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CCS News Update

The April issue of Community Common Sense was released last week. Distribution in Mission Viejo includes home delivery to 20,000 residences, as well as newsstands around town.

Four articles focus on Mission Viejo:

On the front page, Larry Gilbert reveals the voting records of candidates running in the 5th District for the OC Board of Supervisors. Two candidates – Lisa Bartlett and Frank Ury – have particularly bad records according to the Liberty First website. Gilbert writes, “When election time rolls around, who do you vote for, especially when the June 2014 ballot has multiple candidates competing for the same seat?” Read more,

Ed Sachs’ article on page 7 asks city government to concentrate on residents’ basic needs instead of feel-good projects. He writes, “City councils manage basic services. Basic services include public safety, transportation flow and maintenance, city appearance, park maintenance, trash, restroom facilities and other related services.” Read more,

On page 8, Dale Tyler describes how a judge required State Assembly candidate Anna Bryson to correct her ballot statement. He writes, “Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang ruled recently that Anna Bryson, Capistrano Unified School Board (“CUSD”) Trustee and current candidate for the California State Assembly 73rd District, made an illegal false and misleading statement in her official Candidate Statement.” Read more,

On page 9, Joe Holtzman writes, “Wendy Bucknum has announced her candidacy for the Mission Viejo City Council in the November election. Bucknum’s fundraiser will not be held in Mission Viejo, but rather in San Juan Capistrano at the Marbella Country Club.” Read more,

The entire April edition can be found at

SRA Meets on Apr. 17

On Thurs., Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m., Saddleback Republican Assembly will host David Whitley as its featured speaker on Common Core, the national curriculum being implemented in schools.

Whitley’s presentation will focus on how history is being misrepresented in middle school lessons with regard to the issue of medieval times and the spread of Islam. He will reveal the link between the Koran and other holy texts and the evil perpetrated over the centuries by political Islam.

Whitley is an author and a conservative political activist. He knows that our freedom to pursue success and happiness will only be preserved if it is protected by vigilant citizens. He will share his personal experiences, insights and struggles in opposing biased lessons in classrooms. He recently made a presentation to his child's PTA after discovering the whitewashing, omissions and half-truths that masquerade as the history of Islam in textbooks. As a father, he is especially concerned with the misrepresentation of Islam as a benign "religion of peace.”

Saddleback Republican Assembly meets on third Thursdays of the month at the Norm Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Jacaranda Room-B, Mission Viejo. For additional information call (949) 769-1412

Wendy Bucknum Campaign Update
Part 11: Lobbyist represents her industry and fools residents

If a housing lobbyist won a city council race, who would benefit? In Wendy Bucknum’s campaign, follow the dots to her financiers. As a smokescreen, Bucknum appears at council meetings to promote Earth Day, Wounded Warriors, support for homeless animals, a cure for cancer, a million-dollar dog park, Bunny Days and so on. Is it a coincidence her interest in community causes developed at the same time as her political candidacy? By contrast, her longtime dedication to her employer’s cause – the housing industry – appears to be genuine.

The most incisive article to date about Bucknum’s council campaign was published last week in the Community Common Sense newspaper, . Mission Viejo city watchdog Joe Holtzman writes about Bucknum as a professional lobbyist. Holtzman cites her April 30 fundraiser as a shakedown of her employer’s contacts: members of Community Associations Institute (CAI).

CAI members include lawyers, HOA property managers (such as Bucknum’s employer), developers, apartment associations, Realtor groups, builders and any contractor in the business of homebuilding or property development and maintenance. Readers can follow the money to such donors as John Sanders, who owns the Unisys property on Jeronimo. For years, Saunders has promoted his property to city hall as a potential site for affordable housing. Saunders is also a donor to the campaign of another high-density housing advocate, Councilman Frank Ury.

