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Aliso Viejo, California

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Aliso Viejo, California


The Aliso Viejo Town Center


Motto: "Live, Work, Learn, Shop and Play."[1]

Location of Aliso Viejo within Orange County, California.

Aliso Viejo, CaliforniaLocation in the United States


33°34′30″N 117°43′32″WCoordinates: 33°34′30″N 117°43′32″W


United States



County Orange

Incorporated July 1, 2001[2]


• Mayor Bill Phillips[3]

• Mayor Pro Tem Mike Munzing[3]


• Total 7.472 sq mi (19.352 km2)

• Land 7.472 sq mi (19.352 km2)

• Water 0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%

Elevation[5] 410 ft (125 m)

Population (April 1, 2010)[6]

• Total 47,823

• Estimate (2013)[6] 50,175

• Density 6,400/sq mi (2,500/km2)

Time zone PST (UTC-8)

• Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

ZIP code 92656, 92698

Area code(s) 949

FIPS code 06-00947

GNIS feature IDs 252532, 2409683


Aliso Viejo is an affluent suburban city located in the San Joaquin Hills of southern Orange County, California. It had a population of 47,823 as of the 2010 census, up from 40,166 as of the 2000 census. It became Orange County's 34th city on July 1, 2001, the only city in Orange County to be incorporated 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.

Contents [hide]




3.1State and federal representation






6.1Top employers

7Points of interest

8Sports teams


9.1"Dihydrogen monoxide" incident

9.2William Freund murder-suicide

9.3School dance ban

9.4Mail distribution center

10Emergency services


12Notable natives and residents

13See also


15External links


The planned community of Aliso Viejo's original 6,600 acres was once part of the 26,000-acre Moulton Ranch, owned by the Moulton family, who took title in the 1890s to land originally granted to Juan Avila by the Mexican government in 1842. Over the years, portions of the ranch were sold and became Leisure World, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel. In 1976, the Mission Viejo Company purchased the remaining 6,600 acres to create a new planned community – Aliso Viejo – with a master plan for 20,000 homes for a planned population of 50,000. The master plan was approved by the Orange County in 1979, and homes were first offered for sale in March 1982. Aliso Viejo's first family moved in that November. As part of the project, 2,600 acres were dedicated to Orange County as part of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park, and 800 additional acres were set aside for local parks, recreation, schools and community facilities. The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) was set up to manage the local parks and community open space. It was the first community-wide association of its kind in California and has the unique ability to provide a full-range of community services and facilities.[7]

Aliso Viejo was the first planned community in California to plan a balance between the projected resident work force and the number of projected jobs within its borders. Pacific Park, the centrally located 900-ace business park and town center, was expected to ultimately provide more than 22,000 jobs. Every home in Aliso Viejo was located about 1 1/2 miles from Pacific Park, to encourage live-and-work opportunities.[7]


Aliso Viejo had been an unincorporated community since 1979, 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.[8] Carmen Vali-Cave, the co-founder and president of the Committee, became the new city's first mayor.

The 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.


Aliso 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. The 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.

The original city council consisted of Carmen Vali-Cave, Cynthia Pickett, Bill Phillips, Karl Warkomski, and Greg Ficke.[8] 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Clock tower of the Aliso Viejo Library

State and federal representation[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Aliso Viejo is in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Patricia Bates, and in the 73rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Bill Brough.[9]

In the United States House of Representatives, Aliso Viejo is in California's 48th congressional district, represented by Republican Dana Rohrabacher.[10]


Aliso Viejo is located at 33°34′30″N 117°43′32″W (33.575096, -117.725431)[11] in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. According to theCensus Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), 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 Creekforms 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.


Historical population


1990 7,612 —

2000 40,166 427.7%

2010 47,823 19.1%

Est. 2014 50,231 [12] 5.0%

U.S. Decennial Census[13]


The 2010 United States Census[14] reported that Aliso Viejo had a population of 47,823. The population density was 6,400.4 people per square mile (2,471.2/km²). The racial makeup of Aliso Viejo was 34,437 (72.0%) White (61.8% Non-Hispanic White),[15] 967 (2.0%) African American, 151 (0.3%) Native American, 6,996 (14.6%) Asian, 89 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 2,446 (5.1%) from other races, and 2,737 (5.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8,164 persons (17.1%).

The Census reported that 47,354 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 450 (0.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 19 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 18,204 households, out of which 7,095 (39.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 9,358 (51.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,966 (10.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 791 (4.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 987 (5.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 206 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,416 households (24.3%) were made up of individuals and 638 (3.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60. There were 12,115 families (66.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.16.

The population was spread out with 12,395 people (25.9%) under the age of 18, 3,739 people (7.8%) aged 18 to 24, 17,138 people (35.8%) aged 25 to 44, 12,003 people (25.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,548 people (5.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

There were 18,867 housing units at an average density of 2,525.1 per square mile (974.9/km²), of which 11,049 (60.7%) were owner-occupied, and 7,155 (39.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.6%. 29,819 people (62.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 17,535 people (36.7%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Aliso Viejo had a median household income of $98,515, with 4.7% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[15]


As of the census[16] 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). Thepopulation density was 3,927.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,516.0/km²). There were 16,608 housing units at an average density of 1,624.0 per square mile (626.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.16% White, 10.99% Asian, 2.06% Black or African 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 were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There 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.

The 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.

According 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.[17] 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.


Quest Software in Aliso Viejo

Companies located in Aliso Viejo include:

3tera, a cloud computing software vendor

AND1 a shoe and apparel company, an online retailer

Centon Electronics, Inc., a computer Memory manufacturer as well as flash based storage devices

Fluor, an international construction contractor for petrochemical, infrastructure, 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 Viejo.

