Dana Point’s $7 Million Budget Fiasco

The city’s budgets need to be much more accurate as a basis for sound financial management of the City. Otherwise, the City Council cannot make informed decisions. For effective management, actual results vs the budget should be continuously reported throughout the year. The FY 2017 budget projected that spending would exceed expected revenue by over … Read more Dana Point’s $7 Million Budget Fiasco

Without the Financial Review Committee, Residents Must Continue to Question City Finances and Demand Action

At the March 6, 2018 city council meeting, Councilmen Muller, Viczorek and Tomlinson continued to shut down the Financial Review Committee (FRC). Last month they passed Councilman Tomlinson’s resolution in a 3-2 vote, stopping the work of the FRC and dismissing its five members. The action of Mayor Viczorek and Councilmen Muller and Tomlinson was … Read more Without the Financial Review Committee, Residents Must Continue to Question City Finances and Demand Action

City to Update User Fees After Years of Neglect Costs Millions

At the May 16, 2018 City Council meeting, the Council finally considered proposed changes to the city’s user fees that have been neglected for over 19 years. In 2015, the city’s consultant reported that taxpayers were basically subsidizing over 64% of the city’s cost to provide services at an estimated yearly loss of $2.5 Million. … Read more City to Update User Fees After Years of Neglect Costs Millions

City Finances: Stop Out of Control Spending

Current Councilmen Muller, Viczorek, and Tomlinson and past Councilman Schoeffel neglected the city’s out of control spending. They failed to provide oversight of the city’s finances, one of their primary responsibilities as councilmen. The city’s spending exceeded the city’s income in eight of the last nine years as is shown here in the Changes in … Read more City Finances: Stop Out of Control Spending

Homelessness in Dana Point

ISSUES: Per 2017 community survey, 78% say it is extremely or very serious problem Dana Point Homeless Population:  2015 – 35, 2017 – 64 (almost doubled) A problem deferred is a crisis created Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) and Mercy House (both contracted with DP) have had some limited success with Rapid Rehousing (newly homeless), permanent … Read more Homelessness in Dana Point

Dana Point Short Term Rental Policy

PROVISIONS OF THE SHORT TERM ORDINANCE PASSED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 Passed by Tomlinson, Olvera and Schoeffel with Viczorek and Muller opposed Cedes authority to the California Coastal Commission throughout Dana Point, not just in the coastal zone Two day rentals allowed in Dana Point Provides special protection to HOA’s that can prohibit them Ineffective … Read more Dana Point Short Term Rental Policy

The Short Term Rental Controversy

In 2016, a short term rental policy passed by the City Council was rescinded after a successful city-wide Referendum. The success of the Referendum was due to the fact that most Dana Point residents were unaware of its passage and objected to the scope of its provisions. It allowed 2-day rentals throughout Dana Point under … Read more The Short Term Rental Controversy

Four More Years of Obstruction

Councilmen Muller, Viczorek and Tomlinson, the city council’s voting majority, have continuously obstructed efforts to respond to the critical issues facing Dana Point residents and to address the financial shortcomings of the city. Despite the election of Debra Lewis and Paul Wyatt in 2016 as agents of change, they remain in the minority facing constant … Read more Four More Years of Obstruction

Districting: How Dana Point Lost Their Voting Rights

THE CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT (CVRA) In February 2017, Dana Point received a CVRA letter demanding that the city create voting districts to promote minority voting in the election of the city council. As a result, the city ignored residents and rushed to create five districts that significantly reduced the voting rights of all Dana … Read more Districting: How Dana Point Lost Their Voting Rights

5 Worst Dana Point City Council Actions Ever

1. DISTRICTING: Residents were ignored and districting was rushed by Councilmen Muller, Viczorek and Tomlinson to create five districts where voters can only elect one council member from their district every four years in 2018 and in all future elections. (2018) 2. MEASURE I: A ballot measure that reduced the parking requirements in Town Center … Read more 5 Worst Dana Point City Council Actions Ever