Follow the money:

Wendy Bucknum’s
Council Campaign Financiers

John Kurzet    Professional Community Management  $ 1,000.00
Building Industry Assn of Or. Co. Construction and housing, Irvine $  500.00
Matt Gunderson Audi Mission Viejo $  500.00
Beverly Montrella   retired            $ 500.00
John Saunders  Saunders Property Co. (owner of Unisys property) $500.00
Or. Co. Assoc. of Realtors PAC Real Estate Political Action Committee   $500.00
Roger Faubel Faubel Public Affairs (consultant, lobbyist) $  250.00
Mary Young Elected Official, Aliso Viejo resident $  200.00
Steven Roseman Attorney, Roseman & Associates $  180.00
Ryan Farsal      Farsal Group, LLC    $  150.00
Assoc. Builders & Contractors PAC of So. Cal. Political Action Committee
 $  250.00
EMS Management LLC (no information available) $  150.00
Building Industry Assoc. of So. Cal. Construction and housing, Irvine $  500.00
VCS Environmental Environmental Consultant, San Juan Capistrano $  150.00
CJ Segerstrom & Sons Real Estate Developer, Costa Mesa $  500.00
South Coast Apartment Assoc. PAC Political Action Committee, Irvine $ 500.00

GRAND TOTAL (as of December 31, 2013) $6,330.00

* Source: Wendy Bucknum for City Council 2014, Form 460

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Bucknum has two angles – shaking down her housing industry financiers and selling out her community if she gets into office.

Non-government Events

Following is a sampling of events and activities that are not funded by taxpayers or promoted by the Nanny State. Please support private enterprise and non-profit groups.

La Vida Drum Circle, Tues., Apr. 15, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., group meets on the evening of every full moon (May 14, June 13, July 12 etc.). Drummers should bring their drums. Firewood is appreciated for the bonfire, Aliso Beach, Aliso and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 275-7544,

Big Bucks Bingo, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. early bird and 6:45 p.m. regular games, Mission Viejo Elks Lodge, Marguerite and La Paz, Mission Viejo, 949-830-3557.

St. Kilian’s Recycling Drive, Sat., Apr. 19, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, held on the third Saturday of each month. Organized by Knights of Columbus; acceptable items include aluminum, paper and plastic. No glass or cardboard. Lower parking lot, 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 472-1249,

Cabrillo Playhouse, Sun., Apr. 20, 6:00 p.m., “Local Sunday Sessions,” every third Sunday, three local musical acts, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, (949) 492-0465,

Laguna Playhouse presents “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” with Leslie Caron and David Engel, from Apr. 26-June 8, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2787, ext. 1,

At Soka University on Sat., Apr. 26, 8:00 p.m., Midori solo violin recital; on Sun., Apr. 27, 3:00 p.m., “Sundays at Soka” featuring the Pacific Symphony, Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, (949) 480-4278,

First Thursday Art Walk, Laguna Beach, Thurs., May 1, 6:00 p.m., member galleries throughout Laguna Beach, including the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive at North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971,

Mount of Olives Church SHARE Food Drive on Sun., May 4, (first Sunday of each month) helps families in crisis, . Mount of Olives Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 837-7467,

Mariachis at the Mission, Sat., May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; second Saturday of each month, 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 234-1300,

Political and Government Events Calendar

Moulton Niguel Water District meetings: Engineering and Operations on Mon., Apr. 14, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Finance and Information Technology on Wed., Apr. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Board of Directors on Thurs., Apr. 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., MNWD Main Office, 27500 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-2500,

The Mission Viejo Chapter of ACT! for America will hold a General Meeting on Mon., Apr. 14. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The meeting starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m., at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo.

Capistrano Valley Republican Women Federated, Wed., Apr. 16, 9:00 a.m., at the Marbella Country Club, 30800 Golf Club Drive, San Juan Capistrano. CVRWF meets on third Wednesdays of most months. CVRWF meets on third Wednesdays of most months. Call (949) 240-6799 for reservations,

Saddleback Republican Assembly, Thurs., Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker David Whitley will present the program on Common Core. SRA meets on third Thursdays (except in July, August and December) at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. For information call (949) 769-1412.

