Operated by the City of Aliso Viejo, the Aliso Viejo Ranch is a rustic ranch situated on seven acres at 100 Park Ave. The ranch is a historocally significant site depicting dry farming and ranching in the community, according to the city’s website. It features a bunk house, barn and historic ranch equipment. While the ranch is not regularly open to the public, it does open for city-sponsored events.
But Aliso Viejo Council Members Phil Tsunoda and Carmen Cave can’t leave well enough alone. They want to spend over $19M to build a Community Building, Full Gymnasium and a Multipurpose room – and guess who is paying for all of this? That’s right – Aliso Viejo’s taxpayers, who have been screwed for years by Cave and company with one assessment after another. This continues even after previous community developments have repeatedly lost money and the city has had to spend thousands more to repair them.
Cave and company have even launched a Facebook page, called “Aliso Viejo Ranch Site” to spin their reasons why taxpayers should be on the hook for this latest pipe dream. And they have put their plans online too, but if you read them you will find this nugget, as to how they plan to pay for this development:
Use a combination of City Reserves, Community Enhancement Funds and debt to pay for the whole Project of $19.8 million in two phases
Are these people crazy? In the middle of a ruined economy they want to spend city reserves on yet another project that probably won’t pay for itself? According to the new Inform Aliso Viejo Facebook Page, the proposed Aliso Viejo Ranch project will drop city reserves below $15 million from $27 million. That is just plain nuts! Yet the Cave cabal has the nerve to call this prudent?
They plan to have the Boys and Girls Club manage this community center. Well that is nice but none of this sounds like something that Aliso Viejo’s taxpayers should be on the hook for.
Don’t forget that Cave was fired as the City of Menifee’s community development director. Yet here she is continuing her old ways, at the expense of her constituents. Well hopefully they will one day fire her too when she next comes up for re-election.