'Mayor of Rossmoor' Says the State's Top Suburb Could Be Improved

While Rossmoor has its charms, the community would be better off as part of a super city merged with Los Alamitos or Seal Beach, said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach weighed in on Rossmoor’s honor Wednesday after it was ranked as by Coldwell Banker as one of the top ten suburbs in the country to live in.

Moorlach, who said with a chuckle that he is more or less the mayor of Rossmoor since it is unincorporated, characterized it a ``pristine little neighborhood, and it has a personality.''

As much as the Orange County supervisor appreciates Rossmoor, he wants to get rid of it -- sort of. As he has with several unincorporated communities in the county, Moorlach has pushed for Rossmoor to be annexed to another city or form its own city because he thinks that the more local the government, the more responsive it will be for citizens.

Rossmoor residents in 2008 voted against cityhood.

"It's a wonderful little residential area, no arguments,'' Moorlach said. ``Where we have a difference of opinion is how they should be governed, and that's just a healthy debate to engage in.''

Moorlach thinks one of the best solutions is for Rossmoor to join Los Alamitos and Seal Beach in a combined regional super city.

``It would still maintain its identity the way Corona del Mar does in Newport Beach,'' Moorlach said.

In ranking Rossmoor as California’s most desirable suburb, Coldwell Banker described Rossmoor as a classic suburb.  

``For those attracted to a laid-back Californian way of life, but still want the benefits of a classic suburb, Rossmoor is the perfect combination,'' the real estate company said of Rossmoor, which has a population of about 10,000.

``Living in Orange County means being only minutes from the coast and a short drive from Los Angeles. Families here also enjoy the Rossmoor Park Community Center and local shopping at the Rossmoor Shopping Village.'' 


Do you think that merging with Los Alamitos or Seal Beach as a super city would improve the quality of life in Rossmoor?

 - City News Service

CDC September 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
All Moorlach wants is a surplus county budget so he can run for higher office and leave a mess behind for the residents that are dealing with his personal plans. He is a real climber and taker. He claims to be an expert with numbers. If so, he knows that Seal Beach over spends like crazy and is in the toilet with their budget. He wants the Rossmoor tax base to help bail out Seal Beach and clear the county land off the map so the county has a bigger surplus before he leaves. Seal Beach can clean up their own budget mess since they now have a ton of tax revenue coming in from the new huge shops in Rossmoor. And EVERYBODY knows That Shops of "Rossmoor" revenue really should be going to the county, not Seal Beach. Don't push Seal Beaches budget problems on Rossmoor residents. It has been repeatedly stated that Seal Beach DOES NOT play well with others and the council is on the take... http://losalamitos.patch.com/articles/seal-beach-upeek-fair-political-practices http://losalamitos.patch.com/articles/long-beach-to-seal-beach-bus-end-soon
Unknow September 28, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I would vote for a Walmart or a Hooters on main street, I would drive three miles to main street.
AJ Johnson October 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Amen! What has Moorlach done for Rossmoor while he has been a supervisor? NOTHING! The only thing he has done is to help unify the community of Rossmoor against everything that comes out of his mouth in respect to Rossmoor. Besides, neither Seal Beach nor Los Alamitos really want us and we don't want them. Just because our kids may play on the same teams and go to the same schools, we have a completely different way of looking at life and our community. I, for one will be glad when he is out of office and can go look for a real job! So long, JM!
AJ Johnson October 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The only reason the Shops at Rossmoor are part of Seal Beach is because of a sweetheart deal between the developer of the original Rossmoor Shopping Center and Seal Beach to swap land that became Leisure World and the shopping center. He got to make the money on building the Rossmoor Town Houses (on the corner of the block that contains the Shops at Rossmoor) and the homes in Leisure World. He shafted Rossmoor by taking all of the future tax revenue away from Rossmoor and giving it to Seal Beach and making a boat load of money for himself. And what does Seal Beach do for the part of the city that is north of the 405? Very little! If anything should happen, the Shops at Rossmoor should be returned to Rossmoor and the homes north of the 405 should become part of Rossmoor! The shopping center does not even want to be considered part of Seal Beach or they would have changed the name to the Shops at Seal Beach instead of the Shops at Rossmoor. And the homes north of the 405 would end up paying less utility taxes and have more representation in Rossmoor than they currently get from Seal Beach. By making these changes, Rossmoor could more than support itself and the County would have to leave us alone! It would be a win/win situation for all of the people and the two Shopping Centers north of the 405! Now that is a change that more people in Rossmoor would support and they would vote to become a city but run the way it is now!! Can we all say "it is time to revolt?!?!"
enea ostrich November 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Let's just rewrite history while we're at it! Why not??? Thanks to a new book by Los Al know it all named Strawthers we will learn how Rossmoor and Los Al came to be. You will also learn that rewriting history does not mean word equals knowledge. Puh-lease to all who don't want to see Rossmoor merge wherever it belongs...not on its own. When u wanna mooch taxes from all of us in the county for police services..whaaddya think is gonna happen??? What I see is... small town politics that breeds ignorance so far and wide that you think the school district is seperated if you read this as an outsider in these commentaries. No, I hate to break it but Seal Beach, Rossmoor and Los Alamitos do belong to the same school district. You wouldn't know it by reading some of the comments though. Oh well, wake up people, reality will hit and Rossmoor will join a city soon enough just like Corona Del Mar joined Newport. Did it hurt either place???? I think not, for both have quite valid real estate value.


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