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Voting Absentee? Here are 4 City Council Choices

Be an informed voter. Learn more about your Mission Viejo City Council choices here.

Editor's note: Candidates Cathy Schlicht and Ed Sachs did not respond to requests to be interviewed.

Absentee voting starts Monday, and Mission Viejo's city council has two seats up for grabs this November. With six candidates to choose from, how do you decide who gets your vote?

Here's a chance to learn more about the candidates. These four candidates agreed to tell Patch readers what to expect from them as council candidates. They are listed in the order in which they were interviewed.

Wendy Bucknum

This is Bucknum's first time running for a council seat. She's a governmental & public affairs manager closely connected to Mission Viejo's business community.

Bucknum says she has a lot of support from the sports community, seniors and school volunteers, as well as past council members.

She said government and businesses must work together, and as a council member she would find ways to support the city's tax base:

"The city needs to reach out to businesses. We need to go after some businesses and explain to them why Mission Viejo is a great place to operate a business. If there are things getting in the way, we need to come up with a common sense approach to solving that."

Frank Ury

Ury seeks his third and final term on the city council this year. (Term limits would prevent him from seeking a fourth term).

In 2004, Ury was the top vote-getter with 18,772. In fact he received more votes than any other candidate since the city was incorporated in 1987. In 2008 he again led the candidates with 16,928 votes.

He said that forging close relationships with local businesses and government officials is key to Mission Viejo's future. Sharing school amenities is one way this could work, he said:

"If schools will let us use the fields for AYSO (soccer) on Saturdays, Sundays, maybe we’ll split the maintenance fees wih them."

Desi Kiss

Another council newcomer is Desi Kiss, who owns and manages DJK Engineering from his Mission Viejo home.

Kiss said his experience working on behalf of large companies like Disney has given him the practical know-how to deal with the city's problems.

He has criticized the city for using contracted building planners, a relationship that leaves the potential for corruption, he said.

Kiss said his engineering experience would add an expertise to the council:

"The City Council appears to lack many areas of expertise with the engineering profession. Public safety would be one of the issues of concern."

Richard Coleman

Test engineer manager Coleman moved to Mission Viejo 14 years ago.

He said a desire to offer public service inspired him to run for city council:

"I’ve never run for anything in my life. Last year when we started hearing about all these cities having problems with their finances, with their debt, I thought, 'I wonder how our city is doing. I wonder if there is some way that I might assist."

Keep an eye on Patch for full interviews with these candidates. If you really want to get to know your council candidates, plan to attend the Patch City Council debate Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Murray Community Center.

