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Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch 1Q2011 Public Safety Review

Posted By CotoBlogzz May 15, 2011

 

Coto de Caza, CA By its own words and actions, it is fair to argue that Coto de Caza’s local governance is not only apathetic when it comes to public safety, but its own actions actually result increase the risk to residents. Worse, seems like adults in Coto de Caza have similar views as the local governance.

 

Our research over close  to ten years indicate that whether a community is safe or not, is primarily a function of residents and local governance, not law enforcement. Consider that when a city in Orange County is deemed the safest city, 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?

 

Coto de Caza, Crime age distribution 1Q2011, source OCSD

Coto de Caza- Moving violation age distribution for March 2011- Source CHP

As to the similarity in outlook between the local governance and the Coto residents, take for instance the distribution of citations issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Coto de Caza for the period March1, through  March 31, 2011.

50% of all of the citations were issued to people 40 years and older, and less than 25% to individuals 24 years and younger.  This is not an exception - this distribution is typical of Coto de Caza whether it is for crime and vandalism, or moving violations and continues to be in stark contrast to other communities, including Ladera Ranch.

Now, all is is not lost.  While the crime and vandalism rate for Coto de Caza reached an all time high by the end of 3Q2010, by 1Q2011, the rate was down significantly.  The bad news is that the fluctuations have not plausible explanation, other than either the figures being statistically insignificant, to data manipulation.  At this moment, we do not have a definitive answer.

Period Incidents
1Q06 54
 2Q06 60
3Q06 81
4Q06 63
 1Q07 54
 2Q07 81
3Q07 65
 4Q07 43
 1Q08 66
 2Q08 60
 3Q08 78
4Q08 69
1Q09 65
2Q09 71
3Q09 72
4Q09 93
1Q2010 54
1Q2011 55
Coto de Caza crime and vandalism trending ending 1Q2011 - Source OCSD

In contrast, trending for the Ladera Ranch is more predictable, including moving violations, crime and vandalism and age distribution as shown below. 

Ladera Ranch Crime and vandalism trending ending 1Q2011 - Source OCSD Ladera Ranch crime and vandalism ending 1Q2011. age distribution  - Source OCSD

 

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Coto de Caza's Dangerous Intersections

Around 75% of the accidents within Coto de Caza happen in three of Coto’s main roads as shown below: Coto de Caza Drive, Vista del Verde and San Miguel

Initially Published October 8, 2007   & Updated Oct 23, 2010

Coto de Caza, CA The 3Q2007 CHP collision statistics, clearly demonstrate that even though CHP patrol hours are down some 60% compared to 2006, and there is no coordinated safety awareness program such as the one proposed by CHP’s Captain Elzig, the annualized collision figures are at an all time low - Captain Elzig refers to most accidents as preventable incidents. Congratulations Coto, your are growing up!

 


Coto de Caza's Stimulate, Expand & Subsidize Alive & Well


Coto de Caza, CA - In the piece titled Coto de Caza Refuses to Grow Up, Ladera Ranch Is Normal, we 
renew a warning to residents and visitors alike to drive in Coto de Caza at their own peril. A major reason for the warning is that the CZ Master Association board of directors' rhetoric and actions are diametrically opposed:

On the one hand, CZ Master's Xochitl Yocham writes in the September 2010 Board Letter "Since I have been on the Board over the last 4 years, one intersection has repeatedly been brought to the board's attention as a less than safe for residents. For that reason, the board hired a traffic engineering firm to look at the intersection of Plano Trabuco and Coto de Caza Drive last year," and the board approved the construction of a refuge lane. And she continues "I would suspect that the residents of the community Grand Coto II ..are happy to see this project happening".

Coto de Caza Refuses to Grow Up, Ladera Ranch Is Normal
Coto de Caza, CA - The Coto de Caza demographics have been changing for the last ten years, with the average age rapidly increasing while the total population declines - and the number of visitors increase. That should be good news for traffic accidents and crime and vandalism - right? Wrong! We previously warned residents and visitors alike to drive in Coto at their own peril. We are renewing the call, based on the latest California Highway Patrol (CHP) statistics:

Consider that for close to a decade, we have consistently shown conclusive evidence that there is a direct correlation between the extent of the CHP traffic enforcement efforts and the number of traffic accidents in the community

The CHP, Best Return on Safety Buck for Coto, Ladera.

        Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  Using the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for pro-active traffic enforcement in Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch communities continue to yield the best return for the safety dollar.  Consider that the city of Rancho Santa Margarita pays the Orange County Sheriff's Department roughly $150/per capita, the City of Laguna Woods $60 and Thousand Oaks some $20.00, while Coto de Caza pays the CHP less than $8.00. 

