Rohrabacher addresses City Council

He talks on budget cuts, transportation. If reelected, his new district would include Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo.

October 20, 2011|By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Coastline Pilot

The Laguna Niguel City Council held a special meeting Tuesday with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) to discuss his views and work on various issues, should he be elected as the congressman for the newly redrawn 48th Congressional District.

That new district will include Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City, parts of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and portions of Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster.

Rohrabacher currently represents the 46th District, which jogs from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach up to Long Beach and Palos Verdes, but redistricting tied to the Census has him seeking reelection in changed territory.


Rohrabacher, who announced in June he would run for reelection in 2012, took questions from the council members.

In response to a question asked by Councilman Joe Brown on where major budget cuts will come from, Rohrabacher said he wasn't in favor of the U.S. deficit "super committee," made up of six Democrats and six Republicans who are tasked with slashing the federal deficit.

"I voted against the super committee," Rohrabacher said. "I don't think it will accomplish anything. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it does.

"Right now our country isn't going anywhere because we have two philosophies that are at a head with each other," he added. "Both sides think that what they want to do will make the country better. It's pretty hard to find a compromise."

Councilwoman Linda Lindholm voiced concern about needed transportation funds for the city.

"We have a landlocked city," she said, noting that the Santa Ana (5) and Corona del Mar (73) freeways are the major roads used to get in and out of Laguna Niguel, and if something happened to them it could be a real problem.

"We could use help with our interchanges," Lindholm said, adding that transportation improvements would also benefit Laguna Beach and Dana Point.

Rohrabacher said he is very supportive of helping the city with transportation issues and funds, but he didn't know how far he would be able to go to help the city get the transportation money it needs.

"Budget cuts aside, I'll be meeting with you (if elected) more than once a year to determine what your needs are and do what I can to put pressure on the powers that be to get that done," he said.

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