Dan Avery October 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Jeanie, I am a member of the radical left, and the only two who are socially responsible are Ury and Bucknum. Schlicht wants to sell the library, get rid of school resource officers and crossing guards, she voted against shade covers at the little league fields and a drinking fountain at Lake Mission Viejo. She has routinely spoken out about "those people" when the council has to vote on state mandated low-income housing. (low-income is less than $74,000 a year in Orange County.) She wants to get rid of DUI checkpoints and doesn't think parents should be held responsible for serving alcohol to minors at parties in their own homes. She also wants to cut funding to the Kids Factory and the Animal Shelter. Ed Sachs pledges to be "another solid no vote with Cathy" on his web site. Kiss wants to turn our community college into a university, and his supporters, both of them, don't use their real names on here because they are cowards.
Dan Avery October 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Lisa, Makes you wonder why she and Sachs refused to be interviewed. Wonder what they are hiding? They are both so "all about" transparency in government. LOL
Dan Avery October 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Bob, You need to learn more. Seriously. The city has $4 million, currently, that has to be spend on parks and recreation. "Currently," Bob implies that more is on the way. Doh! This city also has 53% of it's operating budget in reserves and a AAA bond rating, both of which Kiss would wipe out with his insane University idea. Do you have any clue how much it costs to build a university and then hire talent? Ask UCI. They paid Jacques Derrida well over $100,000 to teach one quarter, three days a week, two of those days he taught in French. Any idea who Jacque Derrida is, Bob? Now let's talk about the costs of those guys with Nobel Prizes. Or do you just want to build a mediocre university for some reason? Those are very pricey. A four year university requires housing for students; then you have to feed those students, and you need more buildings than Saddleback has to educate them. And you'd need a much better library. Kiss's idea is stunningly stupid, Bob. You'd end up replacing one of the most successful community colleges in the state with a crap university and you'd give Larry Gilbert a freaking heart attack with the costs.
iloveMV October 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I am so sick of the negativity associated with the grumpy crew that got Schlicht and others like her elected (some who are commenting here apparently). Our city is safe, we have great parks, recreation & schools, a wonderful hospital, a great community college, many successful businesses that produce tax revenue so we can take care of our community. Vote for positive solution oriented candidates that do not attack or create controversy just to get themselves elected!
Bob Lee October 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Dan, is nothing than a surrogate and City shill, and is in the tank for his 2 other undercover radical liberals in the race Ury & Bucknum, So is iloveMV. Dan has no clue what progress and development of a City means. I'm sure what Kiss wants is both a University and a Community College, like a few of our sister cities in OC have. I'm also confident that all 6 candidates want what is best for our City. I'm tired of the barking left with no clue about what MV really needs, nor what a 10 year development plan looks like. Everything 10 yrs will go electronic and wireless. Dan have you ever heard about Khan University? BTW the one who needs classes is you. Its Silence Dogood and not" Dogwood". Is English your 2nd language?
Dan Avery October 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I love how Bob Lee ignores facts like the $4 million to be spent on Parks and Recreation only and instead repeats Morton/Gilbert lines about me being a shill etc. In other words he hides behind a phony name and plays the character attack game because he doesn't dare debate facts. No, he doesn't have facts and truth on his side. Just lies and pipe dreams. Sad really. Time for these folks to go away. They have no clue what the parents of Mission Viejo are interested in. They have no clue what Saddleback adds to the community. Desi Kiss was completely clear at the last council meeting about his desire to turn Saddleback into a University. He very clearly didn't say let's build a university to complement Saddleback College. And what plans does Mr. Kiss have for IVC? Or doesn't he yet know it's part of the Saddleback Community College District?
Nicky Wealch October 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Avery, there in NO such College District such as Saddleback Community College District. That's in your dream perhaps. Both IVC & Saddleback College are part of SOCCCD (South Orange County Community College District). To learn about that you may attend a class or so. You may take your pick. IVC or Saddleback, since in your dream they are both number 1 in California.
Dan Avery October 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Wealch, You're a regular Francis, you know that?
iloveMV October 09, 2012 at 12:12 AM
"Mr. Lee" your name calling is not appropriate and and certainly not accurate. The endorsements that appear in the links you so generously provided do not support your claim. Bucknum ( http://wendybucknum.com/ ) and Ury ( http://frank4mv.com/ ) seem to have most, if not all, of the Republican leadership in Orange County. It speaks volumes.
lisa matro October 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
City politics gives me a headache (I know I am not alone)… but I had to give my 2 cents! I think Susan said it best, “The dog park is NOT going to be funded by taxpayer money. It is NOT going to take any money from the huge amount of reserves the city enjoys. Over $8 million is from development fees that have gone into the Parks and Recreation Division. This money can only be used on parks… ONLY ON PARKS - not slopes, education, shopping centers, streets, etc. – JUST PARKS! The dog park will only have to use less than 1/8 of those monies. We could have had a dog/people park a couple of years ago for less but the opposition, i.e. Schlicht and gang, ruined that for MV. It is their stalling techniques that have made this dog park cost more because it is now 10 years in the making. Fortunately the city has the money without coming from taxpayers or the reserves.” I am in COMPLETE support of Ury and Bucknum! Please vote, make it happen :)
