Mission Viejo

Letter to the Editor
                         Restore Mission Viejo to #1

Two city council incumbents are in campaign mode – Dave Leckness and Rhonda Reardon. They’re saying Mission Viejo is California’s safest city, and Reardon said it in her ballot statement.

How many years has it been since Mission Viejo was the safest city?

Based on FBI crime data, Mission Viejo is No. 13 on one list (http://lawstreetmedia.com/slideshow-americas-safest-dangerous-cities/california-2014/) and No. 18 on another (http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-california/). Rather than claiming we’re No. 1, shouldn’t the incumbents explain the decline?

They should also explain why the costs of policing the city have gone up 76 percent during the past 10 years. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/public-635037-safety-percent.html

Rather than keeping the city safe, Leckness and Reardon are contributing to its decline. They’re changing our community of single-family homes and open space to high-density projects. Leckness and Reardon have either approved high-density housing (e.g., on Oso near the freeway) or increased apartment density (on Los Alisos near the 241).

Watch Leckness on this YouTube video, crowing about the apartments and turning Oso into an 8-lane freeway for cut-through traffic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2BR8HX5TMs&feature=em-share_video_user

Instead of listening to campaign rhetoric, let’s elect leaders to restore our city to No. 1. I strongly recommend that voters remove both Leckness and Reardon from the council in the Nov. 4 election.

Lamar Kelsoe
Mission Viejo

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