Residents are Furious…

Residents are Furious…

Yesterday we had a great time breaking bread together and celebrating the latest win with Esperanza Hills. But the project appears to be moving forward AGAIN.

We’ve faced challenges before.  It is because of our unified voice that we’ve been successful. And that unified voice is expanding–we had new faces on Sunday, new donors, and new voices.  Thank you everyone for coming!

Because of these challenges, we had an angel donor step up on Sunday and offer to match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by August 31st.  If you’ve been waiting to get involved, we could use your help right now. The next eight weeks are critical to our efforts.

Every donation counts. Remember your donations are tax-deductible.

  • Donate online.
  • Donate by mail (checks to Hills For Everyone, P.O. Box 9835, Brea, CA 92822)

Here is the anticipated schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 PM – Yorba Linda City Council (4845 Casa Loma Avenue)
    We are asking the Council to step up and send in a letter to the County asking for a pre-annexation agreement and two daily access points into the project. We will be there in our red shirts. Join us if you can–we speak during public comments.
  • Wednesday, August 22 at 1:30 PM – Orange County Planning Commission (TENTATIVE)
  • Tuesday, September 25 at TBD – Orange County Board of Supervisors (TENTATIVE)

We will confirm the project is on the agenda and send out an announcement when we have details.

TODAY is our Pizza Party!

We will be at San Antonio Park (between Ridge Park and View Park along San Antonio) at/or near the picnic tables today at 4:30 PM.

The team is generously providing you with pizza to celebrate the recent victory. Please:

Please join us on Sunday and learn about what’s next.

Join Us For Pizza on Sunday Afternoon

Please let us know if you will be joining us on Sunday, August 5 at 4:30 for an update on the Esperanza Hills project.  We will be at San Antonio Park (between Ridge Park and View Park along San Antonio) at/or near the picnic tables.

The team is generously providing you with pizza to celebrate the recent victory. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (with Supervisor Nelson absent) to rescind the project approvals and decertify the Environmental Impact Report for Esperanza Hills. 

Help us out:

Thanks to those in red shirts that attended the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday.  Here is a link to the video. Our agenda item (S19B) starts at about 51:00.

The Voice of OC also published an article today on the hearing. We asked for a fair process, with public input, that critically evaluated the project with fresh eyes based on new information. However, Supervisor Do (as stated in the article) commented, “The [project] is gonna go through the planning commission again and it’s going to be re-certified.”  This statement was a gift to us and we’ll explain on Sunday.

A big shout out to Supervisor Todd Spitzer for representing us. His questions were spot on. 

And, a thank you to those that have joined me on the Leadership Team: Sharon & Ted Rehmeyer, Diane & Bob Kanne, Paulette & Joe Byrne, Brian Gass, and Melanie & Claire Schlotterbeck.  Without their dedication there would be nothing to celebrate.

Please join us on Sunday and learn about what’s next.

Let’s Break Out the Champagne!

We have two important announcements!

The next Board of Supervisors’ meeting includes Esperanza Hills.  Per court order, the Board must rescind the project approvals and decertify the Environmental Impact Report AGAIN. Whoop, whoop!

This board action stems from our win at the Appellate Court in October 2017. The judge’s order in April 2018 required a compliance deadline of August 1st.

We invite you to join us (in your red shirt of course) and watch the Board vote on Tuesday, July 31st at 9:30 AM at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers (10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana).

It is within the Discussion Items of the agenda (after the Consent Calendar), so we expect it to be heard fairly early in the meeting, but there is no time certainLet us know if you’ll be there!

Additionally, to celebrate this monumental victory, we are throwing a pizza party in your honor.  We’d like to say thank you and give a quick face-to-face update on what is next.

Please join us on Sunday, August 5th at 4:30 PM at San Antonio Park (between Ridge Park and View Park along San Antonio).  We will be at/or near the picnic tables.

Help us out:

Thank you so much for your engagement on this effort.  We have yet again hit another milestone and are looking forward to catching you up to speed. 

Judge Claster Requires Project & EIR Be Overturned

We have that news hot off the presses from today’s court hearing.

Judge Claster ruled in OUR favor (again) that BOTH the project approvals (entitlements) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) must be overturned for the Esperanza Hills project. Yep. We are forcing the developer back to the drawing boards AGAIN. We expect these approvals to be rescinded by mid-July 2018.

The Esperanza Hills developer may (or may not) have a newly drafted/revised EIR available for review at that time. We will see. This would mean additional comment letters, hearings, and red shirts before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

What does this mean for our 2017 lawsuit? This lawsuit is now “stayed” and once the project approvals/EIR are overturned on the appeal win from today—we and the Cielo Vista attorneys will dismiss our respective lawsuit without prejudice. This allows us to file a new suit in the future if we need to. And, we should know about the court’s decision on the Esperanza Hills easement through Cielo Vista by early April. There are so many moving parts!! It can be hard to keep up with.

We are making history here!

We are unaware of any project at the County of Orange that has been overturned twice and will need to go before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for a third consideration.

