machinery was at Bates' disposal, including the OCR’s adporting.

Lowe quotes former member of the Coto de Caza board of directors Lyle Schlieder as saying “Pat Bates is going to do a lot for Coto. She has more of a handle about what’s going on in the unincorporated areas and try to get things done for us”. Lowe fails to mention that a Pat Bates Celebratory party was held in a CZ Master Association-subsidized exquisite manor, endorsed by the president of the Coto de Caza board of directors. When CotoBuzz asked Pat Bates whether she supported this type of stewardship, her representative’s response was “we are not familiar with the area”!

Lowe also fails to mention that the Coto de Caza board of directors continue to pursue personal agendas asking the County for funds to “sell” the idea of city hood to Coto residents – Bates has not responded to numerous CotoBuzz’s requests for her position on this issue.

During 1995 and 1996, Orange County borrowed $1,039,000,000 ($1,940,000,000 including interest) to resolve bankruptcy claims resulting from the collapse of the Orange County Investment pool in 1994. One of the Superior Court recommendations after the Grand Jury hearings was that “Orange County prepare and publish each fiscal year a detailed analysis comparing original estimates with year-end actuals; explaining any variation consisting of plus or minus 10%. To date, we have been unable to ascertain whether Orange County is indeed preparing and publishing the recommended “detailed analysis comparing original estimates with year-end actuals and explaining any variation consisting of plus or minus ten percent”.

The reason this is relevant, is that Pat Bates has supported the 3%@50 plan for civil servants that will significantly stress the Orange County Finances at a time when the county does not have the financial wherewithal to deliver the quality of services it needs, especially in the public safety area. It is expected Pat Bates will support the annexation of Coto de Caza by a soon to be bankrupt City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

If we learned anything from this last election is that voters have had it with waste, and the over-abundance of ethical breaches. Let’s hope that Pate Bates and the OC Republican party learned the same lesson.


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