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From: CA Schlicht
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 2:51 PM

To: Robert Schick 
Subject: Records Request - District Voting Outreach

 On 10/24/17, the city attorney stated from the dais that the city was “starting tomorrow with public outreach.” What steps has the city made since 10/25/17 for public outreach. Thank you, Cathy. 

This email is in response to the Public Records Act request that you placed regarding “District Voting Outreach” and for “what steps has the city made since 10/25/17 for public outreach?”  While there is no applicable record on file as to “steps,” you may wish to visit the following links to pages on the City website about Mission Viejo Districting and to the article concerning scheduling public hearing 1 of 5.

From: "Michael Ferrall"
Date: November 14, 2017 at 6:38:41 PM PST

To: "'Ed Sachs"
Subject: council districts
Ed: The important Council agenda topic. I  want to let you and other members know that I am strongly opposed to council districts being created. We do not want the city to be divided by racial or ethnic factors. I likely will not be able to attend the meeting tonight, but will try to make my views known to the other council members also. I assume that no final decision will be made on the issue tonight.

From: Anna Marie Cwieka
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:41 AM

To: Karen Hamman

Subject: Voting Districts

I'd like to chime in on the topic of voting districts.  I am opposed. 

While I can appreciate having a voting district for an area as geographically spread out as CUSD, I cannot for Mission Viejo.  Yes, we are somewhat spread out but I don't think the issues change all that substantially regardless of where you live.  From my perspective, ALL of the Council needs to represent ALL of the City.  We don't need intentionally designed divisiveness.

That said, there is an "older" section of Mission Viejo (original tracts many with long time, older homeowners and many that are now rentals) and "newer" neighborhoods (think Pacific Park, Califia with homeowners associations that manage landscaping, etc.).  They have different needs but from a macro standpoint, one affects the other in terms or property values as a whole.  I need the entire council focused on these issues, not just one segment being territorial against the other.
From a business (tax) standpoint, we can't just look at the mix within a small area.  We need to look at the big picture - and then we need to look at the even bigger picture of our adjacent communities.  I choose which Kohls or Target I am going to on any given day by other errands I have to run....not what city they are located in.  Our retail mix needs to be addressed from a regional perspective.

In summary, voter districts make sense for certain entities but not Mission Viejo City Council.


Anna Marie Cwieka
Mission Viejo Resident for 28 years

From: Jo Anne Simon
Date: November 17, 2017 at 8:55:07 AM PST

To: <>

Subject: At-Large vs District-Based City Council Elections

Mayor Bucknum, Mayor Pro Tem Sachs, and Council Members Raths, Goodell, and Kelley,

As 40 year residents of Mission Viejo we strongly support the current at-large election process large rather than gerrrymandering ourselves into districts.

Bob & Jo Anne Simon

Submitted by Sharon Cody on December 21, 2017 - 5:09pm

Lets go to court. It is ridiculous that an outside law firm is telling our citizen that we MUST change to districts rather than at-large elections.t would be interesting to

Submitted by Frank Nikkhou on December 21, 2017 - 7:01pm

It would be interesting to see who is funding the litigation by this Malibu-based law firm and what is the motivation behind it. I am not pro or against this possible change yet, but would like to get myself educated, before I make a decision.

Submitted by Alan Dougherty on December 21, 2017 - 8:05pm

Districts are the way to go.

Submitted by Carolyn Kruebbe on December 22, 2017 - 8:29am

I was going to write EXACTLY what Frank wrote. Let's have some transparency about what brought this about.