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Taco Tuesday? Mayor Demands Toll Road Tuesday

Mission Viejo Patch hosted a breakfast with the Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury at Paul's Pantry.

Mayor wants to know if we get every Tuesday, why not discount toll roads?

The mayor, who's running for re-election this year, said he's voted against the last two toll road increases and believes people would use the roads more if they got a break in price now and then.

The discussion came during Patch's first event Saturday morning at .

Ury was born in Long Beach, but graduated from a small, rural high school of 32 students before heading to Notre Dame. He's been married to his wife for 22 years.

His high school was so small his classmates doubled as the football team and the band.

"I've got pictures of friends wearing their football pads and playing trumpet," he said.

During the breakfast, Ury defended the city's financial standing.

"We have the highest bond rating in Orange County," he said. "We actually have more in the bank than Anaheim. We're in a wonderful ship called Mission Viejo, and all we have to do is keep it off the rocks."

He described himself as pro-business, and said the city as a whole enables local businesses to thrive.

"At the end of the day, the businesses have to thrive for the community to thrive," he said. "I don't think there's any doubt Mission Viejo is more business friendly than Irvine."

There are some problems around town, he admitted. He said he'd like to see the business center around Trader Joe's improved, but doing so will be tricky. That's because the property is owned by nine investors, and they all live out-of-state, he said.

And when it comes to the state legislature, Ury didn't pull any punches.

"There just aren't a lot of triple digit IQs up there" in the legislature, he said, specifically when asked about the state's decision to end redevelopment agencies.

KC February 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I do wonder why we simply didn't let the toll roads die? Private companies came in, had a system that went against economics (lower prices during high demand times), failed, the county buys the roads (or at least some of them) and they still aren't used.
Dan Avery February 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
KC that's the way toll roads always start, but they never die; just go back east to see for yourself. I think a break on them would be great. They've always been a bit pricey. Find the right price and they will get used a lot during rush hour. I used to use them all the time back when I taught an 8 am class at UCI. Saved me quite a bit of time and the cost wasn't too bad. About a buck and a quarter one way if I remember right.
KC February 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I do recall how angry some people got when the police started patrols on them as well. They longed for the days of driving 80-90 MPH.
Dan Avery February 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
They can drive 80+ on the 405. :)
Don Patterson March 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Actually, one of the repeated things that I've heard from people about why they give up their transponders is because of the inactivity fee that is charged every month. It's a no brainer that once you don't have a transponder you are much less likely to use the tollroads: the prices are 50% higher and you need to have cash lying around. Rather than getting a discount on the toll roads, I'd like to see the inactivity fee dropped so people will keep their transponder and then be more likely to use the toll road. I actually started a petition to try and get this fee dropped. You can sign it here: http://ow.ly/9xAnm
Peter Schelden (Editor) March 13, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Sounds like a reasonable solution, Don. Have you proposed it to the TCA?
Ernest M. Schimmer March 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
MAKE THE SAN JOAQUIN TOLL ROAD. HIWAY 73, A FREEWAY..This will help one and all travelers through Orange County! They will arrive at destnation quicker.,save money and allow easy, and safe travel for one & all through Orange County and through the "Y". I am told the owners have asked for an extension from 2035 to 2042 to pay back to the County. I know and all know this would do more to ease travel, less accidents and injuires. SAVE MONEY AND TIME. YES--YES!I HAVE BEEN DRIVING THROUGH ORANGE AND LA COUNTY SINCE 1941. YOU NAME IT: HITCH HIKED, MOTOR CYCLE AND HOT ROD DRIVING. BEST NOW! HELP ALL!. YES, YES, YOU CAN HELP ONE AND ALL............Si Si ERNIE SCHIMMER, THE SANTA MONICA BEACH RAT.
Don Patterson March 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I have asked them why there is such a fee and got a template answer back from their customer service. My plan right now is to try and figure out who the oversight is for the toll roads in the county government and file some kind of a request for review of the fee with the results of the petition I linked to above. One other person who contacted me seemed to think that in situations like this, the oversight committees are powerless to do anything until a citizen says something. Then that legally empowers them to take action. So that's my plan. :)
Don Patterson March 30, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Of course the more people on the petition the more they will listen to me.....

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