Monthly Archives: April 2016

Biker impaled in San Clemente after BMX seat comes off airlifted to safety in San Clemente

A 26-year-old man was seriously injured in San Clemente when the seat of the BMX bike he was riding came off during a jump and he was impaled by the seat support bar, authorities said Sunday.

The rider was on a bike path near the border with Camp Pendleton, south of the intersection of Calle Extremo and Avenida Fabricante at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday when the accident occurred, Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The metal tube penetrated three to four inches into the man’s abdomen, the captain said.

Firefighter-paramedics moved the victim away from power lines so that a helicopter could lower a flight medic and a rescue basket to the man, who was hoisted aboard the chopper and taken in serious condition to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, according to Concialdi, who said the man suffered internal injuries and bleeding, but was expected to survive.

He was treated with pain medication and intravenous fluids en route to the hospital, Concialdi said.

–City News Service

Cost of Living Comparison: Mission Viejo, California – Grand Rapids township, North Dakota

Mission Viejo, CA – A salary of $100,000 in Mission Viejo, California could decrease to $61,212 in Grand Rapids township, North Dakota

Mission Viejo
U.S. Avg.
Grand Rapids township
Cost of Living Indexes Mission Viejo Grand Rapids township
Overall 186.4 114.1
Food 107.7 102.1
Housing 352.3 143.9
Utilities 111.2 81.1
Transportation 114.6 95.8
Health 107.8 100.7
Miscellaneous 103.6 105.5
100=national average
Grand Rapids township is
cheaper than Mission Viejo.

is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.

Housing is
cheaper in Grand Rapids township.

Mission Viejo moms sound warning against commonly used herbicide

Mission Viejo, CA = Zen Honeycutt is a mom on a mission.

Her goal is to ban the use of glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide, RoundUp, a weed killer used in commercial farms and sold for residential use.

The product, made by chemical giant Monsanto, is registered for use in 160 countries, including the United States. But that number is shrinking. On Friday, France informed manufacturers that it intends to ban glyphosate and another herbicide because when they are used together they may be causing health problems in humans, Reuters reported.

Honeycutt, a Mission Viejo resident, has been advocating for the ban of glyphosates, which she claims are poisoning our food supply, especially after the chemical showed up in trace amounts in some organic wines, she said.

“It is a matter of responsibility and common sense to protect the American people,” she said in an interview Friday.

Recently, the World Health Organization labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In a report released in March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, said there was “limited evidence” that the chemical causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans. The IARC concluded glyphosate also “caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells.”

Monsanto denies any wrongdoing and has criticized the WHO and the IARC scientists for their recent finding, saying they did not look at all the evidence.

Now, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which was formed after the passage of Proposition 65, is considering putting glyphosate on the list of cancer-causing chemicals. For example, benzene, a known carcinogen, is on that list. That’s why at every filling station in California there is a “Prop. 65 Warning” sticker on the side of every gas pump, since benzene is a chemical in gasoline.

Be advised: Don’t breath that stuff in. It’s another reason why I switched to electric cars.

Back to RoundUp: It’s not in the same category as benzene. But the discussion is worth paying attention to, especially if you have a garden and use RoundUp to kill weeds.

According to Reuters article from October, Monsanto, in its public filing, wrote if California were to list glyphosate as a Prop. 65 chemical, that “has the potential to deny farmers and public agencies the use of this highly effective herbicide.”

The movement against this chemical is stronger in Europe and South America than in the U.S. Companies in Switzerland and Germany, for instance, have taken steps to ban products with glyphosates from their stores. Colombia enacted a ban on some of its crops.

Honeycutt, armed with actions against the chemical in other parts of the world, is focusing her efforts stateside.

She’s asking the EPA to ban glyphosates. Moms Across America, a group she founded three years ago, has generated nearly 60,000 signatures on an online petition in only one week demanding the EPA revoke glyphosate’s license.

“Forty years ago, we did not use this chemical. We’ve been maintaining landscapes and gardens for thousands of years without toxic chemicals. We don’t need it,” she said.

