Maybe it's because the playoffs are underway, but Mayor Sam Allevato's monthly column is baseball-themed. It starts with a line about keeping your eye on the ball, and finishes with how good planning and implementation would be a home run for all of us.
Topics he covers as recently accomplishments include various items off the agenda, along with plans for Pedros Tacos on Camino Cap to remodel into a two-story "Mission Grill."
He also talks about a new philosophy in Police Services, where one less motorcycle deputy will be patrolling the streets after the City Council decided to dedicate more resources to Neighborhood Watch and similar crime-prevention efforts.
The council voted this month to eliminate one of the three motor deputy positions, along with a long-vacant patrol deputy post to hire a sergeant and community services officer. That will give Capistrano a dedicated position to organize Neighborhood Watch programs, hold crime prevention meetings throughout the city and work with community groups on truancy and gang-reduction programs. The sergeant, meanwhile, will be able to better track crime trends and other issues. San Clemente and Dana Point have similar programs.
The changes also save the city about $43,000 a year, said Chief of Police Services Lt. John Meyer.
As for the Mayor's Message, I'll let you decide whether it's a hit ... or strikes out. :)