27525 Puerta Real, Suite 300-130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Trish Kelley has been a resident of Mission Viejo since 1977. Mission Viejo became her home when her husband, Jack, a Marine Corps pilot, was assigned to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The Kelleys have three grown children and eight young grandchildren.
Trish was first elected to the Mission Viejo City Council in November 2002. In December 2014, she retired from the City Council due to term limits, but was overwhelmingly encouraged to return to serve the City in 2016. She was Mayor in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014, and is the only Council Member in the City’s history to have served 4 terms as Mayor. She currently is a Director on the Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and is Chairwoman of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency. In addition, she represents Mission Viejo and Orange County on the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation Committee.
During her terms on the City Council, Trish has successfully promoted many programs and improvements to enhance the quality of life in Mission Viejo. She recently joined her colleagues in preserving a beloved asset and protecting 108 acres of open space with the City’s purchase of the Casta del Sol Golf Course and adjoining open space. This cash purchase also provides a link that has been missing from our trail system. In past years, Trish’s priorities were to renovate our facilities and add programs that help to make Mission Viejo so special and unique! She advanced the expansion (doubled) of the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in 2008 and supported the recent updating work there. Working with her colleagues, she also promoted the renovations of Montanoso and Sierra Recreation Centers and the Marguerite Tennis Center, the Marguerite Aquatics Center, the addition of three new parks, and expanded hours for the library. Trish spearheaded the effort and helped to develop the senior transportation program in Mission Viejo, which provides taxi rides for qualified seniors. She initiated the effort for the City of Mission Viejo’s adoption of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Trish has supported road-widening projects on Crown Valley Parkway, Alicia Parkway, Oso Parkway and various signal and road improvements city-wide, as well as slope renovations on many of our streets.
In 2003, Trish led the City Council to establish Mission Viejo as a City of Character. She helped to develop a character program, which focuses on a different character quality each month. She authored the curriculum, which is provided to the City’s 25 schools, various City facilities, and featured on the City website. The program has received awards at the State and National levels. Trish has been a presenter at State and National conferences, teaching other cities how to bring similar character programs to their communities.
Mission Viejo has maintained a strong budget during Trish’s service on the Council. The City has maintained a significant reserve fund each year. Mission Viejo continues to receive AAA bond ratings from Standard and Poor’s, due to the City’s very good economy and strong financial position. Only about 25 California cities receive this rating each year. Mission Viejo weathered the 2008-2009 recession well, reducing expenditures while maintaining services to our residents. Trish advanced pension reform in Mission Viejo, and she and her colleagues have worked to reduce the unfunded pension liabilities. The pension plan is now 79% funded and the retiree medical plan is 110% funded.
Trish has been an advocate for City residents on many different fronts. In 2013-14, Trish worked with residents to challenge Capistrano Unified School District to end the unfair Mello-Roos taxes in CFD 87-1 (Pacific Hills, parts of Canyon Crest, and other adjoining neighborhoods.) This hefty tax was not benefiting our Mission Viejo Schools and was scheduled to go on in perpetuity. Through the efforts of the residents and the City Council and working with CUSD, the tax was ended.
Public safety has always been a priority for Trish. Mission Viejo maintains top safety rankings at the state and national level. She promoted and supported the addition of School Resource Officers for our City schools. Trish spearheaded the effort to have 100% of our City’s intersections equipped with Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption Devices — an important enhancement to increase safety of our motorists and to provide faster response times and safer passage through intersections for our first responders.
Being involved in the community has always been a priority. Trish has been volunteering in the community since she moved to Mission Viejo. When her kids were growing up, she was an active volunteer in youth sports, the schools, church, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and served as PTA President at three different schools. She has continued to volunteer over the years. She served as the Co-Chairman and a team captain for the American Cancer Society’s Mission Viejo Relay for Life for several years. She was a member of the Southern California Army Advisory Council, the Trauma Intervention Program Advisory Council, and the Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors. She is still active in her church, Compass Bible Church. Trish continues to stay in touch with children’s issues, families, and education by serving as a volunteer at her grandchildren’s elementary school. She is also an active volunteer on the Community of Character Committee (which she founded) and the Mission Viejo Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition. Trish views her time on the City Council as another area to serve, and truly considers herself a public servant!
© 2020 Trish Kelley for City Council 2020 ID#1382478