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Jamey Federico will lead Dana Point City Council as mayor, after his appointment followed the swearing in of new councilmembers Mike Frost and Michael Villar.
Both Frost and Villar are the inaugural council representatives for Districts 4 and 5, respectively, since the City of Dana Point transitioned toward districted elections in 2018. Both councilmembers were voted into office during the Nov. 2 election after beating their opponents Gary Newkirk and Benjamin Bebee on the ballot. In 2018, Districts 1, 2 and 3 voted in Councilmembers Joe Muller, Richard Viczorek and Jamey Federico, respectively, and they are currently serving their four-year terms.
Frost’s career has been vested in the real estate industry and includes experience in financial modeling, accounting, purchasing, consulting, and operations within large-scale real estate companies. He earned his Bachelors Degree in finance and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2019, he was appointed to the city’s Financial Review Committee. Frost has also served on the city’s Traffic and Parking Subcommittee.
“My tagline was ‘working together,’ “ Frost said. “It wasn’t quite as catchy when I was out with the residents. But its probably perfect for this moment. I promise to my fellow councilmembers, and also city staff and leadership… I promise to work hard, to analyze, debate, argue, compromise thoroughly.”
Frost previously reflected on his campaigning, stating that through door knocking and meet and greets, he was able to learn about unique issues impacting different sectors of the community. “What I also promise is to support the implementation of any decisions we make, whether I agree with them or not,” Frost said. “That’s something that I think once we as a team make a decision, it’s up to us to support that decision and work forward in a positive manner and that’s going to create the best environment for our city to flourish.”
District 4 comprises mostly of the Lantern Village area, as well as neighborhoods surrounding the Dana Strand beach area. District 5 represents the southern portion of Capistrano Beach. After Villar was sworn in onto council, he remarked that it had not been the first time he had taken an oath thanks to his military career.
“It’s not lost upon me that we take an oath to an idea, to an ideal, which is the constitution… We don’t take an oath to a person, to a king, or to a president or to an individual,” Villar said. “We take an oath to a constitution. It’s really important that we understand our roles in government is to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S. and the Constitution of California.”
During Frost’s council comments, his first act as councilmember was a request that city staff prepare a status update on the Dana Strand Beach parking lot.
“That’s a consistent item I heard while walking,” Frost said. “The issues have been enhanced by COVID… regarding the street racing going on, code enforcement, kids partying late, walking into the Strands community after hours. I know staff has been working on it so I’d just like a status report on it.”
Federico was appointed mayor with unanimous approval from fellow councilmembers. He has served on council since being elected in 2018. The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m.
Lillian Boyd Lillian Boyd is the senior editor for Picket Fence Media and city editor for Dana Point Times. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her work experience includes interviewing incarcerated individuals in the Los Angeles County jails, an internship at the Pentagon covering U.S. Army news as well as reporting and anchoring for a local news radio station in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @Lillianmboyd and follow Dana Point Times at @danapointtimes.