Coto de Caza Crime & Vandalism at All Time High - A Tale of Two Cities 

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - When looking at crime and vandalism in the Coto de Caza community, the only question seems to be the slope of curve but not the direction. There was a 20% increase in crime from the third quarter to the fourth quarter ending December 2009, for example, where burglary/theft increased from a total of 18 reported incidents to 31

What does it take to create a public spectacle? - In Coto de Caza During the 2007 CZ Master Association Candidate’s Nigh  (in preparation for the 2007 CZ board of directors' election),  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.


Good News Bad News for Coto de Caza Public Safety
        - Coto de Caza, CA - After much trepidation on the part of the Coto de Caza board of directors and  much consternation from the community, the CZ Master Association board of directors renewed the contract with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for traffic enforcement, as well it should.  The other alternatives would have been to contract with the Orange County Board of Supervisors for OCSD services,  or simply not have traffic enforcement.  The last time this happened in the community, two traffic fatalities happened within a three month period, whereas OCSD accountability is questionable at best.

COTO DE CAZA - CZ ASSOCIATION BOD COMPLAINT- I am writing on behalf of Coto De Caza Concerned Citizens and as a former Board Member of the CZ Master Association, a 3,500 member homeowners association located in Orange County, California.  This letter constitutes a formal complaint against the CZ Master Board of Directors, and their agents CJ Klug at Keystone Pacific Property Management, 29883 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688 and James Harkin, representative attorney at Caine, Walker and Harkins, 17821 East 17th Street, Suite 140, Tustin, California 92780.  The current CZ Master Board of Directors and their agents have consistently acted in violation of their fiduciary responsibility, our governing documents and laws of the state of California specific to homeowner and corporate governance codes and statutes as follows

The Audacity of Coto de Caza Stupidity In covering public safety in the community for the last six years, I have learned that the GRUP Syndrome aka Michael Jackson’s Syndrome – where adults refuse to grow up, is not only alive and well in Coto de Caza, but is also thriving

REQUEST TO RENEW CHP CONTRACTI understand that the CZ Master Association board of directors is seriously considering terminating the CHP contract for pro-active traffic control by the end of the year.  As you may know, my father, Mr. Morteza Manian was tragically killed in March 2006.  I strongly urge you to renew the CHP contract without hesitation


 Second Coto de Caza Traffic Fatality In Three Months- Coto de Caza recorded its first traffic accident fatality in ten years in December of 2005.  In less than three months, the second fatality has occurred.

 

CHP 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...



Coto de Caza Traffic Citations – Trading Places- We have often referred to the GRUP, Peter Pan and even Michael Jackson Syndrome – where adults refuse to grow up - and usually associated with  traffic citations.  This time is no different.  Looking at snap shots of citations throughout 2008:

 

Drive In Coto de Caza At Your Own Peril           Coto de Caza, CA - While the traffic accidents in the community have been steadily declining since the tragic death of Ms. Woolsey and Mr. Manian in December 2005 and March 2006 respectively, the first three months of this year have been disastrous yielding at least four injuries in six traffic accidents.  This compares to a total of 16 accidents recorded in all of 2008.         

The Varo anti-CHP Sentiment continues: CHP GO HOME, KEEP OUT OF OUR DUIs!
The Coto de Caza gates, including the automated ones are as reliable as the public utilities in the outskirts of Baghdad, yet the association continues paying for services barely-rendered, no questions asked.

The CotoBuzz Journal March 2007
Public Safety - A Job For the Gendarmerie Royale Du Coto de Caza! A Tribute to Mr. Morteza Manian On the First Anniversary of His Tragic Death

The CotoBuzz Journal February 2007
The Enemy Within Coto Caza: The CHP - CZ BODs

CHP 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 pre-firing levels.   Just as important, the number of Coto residents arrested for DUI is down. See chart below for actual accident rate.

Who Shot the OC Sheriff? - OCBOS!
In a vote reminiscent of the CZ Master Association Board of Directors calling the CHP extortionists during open board meetings, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 today to develop a plan for a plan to form a civilian review panel to oversee...

Coto's Dads Take Matters Into Own Hands, Get A+: CHP Collision Report, 3Q2007- Kudos Coto Moms & Dads for doing what the CZ BOD refused to even consider!
The 3Q2007 CHP collision figures just received from the CHP show a quarterly collision level (on an annualized basis) comparable to the levels the Coto de Caza community experienced prior to expulsion of the CHP by the CZ Master Association board of...

From Safety Committee to Committee to Turn Coto de Caza Into a City - Overview
This brief starts with the firing of a volunteer (early 2006) Public Safety Chairperson for her refusal to give up her free speech rights and promote Coto for city, before public safety.The president of the CZ Master Association board promises to fire...

