Mel Carruth was the 1st mayor of Laguna Hills. Her community activism began in 1987 when she founded "Citizens to Save Laguna Hills" - the grassroots organization which, after a 5-year battle, resulted in the creation of our City. She was a chief advocate and chief petitioner for the Laguna Hills incorporation drive.
As part of the inaugural City Council, Council Member Carruth helped lay the foundation for a small, efficiently-run, fiscally sound government. Cabot Park was built, existing parks were refurbished and Community Center site identification and planning was begun. Following placement of MCAS El Toro on the Base Closure List, in 1993 she organized the 1st South County Cities Alliance to stop commercial aviation use at El Toro, which later became the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (ETRPA).
Choosing not to seek a 2nd term, Council Member Carruth focused her energies on the anti-airport campaign and served as a director of Taxpayers for Responsible Planning, as a member of the ETRPA Land Use Committee and as Laguna Hills Chair for the Yes on W - Stop the Airport campaign. She established the new Laguna Hills AYSO Region 1422 in the spring of 2002, which united and strengthened our soccer youth program. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2002.
Her community involvement has included serving as:
Chairman of the Board of San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency
Chairman of the Board of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Airport Land Use Commissioner
Member of the Saddleback College Board of Governors
Vector Control Trustee
Laguna Canyon Foundation Board member
Region 1422 AYSO Board member
PTSA/PTA Board member for Laguna Hills High School and Valencia Elementary
Promoting campus safety, Mayor Carruth successfully introduced the School Resource Officer program to Laguna Hills. She has advanced principles of good government practices and continues to advocate policies which protect the quality of life for Laguna Hills residents. As mayor in 2007, she oversaw the City of Laguna Hills' adoption of the 3/5 marine battalion (Dark Horse marines and sailors) out of camp Pendleton.
Education & Family
A graduate of Brigham Young University in 1974 with a degree in Education, Council Member Carruth is a former intermediate schoolteacher and has been in corporate management. She and Joe, her husband of 39 years, have made Laguna Hills their home since 1983. Their 4 grown children attended Valencia Elementary, La Paz Intermediate and Laguna Hills High School.