Coming Community Event In Mission Viejo 2016

July 4th Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this Faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration for the city of Mission Viejo. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere for all ages. Local clubs and organizations are invited to set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. These booths act as fund raisers for the participating organizations and help make the Faire more enticing to visitors. Free entertainment includes music, dance and comedy for the enjoyment of children and adults alike, with performers drawn from local talent as well as professionals from outside the area. As would be expected for a Fourth of July Faire, the event climaxes at dusk in a spectacular fireworks display.


Vendor Info
Vendor Application
Volunteer Signup
Waiver Only
Sponsorship Package 
Shuttle Bus Route 
Street Map

Gifts & Goodies Holiday Boutique
November 19, 2016
8 AM – 5 PM
Norman P. Murray Community Center

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in one of South Orange County’s most popular shopping experiences. All booths are located inside so, rain or shine, come and enjoy the fruits of more than 75 artisans. They will be displaying many holiday decorations, gift ideas, ornaments and specialty items to help with your gift shopping list this year. Free Admission


Boutique Flyer
Vendor Application
Boutique Vendor Location Map

Boutique Vendor List
Boutique Food Court Menu

Santa's Arrival & Celebration
November 22, 2016

3 – 5 PM – Festival Celebration
5 – 6 PM – Entertainment
6 PM – Santa Arrives

Civic Center Plaza
200 Civic Center Dr.

Join the celebration as Santa arrives in Mission Viejo! The celebration begins at 3:00 pm. and this spectacular event is open to "children" of all ages. There will be game and activity booths where children can do “make and take” items and also build an ornament to help decorate Santa’s workshop trees. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and will help bring in the holiday spirit by turning on the holiday lights in Mission Viejo.


Santa's Arrival Cover Letter
Santa's Arrival & Celebration Application

Santa's Workshop
November 30 – December 21
(Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
6-8 PM 
Civic Center Plaza
200 Civic Center Dr.

Jolly Ol’ Santa Claus will plan several return visits to his Workshop. Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures of your visit. Santa will be in his workshop from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each of these nights.

Orange County’s HO Scale Modular Model Railroad Club
November 27 – December 4
1-8 PM Daily

Saddleback Room
Civic Center Plaza
200 Civic Center Dr.

The magic of the railroad comes to life in the Saddleback Room at City Hall. For a limited time this beautiful display of HO trains and landscapes is open to the public and admission is free.

** We are pleased to announce the new addition of the Lego Town and Train Display that will
also be in the Saddleback Room Nov 29 – Dec 6

Holly Jolly Lights Tour
Friday, December 9
Reception at 5 PM – Tour at 6-7:30 PM
Reception at 7 PM – Tour at 8-9:30 PM

Saturday, December 10
Reception at 5 PM – Tour at 6-7:30 PM
Reception at 7 PM – Tour at 8-9:30 PM

Civic Center Plaza
200 Civic Center Dr.

Bring your family, friends and your co-workers and join the Mission Viejo Activities Committee this holiday season for a fun evening. Before climbing aboard the Holly Jolly Lights Tour for your scheduled tour, enjoy the festivities planned just for you. Your ticket includes an outdoor party with live entertainment, a holiday cookie and hot chocolate, a marshmallow for toasting and a warm fire.

Limited Seating
Tickets available November 1 (these tickets sell out fast)
$10 per person
To register call 470-3062 or online 

Holiday Home Lighting Contest
Deadline December 2
Preliminary Judging December 5 & 6
Final judging December 7

All Mission Viejo residents are encouraged to brighten their neighborhood and share the holiday spirit by competing in the annual Holiday Lighting Contest. Prizes will be given to the top five homes.  Applications are available by calling 830-7066 or on this website. Winners receive a floral centerpiece and a display sign announcing their title. Maps to the locations of winning homes will be available when Santa is in his workshop and also on this website.


Home Lighting Application Form (PDF)
Holiday Lights Tour Driving Directions (PDF)

Letters to Santa
November 30 – December 21

Santa promises to answer every Christmas wish list deposited in the mailbox next to his workshop. Bring your letters to Santa and the Big Guy will personally respond to the delight of adults and children alike. Make sure to get your letter off early so that Santa has plenty of time to get your list memorized. Be sure to print names and addresses clearly.

