CITY caught stealing the campaign signs of candidates challenging the incumbents

By Desi Kiss

Yesterday (10/14/2014) City of Mission Viejo was caught stealing the campaign signs of candidates challenging the incumbents in the upcoming election.

According to City of Mission Viejo Public Services Supervisor Raul Villalobos and Merchants Landscape Services Inc. Area Manager Noel Manzo, Assistant City Manager Keith Ratay ordered the removal of ALL POLITICAL yard signs from City property.

The problem with the signs that were found in the landscape Contractor’s vehicle were removed from property that does NOT belong to the City. To the best of my knowledge they were only: Kiss, Sachs, Thornton & Raths signs. I don’t think that Casta Del Sol & 3 ft of the Jeronimo sidewalk as well as other private areas on Olympiad where political signs were allowed for Campaigning purposes is City Property.

Insult to injury – one of the people involved stated: “they are nothing else than trash to me” and one other City staff member stated that he followed the “orders” of Assistant City Manager Keith Ratay and that he is only doing his job! That is simply OUTRAGEOUS!

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Not only outrageous it is desperation as well. Rhonda Reardon has teamed up with Dave Leckness and Wendy Bucknum and they have formed a PAC, Citizens to Protect Mission Viejo, for raising funds, and the Orange County Employees Association Union has put $5,000 into their campaign. They BREACHED Republican rule # 1, DO NOT take Union money for any campaign.

Just say NO to REARDON, LECKNESS & BUCKNUM!

Candidate Greg Raths who also learned about the event made the following public statement on his Facebook page: “The City of Mission Viejo was caught stealing the campaign signs of candidates challenging the incumbents. This is an outrage and illegal to say the least. I demand an investigation.”

The incident was officially reported to the City Clerk’s Office for the record.

BIZ CARDS

This election is about the heart, soul and future of Mission Viejo. You deserve the truth, respect and truthful answers and to be able to hold elected officials accountable. Together we can work toward solutions and make our City a better place to live. In this City election, it is critical for residents to change the pro-developer council majority and elect new and proven LEADERSHIP! Please VOTE wisely! Please elect: KISS, RATHS & SACHS!

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The last of 3 Mission Viejo Candidates DEBATE starts tonight (10/15/2014) at 6:30 PM at the Norman P. Murray Senior Center.

Please note that the 10/07/2014 COX hosted FORUM for the Mission Viejo Candidates will be aired on COX Channel 3 on 10/24/14 and 10/29/2014 @ 7:00 PM and on 11/03/2014 @ 6:00 PM.

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BEFORE – Today 10/15/2014 @ 7:30 AM

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Photo courtesy of MV City Council Candidate Greg Raths

and……..AFTER – Today 10/15/2014 @ 9:00 AM

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Photo courtesy of MV City Council Candidate Greg Raths