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Jim Gardner April 08, 2014 at 10:46 AM
The one community resource which is very close to Baker Ranch is the County Jail, where we nowRead Morehouse serious felons (although in the past in held less serious inmates and was nicknamed "The Farm"). Not only do they have serious felons at Musick Jail, they plan to add a $100,000,000 new building that will house "maximum security" inmates. FWIW - over the past decade, the Jail has experienced on average one escape per year. Running for your life, the Jail is about 5 minutes from Baker Ranch. I didn't see this in any of their advertisements.
Ricardo Cabeza April 08, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Of the 100 sold, how many went to Chinese investors?
Jim Gardner April 10, 2014 at 02:01 PM
I believe someone at Baker Ranch did not do their homework - They claim "The Saddleback Valley Read MoreUnified School District features more California Distinguished Schools than any other in the state..." I went to the website where this data can be found - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/ and looked only at Orange County, not the entire state. I found that Placentia had 9 schools listed as "distinguished schools" while SVUSD only had 7. I also found Irvine had 7 as well. So it's untrue that SVUSD "features more California Distinguished Schools than any other in the state..." - we don't even have the most in Orange County, much less the State.
Jim Gardner April 05, 2014 at 12:11 PM
These are really worthwhile charities to support and they are based here in Lake Forest and helping Read Morepeople who live in Lake Forest.
Jim Gardner March 27, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Does anyone find it ironic that WM is voted the "most ethical" company in the world andRead Moreth ey just got fired by a City Council that has been criticized for violating their own code of ethics on numerous occasions?
MisturChips April 01, 2014 at 10:26 AM
If CR&R fails to deliver (or in this case, pick up) as they're supposed to, I wonder if thereRead Moreis a 'boot' clause, and WM may come back in. I have no qualms with their service whatsoever.
James Hammond April 07, 2014 at 03:14 PM
@Jim - What I find ironic is just how dodgy the Ethisphere "World's Most Ethical" awardsRead Mores eem. WM was one of two "World's Most Ethical" in the Environmental Services category. See here for a Slate piece on Ethisphere: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2010/03/its_all_good.single.html The companies nominate themselves via a 30 page questionnaire on their ethics practices, which is supposed to be "verified" later in the process. Ethisphere started as a project of sister company Corpedia (now NYSE Governance Services), which is in the business of helping companies develop their ethics policies. Knowing this, I find that the nomination questionnaire reads more like a sales tool. Of the 144 "World's Most Ethical Companies" this year (7 in "Retail: General" alone), 28 are among the 48 current members of Ethisphere's "Business Ethics Leadership Alliance", which charges $9,995 a year. Hmmm.
Jim Gardner March 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Hi Homer- the big surprise will be what Robinson says. You're going to think he's talking about aRead Moredi fferent City. In his honor, I will start a 6-part series on Wednesday summarizing the "true" State of the City which will highlight the good and the bad. I'll finish up on the 26th with a special article on Robinson himself - what he's said and what he's done.
Homer March 17, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Come to think of it... I really wanted to attend the "new business" seminar that the city Read Morehosted. I think it was last year. However, I seem to recall that it was intended for existing businesses and not start-ups. It would have seemed more appropriate ( I know... quit thinking logically ) that the chamber look toward bringing in businesses to fill out our vacant business centers. Why not? Seems most of what they are involved with is marketing.
Chris S March 16, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Wow. Awesome Jim. I have been reluctant to go to City Council meetings and speak, but I amRead Morefeeling motivated to see our government in action. Sadly, it is more like inaction, but oh well.
Jim Gardner March 16, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Chris, I think it's important to go there and express your opinion. Otherwise things will notRead Morechange . And even when dozens of people go there it's still difficult to make changes. But if no one shows up they will simply tell each other that everything is great and go on doing what they are doing.
Lake Forest Citizen Paying Attention April 02, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Mr. Gardner - I don't believe that there were any agenda items dealing with class sizes or numberRead Moreof schools in recent weeks, so I am assuming (yes, I know the risk in assuming) that Mr. O'Conner's question was asked during the public comments portion of the meeting. As I am certain you are aware, the Brown Act makes it illegal for council members to address any issue that is not on the publicly noticed agenda. For that reason, council members do not ever respond directly to questions posed during the public comments portion of the meeting, they simply receive input from citizens.
Marypat Birrell March 09, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Thank you, Jim for posting this! We are hopeful many will come to support our troops next Sunday!Read More We will also have another opportunity to support our Wounded Warrior Regiment at Camp Pendleton/ West, whereby our generous Community can fund an inspirational evening out for those who have returned from battle with life changing challenges. This is a planned monthly event that will provide hope & a purpose to those who are suffering. We have partnered with the Chaplain to provide entertainment to include: motivational speakers, music & good food. The cost per Wounded Warrior is $40. We will have 2 jar's available at the FOOD DRIVE next Sunday for donations. The first evening honoring these very special men & women is set for March 27th and prayerfully each month thereafter..... God Bless Our Troops - past, present & future!
Homer March 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM
What date would this forum happen to be scheduled ?? Maybe the staff can tell us all sometime soon.
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