Air Festival takes flight in Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA – Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16 when the Up in the Air Festival takes flight in Mission Viejo – featuring crafts, disc-dog shows, entertainment, exhibitors, food, remote-controlled planes and synchronized kites to music.

The free family event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way.

Fueled by title sponsors PKSA Martial Arts and the City, the action-packed event includes live music, professional juggling, martial arts and Zumba Gold demonstrations, bubble stations, kids crafts, a trampoline ride and food booths serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn and more. Clickhere for a schedule of events.

For more information, visit the Mission Viejo Activities Committee’s website at

United States at the International Youth Diving Meet in Dresden, Germany April 21-24.

Mission Viejo, CA – Mission Viejo Nadadores diver Camryn (Cami) Hidalgo is one of eight divers from around the country who will represent the United States at the International Youth Diving Meet in Dresden, Germany April 21-24.

As part of Team USA, Cami, a junior at Capistrano Valley High School, will compete in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform as an individual and on teams. Divers were selected by USA Diving based on combined results from the 3-meter and platform junior events at the 2015 AT&T USA Diving National Championships where Cami earned silver medal honors in both events for her division.

Cami plans to stick to her recipe for success that has served her well during years of training as a member of one of the world’s greatest swimming and diving organizations.

“I hope to do well in Germany, but my goal is just to do my best for each event and stay focused no matter what happens,” she said.

Coach Ivan Bondarenko said Cami embodies what the Nadadores organization is all about.

“She is courageous, bright and, most importantly, a person of integrity,” he said. “We are so proud that she received this selection by Team USA, which is a very significant demonstration that Mission Viejo Nadadores divers are making an impact at the highest levels of the sport.”

The community can support Cami, her teammates and Olympic Trial qualifiers this month at the Greg Louganis Invitational Meet April 15-17 at the Mission Viejo Aquatics Complex, 27474 Casta Del Sol. This will be the final meet held on the historic 10-meter platform before the complex’s renovation begins.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Mission Viejo Library will showcase the amazing talents of origami artist Giancarlo Paniagua.

Mission Viejo, CA – Giancarlo’s innate curiosity and love for art began at an early age. To express an idea, he used colors and paints and later learned about Egyptian art, Hieroglyphs and cave painting. Being home-schooled gave him the chance to explore more in-depth subjects so he studied Van Gogh, Monet and impressionist and Chinese calligraphy artists. He later embraced the works of Picasso, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and Okefee.

Eventually, Giancarlo took a formal painting class and found origami after seeing an inflatable box he wanted to create. The young artist learned the elaborate folding process of origami from reading library books and watching videos. He memorized some of his favorite shapes like the fox and grasshopper and perfected his craft.

At only 8 years old, Giancarlo has accomplished more than artists four times his age. His fascinating work will be on display at the Mission Viejo Library from April 11 to May 20. The facility is located at 100 Civic Center.

Help strike out cancer by bowling for a great cause on Sunday, April 17.

Mission Viejo, CA – The Mission Viejo Activities Committee Youth Team is hosting a bowling fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Saddleback Lanes, 25402 Marguerite Parkway.

A $20 fee includes two hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental and the chance to make a difference while having a ball. Pizza and drink specials will be available.

To buy your bowling ticket,

Check out the Relay For Life Bowling flyer

Tourism Matters: A Tale of Two OC Cities

Spring is here and summer is around the corner, so we will soon see the familiar signs of tourisms.

To emphasize and illustrate the significance of tourism, let’s compare two similar sized cities: Newport Beach and Mission Viejo.

Newport Beach’s population is 85,186 per the latest census, Mission Viejo. is 93,305.

The question about the importance of tourism in Mission Viejo was posed to Karen Hamman, MMC, director of community relations and city clerk.

