for immediate release
An Open Letter to Rancho Mission Viejo Co. CEO Tony Moisofrom SJC City Council Candidate Kim McCarthy
October 31, 2012Dear Mr. Moiso,I am writing in response to a personal note I received from you, along with a copy of alegal letter addressed to a Political Action Committee. The attorney’s letter expressesyour disagreement with a political mailer that mentioned your name in reference to theRancho Mission Viejo Company (“the Ranch”)’s planned development.As I had nothing to do with the mailer, my first reaction was “Why is he sending this tome? Is this meant as intimidation?” But on second thought I realize that this could be agreat opportunity for us both.You have stated your affection for San Juan and I’m sure you want what’s best for itsresidents. Unfortunately, because the Purchase Agreement for the Riding Park “openspace” property bought with taxpayer funds was negotiated without the public’sknowledge or input, it has angered many residents, resulting in a divided town.In the spirit of putting to rest the divisiveness and working together to do what’s best forall of San Juan, I have a proposition for you as the signer of the documents (seller) that Ihope you will seriously consider.I am proposing that you agree to re-visit the Purchase and Sale Agreement for the ridingpark property to amend specific clauses which have been a source of contention. Theclauses are listed below, as referenced in the attached Purchase and Sale Agreement(“PSA”).1.
Rename the park “The San Juan Capistrano Riding Park”; see PSA pg. 20, #16.1(f)2.
Remove the clause that allows the annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo to use ourproperty free of charge for 50 years while restricting our ability to hold our ownrodeo; see pg. 21, #18.3.
Remove the clause that waives our City’s rights to object to the traffic caused bythe Ranch’s planned development of up to 14,000 homes and 5 million sf of commercial/retail space; see pg. 20, #16.1 (a). Surely we can work together onthis?