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TCJ February 2007 Issue

We do not make jokes, we simply watch the LA Times, the Orange County Register and the Coto de Caza Board of directors and report the facts!


The Enemy in Coto de Caza's Midst - The CHP!

January 28, 2007

Considering the history of Coto de Caza,

Can you name all the service providers that have been on a quarterly review (rather than yearly review) – to make sure the service it provides is acceptable?  Can you name the members of the board of directors when such actions have taken place?

Can you name the service providers with such poor performance that the board of directors  decided to retrain these service providers  (instead of firing them)?   Can you name the members of the board of directors when such actions have taken place?

This is to illustrate the fact that there has not been a board that has exhibited such depraved indifference as the Varo/Mezger boards.

Consider that Varo/Mezger fired the CHP without a suitable replacement then refused to take calls from CHP management who were blindsided with such irresponsible firing.

Varo/Mezger fired the largest private security in the world and replaced it with a small regional one without evidence of due diligence.

The first traffic fatality in Coto de Caza happened on the Varo/Mezger watch – and so did the second one.

After the Varo/Mezger board was coerced to bring back the CHP because of the short-termed anger over the first fatality, the road certification expired rendering the CHP re-hiring practically useless for a time – the blame went to a missing “tickler file like the ones trademark attorneys use”

The gardener and the private security guard got a raise before the Varo/Mezger board was coerced into renewing the CHP contract for 2007.

The private security guard is being trained, since apparently he does not know which end of the US flag is up, yet the CHP is the only service provider in the Varo/Mezger boards to ever get a contract reviewed quarterly!

It is no secret that Varo/Mezger are not welcomed in San Juan Capistrano.

It is no secret that among Varo/Mezger board supporters are DUI defense attorneys.

It is obvious that the Varo/Mezger board is trying to push CHP management away so they can finally get their way.

If this is not a classic case of depraved indifference, we do not know what may qualify!



Jan:  We implemented periodic performance reviews of suppliers as part of our management function; however, I don’t think we ever actually implemented a quarterly contract as was reported is the case with the CHP today.  And, the signal that that sends is that the current incompetent Varo/Mezger CZ Board does not trust the CHP.  Of course, Varo has called the CHP “Extortionists” in public so that should be no surprise to anyone.   This is no way to build a supplier partnership.  Joe Morabito
P.S.  Varo/Mezger have not gone out to bid for property management services in more than five years; yet the CHP gets a quarterly contract.  Go figure Joe Morabito


The animosity the Varo/Mezger board has shown the CHP can only be matched by our own lapse in forgetting about the new standard of leadership set when Varo referred to CHP management as extortionists!
Additionally, consider that the Varo/Mezger board is paying UPS 1000% more that it pays the CHP, while getting 1,000,000% less benefit, yet decides to train the private security employees, while treating the CHP management as extortionists!
Not to mention that the board has ailed to take any tangible action and/or respond to a number of reported irregularities with the management of the current private security company. BUZZ

Jan: The incompetent Varo/Mezger CZ Board continues to demonstrate
hostility toward the CHP. Varo has always resented having to pay for
this service. If you remember, given our taxes, I wasn't too pleased
with having to pay for CHP services either; but I got over it once I
realized there was no better option to get pro-active traffic patrols
into Coto. Putting the CHP on a quarterly contract basis sends two
messages: 1. The CZ Board does not trust them. 2. This is not a long
term relationship/ partnership. If one of our clients did that to us; we
would walk away from the business because we would not want to devote
resources to a client that was not willing to partner with us to achieve
mutual success. No one on the current CZ Board seems to have any
business common sense. It really is amazing. Joe Morabito

Hi Joe:
What we find even more surprising and disheartening, is the “independent candidate’s” willingness to follow the piper – no questions asked – even when this board will be held to higher standards:  Association liability keeps increasing by the day! Buzz






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