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  • Grand Jury Asked to Investigate MV City Hall
    Posted on: 2008-10-09
    A formal request has been filed with the OC District Attorney and Grand Jury for an investigation into alleged improper political activity by City Hall. A copy of the complaint was also filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission, according to local resident Connie Lee. She made the announcement at the Council meeting last night.
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  • Pay Doubled: Council Ignores Public Feedback
    Posted on: 2008-10-09
    The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Mission Viejo lawmakers want to give themselves a raise, but O.C. residents say no way.”

    The Orange County Register headline was: “Readers say ‘Hold off on pay increase, MV City Council’.”

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  • Cashing In: Investment Commission Rescheduled
    Posted on: 2008-10-03
    A Special Meeting of the Investment Advisory Commission was hurriedly scheduled last week only to be cancelled at the last minute when the staff report advised against a plan to sell some of the city’s long-term land leases for immediate cash. After reworking the proposal, a new Special Meeting has now been announced for tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, at 3:30 pm.

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  • MV Lawsuit: Could Cost Schools $3 Million Per Year
    Posted on: 2008-10-03
    The busing lawsuit by Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita will cost the Capo School District at least $3 million per year, plus legal costs, if it forces Capo to restore all bus routes. That is the amount being saved from cutting busing service to about 5,000 students, according to Deputy Superintendent Ron Lebs.

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  • Letter: Our Taxes Suing Our Taxes
    Posted on: 2008-10-03
    I hope residents are paying attention to this. We, the taxpayers of Mission Viejo, are suing ourselves, the taxpayers of CUSD. CUSD is awash in red ink, and the money for legal costs will come from classrooms – a lawsuit on the backs of children.

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  • CUSD Decision Due: $12 Million Theatre Proposal
    Posted on: 2008-10-03
    MV’s Capo Valley High School is competing with two other CUSD High Schools for a new Performing Arts Center

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  • MV Triathlon Course Proves Tough: Frenchman Wins; SD’s Gerdes Tops Women
    Posted on: 2008-10-01
    Benjamin Sanson, a former World Champion swimmer, won the inaugural Orange County International Triathlon in Mission Viejo yesterday. Sanson built a comfortable lead during the one-mile swim. He expects the event will be great preparation for his Kona Ironman competition next month in Hawaii.

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  • Student Drug Testing Approved By CUSD
    Posted on: 2008-09-26
    Last night the Capo Board of Trustees authorized a voluntary drug testing program for middle schools and high schools. The vote for the policy was 6-1, with Ken Maddox opposing.

    Each high school or intermediate school may adopt the plan. A student and his or her parents would have to provide written consent to join. Students on prescribed medication would submit a copy of the prescription.

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  • Cashing In: Is Political Pressure Mounting On Staff & Investment Commission?
    Posted on: 2008-09-26
    Today (Tuesday) the Investment Advisory Commission was scheduled to meet in a specially called meeting to reconsider selling 10 of the 22 cell antenna leases between the City and cell phone companies. At the last minute the meeting was cancelled without notice, but it could be rescheduled on only a 24-hour posting to the public.

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  • 10 Years Ago: Flo-Jo Found Dead
    Posted on: 2008-09-26
    Ten years ago this week, on September 21, 1998, 38-year-old Florence Joyner was found dead in her bedroom in Mission Viejo. The Olympic celebrity held both the 100 and 200 meter records.

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  • Letter: Glimpse Into MV Future
    Posted on: 2008-09-02
    'Mission Viejo residents can get a glimpse into their potential future from an LA Times article about a mixed-use development in Fullerton. It is similar to the City of Mission Viejo’s vision for the shopping centers at LaPaz and Marguerite, and perhaps outlying centers as well. Mixing high-density residential and retail works in LA, but it’s a bad fit in the suburbs.

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  • ‘08 Election: Dirty Politics By MacLean Behind Lonsinger Challenge
    Posted on: 2008-09-02
    On August 21 the City of Mission Viejo filed a court petition alleging two sentences in Neil Lonsinger’s city council candidate statement were false or misleading, and should be amended or deleted. The Dispatch has learned the action was precipitated and orchestrated behind the scenes by Councilman Lance MacLean.

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  • Popularity Growth: MV Dispatch Named In Top 100
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    The Mission Viejo Dispatch publishes on a platform with 3.8 million other online publications. On August 10 it was recognized in the Top 100 for ”Recent Popularity Growth.” The Dispatch thanks its readers for a ranking of 59th by WordPress.

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  • Letter: Salary Spike Shameful
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    With over 93,000 jobs lost in Orange county this year, please help me understand how such a pay increase is justifiable. In addition, my work ethic tells me that top management should be setting the tone for the rest of our City employees.

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  • Media: Connecting Directly With People
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    Over the weekend I observed how the media has drifted to the periphery of public affairs. In the old days public affairs revolved around the media, with government relying on media coverage as the only way to reach the people and the public relying on it as the only source of news.

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  • Capo School Busing Cuts: No Progress
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    Capo School District has twice postponed a final decision on reducing bus routes from 62 to 18. The cutbacks have been attacked by several cities. The Mission Viejo City Council pre-approved filing a lawsuit against Capo for failing to adequately consider traffic and other environmental impacts.

    The Capo staff is again recommending that Trustees on Monday approve a Negative Environmental Declaration denying any significant traffic, air quality or other impacts will result from major cuts to busing.

