Mission Viejo City Council votes 5-0 to approve Homeland Security Pilot Program re hiring procedures

On the March 19th Mission Viejo city council meeting was Agenda item #4 which reads:

Ordinance Requiring the City of Mission Viejo and its Vendors to Participate in the Basic Pilot Program that is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (0480-20)

In short what this means is that all of the city vendors employees must have valid documentation to be working on any new contracts issued on or after July 1,2007.

My unnamed source tells me that after the staff report was read four or five public speakers addressed the council of which all but one expressed support. After closing the public testimony each of the five council members discussed the importance of this Pilot Program before voting 5-0 to approve the Ordinance recommended by Mayor Pro Tem John Paul Ledesma.

I am also told that there were several network TV crews covering this hot issue including ABC, NBC, Telemundo and Univision. Although there was several deputies on the scene there was no visible protest activity.

As our city council meetings are broadcast live and tape delayed, including on line, you can watch this meeting in the next few days on your computers when it is posted.

Mission Viejo’s web site of this meeting is as follows:


If that doesn’t take you to the video than enter:


This will take you to the City Clerk page of Council Meetings
than click to “watch on line” etc.

PS: What’s your thoughts regarding the council mandate requiring all city contractors verify their employees immigration status as a condition of doing business for the city of Mission Viejo?

I have read that our city would be the first city in CA to impose this requirement.

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