Orange County Crime Down, Nation's Crime Up - While the FBI is expected to report a 1.3 percent rise in violent crime nationwide in 2006 — an increase for the second straight year,  Sheriff Michael Carona today announced that criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft decreased by 3.7% in jurisdictions served by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2006. “This is great news for Orange County. Violent crimes decreased by 7.72% and property crimes decreased by 3.76% as compared to 2005. The men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with our residents, community leaders, and business owners, continue to make law enforcement a top priority. We are, once again, one of the safest communities in the nation,” said Sheriff Carona.

Coto de Caza, 2Q2007 CHP Collision Summary
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Coto CHP Pro-active Traffic Patrol Cause-EffectMay
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1Q2007 Coto de Caza Crime and Vandalism Report
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How many times must the CZ safety committee be formed before it can be called an association committee?
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CHP 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 pre-firing levels.   Just as important, the number of Coto residents arrested for DUI is down. See chart below for actual accident rate.    

         CHP Public Arrest WE9-24 and the Varo For Mayor Flawed Arguments
With more than a few data points under Coto’s belt, we can officially declare that there is a positive downward trend in the number of Coto residents arrested by the CHP since we started this report!

Coto de Caza Truth Or Consequences
Earlier this morning we spent close to two hours with Mayor of the City of Laguna Nigel Cathryn DeYoung & Candidate for Orange County Supervisor, Fifth District  and Lt. Col. Bill Kogerman. 

Coto de Caza Supplier Performance Management Performance
Given Keystone’s, private security company and the myriad of consultant’s track record, we repeatedly asked the board to use our supplier performance metrics or come up with their own.
 
Finally the board’s response was: “If...

Caza Board of Directors and Pat Bates Make a GREAT TEAM! - The South Orange County Welfare Services Leadership Board
The Coto de Caza subsidizes the Estates and the Villages at the tune of over $1,000,000/year.Pat Bates voted to raise pensions to public employees by a whopping 50% (SB 400).  This Bill set the stage for the 3% at 50 benefit package that...

Coto de Caza's Robert Varo For Mayor, The OCR and Pat Bates Common Denominator?
Pat Bates' (Candidadate for Orange County Board of Supervisors) claim to fame according to her website is that "She was the driving force behind Laguna Niguel's cityhood campaign and became the first Mayor upon the city's incorporation in 1989."

Invitation to Attend the Coto de Caza Pat Bates Celebration September 28, 2006
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If you are planning to attend the reception,...

CHP PUBLIC ARREST RECORD FOR WEEK ENDING 9-10-2006
At the risk of pulling an OCR’s Sickler (attempting to impersonate a reporter by presenting “news” with no factual information to support these news), we are starting to see what appears to be a trend: A reduction in Coto residents...

The Broken CZipper and Mezger’s POLP Rain
These (see email below from former Coto de Caza board of directors, Joe Morabito) are clear indications of an out of control board:Generally, the rights of homeowners include the right to participate in meetings of the board of directors and to be heard,...

Coto's Dads Take Matters Into Own Hands, Get A+: CHP Collision Report, 3Q2007- Kudos Coto Moms & Dads for doing what the CZ BOD refused to even consider!
The 3Q2007 CHP collision figures just received from the CHP show a quarterly collision level (on an annualized basis) comparable to the levels the Coto de Caza community experienced prior to expulsion of the CHP by the CZ Master Association board of...

The Maturing of Coto de Caza-Coto de Caza is no longer GRUP City!
Age distribution in the crime & vandalism and collision statistics for Coto de Caza, indicate that an underage person is as likely to be involved in a crime or collision within Coto, as is a senior citizen. This fact has led us to the conclusion that...

From Safety Committee to Committee to Turn Coto de Caza Into a City - Overview
This brief starts with the firing of a volunteer (early 2006) Public Safety Chairperson for her refusal to give up her free speech rights and promote Coto for city, before public safety.The president of the CZ Master Association board promises to fire...

Orange County Crime Down, Nation's Crime Up - While the FBI is expected to report a 1.3 percent rise in violent crime nationwide in 2006 — an increase for the second straight year,  Sheriff Michael Carona today announced that criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft decreased by 3.7% in jurisdictions served by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2006. “This is great news for Orange County. Violent crimes decreased by 7.72% and property crimes decreased by 3.76% as compared to 2005. The men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with our residents, community leaders, and business owners, continue to make law enforcement a top priority. We are, once again, one of the safest communities in the nation,” said Sheriff Carona.

