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Coto Continues on Dangerous Course of Traffic Incidents

 

While Incident Rate Lower, Still at Critical Levels

 

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-04-2011

Coto de Caza, CA - The good news for Coto de Caza residents is that the quarter-to-quarter accident rate for the quarter ending March 31, 2011 is significantly down  from the previous quarter. The bad news is that it is still at the same levels as when the community experienced its two traffic fatalities within a three month period between December 2005 and March 2006

Traditionally, the Coto de Caza governance (the CZ Master Association board of directors) has been more concerned with form, rather than substance.  For example, while it pays a security company close to $2 million/year to act as a glorified courier service/meter maid, it spends just 5% of that on the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the only option in the community for real public safety. That is roughly $4.00/year per person. Big Daddy next door, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita,  (RSM) pays the county some $8 million per year for Orange County Sheriff Department services, or some $160.00 per person.  Any ideas as to what will happen when RSM annexes Coto de Caza.

Year Incidents
2001 12
2002 15
2003 22
2004 28
2005 30
2006 24
2007 21
2008 16
2009 19
2010 27
2011 24
Left - Coto de Caza traffic accident trending as of March 31, 2011. Notice sharp quarter-to-quarter decrease from December 2010, although rate is at the same levels as when the community experienced its two traffic fatalities within a three month period  between December 2005 and March 2006
1Q2011 Traffic Incident rate includes 3 persona injuries, 3 property damage and 2 DUIs source: 

 SJC CHP

Left- Same figures as above, however, because of sharp changes, the last three quarters averaged out 

 

 

Worst - while the Coto de Caza governance concerns  itself more with hanging on to an archaic and corrupt delegate system, instead of holding direct elections as the California legislature intended when it passed SB61 in 2006 and neglecting public safety, predictably,  the Traffic Incident Divide between Coto de Caza and its neighbor,  Ladera Ranch increases.  In 2007 CZ directors  Varo/Mezger ridiculed Ladera Ranch residents, insisting that because Ladera Ranch residents were making a public spectacle, CHP hours that otherwise might be allocated to Coto de Caza, were not, for example.

Historical perspective:  In  2002 when  the CZ Master Association board of directors fired the CHP without a suitable alternative for proactive traffic patrol, the accident rate climbed up significantly culminating on a  traffic fatality on December 7, 2005, the first traffic fatality in the community.  Eventually, the board was coerced into bringing back the CHP, however, it let road certification expire, neutralizing the CHP effectiveness, as the CHP could not issue citations, and the second traffic fatality was recorded three months later.

The 4Q2010 CHP statistics are even more frightening - the traffic accident rate is at an all-time high and CHP patrol at an all-time low- a fatality begging to happen!

Coto de Caza Traffic Accident/Fatalities Cause-Effect

4Q2010 - Coto de Caza Traffic Accidents Trending- Source:  CHP SJC

The 4Q2010  traffic accidents include two DUI, fiver personal injury and seven property damage.

Coto de Caza's Traffic Incident Rate  at Critical Danger Levels

The Ladera Ranch traffic accident rate for the quarter ending March 31, 2011,  remains  in check and at an order of magnitude less per capita, compared to its neighbors in Coto de Caza. 

NOTE:  During the 2007 CZ Master Association Candidate’s Night,  incumbents Varo/Mezger insisted that because Ladera Ranch residents were making a public spectacle, CHP hours  that otherwise might be allocated to Coto de Caza, were not. 

The Bell Syndrome seems to spread in communities where residents are apathetic, ignorant or a combination thereof.  All indications are the Coto residents fall in the aforementioned categories.

1Q2011 - Ladera Ranch, Traffic Accidents Trending- Source:  CHP SJC

The 4Q2010  traffic accidents  for Ladera Ranch include two DUIs, two  personal injury and eight  property damage for a total of  ten traffic collisions.

 

 

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