Mission Viejo incumbents reelected for two more years
Mayor Brian Goodell and Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley have won reelection, according to the unofficial results from the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
In Mission Viejo, two seats were up for two-year terms.
Mayor Goodell was first elected to office in 2016. Voters first elected Mayor Pro Tem Kelley to the Council in 2002. She retired from office in 2014 due to term limits. After a 2-year return to the private sector, she was elected again in 2016.
For more local election information, visit https://ocvote.com/results/current-election-results.
What will you do to improve and put a functional system in place to Alert residence of this community when there is a Fire danger like the one we just experienced. There was No system to tell residence where and at what level the Silverado Fire was in respect to our community and I am shocked that this issue has not been addressed earlier. The city of Lake Forest had a better and up to date map and did a great job, but our city fell short and I am asking you and the council to Improve and address this for the future.
Thank you for your comment/question regarding the City’s response to the Silverado Fire. We would like to provide some clarification about our activities during the fire.
The City of Mission Viejo in 2008 was one of the first cities to implement its mass-notification AlertOC system. Because messages are disseminated via text, voice, email and automatically to landline subscribers, AlertOC is a superior system. However, it is up to residents to register other devices (mobile, text and email) at AlertOC.com. The AlertOC notification for the Silverado Fire included the Evacuation Zone Map for the impacted area embedded in the email; subscribers also received texts and voice mail alerts. The AlertOC messaging on the Silverado Fire was disseminated to the public at the same time as the WEA messaging to serve as an additional system of notification. The WEA messaging proved to have a 99% success rate, reaching 559 of the 563 devices contacted in the two affected neighborhoods.
Along with additional AlertOC and WEA alerts, if the City was forced to move from the Evacuation Warning to an Evacuation Alert (mandatory evacuations) stage, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had mobile field forces ready to deploy to every impacted home and neighborhood, physically providing evacuation notifications.
With respect to the evacuation zone maps, before the Silverado Fire, the City of Mission Viejo Police Services and Emergency Operation Center staff worked closely with the Orange County Fire Authority to develop the evacuation zone areas. The City’s Evacuation Zone Maps were developed and refined to provide first responders serving Mission Viejo (OCSD and OCFA) field maps for evacuations. The maps developed in Mission Viejo were used as a model by other South County cities to provide evacuation mapping in the field. The online/community facing version of the maps were posted on the City’s webpage before the Alert and Warning messages were sent to the community. The City placed static maps of the individual evacuation zones on the webpage (see links below) and disseminated this information around the clock via social media and the two alert systems. The City also developed an interactive map, which allows residents to enter their addresses and determine their evacuation zone. This was developed overnight and posted the day of the evacuation warning. As part of the process, the City made needed adjustments and increased server capacity.
In addition, our public information officer issued press releases to the media and worked 24/7 to ensure essential information was posted to the website and disseminated via our various social media outlets as illustrated below:
The City posted twelve (12) updates on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Nextdoor between October 26 at 3:50 p.m. and October 28 at 3:08 p.m. Lastly, Mission Viejo Police Services made six posts related to the fire on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Thank you for your comment/question and hopefully, this information helps to clarify the City’s preparation and response to the Silverado Fire.