Jazz Martin October 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Ury and Bucknum are the candidates that make the most sense! They support the FAMILIES of MV. As it should be. Parks, Libraries, Colleges, etc. all are part of a strong community and need to be supported in order to make a community stronger not sold out to the highest bidder with no regard to the future of this great city!
Barking Dog October 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
iloveMV/Jazz M. Bob got it right. GOP leaders are not the SRA nor plenty of SRA members who did NOT endorse URY & BUCKNUM, What speaks volumes is this: in April of 2010, Superior Court Judge Rodriguez, found Ury providing false info on a ballot. Ury endorsed a Democrat both on 2/2/10 & 11/8/10 MV City elections. On 08/15/11 Ury presented a PP presentation attacking all residents who commented against a high-density apartment project falsely claiming they had caused lawsuit against the city over affordable housing. Now he wants this 2M dog park that simply makes no sense claiming that its Schicht fault that the dog park was not approved earlier a few years ago. That speaks volumes. NO to Ury/Bucknum! YES to Kiss/Sachs! BTW Jazz Martin I'm unaware that we have 2 Colleges (as you incorrectly claimed above) in MV. So far only one. Perhaps in the future we may have both a College & University.
Dan Avery October 09, 2012 at 03:27 AM
So let's play guess the anonymous poster. Barking Dog is: A. Bob Lee B. Nicky Wealsh C. Desi Kiss D. Brad Morton E. Francis Holtzman F. Dale Tyler The names above, except for A and B because they are aliases for the rest, cost this city well over $7 million dollars over the last ten years. If you want to see the waste stop, quit voting for their candidates: Schlicht, Kiss, Sachs...
Nicky Wealch October 09, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Dan, this is why voters need to be informed. Schlicht is on the council only for 4 years, Kiss & Sachs are running for the first time and so is Coleman. You are as usual not telling the truth. JUST SAY NO TO URY & BUCNUM! Any of the other candidates should do the City good, even Barking Dog & Silence Dogwoog would do a better job than Ury & Bucknum. Ury also voted to remove from the City manager's contract a misconduct clause, whereby D. Wilberg, can't be fired, even if convicted of certain felonies! Ury also voted to stop audio taping closed sessions! Then he called for transparency. The bark no park team of Frank and Wedy are big spenders and the Park will be 3M taking into account that a parking is also required. It will something like the Senior Center, a private structure , just administered by city staff. Did you know that the City does not owe the Norman Murray Senior Center? Almost forgot about the giant billboards with a large barking dog logo that will be seen from I5 may be also in the works if they are elected. How about Ury voting to throw 25K residents in the fire zone? Does Bucknum have any other expertise than the slope landscaping issues? Dan you are such a hoot!
Dan Avery October 09, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Nicky, You claim I lie, but then you don't say about what. Exactly what wasn't I truthful about? I never said Schlicht was on the council for longer than 4 years. Those 4 years were 4 too many. And the Orange County Register seems to think you're dead wrong about who is good for Mission Viejo. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/ury-373981-property-buchnum.html No wonder you hide behind fake names. You have nothing worthy to say and no courage to stand up for your own wavering convictions using your own name. That, whoever you actually are, is the definition of cowardice.
Dan Avery October 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Since Cathy Schlicht declined to be interviewed, I thought it only fair to point out that anyone can hear her say what she thinks about issues like School Crossing Guards, School Resource Officers, and the future of our library at http://protectmissionviejo.com She thinks "differently." Or so she says...
Barking Dog October 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Dan how could it cost this city well over $7 million dollars over the last ten years if they were not in office? That is simply a big lie. The OC Register is known as liberal for decades. You should ask Silence Dogoog, iloveMV, jeanie and the others about their real names. The dog park of the bark NO park team of Ury & Bucknum will cost the City a few millions with the big electronic billboards with the park logo on it.This is why people should not vote for Ury and Bucknum: Ury voted in 2009 to bust the budget after approving it, taking 4 million from reserves to upgrade a tennis club with purple courts, following 3 years of deficit spending. Ask Ury the final cost when completed and spell it out. This is what you can expect from Ury & Backnum: spend, spend, spend,spend...Vote for a voice of reason that stands up to special interests. I agree with others: NO TO URY & BUCKNUM!
Dan Avery October 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Do you really want me to break it down for you, Brad? Seriously? You're the one who pulls Cathy's strings and had his hand up the backs of John Paul Ledesma and Gail Reavis. You really want me to break down the unsustainable pay raises your folks approved? The lawsuits over low-income housing and you guys stalking the city manager? The recall expenses, measure D, another needless lawsuit agains the city by Cathy Schlicht. The increased costs on the Library, animal shelter, community center because the folks you planted on the council dragged their feet? Seriously Brad? You want me to lay all that out for you so more than 40,000 people in this town can read it?
Jazz Martin October 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Lay it out Dan! Expose the truth!
