381, 340, 1,754, 740, and now 1…

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!

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.

Esperanza Hills Goes Back to the Planning Commission

Thank you to all that donated to our garage sale and for the challenge grant.  We brought in nearly $13,000 between both efforts, which really means $23,000! 

And we really needed the money because, just as we anticipated, there is no holding back with the Esperanza Hills project.  We also filed an appeal in February on a few items we lost on in the original lawsuit (so our expenses continue).

Esperanza Hills goes before the Orange County Planning Commission on Wednesday, March 22nd at 1:30 PM.  Please know that you are welcome to attend (and speak) at this hearing, but that we really will need you when this goes before the Board of Supervisors (date to be determined).

And, in a similar line up to last fall, two weeks after the Planning Commission meeting, the project goes back before the Subdivision Committee on Wednesday, April 5th at 1:30 PM.

View a copy of the Planning Commission Staff Report.

Here is what you’ll notice with the new and improved (ha!) Esperanza Hills project:

  1. Still the same number of houses (340);
  2. Still the same number of full time access points (ONE – on Stonehaven);
  3. Yet another attempt at a bridge, this medium sized bridge is in Blue Mud Canyon a little west of the box culvert that had been proposed in the original Option 1 route.
  4. A new location for the Stonehaven daily access… it is down lower near Heatheridge;
  5. The Orange County Fire Authority says the residents don’t need the second daily access, just the fire trucks need the second access point.  (In other words, it really boils down to the public safety personnel and equipment getting in and out on their own road, not the residents).

If you do plan to attend the Planning Commission meeting, please remember to wear red.  We will report out what happened after the meeting.

Last Day to Double Your Donation

We had an incredibly successful garage sale on Saturday!!   Thank you to all the donors and volunteers that helped and the Alaux family for hosting!

In other news, today is the last day to contribute and have your donation DOUBLED! 

Our goal is $10,000 by February 28th!  Will you help the cause by donating today? It is tax-deductible.

Donate online now.

And, in case you aren’t on the County’s listserv… this arrived yesterday:

You have previously indicated that you wish to be notified of the availability of project documents regarding the subject project [Esperanza Hills]. The purpose of this message is to notify you that Additional Environmental Analysis has been posted at the Development Services SFTP site.

The Development Services SFTP is located at the following link: https://ftp.eft.ocgov.com
username: devsvcs-guest
password: DevSvcsDocs
target folder: Esperanza Hills January 2017/Add’l Environmental Analysis

Remember to donate by midnight to have your gift doubled! 

Volunteers Needed for the Garage Sale

Volunteer on Friday, February 24th in the afternoon.  

We need two to four more volunteers!  We have to move the items being stored at the Bryne’s and Gass’ homes to the Alaux’s home in the afternoon.  So if you can help in the afternoon, bring an empty car and help load things up. Arrive between 4 and 6 PM.

Volunteer on Friday, February 24th in the evening.  

We need one to three more volunteers! After the stuff is moved, we need help sorting items (i.e. separating clothes [men’s, women’s, children’s]).  Getting things in some sort of order before the garage sale helps things for the morning. Arrive after 6 PM.

Volunteer on Saturday, February 25th from 5:00 AM to 11 AM.  

We need two to three more volunteers! Staff the garage sale starting at 5:00 AM at the Alaux Home: 21310 Via Del Puente.  Tasks include collecting funds, answering questions, helping people find things/test things, etc.  No experience needed.

Please feel free to swing by with a donation of money to help us meet our $10,000 match which ends next Tuesday.

Email Marlene if you are able to volunteer today/tomorrow.