August 2008 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!
What Coto de Caza is Doing for Public Safety
are currently following up on various traffic
incidents registered in Coto de Caza during July and
have asked the CHP to confirm the investigations are
still open in the cases listed below
The association has hired a “…..licensed engineer
who conducts traffic and speed studies to certify the
seven major arterial streets so that the California
Vehicle code is enforceable..”
the certified engineer has not noticed the most dangerous
intersections in Coto de Caza, requiring
engineering action. For instance, the
intersection of San Miguel and Rolling Hills is in
dire need of a stop sign.
The association has “… contracted at a cost in
excess of $130,000 per year with the CHP to enforce
speed limits on these roads..”
What the association has not done is to present a “public spectacle”, such as the one put on by Ladera Ranch for example. The implications are that the CHP enforcement hours are at its lowest point, since the Varo/Mezger administration fired the CHP without a suitable alternative.
The association has undertaken useless “Saturday
Delegate Walks” CC&R changes, to justify
landscape budget work. It has even considered
changing CC&Rs changes to address home businesses.
What it has not considered are Social
Host CC&R changes to address underage drinking
– factors apparently involved in recent
stabbing and traffic incidents.
Oaks, Mission Viejo, Irvine and Lake Forest
continually rank at the top of the list of the
safest cities for the size in the nation by FBI
reporting standards. In fact, the 2004 FBI
person crime risk index for Coto de Caza was twice
that of Lake Forest. Now Mission
Viejo is tackling underage drinking by making
parents responsible by passing a Social Host ordinance
– a law that makes adults responsible for alcohol
consumption by underage drinkers on their premises.
Apparently the question is: “Do not ask what the association can do for public safety in Coto de Caza, ask what residents can do”
CHP Investigation –traffic incidents in Coto de Caza
1. Date: 7/-04/2008 or 7/13/2008, 03:55 hrs
Location: Coto de Caza Drive
Description: Male driver of a gray Honda Prelude lost control of his car while travelling northbound on Coto de Caza Drive. The driver, Jason Rooney, 25, was not hurt. Another driver, Christopher Scholl, 22, also stopped at the scene. One driver listed their residence as on Via Barcaza and the other driver listed his residence as on Cambridge, both in Coto de Caza.
Status: CHP investigation open – conflicting reports
2. Date: 7/22/08 at 0200 hours
Solo vehicle (Ford Explorer) traffic collision with
one major injury. DUI not a
CHP investigation open
Location – Coto de Caza Drive. 18-year old male had to be rescued from his car using “jaws of life”, currently in the hospital. According to the CHP, driver was going in excess of 80 mph on Coto de Caza drive
Status: CHP investigation open
with Coto de Caza (CZ) Enforcement Coordinator
de Caza Stabbing Incident Update
aid and abet teen drinking, you pay ? Mission Viejo
Coto de Caza Roads and Intersections
de Caza, 2Q2007 CHP Collision Summary
Coto de Caza Crime and Vandalism Report
Master Association CC&R Violator's List
CotoBuzz Journal March 2007
Varo anti-CHP Sentiment continues: CHP GO HOME, KEEP
OUT OF OUR DUIs!
CotoBuzz Journal February 2007
DOES ITS JOB – CZ BOARD PLEASE DO YOURS!
Despite 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
Just 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 Winstren’s
Enforcement Goes Where it is Needed and Stays Where it
I am concerned about safety and nuisance, as
these toys can reach excessive speeds and be overly
CZ Master Enforcement Coordinator: Unlicensed drivers
are not allowed to operate any motorized vehicle
within CZ Master including, but not limited to golf
carts, mopeds, motorbikes, motorized skateboards, etc.
Golf carts, motorized skateboards and similar vehicles
may not be operated on the streets in the CZ Master
What do you do when Unlicensed drivers do
operate motorized vehicle within CZ Maste"r -
kids regularly do so in the Hillsboro district in
general and up and down Torrey Pines in particular,
usually during weekdays and between 2:00 -6:00 pm.
CZ Master Enforcement Coordinator:
If witnessed and kids in area for a bit you
could call patrol at 949 888-3800 to come and try to
contact kids and tell them they are not allowed to
operate these types of motor vehicles within the
community or you could fill out the attached rules and
violation report form and forward it to me if you have
the names/addresses of children and I will sent
letter(s) to the homeowners.
Thanks - I would gladly file a report if I had
the name of the kids.
I am not sure calling the patrol would help - my
daughter called that number few days back to
report a disturbance at around 2:00 am - she got the
first degree, so she gave up on whoever
responded. She would not wake me up at that time
and nothing was done. Not the first time
Your response implies that the patrol has not
filed any complaints in the last few weeks for this
issue - right?
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