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Mission Viejo Dog Park - final vote!

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November 20th, 2012 - THIS IS IT!  The final vote on our dog park in Mission Viejo will be voted on at the Monday, Dec. 3rd MV City Council meeting.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the dog park will be on the agenda around 6:30 p.m.  The city council chamber is located across the parking lot from the MV Library.  When you arrive at the city council chamber, please fill out a "Request to Speak for" on the agenda item and hand it to the city clerk, Karen Hamann.  She is the person at the far right of the dais.

If you are uncomfortable with public speaking (I know I am), we can have someone else read your email or letter to the council.  Please just let me know - thank you!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to attend this meeting, voice your support and to email the council and staff.  Please note that you do not have to live in Mission Viejo to attend the meeting and send your email to council.

Please attend the meeting and voice your support for the dog park.  If you have a dog park t-shirt, please wear it. Otherwise, please wear a blue shirt.  I will have a couple extra t-shirts with me, outside of the city council chamber before the meeting.  Please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to attend this meeting and show support for our dog park.  

It is also crucial to send an email voicing your support to the following city council members and staff:






rreardon@cityofmissionviejo.org (has voted against it)

cschlicht@cityofmissionviejo.org (has told the residents of MV that we will never get a dog park and that we don't deserve it)


krattay@cityofmissionviejo.org  (Director of Public Services)

khamman@cityofmissionviejo.org   (City Clerk) 


I would like to address the concerns of Quail Run and Pacific Hills residents.  I am aware that Cathy Schlicht and company have been going door to door in these neighborhoods and telling lies and misconceptions of what a dog park will do to our community.  

1.  The dog park will be at least 1000 feet away from Quail Run.

2.  It will include parking which will also help with parking for baseball, soccer, dog lovers and to help alleviate parking issues on Felipe.

3.  It does not use taxpayer money at all.  It will use 9% of the Parks & Recreation money the city has coming in and will not touch any reserves.  Money is not an issue.  The dog park issue has been going on for over 10 years and will cost more and more each year.  We could have had a dog park for much less a couple of years ago but Cathy Schlicht and gang made sure to go door to door telling residents lies and misconceptions of what a dog park would have done close to Oso Viejo.  It is a positive asset, not a negative one.  

4.   It will beautify a ugly barren hump of a hill.  The city is going to accomodate those who live across from Felipe who didn't want to see the dog park by leaving part of the hill and surrounding the dog park with bushes and trees.  It will give more of a view of the arroyo when it is done then there is now.

5.  The residents who live across from Felipe won't even hear anything as the traffic on the street creates ambient noise. Plus, if you have ever been to a dog park, it is not noisy.  Dogs are happy to be off leash and bark less as opposed to when they are leashed and encounter other dogs on leash.  

6.  The dog park will only be open during daylight hours.

It will be a gorgeous park that our residents can enjoy and take their dogs to run freely and play with other dogs.  It will be great for residents to come together.  It will be great for MV businesses as people will stay here to go to a dog park and spend their money here, as opposed to traveling to Irvine, Laguna Beach, etc. and spending their money there. 

Walt Halagarda November 27, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Like Sandra our family has lived in the community over 35 years. During this time frame three major construction projects (maybe more) took place. The Library, City Hall and the Animal Shelter. Each of these were opposed by a small number with loud voices. Thankfully we moved ahead with this projects and everyone is very proud of them. The Dog Park falls into the same category. Years done the road, almost everyone will be proud of it also.
Susan Sellers November 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Shripathi, Please remember that the dog park will not be funded by taxpayer money. It will use only 9% of money coming into the Parks and Rec fund that can only be used on parks. No need to even touch the huge amount of reserves the city currently has.
Shripathi Kamath November 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Hey, no need to sell me (even if I note that 9% is still taxpayer money, just not from the reserves). If enough residents want it, then we should have it. I do not have a dog, and I am fairly cynophobic, so you will not see me anywhere close to this park for people with dogs. I am only stressing the point that the longer this drags on, the more costly nonsense we have to endure, and *that* will come out of the reserves. Which is why I am advocating people to come to the council meeting. Especially those who feel strongly. Either way. Bring your pitchforks and torches if you like (Dan can wear his "LOOK AT ME, I AM A SHIRT" shirt instead). I like being entertained in the peanut gallery. This would be a good time to remind people that as few as a couple dozen citizens managed to get the council to sanction the subsidized use of unrented city space for daycare. Be there!
Claire Vinet November 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM
It was quite a shock that someone as mean-spirited and wholly lacking in character as Cathy Schlicht was reelected to the city council. Never underestimate the power of incumbency! Nonetheless, she and Ms. Reardon are still a minority. It's time the majority put an end to their relentless obstructionism and get this important and much-needed park underway.
Susan Sellers November 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The dog park will be on the agenda right after public comments, this Monday Dec. 3rd. Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. MV City Council chamber. Please check www.mvdogpark.com for crucial info - thanks!


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