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  • PGA Juniors Compete At Casta Golf Course
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    Yesterday 120 boys and girls teed off at Casta del Sol Golf Course in a Southern California PGA Juniors Event. The PGA provides affordable competition for juniors at numerous events throughout the year. Alumni of the PGA ‘junior tour’ include Tiger Woods and Paula Creamer.

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  • Coble Children: DA’s Case Ends With Plea By Truck Driver
    Posted on: 2008-08-27
    On May 4, 2007 the Coble family mini-van was rear-ended by a big-rig truck driven by 38-year-old Juan Miguel Romero. The impact killed the three Coble children who were buckled in their child car seats. The children, a boy and two girls, were 5, 4 and 2-years old. The family was returning home from a day at Irvine Spectrum, where they had gone to ride the Ferris wheel for the 5-year-old’s birthday.

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  • Who’s Dumping At Curtis Park?
    Posted on: 2008-08-11
    Truckloads of dirt have been deposited at Lower Curtis Park recently, raising questions about the reason for the unsightly dumping.

    The City says the material is clean dirt transported from the Crown Valley Parkway project by the City’s vendor, All American Asphalt. It is the contractor’s obligation to knock the piles down and spread the dirt flat, according to City Manager Dennis Wilberg. He says the City is reducing expense by allowing the dumping locally.

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  • Vacation Hiatus
    Posted on: 2008-08-11
    The family vacation put the Dispatch on hiatus for the past couple weeks, but the rest and relaxation was appreciated. Thanks to all who patiently waited through this period to again receive their Dispatch articles.

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  • Gail Reavis Leaving After Two Terms
    Posted on: 2008-08-11
    Councilwoman Gail Reavis confirmed this afternoon she will not seek re-election to a third term on the Mission Viejo City Council.

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  • Quarterback Sanchez Dislocates Kneecap
    Posted on: 2008-08-11
    It’s been a long road for Mission Viejo’s Mark Sanchez to earn the starting position as quarterback of the USC Trojan football team. Today he dislocated his kneecap in a practice session and was carted off the field.

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  • Teen Home Drinking Ordinance Returns
    Posted on: 2008-07-11
    After repeated continuances, the proposed Teen Home Drinking Ordinance returns to the Council for reconsideration on Monday. Minor modifications were made by Trish Kelley and JP Ledesma as a two-person Ad Hoc Committee.

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  • Tennis Project Mushrooms
    Posted on: 2008-07-11
    About two years ago representatives of the Marguerite Tennis Club petitioned the Council to add one more tennis court to its seven existing courts. Club members explained an even number of courts would facilitate tournament events (and league play, per reader comment below).

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  • Letter: City’s Phony Or Questionable Statements Exposed
    Posted on: 2008-07-11
    'On the subject of political spin, I think back to the story of a woman entering a room and finding her husband in a passionate embrace with another woman. When she confronted him he calmly replied, “The real question, honey, is whether you believe what you see or what I am about to tell you.”

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  • Hospital CEO Seeks Commission Position
    Posted on: 2008-07-11
    Peter Bastone, President and CEO of Mission Hospital, has submitted an application to fill a vacancy on the MV Planning and Transportation Commission.

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  • Heritage Committee Wants O’Neill School Kept Open
    Posted on: 2008-07-11
    Parents of the O’Neill School have enlisted the assistance of the MV Heritage Committee in their fight to keep the school open. The Committee is now asking the City Council to endorse a letter petitioning the Saddleback District to retain O’Neill.


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  • Spitzer Backs Capo Recall
    Posted on: 2008-06-26
    On Friday Assemblyman Todd Spitzer placed automated phone calls to voters in the Capo precincts involved in Tuesday’s recall election:

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  • Summary Of Mission Viejo Initiative
    Posted on: 2008-06-26
    The Mission Viejo Initiative is designed to protect the community’s living environment. It would require voters’ consent on major amendments passed by the City Council concerning land use laws, if the amendments increase density or congestion.

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  • Critical Care Nurse Receives Nationwide Award
    Posted on: 2008-06-26
    Mission Hospital’s Neurology and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mary Kay Bader, is the recipient of the national 2008 “Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award.”

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  • Letter: SVN Reporter Acknowledges City Derailed Series
    Posted on: 2008-06-26
    A Saddleback Valley News reporter inadvertently acknowledged in Friday’s edition that City Manager Dennis Wilberg successfully derailed her ongoing News series on community blogs.

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  • MVHS Grad Is CNN TV News Correspondent In D.C.
    Posted on: 2008-05-12
    A former sports reporter for the MVHS Diablo Heat is currently a CNN news correspondent in Washington D.C. covering presidential politics and other major stories.

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  • MV Day Laborers; U.S. Congressman Joins Fray
    Posted on: 2008-04-24
    Congressman Gary Miller reports his office has received “numerous calls and letters from concerned citizens” about day laborers congregating at commercial centers in Mission Viejo. He conferred on the problem in a conference call this week with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Border Patrol and City of Mission Viejo.

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  • MV Bank Robber Info
    Posted on: 2008-04-10
    UPDATE:
    The Sheriff’s Department tells the Mission Viejo Dispatch an individual turned himself in today regarding the back-to-back robberies at the same Bank of America branch at Marguerite and Oso. The two heists occurred within 24 hours of each other on Monday and Tuesday.

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    The FBI released bank surveillance photos of the robber who boldly hit a Mission Viejo Bank of America twice within 24 hours. The first photo is from yesterday’s afternoon robbery, while the second was taken during this morning’s visit,

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