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Mayor, Councilman Ousted in Aliso Viejo

Mayor Donald Garcia and City Councilman Greg Ficke will be replaced by former AVCA president Ross Chun and mortgage broker Mike Munzing. Incumbent Bill Phillips hangs onto his seat in the tight race.

Mayor Donald Garcia and City Councilman Greg Ficke were given the heave-ho Tuesday night by Aliso Viejo voters.

The two incumbents will be replaced by former Aliso Viejo Community Association president Ross Chun and mortgage broker Mike Munzing. A third incumbent, William "Bill" Phillips, hung onto his council seat.

When final results were tallied, 632 votes were all that separated one of the losers from third-place winner Munzing, who was busy putting up more campaign signs Tuesday morning.

“I’ve put this into God’s hands,” Munzing told Patch as balloting began. “I am confident everything will work out.”

Democrat Chun, the founder and CEO of Eco-Stride, said he hoped to see "improved cooperation and collaboration between our city and the Aliso Viejo Community Association."

The other candidates declined to comment Tuesday night.

It was a close race. With all precincts reporting, Phillips led the field with 21.5 percent (5,602 votes), followed by Chun with 21.4 percent (5,590 votes), Munzing at 21 percent (5,486), Ficke with 18.6 percent (4,854) and Garcia with 17.4 percent (4,546).

In other local races...

Capistrano Unified School District: Incumbent Gary Pritchard defeated Bill Perkins for the school board seat representing Aliso Viejo. Click here for story.

73rd Assembly: Veteran state legislator Diane Harkey cruised to victory over James Corbett.

For more tallies, see our Live Aliso Viejo Election Results story.

AVResident2 November 09, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Agree or disagree with individual aspects of the Green Initiative, I rather doubt that the proposals were made in order to be “pc.” What is apparent is that Munzing has no regard for the environment, and simply wants to further his own personal agenda for financial gain. I, for one, would rather see flowers, green slopes and trees, than signs and billboards advertising mortgage brokerage firms, open houses, car washes and nails. Aliso Viejo is a beautiful city and should not be trashed.
Don James November 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
AVRes2: Instead of painting him as some right-wing idelogue with your assumptions, why don't you call him to discuss his ideas about signage? I am sure there is more to it than just a couple of sentences from an interview, agreed? I don't want signs all over the place, nor do I want limited parking. And while we are at it, I don't want a porn shop, a mosque, a McDonalds, or post office processing center in AV either.
Theresa Vinciguerra November 09, 2012 at 06:30 PM
You have to love this city we live in. The commentary has been so fun to follow. There are always winners and losers in every election. I think the message is that you don't own the chair and have to earn the vote of the people you represent and basically work for. As far a our new board members.. let's give them a chance. I have issues with strict sign policies put on Realtors ( because I am one) especially when it seems that most of the candidates who ran had little or no regard for the rules on sign placement. What's good for the goose, should be good for the gander. I think we can reach a happy medium if we all just calm down and work together. I heard something about taking away parking spaces to encourage walking which is a nice idea, but pretty sure that would outrage the people trying to do business in Town Center. People with jobs sometimes forget that people running businesses have to make their money by taking in more than they spend and watching expenses. That is a whole different ballgame than a paycheck that is earned weekly. Let's keep that in mind. Perhaps marking some parking spaces for Hybrid cars only would be a better solution. Just an idea.
Theresa Vinciguerra November 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
and by the way.. some of the people who ran still have signs littering the city.
Fred Garvin November 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I didn't vote for Munzing but after reading AVResident2 commments and doing some research, I wish I did. So he wants to reverse regulations which limit the time realtors can post signs. And the problem with this is what? It seems that they are forbidden entirely under current regulations. Realtor signs increase the chance of homes being sold. Homes being sold ensures property taxes and an increase in home values. I don't want signs all over the city either but what's the problem with allowing them to post on the weekends only. Afterall, who really holds an open house during the weekday anyways. I'm also wondering how much money the city can save by not having someone come out every weekend just to take signs.

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