Ketel One, a vodka company

Marie Callender's, a restaurant chain

Microsoft's office after the purchase of DATAllegro

Pacific Life, an insurance company

QLogic, a network storage manufacturer

Dell Software (formerly Quest Software), a software manufacturer

Smith Micro Software, a software developer

Tamiya America, US subsidiary of the manufacturer of model cars Tamiya Corporation, headquartered in Aliso Viejo until it was relocated to Irvine, CA.

UST Global, an IT services and business process outsourcing company

USWeb, an Internet marketing company

Microsemi Corporation, a semiconductor company

Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service

Carbine Studios, a video game developer, partnered with NCSOFT

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[18] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of employees

1 United Parcel Service 1,000

2 Pacific Life 811

3 Capistrano Unified School District 679

4 Fluor 630

5 Quest Software 600

6 QLogic 490

7 Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo 259

8 Pepsi Beverages Company 215

9 Smith Micro Software 200

10 Merit Property Management 199

11 185

12 Lennar 175

13 Target 170

14 Bausch & Lomb 160

15 Ambry Genetics 156

16 The Covington 153

17 LenSx Laser 150

18 Lowe's 130

Points of interest[edit]

Aliso Viejo Town Center features a movie theater, a wide variety of casual dining restaurants, PetSmart, a Barnes & Noble, a Ralphs supermarket, as well as other shops. It also includes Grand Park which is a center for community concerts and events.

The Aliso Viejo Library, a branch of the Orange County Public Library system, opened on January 31, 1998.[19]

Aliso Viejo Golf Course was designed by Nicklaus Design in 1999 and became the Aliso Viejo Country Club with a redesign in 2005.[20]

Soka University was dedicated on May 3, 2001 with a 103-acre campus and 18 buildings, a $250 million (land and construction) project.[21]

Soka Performing Arts Center, a 1000-seat concert hall with acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota (who also designed Walt Disney Concert Hall,) opened in September 2011.[22]

Renaissance ClubSport is a $65 million property which opened in July 2008. It 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.

Sports teams[edit]

The 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.

Kyla Ross a member of the women's artistic gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London, currently resides in this city.

Ashley Wagner, the 2012 and 2013 US national champion in ladies' figure skating, as well as Four Continents champion and 4th-place finisher at the 2012 World figure skating championships, currently resides in this city


"Dihydrogen monoxide" incident[edit]

Aliso Viejo city officials famously came close to banning polystyrene cups in 2004 after hearing that "dihydrogen monoxide" was used in their production, neglecting the fact that this substance is actually plain water. A paralegal working for the city found the website and subsequently proposed the ban.[23]

William Freund murder-suicide[edit]

In October 2005, the city gained national media attention once again when 19-year-old resident William Freund donned a cape and mask and murdered two of his neighbors, 22-year-old Christina Smith and her father Vernon, before killing himself. Freund suffered from Asperger Syndrome.[24] Freund was an alumnus of Aliso Viejo's only high school,Aliso Niguel High School. On November 17, 2006, the family of the two victims sued Freund's parents for "wrongful death and emotional distress."[25]

School dance ban[edit]

In September 2006, Charles Salter, the principal of Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo's high school, gained widespread media attention when he banned all school dances until further notice. Salter came under fire for his decision. The decision was based on the school's "Welcome Back Dance", at which several students arrived intoxicated, while others engaged in "freak dancing", which Salter views as inappropriate at a school dance. At the end of the month, Salter stood his ground and cancelled the school's annualHomecoming Dance, which gained both Salter and the school notoriety.[26] A story on the school was featured on the national television program, Geraldo at Large and the BBCalso covered the dance ban. In late November, it was announced that the dances would return to the school, but under new rules that banned "freak dancing."[27]

Mail distribution center[edit]

In 2008-early 2009, Aliso Viejo residents were protesting the United States Postal Service's plan to build a large mail distribution facility. The proposed facility would have up to 500 employees and USPS trucks traveling over residential streets 24-hours per day. Residents were concerned about damage to city streets, traffic and the trucks travelling through city neighborhoods. On March 9, 2009, the USPS announced that it would not move forward with plans to build the distribution facility due to the economic outlook at the time.[28]

Emergency services[edit]

Fire protection in Aliso Viejo is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Care Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Aliso Niguel High School

Founders Hall of Soka University of America


The city is served by Capistrano Unified School District, which includes these schools:


Canyon Vista Elementary School

Don Juan Avila Elementary School

Oak Grove Elementary School

Wood Canyon Elementary School

Middle school

Aliso Viejo Middle School

Don Juan Avila Middle School

High school

Aliso Niguel High School

Aliso Viejo also has private schools, including VanDamme Academy, St. Mary and All Angels School, Aliso Viejo Christian School, and a university, Soka University of America.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Main category: People from Aliso Viejo, California

Farzad Bonyadi, professional poker player

Ryan Coiner, Major League Soccer player for the Columbus Crew

Ryan Getzlaf, center for the Anaheim Ducks

Jim Gilchrist, politician and founder of the Minuteman Project

Kenneth Kizer, CEO and former Secretary of Health in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Ivan Koumaev, contestant on the reality series So You Think You Can Dance

Marc Maiffret, computer security expert/computer hacker

McKayla Maroney, 2012 Olympic Champion

Kyla Ross, 2012 Olympic Champion

Toni Turner, author

Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez, author

Alicia Leigh Willis, American actress who plays Courtney Matthews on General Hospital.

Jared Stanchina, American genius undefeated contestant on Fox game show BOOM!.