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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Mayor's Message - May 2022

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Dear Residents,

Never before has public safety meant so much, and never before have we looked at public safety quite in this way. For the month of May, I would like to recognize the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) as our Trusted Partners of Aliso Viejo. In 2020, our residents relied on so many public resources for food, water, education, transportation, health, and yes, safety, because of the startling manner with which the pandemic affected our lives, and the unbelievable speed with which the conditions of this virus took ahold of our everyday existence. Many of our residents may have withdrawn to the security of our homes and the comfort of our families without recognizing that every day and night, through every emergency and between incidents that threatened our safety, our law enforcement partners and emergency responders were working hard to protect our City. 

Less than five years ago, the western edge of Aliso Viejo, along the Aliso and Wood Canyon, was threatened by wildfire. The very boundary of Soka University faced destruction as the fire approached the President’s house, the athenaeum, and residence halls. As more than 2,500 homes in Aliso Viejo were evacuated (including mine), OCFA fought on the ground and in the air to protect our residents, their homes, and their businesses. With the help of equipment that was crucial for success, the physical strength that plays a critical role in the success of extinguishing the onslaught of fire and destruction, and the training and expertise that our firefighters are committed to, the wildfire was defeated without a single structure lost. 

This month, tragedy has struck in numerous ways and we have relied greatly on our law enforcement personnel and emergency responders. As our community was again threatened by wildfire, and our residents were shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific shooting of one of our community leaders—a father, husband, and caring medical professional--OCSD and OCFA once again worked together to keep us safe and provide aid and comfort to those who were suffering. The importance of the security provided by OCSD during these life-threatening times, and the safety that is assured by OCFA when the very lives we live are in jeopardy cannot be overstated. We thank you and the City of Aliso Viejo joins together in trusting your response and assistance, often in our darkest hours. 

Trust in Aliso Viejo. 

Mayor Ross Chun

Any views or opinions expressed in this message belong solely to the Mayor.

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