Laguna Hills: Melody Carruth and Barbara Kogerman. This council desperately needs reform, and we think Barbara Kogerman is the one to bring it. Though Carruth has been on the council since incorporation, she has shown indications of independence and we believe she is willing to work with Kogerman as an agent for change.
Mission Viejo: the candidates in Mission Viejo fall into 3 categories — the crazy conservatives, the sane conservatives, and the also-rans. Those who watch Mission Viejo politics know the brand of crazies in that city are different from elsewhere. It’s not that they’re conservative or liberal, pro- or anti-union, or anything else that’s readily identifiable. They’re basically just opposed to government and would like nothing more than to fire a giant disruptor beam at city hall. Chief among the crazies are Rhonda Reardon and Brian Skalsky, with runner-up Neil Lonsinger. Our recommendations: sane conservatives Trish Kelley, Rick Sandzimier, and Dave Leckness.
San Clemente: San Clemente’s council deals with all the usual issues that come before cities, but most residents are divided over the candidates’ positions on a single issue — the North Beach or Playa Del Norte project. Our endorsements will satisfy no one, as we recommend Lori Donchak, Joe Anderson, and Brenda Miller.
South OC Community College District:
South OC Community College District, Area 2: T.J. Prendergast
South OC Community College District, Area 4: no recommendation
South OC Community College District, Area 2: Marcia Milchiker
Capistrano Unified School District:
Up until 4 years ago Capistrano Unified was led by an autocratic superintendent and a school board who never questioned his advice or authority. That board was rightfully ousted, and the superintendent resigned. A promising new superintendent was recently hired, but the board members themselves seem stuck in an anti-parent, pro-litigation rut. They call themselves “reformers” but we have yet to see any evidence of positive reform. Our recommendations for CUSD are as follows:
Capistrano Unified School District, Area 4: Saam Alikhani
Capistrano Unified School District, Area 6: Martha McNicholas
Capistrano Unified School District, Area 7: Lynn Hatton
Recall Election, Capistrano Unified School District, Area 3: YES
Capistrano Unified School District, Area 3: John Alpay
Recall Election, Capistrano Unified School District, Area 5: YES
Capistrano Unified School District, Area 5: Gary Pritchard
Measure H, trustees to be elected by area: YES