Santa Margarita Water District Finance Committee will meet on Fri., Apr. 18, 7:30 a.m., 26111 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 459-6420,

SOC912 will meet on Fri., Apr. 18. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting starts at7:00 p.m. The program topic will be “The Threat to Our Power Grid – Domestic Terrorism – For the Record.” No charge to attend; donations are requested to help pay for costs. Light refreshments. The group meets at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

Nixon Library events: Meet Greg Gutfeld, co-host of “The Five” on Fox News, Sat., Apr. 19, 2:00 p.m.; weekly concert on Sun., Apr. 20, high school senior piano recital with teacher Kyung Ja Bae, doors open at 1:30 p.m., and music begins at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, (714) 364-1120,

Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a board meeting “if necessary” on Tues., Apr. 22, 6:30 p.m. The next Regular Meeting is on Tues., May 13, 6:30 p.m. The board meets in the district building, 25631 Peter Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, (949) 586-1234,

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wed., Apr. 23, 5:45 p.m., followed by the Regular Meeting. Special Board meetings will also be held on Fri., Apr. 25, with the closed session beginning at 5:45 p.m., and on Sat., Apr. 26, with the closed session beginning at 8:00 a.m., 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano.Agenda and supporting documentation are published on the website 72 hours prior to a meeting, (949) 234-9200,

Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a regular meeting on Tues., Apr. 29, 9:30 a.m., Board Hearing Room, First Floor, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 834-3100,

Rush Limbaugh Club of Orange County will meet on Sat., May 10. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The featured speaker will be Star Parker, founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. The group meets on second Saturdays of the month. Cost is $15 for breakfast or the program only for $5.00. The club pays for first-time attendees' breakfast or attendance fee. Casta del Sol Golf Clubhouse, 27601 Casta Del Sol Road, Mission Viejo, (714) 235-1430,

OC Veterans Advisory Council, Wed., May 14, 6:00 p.m. The council meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Veterans Service Office, Conference Room A/B, 1300 S. Grand Ave., Building B, Santa Ana,

The Buzz

Programs and guest speakers for events this week:

ACT! for America on Mon., Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m., Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. Guest speaker Louis Lionheart will present “Islam and Western Civilization: Are they Compatible? An Expert on World Religions Explains the Challenges of Co-Existence.”

Capo Valley Republican Women Federated on Wed., Apr. 16, 9:00, Marbella Country Club, 30800 Golf Club Dr., San Juan Capistrano. The program will feature candidates running in the June Primary Election.

SRA on Thurs., Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m., Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. Guest speaker David Whitley’s presentation will be about the shortcomings of Common Core, the national curriculum for schools.

SOC912 on Fri., Apr. 18, 7:00 p.m., Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. The program topic will be “The Threat to Our Power Grid – Domestic Terrorism – For the Record.”


Post from city watchdog Larry Gilbert, “Today [Apr. 12] was the grand opening of the Mission Viejo $1.4 million dog park, Phase I. I visited after our cruise at Doheny. Notice the city provided Porta Potties yet does not provide the same humanitarian accommodations for scheduled AYSO soccer games in parks without access to a bathroom, leaving players and adults to break the law and relieve themselves behind a bush or tree. However, I’ll stay on topic, for now!”


A Board of Supervisors candidate forum was held in Laguna Woods last week. Three candidates competing for the BOS 5th District seat are Robert Ming of Laguna Niguel, Lisa Bartlett of Dana Point and Frank Ury of Mission Viejo. Ury apparently thought it was a liar’s contest. OC Political blog posted a summary, including Ury’s statements [whoppers] about his background and accomplishments, . For openers, Ury says he’s an engineer, but when was the last time he worked as an engineer – 20 years ago? Ury’s many jobs have been in sales or information technology, not engineering. For laughs, check out Ury’s remark that he doesn’t support more toll lanes – the exact opposite of what he said last year when a toll lane addition was at stake on the 405. While the blog did a good job of recording statements, the writer didn’t add color – Ury’s pants burst into flame whenever he opened his mouth.


Another of Ury’s claims has led to a complaint with the O.C. District Attorney. His invitation to a fundraiser indicates Orange County Transportation Authority officials are involved in campaign fundraising. As a taxpayer-funded governmental organization, OCTA can’t do that. Here’s the exact wording from Ury’s very strange invitation: “Please Join Friends AND Supporters for a Fundraising Reception for Frank Ury, Mission Viejo Councilman, and OCTA Board of Directors.”


An update on the International Tennis Federation tournament fiasco is coming soon. The information indicates this is typical of the corruption in city hall, yet it hits a new level of malfeasance, self-dealing and throwing away tax dollars.

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