Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury is currently running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors but an embarrassing story is emerging in his city, and Ury is right in the thick of it.
According to Desi Kiss, a longtime resident of Mission Viejo who is running for their City Council this November, the City of Mission Viejo has only 9 parks with public restrooms out of 50 community parks?
Now you would think that Ury would support giving his fellow residents somewhere to pee when they are hanging out at Mission Viejo’s parks, but that turns out not to be the case.
Kiss reports that “on March 6, 2006 the MV City Council directed the Community Services Commission to develop a restroom master plan for their City parks. While this Plan was dormant for 8 years, on March 17, 2014, the issue was again placed on the Council’s Agenda by Mayor Trish Kelley and Council Member Cathy Schlicht. At the end of an in-depth debate with Mission Viejo residents, and serious areas of concern presented by numerous citizens, Council Members Rhonda Reardon, Dave Leckness, and Ury were against the much needed restrooms at the city’s fifty parks, and indicated that yet another in-depth study is required before the matter may be addressed by the Council AGAIN for a vote.”
So why does the MV City Council majority want residents to keep peeing on park trees instead of providing them with public restrooms? Well, as one might imagine, it is always the money. Leckness said that to build one bathroom the cost would be $300,000, while other council members mentioned figures as high as $600,000.
Ury said money is NO issue and he can place all of them in 2 weeks, but some residents don’t like them in their neighborhood. I guess Ury’s pals would rather that people pee on shrubs and trees?
Since a petition drive was conducted and there are hundreds of residents who would like the City to provide public restrooms at their parks, Kiss is proposing to place the matter on the November 4 ballot, in the event that the City Council fails to deliver a resolution as soon as possible. Kiss says that there was no need for another study, since the May 1, 2006 Master Plan recommendation was passed by the Community Services Commission with a 6-1 VOTE, and there was a significant population increase since that time. Moreover, 40 acres of new land annexation for a housing project development in 2013 made Mission Viejo an even larger city.
Kiss has a plan to install twenty new cost-effective public restrooms at our parks for a price tag not to exceed $ 2 million. His plan will bring the percentage of MV parks with restrooms from 18 % to 58%. That is still low as the neighboring cities of San Clemente & Rancho Santa Margarita have 75% coverage while Irvine is at about 50%.
Here is the list of 30 parks that are under consideration in Kiss’ plan: Tier 1: (top priority) Barcelona, Aurora, Napoli, Pacific Hills, Pavion, Crucero, Eastbrook, Pine Crest, Spendlove, Barbadanes and Sycamore. Tier 2: (2-nd priority) La Paws, Wilderness, Linda Vista, Madrid Fore, Preciados, Camino Largo, Agean Hills, Birchwood, Castile, Castlewood, Christopher, Coronado, Minaya, Seville, Valyerno, Doria, El Dorado, Vista del Lago & La Mancha.
Kiss propose 2 types of very low cost, low maintenance restrooms, (around 100-150 Sqft) with low-flow, no-flush & no- touch fixtures, ADA compliant, with solar panels and surveillance equipment that will discourage vandalism, violence and other activities.
OPTION A: A PRE-FABRICATED MASONRY BLOCK CONSTRUCTION w/ solar panels – TOTAL AVERAGE PRICE TAG /UNIT = $75K (FULLY INSTALLED @ the SITE).
OPTION B: STAINLESS STEEL UNISEX– w/ solar panels restrooms (10’-7”x 6’-0”x 8’-6” tall). TOTAL AVERAGE PRICE TAG/UNIT = $100K (FULLY INSTALLED @ THE SITE).
Public parks are important to the well-being of Mission Viejo’s families. That Ury doesn’t understand that makes him a truly terrible candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.