Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Many of you may recognize me from my past contributions to our community. Now I want you to know me for my next contribution. I am Raghu Mathur, and I’m delighted to tell you that I’m a candidate for Laguna Hills City Council in 2012.
I am a former President of Laguna Hills Homeowners Association, before Laguna Hills officially became a city in 1991. In 1983, I was elected by the public to the Board of Trustees of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) and was subsequently re-elected and completed my second term in 1992. [When his reelection bid failed, he wrote an amusingly bitter public letter: SEE.]
I am a veteran community and education leader. I have served as President of Irvine Valley College for five years and Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District for nearly nine years. Currently, I serve as the Chair, College of Education, at Argosy University in Orange, CA. [Gosh. No mention of those three votes of "no confidence"? See No confidence vote third for Mathur (LA Times)]
Laguna Hills is a beautiful and wonderful city. The ideas and management styles of incumbent Laguna Hills City Council members who presided over 20 years no longer adequately serve the modern needs of our citizens. Our city needs a NEW VISION for the 21st Century. The New Vision consists of the following major components:
I invite you to join me in making Laguna Hills a better City for all of us.
• Ensure Laguna Hills is a safe and secure place to live, work, play and raise a family.
• Ensure Laguna Hills offers its residents of all ages choices in dining, shopping and recreational activities through business-friendly climate.
• Ensure Laguna Hills residents have abundant opportunities to participate in city governance through citizen-based commissions in the areas of budget audit, planning, parks and recreation, traffic, youth services and senior services.
• Ensure Laguna Hills City Council makes governance decisions in the most transparent, inclusive and collaborative manner possible. [Funny. Mathur's turn as IVC Prez and SOCCCD Chancellor was characterized by zero transparency and zero respect for "shared governance." See Mathur the unpopular]
Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D.