On the Misplaced Priorities of Laguna Hills’ City Attorney

Laguna Hills City Council’s Resistance to District Voting:

A Costly Stalemate

Stalling Tactics and Elitism:

In recent weeks, the actions of the Laguna Hills City Council in response to the district voting demand letter presented by attorney Michelle Jackson have raised serious questions about their commitment to democratic principles and fiscal responsibility. Mayor Heft, Don Caskey and the city attorney’s response to the district voting demand has been marked by stalling tactics, an attitude of entitlement, and a failure to engage with their community’s legitimate concerns. The council’s apparent stalling, if not outright rejection, has led to an alarming increase in legal costs, revealing a concerning lack of accountability to the citizens they are meant to serve.

Escalating Legal Costs:

As the council remains unresponsive to the demand for district voting, the financial burden on the citizens of Laguna Hills continues to grow at an alarming rate. Estimates suggest that legal fees, including those of the city attorney and potential litigation attorneys, have surpassed the $100,000 mark. This significant expenditure demands scrutiny, especially considering the city attorney’s apparent indifference to the financial strain on the taxpayers.

City Attorney’s Role and Conflicts of Interest:

The involvement of the city attorney in this matter raises questions about potential conflicts of interest. His apparent lack of concern for the escalating legal costs may suggest that his personal gain is prioritized over the public good. Furthermore, his dual role as the city attorney for both Laguna Hills and Rancho Santa Margarita, where district voting has been agreed upon, raises concerns about inconsistencies and raises the question: why not Laguna Hills? As that old saying goes, ”Something just doesn’t smell right.”

Masters of Citizen Funds:

The city council and city attorney, as stewards of public funds, should be accountable to the community’s wishes. However, their seemingly cavalier approach to spending underscores a worrying trend of prioritizing personal or political interests over the financial well-being of Laguna Hills residents. This disconnect raises important questions about the Council’s responsiveness to the needs and desires of those they represent.

Political Motivations:

The resistance to district voting, framed as a conservative Republican stance, appears to be more about self-preservation and political maneuvering than principled decision-making. The suspicion that council members, such as Janine Heft, view this resistance as an opportunity to build political profiles for future campaigns is disconcerting. The alignment with the city attorney and potential financial motivations adds another layer of concern about the true priorities of the council.

Community Support:

Amidst the frustration and growing financial burden faced by Laguna Hills residents, it is heartening to note that support is likely to come from non-profit groups, county and statewide activists. The district voting issue extends beyond the borders of Laguna Hills, garnering attention from individuals and organizations dedicated to democratic representation. This support is crucial in holding the council accountable and advocating for fair electoral practices.


The Laguna Hills City Council’s response to the district voting demand reveals a lack of transparency, fiscal responsibility, and commitment to democratic values. The citizens of Laguna Hills deserve leaders who prioritize their interests over personal gain or political posturing. As legal costs continue to rise, the community’s mobilization and support from external organizations become increasingly vital in ensuring that the council respects the democratic aspirations of the people it serves. The time has come for the residents to demand accountability and push for a more inclusive and representative electoral system.

About South OC Paine

South OC Payne, anonymous FOR NOW, is an anti-establishment, reformist Republican in southern Orange County who is currently on mission to bring more race diversity into the GOP.