Letter: Edison Wants Live Experiments At San Onofre

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on April 4, 2013

In testimony Wednesday before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Southern California Edison unleashed a plan that would experiment with four or five successive test runs of their defective damaged generator over the next couple of years. This plan would certainly put 8.5 million of us in danger.

As I said at Monday’s Mission Viejo City Council meeting, Edison’s call for a limited licensing review approval before the NRC today would kill any hearing that would otherwise be called after this type of approval. A hearing would thus become a sham. Edison’s duplicity knows no bounds.

There was a bit of comedy at the hearing listening to Edison’s Chamber of Commerce shills as they called for cheap, clean and safe energy – none of which Edison can provide. Edison’s $35 million dollar PR slush fund was obviously at work.

The hearing was covered in an article by Friends of the Earth.

Joe Holtzman



Triple Killer Claimed Panic Attacks

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on March 18, 2013

Ali Syed

Last July Saddleback College student Ali Syed claimed he suffered from Deficit Attention Disorder, panic attacks and anxiety. On February 19 he murdered a girl in his parents’ Ladera Ranch home. During a subsequent police chase he shot and killed two more people before committing suicide upon being stopped at Katella and Wanda in Orange.

His disabilities were listed on an application for special testing accommodations, according to the Lariat. It was submitted after he met with an academic counselor. Syed’s grade average was .62 at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.

Syed used a shotgun given to him as a gift from his father. He left a suicide note on his computer an hour before the rampage, but details were not released by Sheriff’s investigators.



Letter: “Activist” Means Action

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on March 13, 2013

Some conservatives opposing big government think “activist” is a negative term and “concerned citizen” sounds better. Perhaps so, but concerned citizens may or may not act on their beliefs while activists make their views public, to motivate passive concerned citizens and get unconcerned citizens to pay attention to important issues. Only the tiniest minority of activists nationwide cause civil disruption, and they rightfully should be called revolutionaries.

Joe Holtzman (OCR)

It would be an injustice to call Joe Holtzman of Mission Viejo merely a concerned citizen. He is an activist on multiple fronts from Mission Viejo City Hall to the San Onofre Nuclear Station and beyond. He speaks out on many fronts, including the internet and in meeting halls.

The Orange County Register and the media are crediting (and, thankfully, labeling) activists like Joe with gaining the release of a report by the manufacturer of the steam generators whose malfunction led to the station shutdown last year. Some interpret what they call efforts to bypass warnings of potential malfunction. The station owner, Southern California Edison, challenges the interpretations and denies any wrongdoing.

Mostly in the Dispatch we are focused on City Hall, but there is no other issue here greater than the potential disaster of an accident at San Onofre. Joe Holtzman also helped lead the fight to expose the dangers of excess capacity power lines on the ridge along Mission Viejo’s eastern flank.

Thanks to Joe. Hopefully he can turn some concerned citizens into activists and some of the uninformed into concerned citizens.

Allan Pilger



Accused MV Drug Dealer Booked For Murder

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on March 13, 2013


A Mission Viejo man was arrested Monday for supplying drugs that allegedly contributed to the overdose death of 21-year-old Emma Wihlborg. Wihlborg died while staying in a Lake Forest hotel sixteen months ago.

Louis Wood

Louis Richard Wood, 35, was indicted by the OC Grand Jury after a lengthy investigation by the OC Sheriff’s Department. He was booked into the OC Jail for murder with bail of $1 million.



City Hall Credibility Takes Hit

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on March 4, 2013

City Hall’s credibility took another shot in the foot last week in a news release about a “happiness” report from a University of Vermont study.

The Vermont study purports to identify the “happiest” places in America based on geographically tagged words in Twitter messages (Tweets).  Ten thousand words were assigned happy points. “Rainbow” had a higher happy score than “earthquake.” Validity questions aside, the University found its home state, Vermont, was the 5th happiest behind Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and Utah. California was 13th. The saddest state was Louisiana.

The University also surveyed urban populations, finding South Orange County to be the 4th happiest urban area nationwide. The local region was officially titled “Mission Viejo-Lake Forest-San Clemente,” but the scatter map of tweets below shows the ranked area also included Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. To enlarge map, click here.

Scatter Map for South OC Tweets

MV’s City Hall falsely seized the dubious glory for itself, however, stating, “Mission Viejo has been ranked as the fourth “happiest city” in the United States, according to a study by the University of Vermont.” The article made no mention or reference to any of the other South County cities in the population sample. The PR piece went farther, implying significant credit could be attributed to “municipal services” provided by, yep, MV City Hall.

Never mind there are a dozen different cities in the ranked area. The biggest cluster of happy Tweets (red) appears to be from along the Coast, primarily in Laguna Beach.



Jail Escapee Found

March 2, 2013

An escapee from the Theo Lacy jail was found at 5:30 a.m. Saturday in an Oceanside Motel after traveling through South County. Local authorities had issued a warning Friday requesting public assistance finding the heavily tattooed 26-year-old Saith Na. Na was discovered missing during a routine head count. Jail personnel were unable to immediately identify [...]

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Adopted Marine Dies In Afghanistan

February 28, 2013

Staff Sgt Jonathan D. Davis was killed during combat operations last Friday in Afghanistan. His Camp Pendleton unit was adopted and supported by the City of Mission Viejo. The 34-year-old Navajo from Kyenta, Arizona joined the Corp in 1997. He was an operations chief for a motor transport unit. The incident occurred in Helmand Province, [...]

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Girls Recant Abduction Story

February 26, 2013

Two grade school girls claiming to be victims of an abduction attempt have recanted their story, according to Sheriff spokesman Jim Amormino. The incident was originally alleged to have occurred on the way to school near Trabuco and Los Alisos at 8:49 a.m. Monday and involved an apparently fictitious 30-year-old male in a white service van.

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Homeless Camp Closed

February 19, 2013

Mission Viejo Police closed a homeless encampment Tuesday, February 12, near Los Alisos and Trabuco, according to City Manager Dennis Wilberg and Police Services Sgt. William McGovern. The camp was located in Wilderness Glen, which borders Aliso Creek with thick trees and bushes. McGovern was unable to provide an estimated number of campers using the site. A follow-up visit on the [...]

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Letter: iPad Collusion In Public Meetings?

February 19, 2013

Technology is a double edged sword. Cases in point are local city council meetings when cities like Mission Viejo issue iPads to city council members. These small lightweight devices replace the large cumbersome 3-ring binders containing the current Agenda and back up material for each meeting. While seemingly innocent, these same iPads can also be [...]

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