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Sound Off: Ask Candidates a Question, See if They Answer

There's one more day before the election. Give City Council candidates one last chance to reach the masses by asking them questions.

Although some residents have already voted, there are plenty who have not. Have issues with the candidates for City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita? Want them to address issues that weren't covered in the candidate forums?

Use Patch as a forum to ask candidates your questions. They're busy campaigning, no doubt, but see if they answer. It's their last chance to answer questions for the masses that they're trying to influence.

Remember to keep it civil. And if you want to throw some encouragement their way, they'd probably appreciate it.

What questions do you have for the candidates?

Lawrence (Larry) McCook November 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
David, My thoughts on your question are numerous. First let me address the 241 Toll Road Extension. I am in favor of it's completion for those who want to pay tolls to bypass the I-5 San Juan Capistrano Bottleneck. It will not effect the surfers beach. Chiquita Ridge is and will be a very long time project even if it ever will even come to fruition. There are concerns about the ecology, the developed appearance and also, who would/will pay for this development. I am also a long time involved youth sports coach (4 years in football & 5 years in soccer currently now in AYSO 630 in RSM) and agree that our youth do not have enough sports fields. Getting back to who will pay for this development. I am a Ronald Reagan Era Republican and I do not believe that bonds should be floated or new taxes imposed or extended to pay for The Chiquita Ridge Development. This is the most important question! Who will pay for this development? There is nothing to go forward for until the money is arranged for this project.
Martin Henderson November 05, 2012 at 09:37 PM
TBA, as mentioned in comments of that story, the wrong settings were checked and all comments had to be approved; it should be fixed now.
Glenn Acosta November 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Tom and David, RSM acquired the Chiquita Ridge property from a lawsuit against the County where the city claimed that the property was originally part of the city's incorporation area. The settlement agreement involved land swaps with multiple parties and strict conditions for development. One condition being that 23 acres would be devoted to sports parks. Another condition was that nearly half of the 92 acres would remain as open space. The remainder would be available for development. To make Chiquita Ridge successful, very careful planning is required. I believe the agreement requires the sports fields to be developed first, which makes financing more challenging. I would explore an amendment to the agreement that would allow for concurrent development - building sports fields and developing the tax base to pay for it simultaneously. As with many developments, there is a conceptual design based on the goals desired and the soils properties of the property. There are currently no soils analyses, so it is uncertain what the footprint will be for development. At this point, I can only point out what types of businesses and retail would be favorable from a sales tax revenue perspective, and put out ideas that would make Chiquita Ridge as a whole successful and where each part of the development compliments the other. Glenn
Brad McGirr November 05, 2012 at 09:54 PM
David, unfortunately the process isn't even close to the point where plans can be drawn. A project manager has been contracted to determine the feasibility of having any development whatsoever on that piece of property. If it can be developed, a sports park of at least 23 acres must be built first.
TrueBlueAmerican November 06, 2012 at 12:43 AM
This is exactly the point Mr. McCook was trying to make! There need to be a lot of money and planning and the whole thing or any part of it may never happen!

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