Larry McCook, Candidate for City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita

McCook, 71, hopes to build upon the 4,000-plus votes from the 2010 election to win the two-year term.

General Information

Name : Mr. Lawrence McCook
Also known as : Larry
Age : 71
Place of residence : Rancho Santa Margarita



Attended college : Yes
College : The University of Alabama
Degree : Studied Commerce & Business Administration
Year of graduation : I attended 1959-1961

Grad school

Military service

Rank : I attended 2 years of Army ROTC & transferred USMC Officers Training where my career was cut short by an acute asthma attack

Employment Information

Job titles held : NA
Employers : NA

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita, two-year seat
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : None
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : RSM City Council 2010

Party HQ

Address P. O. Box 80165

Campaign Manager

Name : None


Website : www.larry4rsm.com

Other facts

I have spent a lifetime serving my country and community including years of coaching youth soccer (currently AYSO 630 BU14 RSM). Served as a Legislative & Advocacy Representative for RSM schools, church usher, honored to drive WWII veterans to school speaking engagements, honored to support active Marines at Camp Pendleton and Past National Vice President of The University of Alabama Alumni Assn.

Kendra September 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Mr McCook: You mentioned before that you would end Mello Roos taxes. That's great!! I hope you keep mentioning that. People need to know that.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Mello Roos are Orange County administered taxes/fees but, I will fight to have this travesty for the taxpayers come to an end. Enough is enough!
RSM Woman September 27, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Mr. McCook: are you telling us that you will END our Mello Roos taxes?
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 27, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I did not say that. I will work hard to try and find a way to end Mello Roos and I will definitely communicate better about this issue to the taxpayers. . There are people in our city hierarchy who say it can't be done. That this is impossible. Very little in life is impossible. These are some of the same people who were not effective with the now defunct RSM Economic Development Council (EDC). The RSM EDC was shut down for good reasons. Never say Never! A positive attitude goes a long way in life! Negativity is not and never has been a part of my life.
RSM Dad September 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Mr. McCokk, you clearly have no conception how Mello Roos works. First of all it does end and the end dates for each district are listed on the city's website. The only way to end it sooner is to pay off the bond debt earlier. The county controls most of the districts and CUSD controls a couple. YOU as a city councilman will have no control over any of this so don't mis lead people into thinking you do. That is just a typical politician's lie. As far as the former Economic Development group for the city, whoever that was, you throw stuff like that out there with no factual basis for making that statement. And we all are still waiting to hear about this large corporate business you stated long ago that you are bringing to RSM, but refuse to disclose any information. Just more empty suit rhetoric from a politician.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 29, 2012 at 01:03 AM
RSM Dad, You always bring a smile to my face. Especially when you attack me and misspell my name. A total lack of refinement. I have also read a number of your comments in favor of the "existing RSM Politicians" and suspect you are one of them. Can you at least be man enough to comment under your own name. I do not except the premise that nothing can be done about Mello Roos. If you are so knowledgeable, you must know that an initiative could be put on the ballot for a 2/3 majority vote.. Just because our local incumbent politicians failed to find a way to end Mello Roos does not mean that I will not investigate this myself. I never accept failure or anyone saying anything can't be done. Good Try!
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I might also suggest you refer to Websters Dictionary for the definition of "politician". Websters says: "a politician is one who has been elected or appointed to public office". I have experienced neither. Again, good try! I will disclose exactly with whom I am working to develop new major business and jobs for RSM on November 7th if not elected. I am afraid negative friends like you would not be of help in this effort. There are are only two people running for City Council in RSM out of six candidates who are not politicians.
RSMWoman October 02, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mr. McCook, did you attend college or graduate? If you graduated, what was your degree in and from where did you graduate? Thank you.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank you for asking. I attended the University of Alabama where I studied Business Administration with emphasis on marketing and accounting. Later I was honored to be selected to serve a two year term as a National Vice President of The University of Alabama Alumni Association (1987-1989). Pursuit to my Silicon Valley career, I earned four diplomas in Silicon Wafer Process.
Flannery4 October 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Excuse me, but why is it that the Univ. of Alabama has no record of a Lawrence (Larry) McCook ever graduating?? Tell the truth for a change. Also, list the "diplomas" in "Silicon Water Process" that you allegedly received. Colleges and Universities provide "diplomas," McCook. I'm waiting.
Flannery4 October 04, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Mr. McCook you state you received a degree from the University of Alabama...what degree? When?
Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 04, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I stated that I attended The University of Alabama and served as a National Vice President of The University of Alabama Alumni Association (1987-1989). Call The Alabama Alumni Office and check this out.
inRSMSince1990 November 01, 2012 at 05:28 AM
OK, so no college degree. Not what I'd expect, but not necessarily a deal-breaker. However, I do feel it is evasive and misleading to answer the college degree question by stating that he attended the University of Alabama and by referring to his involvement in the Alumni Association, especially given that the U of A Alumni Association opens its membership to both graduates and non-graduates. A simple, "I did not graduate, but I have been actively involved with the University Alumni Association in a leadership capacity" would have been far more transparent and understandable. It's this kind of round about double-speak that gets people so frustrated with politicians (among other things). Also, by no means am I an advocate for taxes, but prior to Mello Roos, citizens across the state were taxed to pay for community-level infrastructure projects that benefited only the smallest fractions of the overall population. I don't think the answer is to abolish Mello Roos, but rather to put curbs in place that prevent ongoing issuance of new debt to pay for routine services not associated with the start-up of a new community or development. I would much rather see our local government continue to advocate and exercise financial discipline than to blur the issue with a Red Herring that ignores the underlying problem.


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