27525 Puerta Real, Suite 100-130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Trish Kelley was elected to the Mission Viejo City Council in November 2002. In December 2014, she retired from the City Council due to term limits. She served as 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 was the City’s representative on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors, serving as Board Chairman in 2012-2013. Trish also served as the alternate Director for the Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and the San Joaquin Transportation Corridor Agency. In addition, she served on the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation Committee and the Orange County Parks Commission.
During her 12 years on the City Council, Trish successfully promoted many programs and improvements to enhance the quality of life in Mission Viejo. She advanced the expansion of the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the renovations of Montanoso and Sierra Recreation Centers and the Marguerite Tennis 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 supported road-widening projects on Crown Valley Parkway, Alicia Parkway, Oso Parkway and various signal and road improvements city-wide.
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 received the prestigious League of California State Cities Helen Putnam Award of Excellence in 2004, and a National Character Education Partnership Promising Practices Award in 2014. Trish has been a presenter at the California State Parks and Recreation Society Conference and the National Character Education Conference, teaching other cities how to bring similar character programs to their communities.
Mission Viejo maintained a strong budget during Trish’s twelve years of service. The City maintained a reserve of over 50% of general fund revenues each year. Mission Viejo received an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s for 5 years, from 2010 through 2014, due to the City’s very strong economy and strong financial position. Only about 25 California cities receive this rating each year. Mission Viejo weathered the recession well, reducing
expenditures while maintaining services to our residents. Trish led the effort to bring pension reform to Mission Viejo, and also reduced City staff by 12% over a 7-year period, thereby providing significant savings to the City.
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.) The 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, the tax has now ended.
Public safety was a priority for Trish during her tenure on the City Council. Mission Viejo was ranked by the CQ Press as the safest city in California for our population category every year, and ranked in the top 10 in the nation each year. She promoted and supported the addition of School Resource Officers for our City schools. In 2008, Mayor Kelley led the effort to bring a Social Host Ordinance to the City, to address the problem of underage drinking and drug abuse. She recorded several Mayor’s City Talk TV programs on safety issues, including drowning prevention and teen drinking and driving. Trish advanced 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.
Trish 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 six young grandchildren. Trish has been volunteering in the community since she moved to Mission Viejo. She was an active volunteer in youth sports and the schools, has served as PTA President at three different schools and is a volunteer at Compass Bible Church. She has been the Co-Chairman and a team captain for the American Cancer Society’s Mission Viejo Relay for Life for several years. She has served on the Southern California Army Advisory Council, the Trauma Intervention Program Advisory Council, and the Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors. She continues to stay in touch with children’s issues and education by serving as a weekly volunteer in her granddaughter’s Kindergarten class.
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