“Tourism is not significant in Mission Viejo Viejo as we are primarily a ‘bedroom community.’ We do have some tourism in town due to many and various sporting events and tournaments that bring visitors from all over Southern California,” she said. “We host several youth soccer and softball camps, and of course, Mission Viejo is home to the well-known Nadadores swim and dive teams.”

Being a land-locked city limits attractions to any water activities, but when comparing one city to the next, water becomes a primary draw.

From San Clemente and Dana Point in the south, to Huntington and Sney. Sunset Beaches in the north, any oceanfront city has an immediate advantage.

Yes, there are water sports, arts and cultural activities, great eateries, and outdoor activities. But the biggest advantage that coastal cities have is that they draw money, as in tourist spending.

Looking closely at Mission Viejo, they offer just two hotels and one major shopping draw, The Shops at Mission Viejo. Do they offer name brand restaurants and attractions? Not really.

At one recent chef event, Indy editor and food writer Christopher Trela, commented that of the 30 chefs that were cooking that day, “almost half were from Newport Beach.”

We spoke with Edwin D. Fuller, president and CEO of Orange County Visitors Association, and asked his opinion about the effect of tourists on the “average resident.”

“If we look at the county as a whole, we get a remarkable 46 million visitors annually in the county, and they spend $7.75 billion and help support 160,000 local tourism industry jobs,” Fuller offered. That takes many forms, from the abundant transportation network that accommodates out of town visitors, to the support services that keep the hotels humming.

All these activities also bring in millions of dollars of tax money, one reason that Newport Beach is so fiscally strong with a generous tax reserve.

“Looking at Newport Beach we obviously have a large selection of hotels,” he continued, “but we also have the harbor, along with tour boats and fishing boats and they are both big draws for tourists as well as residents. We take them for granted, but many travel far to enjoy our amenities.”

We also have many tourists that want to visit typical tourist attractions, but do not wish to stay in tourist cities. That affords incentives to those that might otherwise stay in Anaheim the chance to instead stay at the beach.

The day Fuller was interviewed, he had met with three Chinese tourism representatives who marveled at the beautiful sunset. When he asked them “Isn’t that gorgeous?” they nodded in agreement, as they did not take it for granted.

The next time you crawl along Coast Highway or the Peninsula or grumble at the crowds at Fashion Island or along the Balboa Island walkway, count your blessings that we have access to these uniquely Newport amenities.

Mission Viejo’s Mark Sanchez Could Start for Super Bowl Champion Broncos

Mission Viejo, CA – As Denver Broncos receivers, tight ends and two quarterbacks attend the final day of passing camp at Mark Sanchez's alma mater Mission Viejo High School, the stars are aligning for him to open the season as the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Sanchez, who Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said would have a chance to challenge for the starting job that was shared last year by the now-retired Peyton Manning and the new-Houston Texan Brock Osweiler, is apparently impressing Denver brass with his leadership skills.Yes, team president John Elway is said to still trying to lure Colin Kaepernick away from the San Francisco 49ers., and Kaepernick has said he will take a huge pay cut to join the Broncos—although perhaps not one as large as Denver wants him to take

There also seems to be a notion swirling in Denver's cannabis-fortified air that former USC star Sanchez can find the success that eluded him as a New York Jet starter and Philadelphia Eagle backup because of the Broncos' better offensive system and surrounding cast.


Or, it could just be negotiation chatter aimed at nudging Kaepernick in the direction of the Rockies.

Even if “Kap” comes to Denver, Sanchez is said to still be assured that opportunity to vie for the starting slot, as will the second-year QB he brought out to Mission Viejo this week to work out with him, Trevor Siemian.

The Broncos have nothing to do with the off-season camp that Sanchez also held while he was with the Jets and Eagles, but Siemian has said he appreciates being able to get some passes in before the official Denver training camp, when he expects to be joined by at least three other quarterbacks.

Receiver Bernie Fowler said from Mission Viejo earlier this week that he would not be surprised to see Sanchez in the huddle when the season begins.

“He’s taken the Jets to two AFC Championship Games, he’s been in the league for a long time,” Fowler told Denver 9News. “He’s a good player. This will be a good situation.”