Thank you as always for your support. Remember, we have our garage sale scheduled for March 31st… we need your stuff to sell to keep winning these cases against this poorly planned project. We also gladly accept donations. Remember, the contributions are tax-deductible.

And, a big shout out to our attorney Kevin Johnson and his team for the exceptional legal work on this case!

Next Garage Sale Date:  Saturday, March 31st

The Alaux family has graciously agreed to host our rescheduled garage sale.  It will be held on Saturday, March 31st.  (Yes, we know this is Easter weekend–but no other weekends worked in March or April for a variety of reasons.)  If you are having a garage sale before then, please consider donating any left over items to ours!

Please donate items to assist with our efforts to Protect Tomorrow.

  • Donate Items – Clean Your Closets NOW!
    We are looking for items that will sell: clothes, kitchenware, baby items, etc.  No large (or bulky) furniture will be accepted.  It’s time to go through your closets!
  • Item Delivery – Starts Friday, March 23rd
    Drop off your items at the:

We also need volunteers.  Here are two opportunities:

  • Sorting – Friday, March 30th at 6 PM
    The sorting begins at 6 PM at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente) This will help us organize items (mens, womens, and childrens clothes, for example, need to be separated).
  • Working the Garage Sale – Saturday, March 31st from 5 AM – Noon
    We also need volunteers to help set stuff out starting at 5 AM and work the garage sale until about noon at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente).  We know getting up at 5 AM on a Saturday isn’t fun, but it is a necessary task with a garage sale.

To volunteer please email us: ProtectYorbaLinda@gmail.com.

We will watch the weather and if rain is in the forecast–we will decide how best to proceed.

Garage Sale Postponed

We had nearly everything lined up, but decided to postpone the February Garage Sale until March—alas it wasn’t meant to be this weekend.

But, that gives you about a month’s worth of time to keep sifting through your stuff.  As a reminder, your stuff is what we need to sell to raise money!! So the more you bring, the more we make to fund the Esperanza Hills battle.

With the extra time, please go through those drawers you haven’t had a chance to de-clutter, those closets with clothes that haven’t seen the light of day in years, and those cabinets full of goodies perfect for a garage sale.

When we have a date confirmed, we will let you know, but at the moment it is looking like the end of March.

Item Drop-off Starts TODAY!

We need your stuff… help Protect Our Homes and Hills pay legal bills by donating to our garage sale and donating your time to run it!

Please donate items to assist with our efforts to Protect Tomorrow.

  • Donate Items – Clean Your Closets NOW!
    We are looking for items that will sell: clothes, kitchenware, baby items, etc.  No large (or bulky) furniture will be accepted.  It’s time to go through your closets!
  • Item Delivery – Starts Friday, February 2nd
    Drop off your items at the Byrne residence (4320 Willow Tree Ln.) on the San Antonio side. –OR–
    Drop off your items at the Ensign residence (4805 Via Del Corral) on the Stonehaven side.

We also need volunteers.  Here are two opportunities:

  • Sorting – Friday, February 9th at 6 PM
    The sorting begins at 6 PM at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente) This will help us organize items (mens, womens, and childrens clothes, for example, need to be separated).
  • Working the Garage Sale – Saturday, February 10th from 5 AM – Noon
    We also need volunteers to help set stuff out starting at 5 AM and work the garage sale until about noon at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente).  We know getting up at 5 AM on a Saturday isn’t fun, but it is a necessary task with a garage sale.

To volunteer please email us: ProtectYorbaLinda@gmail.com.

We will watch the weather and if rain is in the forecast–we will likely change the date. Stay tuned.

Garage Sale on February 10 – Volunteers & Stuff Needed

The Alaux family has graciously agreed to host our next Garage Sale on Saturday, February 10th.

Please donate items to assist with our efforts to Protect Tomorrow.

  • Donate Items – Clean Your Closets NOW!
    We are looking for items that will sell: clothes, kitchenware, baby items, etc.  No large (or bulky) furniture will be accepted.  It’s time to go through your closets!
  • Item Delivery – Starts Friday, February 2nd
    Drop off your items at the Byrne residence (4320 Willow Tree Ln.) on the San Antonio side. –OR–
    Drop off your items at the Ensign residence (4805 Via Del Corral) on the Stonehaven side.

We also need volunteers.  Here are two opportunities:

  • Sorting – Friday, February 9th at 6 PM
    The sorting begins at 6 PM at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente) This will help us organize items (mens, womens, and childrens clothes, for example, need to be separated).
  • Working the Garage Sale – Saturday, February 10th from 5 AM – Noon
    We also need volunteers to help set stuff out starting at 5 AM and work the garage sale until about noon at the Alaux home (21310 Vía Del Puente).  We know getting up at 5 AM on a Saturday isn’t fun, but it is a necessary task with a garage sale.

To volunteer please email us: ProtectYorbaLinda@gmail.com.

We will watch the weather and if rain is in the forecast–we will likely change the date. Stay tuned.

Download the Press Release

Protect Our Homes and Hills submitted this Press Release to local papers on the most recent court victory.

Download the Press Release.