Silence Dogood October 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM
@Dan Avery Not only did you make an error, but Nicky, of all people, was the one who caught your boner. You said Saddleback Community College District instead of South Orange County Community College District! You don't know anything. Mr. Avery perhaps you can explain how the children of Mission Viejo will be able to get a college education if there's no university here.
Dan Avery October 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Dogwood, I know. I blew it, dude. Clearly I have a problem with names. What can I say? I suppose I'm being removed from all three editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, where I was named. Dang. Shame that. Oh well.
Bob Lee October 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
JM the truth appears to be this: Barking Dog = Dan Avery! No multiple choice required.
Silence Dogood October 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
@Dan Who's Who, Shmoo's Who, based on these Patch postings I don't think Mr. Kiss is going to hire you to teach at his 2-year university. (I'm hoping to get a job as conductor on Mr. Kiss' High-Speed rail project which will run between Trader Joe's and Chronic Taco.)
Desi Kiss October 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Walt, I believe all candidates favor dog parks, and I understand the benefits and value dog parks offer to a community. MV could have built a dog park during the 30 years to take advantage of open space and cost efficiency. I would support a dog park, but oppose spending over 1 million of taxpayer funds for one. This park that began as a 2.71 acre site has now expanded into a major project with unknown costs. Taking into account the expansive soils in Misssion Viejo, and at the specific hillside, and with no geothechnical reports, it is hard to estimate the final cost of the facility, parking, structures and equipment as well as the design-built and engineering costs. Landslides prone to the area is a major concern. As we all are aware this has become a political game. The record to date is this: Frank on 03-01-2010 supported taking 1 million from reserves to spend on a dog park, and on 03-19-12 voted to proceed with the land swap as the site for the 1M park, in which the city would get only 2.71 acres in return for giving the county 7.18 acres. Not a sound business deal. Cathy on the other hand is on the record for opposing several other locations for proposed dog parks, as well as this present location. It is my understanding, that may be due to apparent cost issues. Practically when all said and done this is a 2-3 million project with some wild life and environmental issues, and it needs 3 votes in the City Council for approval. Hope this helps.
Mission Viejo Family October 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Cathy Schlicht has done NOTHING for MV except be an obstructionist towards ANY progress in our community. She's an embarrassment to Mission Viejo. Although her signs are everywhere, they are laughable, when saying " A voice of Reason" ~~ Charles Manson has more sound reason than this woman. It's time to move on with people who actually care about our town and our families.
Mitch Kronowit October 12, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Second what "Mission Viejo Family" said. Cathy Schlicht does't give a damn what the community wants. She acts like Mission Viejo is her private backyard to do what SHE wants - screw everybody else! Showing her the door next month is more important to me than the Presidential Election! I keep saying we have over THIRTY softball fields in this city that lie EMPTY over 80% of the time. A dog park wouldn't take up any more land than ONE softball field and it would get used 98% of the time, but NO, we can't spare the space? Spare me!
Dan Avery October 12, 2012 at 06:03 AM
As usual Desi Kiss has the figures confused. Not unusual for a man who believes Schlicht when she says we only have $800,000 in reserves; compared to the $26 Million that are actually in reserves. It's sad that they'd think you'd be stupid enough to fall for these figures.
Desi Kiss October 20, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Irrelevant of how much each of the candidates spend, (and some say it's all about money) it is ultimately up to the voters to decide on November 6, 2012. After all the spin, slick tricks, smoke & mirrors, I'm confident that the MV voters will do the right thing. This is a critical election about the hearth, soul and the future of our City. Candidates are running for the City Council and NOT for Mayor. The City of MV is based on the Council/Manager form of local government. That is, the elected members of the City Council appoint the City Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the municipality. In addition to the City Manager the Council also appoints the City Attorney. The Mayor is elected for a 1 year term by the 5 elected Council members. There are 2 open seats available on the City Council for the November 6, 2012 election. There are 6 candidates: Cathy Schlicht, Wendy Bucknum, Desi J. Kiss, Ed Sachs, Frank Ury and Richard Coleman. Please vote for Desi J. Kiss, MS,PE on November 6, 2012. To learn more about my candidacy please visit : http://djk4mv.wordpress.com and/or http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/ Thank you all for your support and vote! Thank you Patch for keeping the residents an the voters informed!
Desi Kiss October 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
While there are others this is one of the reasons why to vote for Desi J. Kiss: please visit http://missionviejo.patch.com/blog_posts/one-of-the-reasons-mission-viejo-voters-should-elect-desi-jkiss-ms-pe-to-the-city-council-on-november-6-2012 to learn more.
Desi Kiss November 01, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Readers can also visit: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/ to learn more about my political philosophy and position papers and what I bring to the City. Thank you for your support. Please vote : Desi Kiss on November 6, 2012! Thank you.

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