Freeway Fire Commemoration Event

Freeway Fire Commemoration Event

One reason residents and Protect Our Homes and Hills are so vigilant about fighting the Esperanza Hills project is because of our devastating experience with the Freeway Complex Fire in 2008.  The majority of homes lost or damaged in the fire were in Yorba Linda–surrounding the Esperanza Hills project.

Hills For Everyone, our fiscal sponsor, will be hosting a 10 Year Commemoration Event to honor the losses, the recovery efforts, and what we need to think about moving forward. It’s Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center (4500 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea). Download the flyer.

Memorabilia, videos, photographs, posters, and information on fire safety will be available.  Fire trucks will be in the parking lot each day thanks to the Brea-Fullerton Fire Department and Chino Valley Independent Fire District.

The highlight is a presentation on Saturday afternoon from 1 – 2 PM by the Nature of Wildworks.  They will feature live wild animals and provide information on the animal, how to deter interactions, and what to know about them. This event and parking are free.

Additionally, if you want to sign up for the Hills For Everyone e-newsletter (which goes out once a month and covers more topics than ours do), please consider signing up. That way you’ll be informed on broader issues and will get the Hills For Everyone event notices.

Supervisors Vote 4-1 to Approve the Project

Thank you so much to everyone that came out in attendance today and for our wonderful speakers for the Board of Supervisors hearing. Thank you also to our legal team, Kevin Johnson and Jeanne MacKinnon, who continue to knock it out of the ballpark.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer did an amazing job relaying his concerns about the project–especially in light of his experience with the Canyon 2 Fire from last October. If you have a moment, drop him a thank you note for his efforts at today’s meeting.

It was–quite frankly–a disgusting display by the remaining four Supervisors (Do, Bartlett, Steel and Nelson)–who ultimately opted to approve the project again. Supervisor Spitzer was the ONLY vote against the project.

We already have some press on the project and decision from:

And from yesterday our coverage on KABC Channel 7 News.

We will be in touch with our next move–but you probably know what it is. We have 30 days to file a new lawsuit.

News is Breaking Out All Over on Esperanza Hills

Check out this Op Ed in the Voice of OC today by Protect Our Homes and Hills team member Joe Byrne.

Next, is an online article by NPR/KPCC and an audio article.

It looks like KABC will be at the Esperanza Hills hearing.

See you tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25) at the Board of Supervisors Meeting. It starts at 1:30 PM at 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

Have You RSVP’d Yet?

As a reminder, TOMORROW’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting is THE meeting to attend.

Please RSVP and let us know that you will be there because we have special red t-shirts for everyone! RSVP to ProtectYorbaLinda@gmail.com.

If you are planning to attend, please arrive no later than 1:10 PM so you can get and put on your new red t-shirt.

The meeting is held at the County Offices at the Board Room at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana, CA. Parking can be a hassle so get there early! The Esperanza Hills Public Hearing starts at 1:30 PM.

We Have A Surprise For Our Meeting Attendees

This is it! We see Tuesday, September 25th as THE moment. This is the Board of Supervisors’ meeting to attend.

We are having special red t-shirts printed for this meeting, but need a head count. Please RSVP and let us know that you will be there! RSVP to ProtectYorbaLinda@gmail.com.

As a reminder, the meeting is held at the County Offices at the Board Room at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana, CA. Parking can be a hassle so get there early! The Esperanza Hills Public Hearing starts at 1:30 PM.

Other ways you can help:

  1. Know any of the Supervisors?  Reach out personally and relay your concerns.
  2. Find a friend to attend the meeting with you on September 25th.

Board Meeting Confirmed

Thank you everyone that donated during August.  We are thrilled because we met our Angel Donor’s challenge grant of $10,000.  We so appreciate your generosity!

We have several updates below about:

  • the September 25th Board of Supervisors meeting;
  • the need for speech readers; and,
  • a possible Town Hall with Supervisor Spitzer.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Please mark your calendar for the September 25th Public Hearing at 1:30 PM. 

This is our chance to make a big impression.  We need everyone at the September 25th hearing.  Tell two neighbors.  Share the posts on Facebook.  Reach out via Next Door.  Leave no stone unturned.

Possible Town Hall with Supervisor Spitzer

We are in touch with Supervisor Spitzer’s office to potentially host a Town Hall meeting on Esperanza Hills.  We do not have a date or a time, but wanted to give you a heads up that this may be in the pipeline.

We will keep you posted if something gets scheduled.

Speech Readers Needed

We are working with Chair Do’s office on our POHAH presentation. We need speech readers to help us.  We are working on the speeches now, they will likely be about two minutes each.  You would receive your speech about 48 hours prior to the meeting (Sunday, September 23rd).

Email us if you will read a speech.

Board Meeting Details

We’ve received confirmation that the Board of Supervisors will hold the public hearing on Esperanza Hills on Tuesday, September 25th at a time certain of 1:30 PM.  The agenda is not out yet, but please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Location: 
Board Room
10 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA

Board Meeting Confirmed

Thank you everyone that donated during August.  We are thrilled because we met our Angel Donor’s challenge grant of $10,000.  We so appreciate your generosity!

We have several updates below about:

  • the September 25th Board of Supervisors meeting;
  • the need for speech readers; and,
  • a possible Town Hall with Supervisor Spitzer.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Please mark your calendar for the September 25th Public Hearing at 1:30 PM. 

This is our chance to make a big impression.  We need everyone at the September 25th hearing.  Tell two neighbors.  Share the posts on Facebook.  Reach out via Next Door.  Leave no stone unturned.