Adults Now Liable for Underage Drinking…

A warning to parents…Mission Viejo, CA just adopted a new law that makes adults liable for under-age drinking if they provide the location for it. The “Social Host Ordinance” is already in 24 cities in California and is sure to be seen soon in others around Orange County. Laguna Hills is currently drafting its own ordinance.

Parents may feel more comfortable knowing their barely legal children will be drinking at home, rather than sneaking out to parties–but time has come for consequences. An adult is now liable for under-age drinking if it occurs in their home. The primary goal of this law is to target “party houses”. Officials hope to reduce the percentage of loud parties, underage drinking (and driving),and create a safer and healthier community.

With the summer in full swing, parents hosting backyard BBQs, graduation and going away parties beware…The law has a maximum punishment of $1,000 and 6 months jail time, and at the minimum reduced to an infraction. Each violation will be reviewed case by case and the city attorney will make sentencing decisions. Alongside penalties may be community service, which may be particularly focused towards organizations such as MADD.

What do you think about this? Will it help reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents?

I’m interested in your comments. Please email your thoughts and share with me if this is happening in your community.

And thank you for making me your Orange County Real Estate connection.

Best Regards,

Michael Caruso



I Live with a Vampire!!!

It’s an eerie feeling, living with a vampire.  A Vampire sleeps all day and has unending energy all night.  Vampires are difficult to hunt down. 

This one is 18 1/2 years old and he is on summer break before beginning college.  He has a job in a local beach restaurant which provides several day shifts and several night shifts for him to work or perhaps he’d sleep all day (except for a quick stop at the beach or the gym). 

Just how long can he sleep?  About as long as you’ll allow it… 

But at night, he’s a new man (very Vampire-ish). 

How long can he stay out at night?  About as long as you’ll allow it…

Do you have a Vampire at your home?  Enjoy him or her and love them unconditionally.  This is a special time in their life.  A feeling of exhilaration from their high school accomplishments mixed with some fear of the unknown about the new life they’ll begin at college.

Please email your thoughts or comments…

And Thank You for making Me Your Orange Couny Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso

Consider a Local Summer Trip to the OC Coast to Combat Gas Prices…

Cash conscious?  Just plain mad about gas prices? 

Hey OC residents…Why not consider a local summer trip for a vacation?  Dana Point hosts 2 world class hotels: Ritz Carlton and St. Regis, has fabulous tide pools to explore, has a major harbor where you can rent a jet ski, a kayak, try scuba diving or take a ride on a historical ship.  There are also dolphin and whale boat tours and fishing boats leave daily for those who want to cook up fresh fish for dinner.  And don’t forget a surfboard…the waves are great!

Dana Point also has several great camp sites that are very clean (San Onofre State Beach Campground and San Mateo Campground nearby) which are popular and you can still scoot over to your favorite restaurant for dinner while being near the beach campground.  Enjoy a summer night with a campfire at the Doheny Beach fire pits and BBQ your lunch.

Nearby, you can go horseback riding at San Juan Capistrano or visit the historical Mission San Juan Capistrano.

You can beat the gas prices and beat the summer heat and have a great time in coastal Orange County.  Call my office and we’ll be happy to provide maps and information.

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso

Orange County Info ~ South County


Where in the world?  Take the Aliso Viejo News with you on your travels, have your picture taken with it and e-mail the .jpg to us.  Include who is in photo, and when and where it was taken.  Email to



The Cleveland National Forest released an environmental assessment on motorized travel on its lands for public comment.  Comments will be accepted until 8/13/08.  to view assessment online:



Save the date… 9/28/08.  The Chopper Drop for Education will take place at the Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort.  This event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Sand Dollar Guild, which supports the Ocean Institute.  Information –



Resident Kim Sprague and Mercantile West Business Divine Treasures are seeking to collect food items on the behalf of the Orange County Rescue Mission.  Residents can drop off items on Sprague’s porch at 10 Vineyard Dr, Ladera Ranch or at Divine Treasures at the Mercantile West Shopping Center.  Information – 584-7577



Save the dates.   7/19/08 through 7/27/08.  The Southern California Artists Association will hold its annual figurative art exhibition “Go Figure!” at the group’s newly renovated studio, 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd., Suite F3.



