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Council approves more safety measures, other items to benefit Mission Viejo

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The City Council on Tuesday approved contracts that would provide more safety measures for pedestrians and continued homeless outreach services in the community, among other business.  

To enhance safety measures, the Council awarded a contract for the initial phase to install a signalized crosswalk for pedestrians crossing Olympiad Road between Lake Mission Viejo and Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park. The scope of work includes a safety assessment, engineering design plans, and bid documentation. The new pedestrian crossing is expected to include advanced warning signs, a high-visibility crosswalk, and overhead signal indications to alert motorists of the presence of pedestrians. Upon design approval, the City will advertise the bid documents for construction.

To further the Sports Tourism Committee’s efforts to attract national and international athletes and teams to Mission Viejo, the Council gave the green light to Mayor Goodell to attend next month’s Panam Sports meetings in Santiago, Chile.

Council Members also voted unanimously to renew the current City contract for homeless outreach services with the nonprofit Mercy House Living Centers. In addition, the Council proclaimed September to be Hunger Action Month and Dr. John Ralls from Second Harvest Food Bank spoke of the food bank’s efforts to assist folks facing food insecurity.

During the presentation portion of the meeting, City staff spoke about Library Card Sign-Up month, which is designed to promote local businesses and benefit residents. 

Kris Murray, the executive director of the Association of California Cities – Orange County, provided a mid-year update of how the organization has supported cities like Mission Viejo with a variety of projects and initiatives.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Council meetings are streamed live on the City’s website and air on Cox Channel 30 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City's eNewsletter and follow the City's official social media sites for the most accurate, up-to-date information.


Submitted by Dee Spriet on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 9:25 am


I love the Oso Trail, I've been walking there for years. But the last few months the trail has been taken over by bikes, regular and motorized. I want them to be out in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of the trail, but someone is going to get hurt or possibly already have. I would appreciate some rules being established. One letting walkers know when they are approaching and saying on the right or on the left so walkers are aware and speed control. Not sure how you would handle this problem but it should be given some thought. Thank You for the opportunity to make comments.

Submitted by City Staff on Tue, 09/19/2023 - 2:11 pm


Thank you for your comment on the News page and enjoying your time spent along the Oso Creek Trail. As bikes and e-bikes have become more popular, the City and Orange County Sheriff’s Department have launched a Trail Ambassador Program with participants riding the trail to relay the importance of trail safety and responsible trail use to visitors; posted trail etiquette signs along the trail; worked with the schools to emphasize bike safety to students; and hosted multiple bike safety events for the community such as the Bike Rodeo and Bike-X. If you have questions about these, or if you or someone you know may be interested in the Trail Ambassador Program, please call 949-470-8433 or email crimeprevention@cityofmissionviejo.org.

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