Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Coto de Caza BOD's involved in transparency, or committed to it?

Coto de Caza BOD's involved in transparency, or committed to it?

June 19, 2007

Given that certain reporters either do not know the meaning of the word paraphrase, (or misplace), or simply define the terms as they please to promote their own agenda, we figured that it is best to define the term commitment, since the CZ board president has gone on record as being committed to transparency.

It so happens that a call placed today to Senator Kuehl’s office inquiring on why Senator Kuehl is protecting homeowner association management companies and boards of directors AND NOT THE OWNERS, the person answering the phone defined the term “stakeholders” as management companies and board of of directors!

Commitment- Defined

a) a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.

b) The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons: a deep commitment to liberal policies; a profound commitment to the family.

Commitment- An application

We like to use the All American Ham and Eggs Breakfast as an analogy to differentiate between involvement and commitment: We say that the chicken was involved in the breakfast, whereas the pig was committed – the question then is, will the 2007-2008 Coto de Caza board of directors be involved in transparency, or committed to it?


commitment. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved June 17, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/commitment


The end of a Prostituting,.. err Paraphrase Era?- Prior to the arrival of Melissa Jones to the Orange County Register as City editor, we had extensive discussions with Lyn Montagna (Jones’ predecessor) on the type of responsible community journalism needed for Coto de Caza.

OCR Paraphrasing in Laguna Woods Village -The CotoBuzz Journal previously reported on a brewing scandal related to alleged misuse of credit card by property management company employees in an article titled Laguna Woods Residents Outraged by Use of Credit Cards Issued to Property Manager Employees! Concerned Residents Speak Up About Fiscal Mismanagement –

When is a retraction not a retraction? When it comes from the OCR! In the August 4 issue of the OCR’s CanyonLife, hidden under a picture of the Pet of the Week, appears an inconspicuous paragraph titled Clarification that reads”

NYTimes “Paraphrases” Military Rape Story - CZ "Paraphrased" Story on CHP Firing- On March 18th, the New York Times published a piece titled “The Women’s War”, centered around the plight of several female Veterans of the war in Iraq.

Coto de Caza’s Bastard Child – Public Safety- In just 15 short months, the community witnessed the absence of the CHP for proactive traffic patrol followed by two tragic traffic accidents. In the last one, the board blamed the victim, although the teen driver eventually pleaded guilty.


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