COTO DE CAZA - PUBLIC SAFETY MEETINGS INVITATION! 

TO:  COTO RESIDENTS

If you are as concerned as we are about safety (accident prevention, crime prevention, vandalism and invasion of privacy), please join us January 10th at 9:30 am on the first floor of the Board Hearing Room at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana, where we are requesting the board of supervisors to NOT repeal Ordinance 6-4-200 as described below in a letter sent to the Orange County Board of Supervisors until all the facts are exposed.  Your presence is important to provide balance, as we expect CZ board members and their few ardent supporters to be  there.  If you want to car pool – email cotobuzz@yahoo.com

Then, please join us January 12, 2006 at the Club House for the monthly CZ Masters Association board meeting to demand that the board acts to develop and implement a comprehensive security plan, including the hiring of the CHP on a permanent basis, without further negotiations – if they had only negotiated as hard when transitioning between Securitas to UPS – this is tantamount to trying to save pennies at the expense of Coto resident’s lives!


TO:  Orange County Board of Supervisors

RE:  Coto de Caza Public Safety & Ordinance 6-4-200 of the Codified Ordinances of the County of Orange.

  • c.c.  Coto de Caza Residents

  • c.c.  OC DA Tony Rackauckas

  • c.c.  CHP

  • c.c.  Sheriff Michael S. Carona

  • c.c.  LA Times  

  • c.c.  OC Register

Greetings:

I hereby individually and on behalf of a number of Concerned Coto de Caza Residents, respectfully request that you postpone your decision regarding the fate of Ordinance 6-4-200 of the Codified Ordinances of the County of Orange scheduled for review during the January 10, 2006 Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting until you are able to get all pertinent facts.  The best way may be for you or your representatives to attend the next CZ Master Association board of directors meeting - the de-facto Coto de Caza governing body - scheduled for January 12, 2006 at 6:30 at the Coto de Caza Gold Club.

At that time, perhaps the Coto de Caza board of directors can explain why prior to the first fatal traffic accident in the last 10 years (December 2005) and thereafter, the board continues to pursue personal agendas over public safety within Coto de Caza – a text book case of depraved indifference as documented in Office Of Chief Counsel Inquiry # 05-19951.  Excerpts provided to Supervisor Wilson earlier in the week.

Perhaps at that time, the Coto de Caza board of directors can explain why Supervisor Wilson was instantly able to meet with me earlier this week and listen to my public safety concerns, whereas the board has refused to even acknowledge receipt of countless comprehensive security proposals for over two years, including the use of meaningful metrics that show accident rates within Coto de Caza have doubled every year since they decided to terminate the CHP without a suitable alternative.- see sample alarming statistics below:

The issue is not about traffic patrol by either the CHP or the Sheriff.  Anyone conversant with public safety can testify that patrol services by the CHP or the Sheriff is a necessary but not sufficient action to guarantee public safety.    Other components include public awareness, agency and neighborhood watch coordination, accountability, transparency, invasion of privacy, etc., etc.,  According to the association’s legal counsel, we do not have access to the community security committee meeting  minutes, since no “actionable items” were recorded! - for such high community priority issue!

The issue is not about money.   Coto de Caza residents are paying $2,000,000/year  (including overhead) merely for gate access control.  Of these figures, a security expert has estimated that 20-30% goes to support a group of Prominent Coto Residents who pay ZERO monthly dues, yet enjoy the Coto de Caza lifestyle. However, the board is haggling with the CHP for 40 hours of patrol services at around measly $120,000/years to save lives, while calling the CHP extortionists at the same time they use association resources to fund personal agendas!

