All in all I’d rather be in our shoes…

All in all I’d rather be in our shoes…

Look at it this way. The developer, who is willing to put lives at risk to make a buck, is spending oodles against those of us trying to save lives.

He had to pay the $1200 an hour legal fees to fight the original 2015 lawsuit. And he had to pay the County’s costs as well.

Now he has to pay those same fees to fight our appeal of the 2015 lawsuit. And he has to pay the County’s expenses too.

With the May project approval, the County will contend they have complied with the Court. We will substantiate how they haven’t. He will pay for that as well.

We also filed a lawsuit on the May project approval and so did Cielo Vista.  He will be carrying the costs of those two lawsuits as well as the County’s costs.

There are many of us, there is only one of him.

We are half way to our $5000 match. Join in and get us to the goal. We can do this.

Donate online or send in a check to Hills For Everyone at P.O. Box 9835, Brea, CA 92822.  Be sure to write YL Defense on the memo.

381, 340, 1,754, 740, and now 1…

We’ve been stewing on the indefensible Orange County Board of Supervisors’ decision since last month.  We tried to be proactive… we met with the City of Yorba Linda to brainstorm ideas.  We have a few opportunities there, but the clock was ticking.

So here it is by the numbers:

  • 381 homes destroyed or damaged in the Freeway Complex Fire.  Lives were ruined, memories, family heirlooms, and cherished items lost forever in the ash. It’s because of how devastating this fire was that we launched this battle to stop…
  • 340 more houses in the hills.  The developer has proposed a dangerous and likely devastating development situated in the hills above Yorba Linda.  And we’ve been at it a long time…
  • 1,754 days ago the County notified residents its intent to create an Environmental Impact Report for this hideous project. And, …
  • 740 days ago we filed our first lawsuit on the Esperanza Hills project. We won enough to overturn the development approvals last December. But we had to file an appeal to keep our options fully open as we defended our neighborhood.  But with the 4-1 Board vote to re-approve the project last month, we were force to file …
  • One more lawsuit last Friday.  Frankly it infuriates us that the Supervisors ignored us and completely reversed their position on the project.

We decided we needed to keep the pressure on. We are not done, and we hope you aren’t either. 

To file this newest lawsuit, we needed funds. We are so grateful several residents stepped forward to continue the fight.

Right now and through July 4th, we have a challenge grant of $5,000 being pledged by residents to continue this fight. 

We know you care deeply about the community.  We know you are tired of the traffic, safety impacts and shenanigans.  Great… so are we…

We need your support for this current effort.  Will you donate $100, $250 or $500 (or more!) to help us meet our challenge grant? Donate online here.

In the end, we are all in this together and by sticking together we have an opportunity to affect the outcome of this proposal.  Let’s send this developer and his cronies back to Arizona!

Please donate as generously as you can so we meet this $5,000 challenge grant!

What an Outrage Tuesday Was…

Unfairness just does not sit well with us Americans. We are descended from Adams and Washington and Jefferson.

We know the strength and power of sticking together.  We are descended from Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony.

That is the stuff we are made of.

The County did not listen, so let’s take it to the home front: Yorba Linda. The City has to agree to widen the easement for the developer to reach Stonehaven with his proposed road. 

We’ve not given up, and we hope you won’t either.  We still have a lot of options, including our appeal.  We’ll have a court date set for early this summer.

Let’s dust ourselves off and put other stoppers in the queue and potential ways to mess up this smelly out-of-state developer. 

Join us for an impromptu meeting in the parking lot at City Hall on Tuesday, May 16th at 5:45 PM at 4845 Casa Loma. We’ll be the ones in the red shirts.

We’ll give you a quick update and then we will head into the Council Chambers (by 6:30 PM) to let the City know that they now have leverage that they didn’t have before.

And if public safety truly is important to them, now is their opportunity to make a difference.

Board Approves a Dangerous Project

Despite well orchestrated presentations and impassioned speakers, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the Esperanza Hills project, the Environmental Impact Report, and Vesting Tentative Tract Map.

Thank you to the dozens of people that came today wearing red shirts and those who spoke for the community.  You did a great job!  We are proud to call you our neighbors and friends.

The project was approved with one daily access to Stonehaven and an emergency access for first responders (ONLY) through Cielo Vista. Our presentations offered many solutions to overcome the challenges we see in the project.  But they fell on deaf ears.

