The City of Aliso Viejo continues to grow smartly and mature gracefully. We incorporated 16 years ago, but our teenage years are an example of good governance moving forward and innovations improving our way of life. I have had the absolute pleasure being the Mayor of Aliso Viejo this year and fulfilling many goals I set for myself three short years ago while running for council. Let’s look at our accomplishments and look forward to more accomplishments and better governance – because you can never rest on your laurels.
The Ranch in Aliso Viejo, the last approximately seven acres of unused land from the Moulton Family Ranch, is going to be an amenity for education and activity. The plan is to repurpose the existing barn and bunkhouse. That means fixing it up so the history of the land can be preserved for generations to learn and enjoy. A new barn will be built on the land and will be modeled after a barn pictured on the land back in the day. It will have multiple uses but most importantly and in cooperation with the Moulton Family Foundation will be the display of historical documents and photos telling the story of Orange County. The component of this plan tying together all the history and uses of the ranch is going to be the working agricultural farm. It combines a sustainable system of aquaponics using Talapia ponds to water and fertilize raised garden beds, recycling the water back to the ponds. There will be orchards of fruit and nut trees rounding out the agricultural aspect of the plan. The educational aspect of this plan is limitless. We are actively looking for grant opportunities to help fund this plan and are excited about the possibilities. Campaign promise…fulfilled. Growth.
What else? The council approved a staff plan to offer recreational classes to the community and by all accounts these classes have been well received and attended. Great job by staff for offering a necessary service to our community. The City continues to support the USMC 1st Maintenance Battalion from Camp Pendleton with many of our local restaurants doing fundraisers, so thanks to them and our residents for stepping up. They really appreciate the support. On November 9, the City will show our appreciation for those who have served in our armed services with our annual Veterans’ Appreciation dinner. It’s the least we can do. Maturity.
The City is proud to announce our first-time City holiday event called, “All is Bright Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting” from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, November 30 near the fountain in Aliso Viejo Town Center. It includes but is not limited to holiday cheer, train rides, ornament making, caroling, snow (that’s right, snow), a visit from Santa and the lighting of the Christmas tree. It is going to be amazing and I cannot wait. Growth and maturity.
I am so proud of our City – its resilience, its beauty, and its togetherness. We have grown and matured together and I could not be happier raising my family in Aliso Viejo. There is work still to do and we will not stop; we will not rest on our laurels because we know how important it is to become the best we can be.