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Article About SAMLARC Board Meeting, Next Steps on Water Safety

Martin Henderson continues to do an excellent, yet sensitive, job covering the 4th of July tragedy in Rancho Santa Margarita.  His latest article is available from the RSM Patch here.

We tend to avoid the more sensational news stories here, leaving that to the newspapers.  This issue, however, is relevant to all of us who live in South Orange County.  Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and surrounding communities each have countless community pools and rec centers.  We all use the local beaches.  Yet, we often take the level of preparedness at those facilities for granted.  Water safety is a critical issue for all of us who have children, and there are serious questions being raised about whether private property management companies are the correct entities to make those decisions.  This is of particular relevance to Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo as we begin to discuss issues of local governance.  To be clear, we are not commenting specifically on SAMLARC’s role in all of this, but this tragedy is forcing us all to think about the issue of water safety and emergency readiness in our own communities.  Thank you, Martin, for your diligent and fact-based reporting on this terrible tragedy, and let’s hope that we all learn enough from it to make sure this never happens again in any of our communities.

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