Mission Viejo

Letter to the Editor                                                                                                   
                 Follow the Money

When Wendy Bucknum lost her race for Mission Viejo City Council in 2012, many voters didn’t know her. The focus was her controversial support for jumbotron-type electronic billboards in the south part of Mission Viejo.

On the November 2012 ballot, Bucknum identified herself as a “commissioner/businesswoman.” If she fully disclosed her occupation, would voters want a housing lobbyist on the council?

During her 2012 campaign, all references touting Bucknum’s “award-winning” lobbyist skills disappeared from her employer’s website. The following is from a site that hasn’t been scrubbed. Read a “guest post from Wendy Bucknum” on the California Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute website. Bucknum describes her lobbyist expertise:

“Wendy Bucknum rounded out the day along with special guest Shawna Rimke, District Director with U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert’s office sharing expertise on how to ‘Lobby Your Legislator.’ Which provided tips and tools for everyone as they headed out to visit their respective legislator offices. Chapter members visited the offices of Assemblymembers Solario, Miller, Norby, Wagner and Harkey.

Martin Paine, District Director for Senator Mimi Walters‘ office came to the Chapter office to visit with everyone from CAI-OCRC. Day in the District 2011 wrapped up with a successful debriefing session on the visits. This was done in an effort to educate our attendees about the importance of advocating on behalf of our industry at the local, state and federal levels!”

Bucknum’s description is an eye-opener for the public on lobbyists and elected officials teaching each other how to lobby. It’s no coincidence this “commissioner/businesswoman” knows all the elected officials and got their endorsements.

Bucknum is running again for a Mission Viejo council seat in November 2014.

Joe Holtzman
Mission Viejo

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