Sounding Off: Ax the Dead Power Lines

A resident recommends the City Council remove high-tension power lines now silent after the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Several residents spoke before the Mission Viejo City Council Monday evening. Here are some of their comments:

  • F. Steven Masik of the Stoneridge subdivision said while walking behind his home he didn't hear the usual sizzle coming from nearby high-tension power lines.

    "They come from the now-dead San Onofre (Nuclear Generating Station). So I think there's an opportunity for the city to investigate a little more. And those are dead forever. Let's get 'em down, take those things out of there.

    "That land can now be used for development which is good for the economy as well. I'm not sure who owns it but that's something I think the city can work on."
  • Brian Skalsky once served on the Community Services Commission and ran for City Council in 2010. He accused Councilwoman Trish Kelley of lying to protect then-candidate Rick Sandzimier during an encounter with political opponent Joe Holtzman.

    "As many of you know, Mr. Sandzimier claims Mr. Holtzman hit him with his SUV in a dispute over campaign signs," Skalsky said. Kelley said he was hit before the investigation concluded.

    "Many residents simply believed that if Trish Kelley said it, it must be true. Not only was it untrue, she must have known it was untrue. Sandzimier recanted his story under direct investigation."

    "Your conduct was unbecoming of an elected official, especially considering you founded Mission Viejo's 'Character Counts' initiative," Skalsky said to Kelley. 

    Skalsky asked the council to bar council members from discussing ongoing police investigations.

  • Former Mission Viejo staff member Virginia Chavez from San Juan Capistrano:

    "I'm very impressed with the (Pacific Symphony) program and how well it went out. The city of Mission Viejo really gets it when it comes to the importance of the arts. The city understands the economic viability and community building of the arts and what it brings to the city.

    "When school arts are being cut, the City of Mission Viejo gets it. They get that the art festivals are free for their community and public. The city gets it with its community public art exhibits at the library and the community center. The city gets the arts by incorporating artists on the parkway gallery and on Crown Valley and Marguerite. The city continues to support the arts through lectures, musicals, drama and dance recitals. I commend the city council and city staff for understanding the importance of the arts."
  • 12-year Elks Lodge member Dennis Lumley told the council about a Sept. 1 bingo marathon. Proceeds for this year's game have been earmarked for disabled children, he said. In the past, proceeds have helped the city's five police dogs. The bingo marathon will be held in two sessions, the first from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., he said.
Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this post, Brian Skalsky's last name was misspelled.
Shripathi Kamath August 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
There seems to be a story behind that Skalsky's addressing of the council. The event took place a while back, and Trish Kelley is not running for council again because I think she is termed out. So what brought this on, *now*? _______________________________________________________ "Skalsky asked the council to bar council members from discussing ongoing police investigations." _______________________________________________________ I remember getting a letter from Trish Kelley at the time and it directed me to an OCR link, so what ongoing police discussions was he talking about? Did she reveal any sensitive details in that email? If so, shouldn't the police be barred from revealing them to anyone? _______________________________________________________ Personally, I hate laws that prevent people from talking, because they rarely work, and someone then takes advantage by leaking them. Of course secrets for the military should be guarded, but this is hardly that. More speech the better. We are talking about a politician talking about an incident that was covered in the press. Do not see what the big deal is. Unless, and I do not think I have Ms. Kelley's letter in my inbox anymore, there were some juicy details I missed that only someone with access to internal police investigation memos could have had. In that case I DEFINITELY DO NOT WANT SUCH A BAN.
Ann Kaufman August 21, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Has anyone ever heard of "innocent until proven guilty?" The fact that the (at the time) Mayor of Mission Viejo completely and falsely not only accused an innocent man, who was not a public figure, of a crime, but flatly said that he in-fact was guilty of it is completely counter to our justice system. As a public figure, the mayor should be held to the standards that our justice system sets forth. In her email, she didn't even "allege" that Holtzman hit Sandzimier, she flat out said he committed vehicular assault. Her lack of knowledge about the proper ways to handle police investigations shows that she is completely unprofessional and not qualified for the distinctive office that she holds. She was elected by the public and has been trusted to properly run a multi-million dollar company in the City of Mission Viejo. She should at least know how to handle herself as a representative and leader of the city. Public figures commenting on police investigations puts the city at risk for litigation. I'm shocked Holtzman hasn't sued Kelley, Sandzimier and the city with their deep pockets for defamation. And let us not forget that there is evidence that she lied to deceive the general public and help win an election. Nixon resigned after his administration was caught in a cover up of a scandal. President Clinton was impeached not for his scandalous affair with an intern, but for his lying in an investigation. Sure, it was for lies under oath, but how can we trust anyone leading our city who has been caught in lies that actually affect the lives of innocent city residents? There is so much wrong with the fact that Trish Kelley still has a job in Mission Viejo. How embarrassing for our city.
Desi Kiss August 21, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Actually Brian Skalsky in 2010 was 5th out of 12 candidates and Rhonda Reardon was 3rd. There was more to the Brian Skalsky's comments and I believe the video is available on the City's website. In any event since Trish will be termed out in 2014 there will be probably a bunch of candidates running for the City Council including myself. When elected I'll make sure that transparency does not become just lip service and I will work towards creating an unprecedented level of openness in local Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, forums with public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our community and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Collaboration actively engages Citizens in the work of their Government. In closed Government there is temptation for corruption because there is no over sight and accountability.
Dan Avery August 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Dezi, thanks for the correction. In what way don't we have "an unprecedented level of openness in local Government" now? In what way don't we have "forums with public participation?" Every government body holds regularly scheduled meetings in which the public may participate in the public comments portion and the public may speak on any agenda item. Our government is far from closed. What specifically would you change? Or are you just tossing word salad at the public?


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