The issue is not about best procurement practices.  After the recent fatal accident the board started to haggle with the CHP to purchase 40 hours per week worth of patrol services, something they refer to as a “band-aid solution”. However, in secret, the board fired the largest private security company in the world and replaced it with arguably the smallest one in the region.  As we asked for and performed an audit of the process used to switch suppliers, we found no evidence due diligence was ever used.  In fact, we have yet to see a Statement  of Work for services to be provided by the new company, even though the contract  is in the range of $1,700,000/year, and we have asked for such SOW several times!  The same can be said about a $5,000,0000.00 landscaping line item in the Coto de Caza budget.  It should be noted that the newly selected private security company, prior to public announcement of the selection, was raiding the existing company employees – at midnight!

The issue is about corporate culture and priorities.  This board has created a repressive environment where civil liberties are being trampled upon; personal safety is being compromised, where the accident rates have doubled each year for the last three years and has set an all time record in 2005 with the first traffic fatality in the last 10 years.  This, while they use association resources to   promote personal agendas as a priority over basic public safety.   Where  recently a miscarriage occurred under questionable circumstance, without any consequences.  Where discriminatory practices are systemic in nature and where the board, has made a number of questionable decision that on close inspection, may not pass the judicial deference/best business judgment rule, even after due consideration of safe harbor provisions.  Where the board refused to return CHP calls, and refused the CHP board meeting time to hold public awareness seminars, but readily turned over a meeting to the producers of a Reality TV show.

This board has turned a non-profit corporation into a private fiefdom where  a small number of Prominent Coto Residents can do anything they want without any accountability-  we are sure that a brief conversation with any CHP officer who has  recently cited Coto residents will attest to that. 

For these reasons, others documented in Office Of Chief Counsel Inquiry # 05-19951, and many more chronicled in the monthly community journal, CotoBuzz (found at http://www.cotobuzz.com ), we feel that the message you will be sending to Coto de Caza board of directors and other un-incorporated areas if you vote to repeal the ordinance without additional insight, is that  the Constitution, law and order, transparency and accountability in these areas do not matter.

As voters,  Orange County taxpayers, and as a Coto de Caza dues paying members,  we prefer that our government representatives spend our hard-earned  money in areas of real need and where there is clear evidence of transparency and accountability – these clearly non-existent in Coto de Caza.

Look forward to seeing you at the January 10th and January 12th meetings.

SELECTED COTO DE CAZA STATISTICS:

Source:  CHP

COTO DE CAZA ACCIDENT RATE

 

 

2002

2003

2004

2005

%

 

15

19

22

27

87%

 

0%

27%

47%

80%

47%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NOTE:  The CHP was fired in early 2003 by the current Coto de Caza  board of directors without a suitable alternative for traffic patrol.  Then the board refused to take calls from the CHP and refused to allow board meeting time for traffic prevention awareness - but readily turned over a meeting to producers of Reality TV Show.  Has been unable to provide evidence of due diligence when it fired the largest private security company and replaced it with one of the smallest ones in the region ($1,700,000/year), but is haggling with the CHP for a 40 hour/week patrol service for measly $110,000/year!

ACCIDENT LOCATION

%

Source:  CHP

 

Coto Drive

42%

Vista Del Verde

27%

San Miguel

6%

 

 

Sub-Total

75%

NOTE:  Coto de Caza “accidents” is a misnomer, since these are predictable and preventable – these happen on three main roads, including the most recent fatality – as shown below:

 

SAMPLE OF CITATION DISTRIBUTION  – source CHP

Date:

Dec. 12 - Dec 21 (mid-day)

 

 

QTY

DESCRIPTION

 

 

41

Speeding

7

seat belts

5

not making a stop at stop sign

5

Verbal warnings

3

Other

2

DUIs

1

Mechanical warning

1

Impounded

NOTE:  Average of 10+ citations per day, on a part-time CHP basis on a 3,500 home community - does not take into account the abuse CHP officers are getting from cited residents - not surprising when the board of directors calls them extortionists - in public!

