October 2007 ISSUE
We do not make jokes, we simply watch the LA Times, the Orange County Register and CID/HOA board of directors and report the facts!
Coto's Dads Take Matters Into Own Hands, Get A+: CHP Collision Report, 3Q2007
Kudos Coto Moms & Dads for doing what the CZ BOD refused to even consider!
The 3Q2007 CHP collision figures just received from the CHP show a quarterly collision level (on an annualized basis) comparable to the levels the Coto de Caza community experienced prior to expulsion of the CHP by the CZ Master Association board of directors, leaving the community with no pro-active traffic patrol for more than two years. After the firing of the CHP, the collision rate doubled each year, leading to the first traffic fatality in the community in December 2005, and three months later, the second fatality that was largely ignored, not only by the CZ board, but also by the Orange County Register.
Immediately after the first fatality in December 2005, the CZ master association board of directors was coerced into rehiring the CHP for pro-active traffic patrol. A note posted in the Coto Discussion Forum, authored by the then security chairperson, on Friday, December 9 in response to former board member, Joseph Morabito's charges of board negliglece reads:"The Board agreed last night to rehire the CHP after concerned residents voiced their opinion unequivocally and unanimously that we wanted CHP back in here immediately. CHP have started patrolling effective immediately in anticipation of a contract with CZ Master (a friend already received a tickets AND was glad they were back). I just wish it could have happened early. It just might have made a difference - and it breaks my heart".
It is often argued that hindsight is 20-20, however, what happens when public servants fail to even consider recommendations from responsible leaders, such as CHP's captain Helzig? The letter below was sent to the CZ master associatio board of directors days before the first fatality:
The CZ board of directors-friendly
Orange County Register on the other hand, in the
article titled Community
mourns Coto teen killed in crash, published
Friday, December 9, 2005 quotes then president Robert Varo’s misguided reason for firing
While Hillsboro district delegate Robert Bellamy exhorts Coto parents to get involved in the most important public safety issue of proactive traffic patrol and writes “I believe that it is time for the residents of Coto de Caza to unite and very aggressively do what we as individuals can do to help secure proactive traffic enforcement from both the CHP and the OC Sheriff. Well placed telephone calls to CHP officials, Supervisor Wilson and Sheriff Carona will go a long way if we present a united front and maximize the political clout that residents here possess"
The move however, was largely ineffective in the short term, as the CZ master association let road certification expire, meaning that the CHP was not able to operate, then simply blamed it on a missing tickler file.
At about this time, we challenged the board to commit to lowering the old time high collision rate to 2002 levels. The board did not even respond.
Although CHP patrol hours are down during 2007, the citations per hour have doubled. Hardly an explanation for the significant decrease in the number of collisions during 3Q2007. We suspect that major drivers are the responsible Coto Moms and Dads, “cool dads”, notwithstanding as well as the criminalizing of underage drinking in California. Kudos Coto Moms & Dads! - you have done what the CZ BOD did not even consider doing!
We should note that according to CHP’ Officer Goodwin, two of the collisions were caused by two DUI 18 year old Coto residents, subsequently arrested.
Letter to the Varo/Mezger CZ Master Association board of directors days before the first traffic fatality in the community, dated 11/3, 2005
certainly understand when the CZ BOD’s president
says that it is mind boggling to deal with City Hall.
It is more so when one deals with a BOD who
wants to turn Coto into that same bureaucracy!
besides the fact that we are confident we can prove in
a court of law that the decision to fire
the CHP does not pass the Business Judgment
Rule, simply bringing in the Sheriff is NOT pro-active
have written so many times, we subscribe to CHP
Captain Elzig’s pro-active traffic control formula:
pro-active traffic controls must include:
Awareness campaign – In the past, Lt Deck and Captain Elzig have communicated with the CZ
board and volunteered to launch such campaign.
She has even volunteered to attend CZ Master
Board meeting and discuss the issue with residents!
Visibility – simply having a CHP or Sheriff’s patrol car around the most
dangerous roads minimizes speeding – even if the
vehicles are un-manned - most accidents occur in three
roads within Coto – hence these are not
Community patrol – as shareholders we have the duty to enforce the corporation’s
watches need to be coordinated with the other security
Issuing citations – A strong deterrent – All violators should then be held accountable
for their actions.
This does not mean that only certain violators
are cited. If
socially challenged Country Club and Concert patrons,
and others, do not have the self-control to hold their
liquor or any other drugs,
cannot or will not obey traffic laws, AND they
are targeted, they should then be held accountable,
just like and speeder or gate runner:
Monitoring – by monitoring relevant statistics (as compared to the useless data
collected by Securitas), and communicating with the
Nationhood watch, the community is best able to
determine what adjustments are necessary.
issue is not whether to bring in the Sheriff or the
issue is to have an effective pro-active traffic
control plan, which we have been requesting from this
board for over two years.
fact that the board is having predictable problems in
bringing in the Sheriff, is not an excuse for not
implementing the other components of the plan, ANY
the board, Keystone and legal counsel to take
immediate action, articulating and implementing an
effective pro-active traffic control plan.
Otherwise, an objective person will immediately
see individual and collective negligence written all
over any future accidents within Coto.
I have given this issue a lot of personal attention,
volunteered to collaborate on a security
strategic plan, and volunteered to provide data to the Keystone
GM – no response.
de Caza, 2Q2007 CHP Collision Summary
December 2005 Newsletter
November 2005 Newsletter
October 2005 Newsletter
Sep 2005 Newsletter
Enemy in Coto de Caza's Midst - The CHP!
Tribute to Mr. Morteza Manian On The First Anniversary
of His Tragic Death
de Caza's Equus trailus patrolus publicus (horse trail
patrols paid by the commonwealth)
de Caza?s Public Safety, A Job For The Mounties - A
Paraphrase of the Orange County Register ? But, why
waste scarce, precious resources patrolling horse
trails?XThe Mounties are Coming, the Mounties are
in Coto - Big Mouth CZ Bob- By Joseph Morabito, former
member CZ Master Association Board of Directors
CotoBuzz Journal March 2007
De Caza, Ladera Ranch, Safest Communities in the
Canyons ? Not!
Patrol Hours Down, DUI-related Accidents Up: Coto de
Caza Traffic Accident Trends - 1Q2007 - another Case
Santa Margarita Residents arrested for DUI
de Caza?s Bastard Child: Public Safety
Safety Committee to Committee to Turn Coto de Caza
Into a City - Overview
CotoBuzz Journal May 2007
Varo anti-CHP Sentiment continues: CHP GO HOME, KEEP
OUT OF OUR DUIs!
DOES ITS JOB – CZ BOARD PLEASE DO YOURS!
the public abuse the CHP has received from the Coto de
Caza board of directors ever since the board was
coerced into bringing the CHP back for pro-active
traffic patrol, figures indicate that the CHP is doing
its job: Trend
for accident rate is down and close to pre-firing
as important, the number of Coto residents arrested
for DUI is down. See
chart below for actual accident rate.
Enforcement – Evil, Necessary Evil, Or Noble
Profession and Role Model? In
open societies, we posit that law enforcement follows
Law Enforcement Goes Where it is Needed and
Stays Where it is Wanted
Coto de Caza Crime and Vandalism Report
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