RSM City Council Harvests Radishes While OCBC Tills Ground for New Growth

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The Orange County Business Council supports change for RSM's government and policies which have earned the region recognition as an unfriendly city for taxpayers



It turns a vacant auto dealership into a vibrant job-creator for the City.

The stance that the RSM government has taken against the proposed rezoning of the former Nissan dealership through Measure Z has earned it scorn through the award nobody wants, and the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) stepped in with its solution to the problem.

The fourth annual Roses, Radishes and Royalty awards were held by the Orange County Taxpayers Association on Sept. 4 in Newport Beach, CA. The nominations and awards are meant to offer praise or scorn to cities and their leaders, and to highlight things that are beneficial or detrimental to taxpayers.

Carolyn Cavecche, president and chief executive of the association and former Orange mayor, stated, "We give Radishes to those who really haven't been friends to taxpayers over the year."

In September, the Orange County Register reported that two radishes were presented to RSM and to Yorba Linda.

RSM was nominated as a Radish recipient for its waste of taxpayer money in 2014. In its government's refusal to return the former Nissan dealership's zoning to General Commercial, the government has worked against the voice of its people.

Cavecche said, "The conservative movement in the county is starting to become anti-growth, anti-business and anti-development, and we are concerned."

The OCBC declared its desire to see the city reformed from the ground up by revitalizing the city through rezoning the old dealership and electing new leaders who will fight for business and property rights.

Along with its vote for a 'Yes on Measure Z,' the council lends its support to three city council candidates who have a proven track record of being friendly to business, and open to changing the status quo.

Don Chadd, Laurie Biehl, and councilman Jesse Petrilla offer a combined knowledge and passion for advocating property rights, building business, and revitalizing the empty former Nissan lot that stands on one of the busiest street corners in the city to ultimately revitalize the city.

Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of OCBC, said, "Measure Z has the Orange County Business Council's support because it turns a vacant auto dealership into a vibrant job-creator for the City. It will increase the property values of the surrounding businesses and help support vital city services like police and fire."

Yes on Z is on the ballot for the November election. It is dedicated to transforming Rancho Santa Margarita into a more vibrant city and community by creating jobs and increasing revenue to prevent tax increases and taxpayer waste. For more information, please visit

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