Possible Town Hall with Supervisor Spitzer

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.

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.

Nearly There with Matching Grant

We are so close to reaching our matching grant!  We have $1,950 left to bring in to reach the full amount.  If you haven’t donated yet–today is the last day for your donation to be doubled.

In other news, we continue work on preparing for the anticipated Board of Supervisors meeting in late September. We’ve been doing this by meeting with various agencies–and it has been quite illuminating.  And, we again need speech readers for the anticipated Tuesday, September 25 Board of Supervisors hearing. 

And as a side note, a letter from Southern California Edison went out to some residents stating that during extreme fire conditions Edison may do a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” (i.e., turn the power off to limit the risk of fires starting from powerlines).  If you received this letter can you let us know and tell us what street you live on?

Planning Commission Splits Vote

In a 2.5 hour meeting the Orange County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend approval of the Esperanza Hills project as submitted (unchanged) by the developer. The residents in attendance had to endure a monologue by the developer outlining how hard he worked to comply with everyone’s concerns.

He conveniently ignored our number one concern: there is only one exit for the new residents and it empties onto a street already gridlocked in a previous fire. Common sense tells anyone that this puts existing residents and future residents at risk. He also mischaracterized what has transpired over the years and yet there was no opportunity for the public to correct the record because the public hearing was closed. Lesson learned.

We will need to inoculate the Board of Supervisors against his untruths in our testimony at the end of September. Staff continues to advocate for the property as if they were on the developer’s team. It was discouraging, but we will not be deterred.

We hope you will make that meeting. We will need speakers to help deliver the message. Can you help us?  Let me know if we can add you to the list.

Please email us if you can read a speech.

No Plans Tomorrow, Come to the Planning Commission Meeting

The Orange County Planning Commission meets tomorrow (Wednesday) August 22 at 1:30 PM. We need your support to remind them to NOT recommend approval of the Esperanza Hills project.

Remember, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 against Esperanza Hills last time.

The meeting is at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. Note: parking can be a hassle.

Join us in your red shirt and if you feel inclined to speak, please do!

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.