In honor of the lives lost and those injured in the recent shooting at a Taiwanese Irvine Presbyterian Church Luncheon at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, the Third Laguna Board of Trustees Hills Mutual opened its May 17 meeting with a minute of silence.
“Anytime there is violence, in relation to anyone, especially any hateful violence, is especially reprehensible,” said board chairman Robert Mutchnick. “Even though it was outside the Village, it happened to us. It happened to our neighbors. It happened to our friends.
On May 15, a gunman opened fire at a Taiwanese lunch at the church, killing Dr. John Cheng, 52, and injuring five others. Worshipers attacked him and bound his legs with extenders while disarming him, officials said.
The third council members discussed at length the proposal to set up an inter-council committee to deal with allegations of harassment, abuse and bullying in all relationships – residents, village management services staff and administrators advice.
The six-member committee would be made up of two members from each board – Golden Rain Foundation, United and Third – and would work with representatives from village management departments, legal advisers and other relevant people to enforce discipline. if so, according to a VMS staff report.
The committee would be modeled after the village traffic hearing committee.
“It saddens me to be in a place where we, as volunteers, (who) serve our community, and staff have to have such a mandate,” said director Annie McCary. “We try to put rules and regulations in place so that we can feel safe to do our job, and not just do our job, but walk in this community.
“People who bully need to know they can’t do this and get away with it,” she said.
Beyond the state and federal definitions of harassment, abuse, and bullying, the policy mentions yelling; harassment, such as following someone to intimidate or “make a point”; disrupt ongoing organized activities; and excessive phone calls, according to the staff report.
The board approved the motion, 7-4-0, to put the proposal on 28 days’ notice to discuss feedback from board members and the community.
The adjusted daily rate of COVID-19 cases in Orange County remains in double digits, averaging 13.7 cases per 100,000 population as of May 24, according to the OC Health Care Agency.
The test positivity rate – the number of swabs and sputum tests that come back positive for the coronavirus – rose to 5.5%, the health equity rate – the test positivity of affected neighborhoods of disproportionately – next at 2.4%.
Cumulatively in the city of Laguna Woods, there have been 1,140 cases of COVID-19 and 77 related deaths.
The average resale price of a unit in Third Mutual in April was $630,767, down from $494,285 in April 2021, according to a VMS staff report. Since the beginning of the year, resales have been 160, against 141 the previous year. Sales volume in April was $27 million, compared to $13 million in April 2021.