Save the date… 7/19/08 at 9:00 a.m.  Residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke.  Life Line Screening will be at the Laguna Country United Methodist Church.  Information – 800-697-9721 or



Feel live snakes and learn about their habits at “Everything You wanted to Know about Snakes,” at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway.  Information – 949-362-5100



City Manager Leslie Keane held a candidate information session last Friday for City Council hopefuls.  Information – 949-639-0500



Community members are invited to attend a neighborhood workshop to discuss improvements at El Toro Park that may include new playground equipment.  The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on 7/24/08 at El Toro Park, 23701 Los Alisos Blvd.  Information – 949-461-3413



The filing period begins this week for candidates who wish to run for the office in the November election.  Two four-year council terms are open.  Candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on 8/8/08.  Information – 949-470-3033 (Karen Hamman)



Save the date… 7/26/08 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The city will host a free electronic recycling event in the City Hall parking lot at 22112 El Paseo.  Information – 949-364-9200


Save the dates… 7/21 – 7/25 & 7/28 – 7/31 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  A children’s sewing camp is being offered that will teach sewing skills, including using a sewing machine, to those 8 and older.  Cost is $175 and will be held at the Bell Tower Community Center, 22232 El Paseo.  Information – or 949-888-5437



Save the date… 7/18/08 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  “Peace, Prosperity and Wellness” is the topic of a free public talk by Bhante Ji, a Buddhist monk who has studied with the Dalai Lama.  He will speak at 912 Calle Venezia, followed by a silent meditation group walk along the Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail.  Call the event’s co-host Nampet Panichpant-Michelsen at 949-295-6150 for reservations & more information.



The city’s San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series and Shop & Dine Expo takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the third Wednesday of July, August and September at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real.

Orange County Info ~ North County


The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $492,000 to purchase 15 new alternate fuel vehicles for the city’s fleet.  The automobiles will run on compressed natural gas or propane.



The city recently commissioned a private company to conduct a survey to measure resident’s opinions about living in Brea and found that they ranked Brea in the top 5 percent for service performance and quality of life.


Save the date… 8/15/08 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Brea Fest, the city’s annual fundraiser for the arts, has been scheduled this year at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.  Admission & entertainment are free.  The event relies on volunteers.  Information – 714-990-7771 or



Save the date… 7/22/08 at 6:30 p.m.  Teens are invited to participate in the Nintendo Wii “Olympics” event at the Buena Park Library, 7150 La Palma Ave.  Refreshments will be served.  Information 714-826-4100 x125



A marathon bingo tournament will be held at the Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St.  For date & more information – 714-229-2005



The first Summer Young Adult Reading Program at the Main Library has drawn 125 teens.



Save the date… 7/17/08 at 6:30 p.m.  The Chain, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band will perform at the free summer concert series at Eastgate Park, 12001 Saint Mark St.



Save the dates… 7/25/08 through 8/17/08.  The La Habra Depot Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka Jr.” will have performances at 8:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays at 311 S. Euclid.  Information 562-905-9625



Improvements are under way on several city roads.  The City Council has approved funding as part of a seven-year street rehabilitation project.



Pretrial proceedings for trespassing charges brought against Placentia Public Works Director Gerry Hubble were continued to Wednesday.  Hubble was charged with trespassing after allegedly going on private property in Lake Forest with intention of hiring day laborers, who were found to be here illegally.



The City’s Citizens Academy program is a seven-week community & leadership development program designed to create better-informed residents.  Sessions are once a week, from 6:00 p.m. to later than 8:00 p.m.  Applications are available at City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave.  Information – 714-379-9222 x277



Swing Inc., a swing band, will perform tonight at the city’s free summer concert series at 6:00 at the Sunken Gardens, 8200 Westminster Blvd.  Information 714-895-2860



Save the date… 7/18/08 at 6:00 p.m.  An Evening of Wellness will be held at the Yorba Linda Community Center, 4501 Casa Loma Ave.  Information – 714-961-7181

Orange County Info ~ Central County



Prior to the O.C. Fair Cattle Drive on July 26, the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa will sponsor a pancake breakfast at the Harbor Center from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Tickets are $5 or advance tickets can be purchased for $4.50 by mailing check to Jeff Dimsdale at 3337 S. Bristol St., No. 252, Santa Ana, 92704.



