Mission Viejo

                       Mission Viejo City Council - Let’s Start Over!

                                                              By Steve Magdziak

In Mission Viejo, eight candidates are running for three city council seats on the Nov. 4 ballot. Trish Kelley is terming out, and Dave Leckness and Rhonda Reardon are running for re-election.

I can sum up this election in three words: let’s start over. Remove the incumbents and elect three challengers – Desi Kiss, Ed Sachs and Greg Raths.
Desi Kiss has my vote because he comprehends the budget, Capital Improvement Projects and how the city staff operates. I’m confident he can’t be bought, and he won’t allow the progressives in City Hall to run over the council or deplete the reserves. Desi says the city is at a crossroads, and he wants to preserve the Mission Viejo Company’s low-density plan.

Ed Sachs retired as CEO of the Mobile Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics, and he serves on the city’s Financial Advisory Commission. He’s good with numbers, smart and quick on his feet. I’m voting for Ed because he’s an advocate of small government and he asks for accountability. He’s a good business manager.

If Desi and Ed both win, Mission Viejo wins. Both men have had professional standing in world-class corporations, and that’s a bonus for our city council.

Greg Raths is the third candidate for the three openings on the council. He’s running as a fiscal conservative, and he’s a retired Marine Corps colonel.

I am recommending against Rhonda Reardon, Dave Leckness and Wendy Bucknum. Bucknum publicly says the three are running together, and Leckness privately says they are not.

Councilman Leckness often opposes what residents ask for. Among his worst votes are adding 12,000 homes to the Fire Zone and approving every high-density housing project that has come before the council. He doesn’t prepare for meetings, and he admits he doesn’t read the agenda. He can’t intelligently discuss any issue, and he supported affordable housing for an applicant who vacationed in Bali.

Rhonda Reardon usually votes in the majority with Leckness, and she led the charge to add 12,000 homes to the Fire Zone. In her four years in office, she has flipped on such important fiscal positions as containing costs, and she failed on her pledge to bring civility to the council.

Wendy Bucknum, a paid lobbyist in the housing industry, is by far the worst of the eight candidates. As documented by CCS, her campaign is funded largely by special-interest donors associated with her employer’s business. Her lengthy list of political endorsements shows her close ties with those she lobbies – elected officials who sell their votes. If voters are paying attention in this election, Bucknum will finish last.

Contributing Editor Steve Magdziak is a small business owner and a resident of Mission Viejo.




4 comments:

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Robert S. Bruchmann said...

Obviously you do not believe facts are relevant to your comments. Your little flyer distributed around the neighbor is misinformed and missing facts.

Robert S. Bruchmann said...

Obviously you do not believe facts are relevant to your comments. Your little flyer distributed around the neighbor is misinformed and missing facts.

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