Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What does it take to create a public spectacle? - In Coto de Caza

What does it take to create a public spectacle? - In Coto de Caza

June 5, 2007

During the 2007 CZ Master Association Candidate’s Nigh (in preparation for the 2007 CZ board of directors' election), incumbents Varo/Mezger insisted that because Ladera Ranch residents were making a public spectacle, CHP hours that otherwise might be allocated to Coto de Caza, were not.

2007 CHP enforcement hours in the Coto de Caza area are down 60% compared to 2006 CHP enforcement hours. Yet, the citations/CHP-hour continues to increase almost two-fold, for speeding alone!

What does it take for Coto de Caza residents to make a public spectacle, so the community can get additional enforcement hours from what the OCR calls “mercenaries”, err…. hired-hands?. Heck, even enforcement hours from the law enforcement agency "significantly vested in the community", as the OCR calls this agency and the one which the community has been promised (by board president RObert Varo), it will get “shortly”, for the last five years, will do!

Particularly when crime in Orange County is in a downward trend, but not so in unincorporated communities, such as Coto de Caza. In fact according to the latest Sheriff figures, crime is up, comparable to the national trend in the nearby city of Rancho Santa Margarita.

What it will take is for the new Board leadership led by Steve Zipperman to build a great relationship with the CHP. Obviously, that may mean apologies for the past Varo/Mezger blunders; but sometimes eating crow is the only way. Most important, Varo & Mezger should not be part of any meetings with the CHP since they did so much to damage the relationship. Joe Morabito


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