September 2009  

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Coto de Caza Fires the CHP - Again!

Posted By CotoBlogzz 09-07-2009 3:30 PM

Coto de Caza, CA - The CotoBuzz Journal has documented the one-sided hate-hate relationship between the CZ Master Association board of directors and  law enforcement agencies in general, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) specifically (CHP).  In an open board meeting for example, a board member called the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) extortionistsDespite 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 has been doing its job: - The Chart below was published Sept. 30, 2006.

Sadly, just one week prior to Rhianna Woolsey's tragic death (December 7, 2005) in  what was the first traffic fatality in Coto de Caza in  ten years, based on public safety figures, we implored the board and its legal counsel to re-hire the CHP. At the same time, Keystone Pacific, the property management company failed to renew road certification, rendering the rehiring of the CHP less then effective with fatal consequences.  Three months later, septuagenarian  Mr. Morteza Manian’s died as he was struck by a teen age female, while he was riding his bicycle.  The teen was eventually arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run and resisting and delaying or obstructing an officer.

Selected activity leading up to fatal accidents, as published one year after Ms. Woolsey's death:

  1.  Selected activity leading up to first tragedy

·         For months leading up to the first tragedy, we implored the Coto de Caza board of directors to do something about the alarming increase in traffic accidents as a result of their firing of the CHP for pro-active traffic patrol without a suitable replacement.  No action taken

·         We submitted a number of comprehensive public safety proposals for the Coto de Caza board of directors’ consideration.  No Action Taken

2.  Selected activity post first tragedy:

·         As soon as we experienced the first tragedy, we asked the Coto de Caza board of directors to change their focus from pursuing personal agendas over public safety:  Instead of convening a town hall meeting to discuss Coto de Caza city hood, we requested that the subject be changed to public safety.  The board decided to cancel the meeting, rather than discuss public safety,

·         On January 9, 2006, a group of concerned residents known as the Coto de Caza Safety Committee met with Jerry Mezger and Mitch Hill discuss how the board and volunteers in the Safety Committee could work together. Mezger was emphatic that for volunteers to work on the safety committee they had to renounce their free speech rights, that their spouses would not be welcome, and that if they did not agree to these terms, they “should not bother to come to the meeting”, scheduled for later that day.  Eventually the chairperson refused to go along with the Coto de Caza board of directors, so she was terminated.  

·         After the president of the Coto de Caza board of directors called CHP management representatives extortionist during an open board of directors meeting, and after uproar resulting from the first tragedy, the board of directors was coerced into bringing back the CHP for pro-active traffic control.  

·         The second traffic tragedy is recorded, involving an under-age teen driver.  Members of the board of directors are quick to blame the deceased, who cannot defend himself,  for “vehicle code violations”, even though official records of the case are sealed, since it involves a minor.  

·         Days later it was learned that the property management company had “forgotten” to renew road-worthiness certification, thus rendering any semblance of pro-active traffic control useless.  The board of directors went on record to blame the lack of a “tickler file”, alleging such tickler file should have been prepared by the property management company terminated over five years earlier.  

·         Numerous allegations come to light concerning the management of the private security service provider.  The board of directors say there is no problem.  

·         An Attempted rape incident is reported in a sub-association, inside the Coto de Caza gates.  The Coto de Caza board of directors posts a note on the association’s website to make it clear the incident happened in a sub-association, thus implying that their deeds and actions have no bearing on the case.  

·         An incident is reported in the Sheriff’s blotter involving a female visitor and a Coto de Caza private security guard.  Members of the current safety committee view the Sheriff’s report as apocryphal and something that can be discussed at a later time.  

·         The gardener knows he is getting a raise, and so does the private security guard.  CHP management does not know if the contract with Coto de Caza will be renewed.  

·         No public safety plans has been unveiled, one year after Rhianna’s tragic death!


We now have unconfirmed reports that the CZ Master association has fired the CHP for traffic enforcement - Again!.  

Officer Goodwin, a CHP Spokesperson would not comment, and instead referred us to the CZ Master association board of directors.  We have asked Vince Hylka,  president of the CZ Master Association board of directors to let CotoBuzz readers if indeed the CHP was fired again, and if so, for a compelling reason to do so.  As of this writing, we have not heard from the local governance on the subject,

If it is true that the CHP has been fired again, then we posit that this is a life or death decision.  The last  time the association fired the CHP, two traffic deaths were recorded in the community in a three-month span.  Data collected for the better part of this decade, clearly shows a cause and effect:  When the CHP is active, traffic incidents are down.



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