Coto de Caza, 2Q2007 CHP Collision Summary
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CotoBuzz December 2005 Newsletter
CZ BOD HOLDS THE COTO DE CAZA SECURITY AS HOSTAGE

For over two years, through use of WMP (Weapons of Mass Persuasion), and a perfected LID (Lie/litigate, ignore/ignoramus, or Deny/deflect/delay) Methodology, the CZ Board has held Coto security hostage....

CotoBuzz November 2005 Newsletter
THE BUCK NEVER STOPS AT THE CZ MASTER ASSOCIATION BOD! - In the Believe it Or Not category, since CotoBuzz started covering the CZ Master Association, the current board of directors has refused to publicly acknowledge that any of the decisions they have...

CotoBuzz October 2005 Newsletter
Halloween is Here: The Silencing of the Lamb: Michael Moore is acclaimed for his anti-administration fabrications in the 9/11 documentary. And Harold Pintner is awarded the literature Nobel Prize, as the academy calls the prolific political playwright,...

CotoBuzz Sep 2005 Newsletter
WELCOME TO THE CITY OF COTO! - – Soon the be officially known as RSM South, the place formerly known as Coto de Caza. In the September

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

A Tribute to Mr. Morteza Manian On The First Anniversary of His Tragic Death
As Mr. Morteza Manian was riding his bicycle on a lazy Sunday afternoon, just like he had done so many times before, a 16 year old female driver of a Nissan Frontier approached the same intersection at Lexington Way and struck the left side of Mr. Manian.

Coto de Caza's Equus trailus patrolus publicus (horse trail patrols paid by the commonwealth)
We were befuddled by the recent announcement by the CZ Master Association board of directors of the impending deployment of mounted units of the Sheriff?s department to patrol the horse trails and fire roads that surround the community. After all, all...

Coto de Caza?s Public Safety, A Job For The Mounties - A Paraphrase of the Orange County Register ? But, why waste scarce, precious resources patrolling horse trails?XThe Mounties are Coming, the Mounties are Coming?.!X
It is no secret that the Orange County Register has been an ardent supporter of the Varo/Mezger administration. There is evidence that the editor collaborated with the board to silence critics, including the CotoBuzz Journal: The OCR board of directors...

CHP in Coto - Big Mouth CZ Bob- By Joseph Morabito, former member CZ Master Association Board of Directors
Hello All: I have heard that CHP officers are not volunteering to work in Coto even for the time and a half pay they would earn. So, we are not even getting the 40 hours a week that was the original deal under Glisson/Rose. It would seem that Bob...

The CotoBuzz Journal March 2007
Public Safety - A Job For the Gendarmerie Royale Du Coto de Caza! A Tribute to Mr. Morteza Manian On the First Anniversary of His Tragic Death

Coto De Caza, Ladera Ranch, Safest Communities in the Canyons ? Not!
According to the OCSD, Coto de Caza registered the highest incidence of crime/vandalism for 3Q2006. On the other hand, Ladera Ranch ended 2006 with a significant reduction in crime and vandalism.

CHP Patrol Hours Down, DUI-related Accidents Up: Coto de Caza Traffic Accident Trends - 1Q2007 - another Case of Cause-Effect
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports a total of 6 collision for the first quarter in 2007, one injury and 5 property damage only traffic collisions, for the un-incorporated area of Coto de Caza. Two of the collisions were DUI related.

Rancho Santa Margarita Residents arrested for DUI
The Capistrano Area Public Arrest Log for the week ending 1/28/2007 registered the arrest of two RMS residents.

Public Spectacles Work!
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Coto de Caza?s Bastard Child: Public Safety
In just 15 short months, the community witnessed the absence of the CHP for proactive traffic patrol followed by two tragic traffic accidents. In the last one, the board blamed the victim, although the teen driver eventually pleaded guilty.

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The Varo anti-CHP Sentiment continues: CHP GO HOME, KEEP OUT OF OUR DUIs!
The Coto de Caza gates, including the automated ones are as reliable as the public utilities in the outskirts of Baghdad, yet the association continues paying for services barely-rendered, no questions asked.

CHP 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 pre-firing levels.   Just as important, the number of Coto residents arrested for DUI is down.See chart below for actual accident rate.

Law Enforcement – Evil, Necessary Evil, Or Noble Profession and Role Model? In open societies, we posit that law enforcement follows Winstren’s Law:  Law Enforcement Goes Where it is Needed and Stays Where it is Wanted    

1Q2007 Coto de Caza Crime and Vandalism Report
A comparison between the 1Q2006 and 1Q2007 Crime and Vandalism reports shows that a favorite Coto de Caza crime is fraud, that the Peter Pan Syndrome continues to be alive and well (crime is evenly distributed between kids and adults) and a criminal...

 

 

 

   


 

 


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