Save the date…. 7/23/08 at 7:00 p.m.  The Fountain Valley Library will be hosting Lizard Wizard’s Live Animal Show.  Library, 17635 Los Alamos.  Information 714-962-1324



Save the date… 8/4/08 – 8/8/08 at 7:00 p.m.  A new musical based on the comic strip “Luann” will be performed at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $7 for children 12 & younger.  Information 714-375-0696 or


Save the date… 8/1/08 at 10:00 p.m.  Barnes & Noble will host a book release party for Stephenie Meyer’s next installation in her teen vampire series, “Twilight Saga”.  The store is located at 7881 Edinger Ave.  “Breaking Dawn,” Meyer’s fourth book, will officially go on sale midnight that day.  Information – 714-897-8781



Save the date… 7/20/08 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The Assisteens, the youth auxiliary of the Assistance League, will be sponsoring a free summer crafts day for children of all ages at the University Park Library, 4512 Sandburg Way.



The USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center is offering recreational swimming hours this summer from noon to 1:30 p.m. for residents.  Pool is at 11200 Lexington Dr.



The city has issued a building permit for a large estate on Harbor Island.  The residence will have 13,000 square feet of living space, a 2,700 square-foot basement and 2,400 square feet of decks.  Construction will cost 4.4 million.



Save the date… 8/5/08 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Orange Police Dept. is hosing its 25 annual national night out in the Target parking lot at 2191 N. Tustin St.  Information – 714-744-7327 or 714-744-7464


Save the dates 7/28 – 8/1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The First United Methodist Church of Orange will hold its Vacation Bible School for children from kindergarten through sixth grade.  The cost is $12 per child or $36 maximum per family if registered by July 23.  Information – 714-532-6363



Save the dates 7/19 & 7/20 at 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.  “Bug Chef” David George Gordon will offer bug-cooking demonstrations with audience participation and taste-testing at the Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St.



The city will solicit about $140,000 in funding from the Orange County Transportation Authority to continue its study of the Go Local program, which looks to encourage residents to use public transportation.



The Tustin Unified School District’s Web site has been updated with new nutrition information.  Included are school menus, student & staff special event menu & the National School Lunch application. click on “wellness”.



Save the date… 7/27/08 from 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m.  Irvine Lake is hosting its 12th annual Harley Festival at the lake, 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd.   Tickets are $20 & parking is free.  Information – 714-649-9113;

Orange County Info ~ North County


Save the date… 7/16/08 at 6:30 p.m.  Jim Remington – who worked with President Ronald Reagan – will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Anaheim chapter of the California Republican Assembly held at Mama Cozza’s Restaurant, 2170 W. Ball Road.  The event is open to the public.  Information –



Save the date… 8/15/08 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Brea Fest, the city’s annual fundraiser for the arts, has been scheduled this year at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.  Admission & entertainment are free.  The event relies on volunteers.  Information – 714-990-7771 or



Save the date… 7/12/08 at 10:00 a.m.  The Buena Park Optimist Club will hold its annual frog jumping competition at the Buena Park Downtown mall.  To participate in the event, guests can pay $50 for a frog or bring their own.  City Council member Patsy Marshall will emcee.  Information – 714-840-8414



All residents are invited to have lunch from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St.  Reservations are no longer needed.  Information – 714-229-2005



“American Graffiti,” the film that begins on the last night of summer in 1962, will be screened on the back of the Fox Fullerton Theatre at 8:00 tonight near the corner of Chapman Ave. & Harbor blvd.  Admission is free.  Information – 714-870-0069



The city will start accepting nomination forms for this year’s mayor and city council election in November starting Monday.  The deadline to file nomination papers is Aug. 8th at 5:00 p.m.  Information – 714-741-5035



The City’s Concerts in the Park series continues today with big band and swing tunes performed by the Bob Perino Orchestra.  The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at El Centro-Lions Street.  Information – 562-905-9708



The Community Activities and Beautification Committee seeks business and personal donations to help support its summer-long concerts in the park series.  Information – 714-690-3350



Save the date… 7/15/08 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ophthalmologist Sean Adrean will discuss macular degeneration at the Brea Senior Center, 500 S. Sievers Ave. in Brea.  Information – 714-990-7750



The city’s Summer Safari Excursion Camp is every Thursday in July.   The next event is a trip to the beach on 7/17.  Information – 714-379-9222



Students from UC Irvine will unveil their class project at tonight’s City Council meeting presenting their ideas to revitalize & reposition the Westminster Mall.  The report will be presented during a study session at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 8200 Westminster Blvd.  Information – 714-898-3311 x562



Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 of Yorba Linda will hold its monthly meeting from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. today in the Yorba Linda Community Center, 4105 Casa Loma Ave.  The Flotilla will have a guest speaker who will talk about marine pollution in harbors.  Information – 714-777-2300