Good Stewardship on Display in Mission Viejo

Ask a few dozen people from Mission Viejo to name their favorite city park and you may not hear the same answer twice. That is because this small suburb in Orange County has nearly 50 city parks to choose from. Among these is M. M. O’Neill Park, named after the matriarch of an early ranching family, who famously said:

Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.”

-Marguerite M. O’Neill (1879 – 1981)

The city’s developers certainly took this advice to heart when they built Mission Viejo in the 1960s. They took extraordinary measures to preserve and enhance the area’s natural beauty – not because it always made financial sense, but because it was the right thing to do.

Here are some examples of how residents and city planners in Mission Viejo care for their community:

Reducing Vehicle Traffic

Based on DMV registration records, there are more than 34 million vehicles on the streets of California. That is nearly one vehicle for every man, woman, and child in the state. Early in its history, Mission Viejo made it a priority to avoid the congestion and pollution that come with excessive personal vehicle use. It achieved this goal by:

  • Evenly distributing schools, parks, and other amenities so they are within walking distance of every home in the city
  • Constructing a network of pedestrian and bike paths, including a three-mile loop around Lake Mission Viejo
  • Offering local shuttle buses (powered by natural gas) at no cost to city residents.

Encouraging Lifelong Residency

Given the relative affluence of southern Orange County, Mission Viejo’s developers could have maximized their return on investment by constructing only high-end homes. Instead, they built homes across the price spectrum, in order to attract families with modest incomes as well. This allows young families to settle here and then upgrade to a more expensive home when they are financially able – without ever having to leave the city.

Creating Outdoor Recreational Opportunities

California dominates the list of sunniest U.S. cities. In fact, we are the only state with two major population centers (Sacramento and Los Angeles) that enjoy sunshine more than 70 percent of the time. Mission Viejo takes full advantage of Mother Nature’s gift by offering a variety of outdoor activities, including “geocaching,” a local scavenger hunt game for today’s tech-savvy youth.

Planting Trees

The area of Saddleback Valley where Mission Viejo is located was once entirely devoid of trees (by some accounts, there were exactly 11 trees growing here prior to development). The tree count is now approximately one million. Varieties include:

  • Sycamore
  • Ash
  • Honey Locust
  • Ficus
  • Pine
  • Olive
  • Sweetgum
  • Cypress
  • Juniper
  • Crepe Myrtle

The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Mission Viejo a “Tree City USA” award recipient five times. This year, in celebration of Earth Day 2017, residents gathered to plant trees and shrubs, pick up litter, and enjoy free hotdogs and ice cream.

Solving the City’s Unique Water Usage Problem

Lake Mission Viejo is a large recreational reservoir popular for swimming, boating, fishing, and more. The lake was constructed in the 1970s and includes a drainage diversion system that was state-of-the-art at that time. The system directs urban runoff around the lake to prevent contamination. However, recent drought conditions have made maintaining the lake with drinking water less tenable.

As reported by local media, the city decided to launch an ambitious and innovative program to address the problem. It will now use reclaimed, highly-treated wastewater to fill the lake. Millions of gallons of drinking water will be preserved for household use. Meanwhile, the program’s strict environmental standards will ensure recreational visitors can enjoy the lake in the same ways they always have.

Representing Mission Viejo Residents in Lemon Law Claims

The lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are proud to represent clients in Mission Viejo who want to file lemon law claims. California’s lemon law is one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation. If you’ve purchased a defective vehicle and want compensation from the manufacturer, we will help you in every step of the process.

It’s important for consumers in California to understand that the lemon law is much more far-reaching than popularly believed. For example, most consumers understand that the law applies to new vehicles under warranty, but it can also be applied to used vehicles and cover vehicles after their warranties are no longer in place, provided that a consumer attempted repair while the vehicle was still under warranty.

Lemon laws also provide a path toward repayment or replacement even if the defect wasn’t safety-related. If a defect impaired the value or use of a vehicle, consumers may still be reimbursed.

Our attorneys offer legal representation to clients across the state. We use our skill and experience to make sure our clients are treated fairly. Without a lawyer’s assistance, the process of filing a claim and dealing with a resistant manufacturer can seem overwhelming. Having a proven lemon law attorney assist

Just like Mission Viejo’s developers, we believe in doing the right thing; and at Neale & Fhima, we believe auto manufacturers should do the right thing when a new car turns out to be defective. Unfortunately, manufacturers sometimes put their own interests first. If this has been your experience, please contact us for advice on filing a lemon law claim in California.