is a city in Orange County,
California. It has a population of 40,166 as of the 2000 census
and an estimated population as of 2010 of 46,123. It became Orange
County's 34th city on July 1, 2001, the only city in the county
to incorporate since 2000. It is bordered by the cities of Laguna
Beach on the west and southwest, Laguna
Hills on the east, Laguna
Niguel on the southeast, and Laguna
Woods on the north.
Viejo had been an unincorporated community since around 1990, and
incorporated as a city in 2001 due to the efforts of the Aliso Viejo
Cityhood 2000 Committee, which was responsible for introducing an
initiative on the ballot for the 2001 special election. Voters passed
the initiative with 93.3% in favor of incorporation. Carmen
Vali-Cave, the co-founder and president of the Committee, became
the new city's first mayor.
original city council consisted of Carmen
Pickett, Bill Phillips, Karl Warkomski,
and Greg Ficke. The council selected Vali-Cave to serve as the city's
first mayor, and Pickett as the city's first mayor
pro tem. Vali-Cave and Pickett served as the mayor and mayor
pro tem from 2001 to 2002. In 2003, Pickett became mayor with Phillips
as mayor pro tem.
2004, City Councilmen Karl Warkomski, Bill Phillips, and Greg Ficke
faced re-election. All three candidates were re-elected for four
more years on council. Other candidates included Todd Gillespie
and Don Garcia. In 2004, Phillips served as the city's mayor with
Warkomski as mayor pro tem. In 2005, Warkomski served as mayor with
Carmen Vali-Cave as mayor pro tem. In 2006, Vali-Cave served
as mayor with Cynthia Pickett-Adams as mayor pro tem. In November
2006, Carmen Vali-Cave and Cynthia Pickett-Adams were re-elected
to four-year terms.
January 2007, Adams again assumed office as the city's mayor with
Vali-Cave, again, as the city's mayor pro tem. In February 2007,
Councilman Warkomski resigned from office unexpectedly and the council
appointed Don Garcia to his position. In March 2007, Phillip
Tsunoda was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the departure
of Cynthia Adams. Vali-Cave was made mayor and Bill Phillips mayor
pro tem after Adams' departure. In 2008, Bill Phillips assumed office
as mayor with Don Garcia serving as mayor pro tem. Don Garcia became
the mayor in 2009 with Phillip Tsunoda as mayor pro tem.
Viejo is a general law city with a council-manager
system of government. Day-to-day operations are handled by a
professional city manager overseen
by a volunteer city council.
City Council of Aliso Viejo consists of five members serving staggered
four-year terms. Each year, the Council votes for its next Mayor
and Mayor pro tem.
Seal of the City of Aliso Viejo was adopted in 2001 at incorporation.
The seal features several mountains, a boat, a tree, and several
buildings. Also, the seal features the slogan "Since 2001", in celebration
of the city's incorporation date.
Viejo is located at (33.575096, -117.725431) in the San
Joaquin Hills of Orange County. According to the Censis
Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 26.5 km˛ (10.2 mi˛),
all of which is land. Aliso Viejo is one of several cities bordering
Aliso and Wood
Canyons Regional Park. Aliso
Creek forms part of the city's boundary with Laguna
Niguel to the south, and Wood
Canyon Creek forms part of the city's western boundary. Much
of the city rests on the east slope of the San
Joaquin Hills, which are a coastal mountain range extending
for about 15 miles (24 km) along the Pacific coast.
California is well-known for year-round pleasant weather:
average, the warmest month is August.
highest recorded temperature was 108°F in 1963.
average, the coolest month is December.
lowest recorded temperature was 21°F in 1949.
maximum average precipitation occurs in February.
period of April through November is warm to hot and dry with average
high temperatures of 74 – 84°F and lows of 52 – 64°F. Due to the
moderating effect of the ocean, temperatures are cooler than more
inland areas of Los Angeles and Orange County, where temperatures
frequently exceed 90°F (32°C) and occasionally reach 100°F (38°C).
period of November through March is somewhat rainy, as shown in
the table to right.
Los Angeles area is also subject to the phenomena typical of a microclimate.
