June  2010  


The Return of The DaVaro Deception

Posted By CotoBlogzz 05-16-2010

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - That great sucking sound you hear comes from all the jobs leaving California for states such as Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Texas.  All thanks to the union, lobbyists and thousands of parasitic bureaucracies, such as LAFCO, which are sucking the economic life out of the state.

Yet, as LAFCO postpones action on Coto Cityhood, CZ Master Association director Bob Varo continues with the same tired argument, without any substantiation,  that Coto de Caza would get better service from the county, including Orange County Sheriff Department services.  This at a time when the crime in the community is an all time high.

Research clearly demonstrates that public safety is not a function of what law enforcement agencies do, but what city hall does.  In this case, the buck stops with the CZ board of directors: For example, the Orange County Sheriff's Department's blog will usually proudly post a press release announcing how happy the department is because a city like Mission Viejo is one the safest cities.  What about the other 11 cities or the unincorporated areas?  What about Coto de Caza with the highest crime rate in history in early 2010.  After all, only common denominator is that the OCSD is the law enforcement agency.  What does the OCSD do differently in the safest city, as opposed to the least safe city under its watch?

If that is not sufficient, then turn to Rancho Santa Margarita Supplier Management practices: Gary Thompson, is an incumbent Rancho Santa Margarita council member, was fired from his Finance Director position in Menifee  and hired an  auditor to probe the city's internal financial controls, focusing on the city's supplier management process and controls.   The folks who broke the story on Thompson’ termination, have also concluded that contracts offered to other RSM council members have been largely along the lines of the good old boy network. That is, if you think that the CZ supplier management practices stink, you may just be surprised that the grass ain’t no greener across the street.

But, wait, there is more:  RSM pays the county $8.5 million/year for OCSD services.  The state is supposed to conduct an audit to make sure the services renderd are on the up and up.  To date, the state has fail to conduct any audit in the county, the department does not keep records that would enable a business manager determine with a degree of certainty that the $8.5 million dollars are not being wasted, and no RSM city council has been willing to go on record to propose a fiscally responsible management alternative.

So, perhaps instead of asking the county to deliver better services, how about asking the CZ board what they are doing soling out $3 million +/year in subsidies to non-CZ residents?  Or how about asking what CZ residents get from the  $1.7 million/year safety budget - gate access, parking violations & CZ courier services?



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