 

COTO CRIME RATE

As of November 2004, three Orange County cities were ranked among the safest  cities in the country, according to an annual ranking based on the FBI's 2003 crime statistics.  Mission Viejo and Lake Forest were ranked the fourth- and sixth-safest cities, respectively. Irvine ranked 11th.   Coto de Caza did poorly in comparison – see below

SOURCE: CNN/MONEY Nov. 6, 2004

 

 

Population

City

Ave.

Rank (out of 1260)

Coto

 

13,600

Personal crime risk

59

100

777

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rancho

 

50000

Personal crime risk

31

100

406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Forest

 

61000

Personal crime risk

28

100

341

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 2005, CNN/Money has dropped Coto de Caza out of its Best Places to Live with population under 100,000, whereas the top 6 cities are:

1

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2

Flower Mound, TX

3

San Clemente, CA

4

Tustin, CA

5

Carlsbad, CA

6

Laguna Niguel, CA

LIST OF DELEGATES AND THEIR POSITION WITH REGARDS TO SECURITY AS WE KNOW IT - IF ERRORS, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

DISTRICT NUMBER

DISTRICT NAME

PRO-COTO SECURITY

PRO- PERSONAL AGENDA (CITY)

1

Ranchos Colinas (sub-association)

Chris Anderson

 

2

The Forest/Tiara/The Arbours/Lyon

 

George Thagard

3

The Terrace (sub-association)

 

Susan Bower

4

Grand Coto II

 

John Smead

5

Coto Country Homes

 

Darrell Starnes

Alternate: Don Joynt

6

Fairway Oaks (sub-association)

 

Karen Martin, Alternate: Ethel Hanna

7

East Hills/East Point

 

John Noel

8

Los Verdes (sub-association)

 

Marc Coody

9

Oakmont

 

Mark Gennaro

10

Stonehedge

 

Tom Barker

11

The Trails/Master Collection

Terry Corwin, Alternate: Richard Fragapane

 

12

Summerfield

 

Corey Ferguson Alternate: Ronald Beach

13

Hillsboro

Joseph Aguirre

 

14

The Greens

 

Cheryl Harris

15

The Woods/Arroyo Sur

 

Ron Eger

16

Fairway Estates

 

Michelle Capotosto

17

Meritage

 

Alex Goldberg

19

The Classics

 

Sean Larkin

20

Chantemar

 

 

Lyle Schlieder Lyle Schlieder

Dave Elm, Alternate:

 

21

Canyon Estates

 

Robert Curran

22

The Legacy/Enclave/Stonefield Estates

 

Joan Rebensdorf

23

The Pinnacle

 

Jeane O'Connor

24

Greystone Villas (sub-association)

 

Don Wegner

Alternate: Tom Ritchie

25

Andalusia (sub-association)

 

Joe Sloan

26

Oak Ridge

Patrick Taylor

 

27

Tanglewood

28

Glen Eagles

 

Michael Guerin

29

Montecito

  Aida Hobbs  updated 1/06/2006

30

Tapestry

 

Bob Grich

31

Grand Coto Estates/Part of Atherton/Part of Weatherly

Lea Ann Miller

 

32

Part of Southern Hills/Fairway Reflections

 

Jerry Scanlan

33

Glenmere

 

Paul Thomas

34

Crooked Oak

 

Elaine Hamill

35

Courante

 

Terry Kwit

36

Part of Atherton/Part of Weatherly

 

Roger Jolicoeur

37

Southern Hills Encore

 

Pam Cain  Alternate: Edward "Ned" Snavely

38

Terrazza

George Barnes

 

39

Silver Creek

 

Mary Spicer

40

Rosewood

Tracey  Fortier  Alternate: Marina Borzatta

 

41

Spring Hill/Chatham

 

Michael Wagner, Alternate: Craig Tiffany

42

Stonefield Private Collection/San Marino

 

Jerry Mezger

43

Oak Knoll (sub-association)

 

Dan Domier

44

Oak View (sub-association)

 

Mitch Hill

45

Terra Vida

 

Michael Lane

46

Valle Vista

 

Bob Varo  Alternate: David Dresnick

 

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