As such, the temperatures can vary as much as 18°F (10°C) between
inland areas and the coast, with a temperature gradient of over
one degree per mile (1.6 km) from the coast inland. California
has also a weather phenomenon called "June
Gloom or May Gray", which sometimes brings overcast or foggy
skies in the morning on the coast, but usually gives way to sunny
skies by noon, during late spring and early summer.
greater Los Angeles area averages 15 inches (385 mm) of
precipitation annually, which mainly occurs during the winter and
spring (November thru April) with generally light rain showers,
but sometimes as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Coastal areas
receive slightly less rainfall, while the mountains receive slightly
more. Snowfall is extremely rare in the city basin, but the mountains
within city limits typically receive snowfall every winter.
of the census of 2000, there were 40,166
people, 16,147 households, and 10,689 families residing in what
was, at the time, a Census Designated Place (CDP). The population
density was 1,516.0/km˛ (3,927.7/mi˛). There were 16,608 housing
units at an average density of 626.8/km˛ (1,624.0/mi˛). The racial
makeup of the CDP was 78.16% White,
American, 0.39% Native
American, 0.22% Pacific
Islander, 3.51% from other
races, and 4.66% from two or more races. 11.65% of the population
of any race.
were 16,147 households out of which 37.7% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married
couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 23.8% of all households
were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49
and the average family size was 3.01.
population was distributed with 26.1% under the age of 18, 5.5%
from 18 to 24, 48.8% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.4%
who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females
age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP
was $92,280, and the median income for a family was $99,853. Males
had a median income of $61,316 versus $44,190 for females. The per
capita income for the CDP was $35,244. About 2.3% of families
and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those
age 65 or over.
of 2007, the Census Bureau estimates the population of the Aliso
Viejo CDP to be 41,424.
the state legislature
Aliso Viejo is located in the 33rd Senate
District, represented by Republican
Dick Ackerman, and in the 70th and
73rd Assembly Districts,
represented by Republicans Chuck DeVore
and Diane Harkey respectively. Federally,
Aliso Viejo is located in California's
48th congressional district, which has a Cook
PVI of R +8 and is represented by Republican John
Viejo is known for having the headquarters of many large companies,
a cloud computing software vendor
an athletic shoe manufacturer
Industries, a web design & development company
an online retailer
Electronics Inc., a computer Memory manufacturer as well as
flash based storage devices
Digital Security, a digital security company
Corporation, an international construction contractor for
and environmental projects, headquartered in Aliso Viejo until
it was relocated to the Dallas-Fort
Worth Metroplex suburb of Irving,
Texas in March 2006. Some divisions still reside in Aliso
One, a vodka company
Callender's, a restaurant chain
Life, an insurance company
a network storage manufacturer
Software, a software manufacturer
Micro Software, a software developer
Corporation, a manufacturer of model cars, headquartered
in Aliso Viejo until it was relocated to Irvine, CA.
Global, an IT services and business process outsourcing
an Internet marketing company
a pharmaceutical company
A Internet Billboard Rental and Lead Generation Company
ClubSport, is a $65 million property which opened in July 2008.
The Renaissance ClubSport is Marriott's
second hotel and fitness resort created in conjunction with
Leisure Sports, Inc. (ClubSport) to fulfill the growing demand
by local residents and hotel guests for a healthier lifestyle.
Aliso Viejo Town Center is the main gathering place for both
the young and old residents. It features a movie theater, a
wide variety of casual dining restaurants, PetSmart, a Barnes
& Noble, Ralphs as well as other
Orange County Gladiators
are an American Basketball
Association (ABA) expansion team starting in November 2007.
They will play their home games at Aliso Niguel High School.
protection in Aliso Viejo is provided by the Orange
County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Doctor's
Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Orange
County Sheriff's Department.
city is served by Capistrano
Unified School District, which includes these schools:
Viejo also has two private secondary schools, St. Mary and All Angels
School, Aliso Viejo Christian School, and a university, Soka
University of America.
natives and residents
Bonyadi, professional poker player
Coiner, Major League Soccer
player for the Columbus Crew
Krantz, actor in Back to the
Future, producer of "Do you want to dance?"
Getzlaf, center for the Anaheim
Gilchrist, politician and founder of the Minuteman
Kizer, CEO and former Secretary of Health in the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs
Koumaev, contestant on the reality series So
You Think You Can Dance
Maiffret, computer security expert/computer hacker
Needham, Author of The Mystery of the Missing Wanakia Statuette,
Founder of the Croquet
Club of Aliso Viejo
Leigh Willis, American
actress who plays Courtney
Matthews on General Hospital.
Cisterna III, record-breaking game show contestant on 1
vs. 100 and Wheel
Ross, USA Gymnastics Junior National Team member; 2009 Junior
U.S. National Champion and 2009 Junior Pan American Games Champion