A big shout out to Supervisor Todd Spitzer for standing up for his community and district. Please phone his office at 714-834-3330 or email him to say thank you. 

All of the arrows in our quiver have not been shot.  We will get back to you when we catch our breath.

Board of Supervisors 1:30 PM TODAY

This is it!!  We are all geared up … speeches written, PowerPoints ready, and exhibits in hand.

The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at the County offices. The address is 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.  (Some of you know it as 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana–it’s the same place!)

Parking can be difficult right now with construction.  Please use these options to find a place to park.

We anticipate being allowed a maximum of two minutes each to talk.

Everyone that volunteered to read a speech has been contacted.  We didn’t need all speech readers, but thank you for volunteering.  If you were sent a speech we’ll see you (early) before the meeting to “check-in.” Resources have been stretched, so we apologize if took a while to get things out!

We need your support at this meeting–we need the room filled with red shirts. Please show up and fight for your community!

REMINDER: Meeting Tomorrow at 1:30 PM

Esperanza Hills (Agenda Item #56) will begin at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, May 9th for the Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

The meeting will be held at the County offices. The address is 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.  (It is also listed as 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana–it’s the same place!)

Parking can be difficult right now with construction.  Please use these options to find a place to park.

We anticipate there will be a maximum of two minutes per person to talk.

If you have volunteered to speak during our team PowerPoint presentation, we will be in contact with you later today, to confirm your role and send you your speech.

We need your support at this meeting–we need the room filled with red shirts.  Please show up and fight for your community!

Speech Readers Needed

Thanks to everyone that signed a postcard (or five!).  We have gotten word that they have been received. Let’s keep up the momentum. 

We hope you are planning to attend the next public hearing before the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 9th at 1:30 PM (10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana). We need people to commit to attending.

Join us in your red shirt… but know that we need speakers to read pre-written speeches. 

These speeches are coordinated with Power Points and the speeches will need to be adhered to–so, no adlibbing. You are also welcome to prepare your own opposition speech.

Email us immediately if you are willing to read a speech.

2nd Weekend – Postcard Signing Party

We had sooo many people stop by and sign postcards that we had to order another batch!!

The postcards are addressed to each Supervisor and ready to go (the team is even covering your postage by donating stamps!)… but we need your signature.

Please swing by for our Postcard Signing “Party” this weekend—it will take less than five minutes:

  • Saturday, April 29 from 12 PM – 4 PM at the Byrne’s Home (4320 Willow Tree [San Antonio side])
  • Sunday, April 30 from 12 PM – 4 PM at the Byrne’s Home (4320 Willow Tree [San Antonio side])

If you are willing to volunteer and help get others to sign postcards and mail them in… please let us know.  But know that we are not doing another postcard print  run–we need to focus our efforts after this weekend on the May 9th Board of Supervisors Meeting.

Postcard Signing “Party

Protect Our Homes and Hills is launching a postcard outreach effort to let the County Board of Supervisors know that one daily exit from Esperanza Hills is not enough.  Lessons were learned in the Freeway Complex Fire and this project makes residents less safe–especially on the evacuation front.  The postcards are printed, addressed to each Supervisor, and ready to go (the team is even covering your postage by donating stamps!)… but we need your signature.

We are trying to make this as easy as possible… so swing by for our Postcard Signing “Party” on one of these two days–it will take less than five minutes:

  • Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Byrnes (4320 Willow Tree [San Antonio side])
  • Sunday, April 23 from 12 PM – 2 PM at the Nelsons (4790 Via de la Roca [Via del Agua/Stonehaven side])

If you are willing to volunteer and help get others to sign postcards and mail them in… please let us know.

Board of Supervisors Decision on Esperanza Hills

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will make a decision (we’re hoping for a denial) on the proposed Esperanza Hills project on Tuesday, May 9th at 1:30 PM.  The meeting location is at the Board Room at 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

This is the time to wear your red shirt and attend the meeting.  If you are able to read a speech, please let us know.

If you have an existing relationship with any one of the five Supervisors, please reach out to them and share your concerns about the project.

Download the Public Hearing Notice.  NOTE: The “usual” parking location is closed due to construction, please use this map to find an alternate location to park.

Documents related to the decision are on the County’s website.