Mission Viejo dog park location will be discussed Jan. 19th

Come to this meeting. The public is invited to a workshop designed to gather community input regarding the location of a new dog park in Mission Viejo.  No worries if you missed the first meeting yesterday, December 10th.  There’s another one on Jan. 19th,  7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The sites under consideration include the Lower Curtis Park area on Olympiad Road next to O’Neill Regional Park, and the Felipe-Arroyo area south of Gilleran Park and north of Fieldcrest on Felipe Road.

Residents may also mail their comments to recreation@cityofmissionviejo.org or fax to 949-581-0795. Mission Viejo City Hall, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo.

Buy Rite, new outlet store in The Orchard Shopping Center

The store just opened a week ago and owned by a nice couple.  Such an array of high end merchandise – apparel, electronics, furniture, washing machines and dryers, flat panel TV’s, purses, shoes, clothing, patio, health & beauty aid, and more.

I purchased a $5 pair of sandals that are cute and comfy, and I’m deciding on an elegant TV table unlike anything I’ve seen. Hope it’s still there.

The owners told me the merchandise is comprised of close-outs, discontinued items, samples, or surplus from stores such as Costco and Macy’s.

The prices seem good, but it gets better – they’re open to negotiating on price.  But no changing your mind.  No returns unless the merchandise is defective or damaged in some way.  New merchandise arrives daily.

The store is located at 23608 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, where Ralph’s Market, Lucille’s BBQ Restaurant, and Petsmart are located. Buy Rite is a few doors down from Petsmart. Ph 949-588-9401.

Store Hours
Mon – Sat 9:30am-9:30pm
Sunday 10am-8pm

Scam alert – Laguna Woods. Man in van offering autobody repair services

I admit it, I fell for it.  Anything you might say about the mistakes I made are absolutely correct.  This is what happened.

I had just parked my car in front of Mother’s Market in Laguna Woods (corner of El Toro and Paseo de Valencia).  I saw a van, with the sides painted ON THE SPOT BODYSHOP driving up and down the aisles as if looking for a place to park.  But instead of parking, he headed for the exit to pull out onto El Toro.

That should have been a red flag, but I waved at him to come back, I was interested to get a quote for some work needed on my car.   We negotiated a price, $280, and we agreed I would call him later to meet somewhere to do the work. (I couldn’t at the moment, had an appointment).

I later called the phone number on his card, he answered, and we agreed to meet in front of a Wells Fargo Bank where he would do the job.  He wanted cash, so that would make it convenient for me, but also, I was counting on the bank security cameras in the event something went wrong.  FYI, I have since learned – cameras are only on the ATM machines.

He started the work, taping things off, sanding areas on the car, so I took my dog for a walk.  Because I’m no dummy, I took my car keys!  I came back 30 minutes later, and he was already finished. Huge red flag, but I was tired, and pushed my concern back. He explained that because there was so much moisture in the air (it was then dark), he spread car wax over the painted areas to protect it, and instructed that the next day, I should go to the car wash, wax would dissolve and the car should look great.   You’re shaking your head at my stupidity, aren’t you?  I’m clueless when it comes to paint, car wax, etc., though in my defense, my entire nervous system was more on top of it than I was, sending apprehensive warning signals.

The name this 30ish, very overweight guy gave me was Alex, and he couldn’t have been nicer. He offered to touch up anything that night be unsatisfactory, to give him a call the following week if necessary.

So, the next day at the car wash, I pulled in to where the vacuums are, a few workers speaking Spanish are pointing to the globs of wax around my car.  A manager comes over, and asks if the guy who did this worked from his van, charged me about $300.  He tells me the wax will not dissolve, and that quite a few seniors who lived in the area had brought their cars in with the same situation.  He scraped some wax off, and saw that Alex had sanded down the original paint so the area was black, and placed wax over it so it wasn’t visible.

Apparently, Alex circles around shopping center parking lots where there is a high concentration of seniors, such as Laguna Woods, baiting them to stop him and ask about his services. There’s a peacefulness in his manner so he comes across as sincere.

After the car wash, I called the phone number on the card, a female voice on the outgoing message was friendly, inviting me to leave a message. I called many times over the next few days, no return call, and no live person answering the phone.

I filed a report with the Mission Viejo police, who said they would share the information with Laguna Woods.

Ok, lesson learned, but this one was painful, not only because of the money.  His van had already been nosing out onto El Toro, but nooooo, I flag him to come back, “Please! Rip me off!” 

So now you’re aware, you might mention it to friends.  But if you have independent senior parents living in the area, caution them, but they’ll probably tell you they’d NEVER have autobody work done by someone in a van at a shopping center. 

I even shared my sandwich with him. 😦

Ranch Market in Mission Viejo – my favorite food store and why

This new middle-east market recently opened in the same shopping center as Total Woman, Cal Med Pharmacy, and Mission Viejo Chabad on Marguerite at Trabuco.
Have you been there yet?   It’s a wonderful store, especially the produce and meat depts. Lots of organic produce at prices significantly less than non-organic at conventional markets. They carry a surprising amount of health food store products and kosher food, and many interesting food items you might not see elsewhere, and offer a hot deli counter for take-out.

Excellent everyday prices at meat counter, for instance $5.99/lb for salmon fillet. About the salmon, I do suggest to remind them to make sure it’s completely filleted.
Example of current prices:  Fillet mignon, $5.99/lb (and lower when it’s on sale!); chicken breast, boned, skinless @ $1.99/lb; organic bananas, $.69/lb; organic fuji apples, $2.99/lb.

The owner is the same as the middle-eastern store on Los Alisos between Jeronimo and Trabuco. This new store is a smaller space, so less merchandise, but much less crowded and easier to navigate,  better parking.

24021 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, 949-916-9500.  
Hours:   Mon-Sat, 8am-9pm, Sun, 8am-8pm.