Protect Our Homes and Hills

Yorba Linda residents learned important lessons from the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire after devastating losses. We formed, Protect Our Homes and Hills (POHAH) to protest two steep, residential developments above the City of Yorba Linda: Cielo Vista and Esperanza Hills. A settlement agreement was reached with Cielo Vista because the project now has reduced density, significant wildfire mitigation measures, and nearly half the site preserved. All legal challenges with the Esperanza Hills were finalized in early 2021. Though the City of Yorba Linda functionally ended the project by denying access across its open space lots for the project’s entrance. The landowner sued and the court ruled in his favor. Residents are now asking the City Council to appeal the decision.

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The lawsuit filed against the City by the developer of Esperanza Hills has been settled. It was the shortest decision we’ve seen—ever. It entirely favored the developer and awarded the rights to put the Esperanza Hills entrance road across both open space lots along Stonehaven and at whatever width was approved by the County entitlements. From the date the decision is finalized, which is likely sometime next week, the City will have 30 days to appeal the decision to the 4th District Court of Appeal.

We are urging you to reach out to the three City Councilmembers that are allowed to vote on this item urgently requesting an appeal. This is your chance to communicate your disappointment with the decision and relay continued support to defend the City’s rights and ask that they protect residents. Details on this action item and talking points are below. The email should be received by the Council by Friday, January 14th at 10 AM for the 1 PM Special Meeting that day. Get details in our email. The date changed since our email. Letters are due now Friday morning, NOT Monday.

We are deeply saddened to report that Leadership Team member Sharon Rehmeyer passed on November 5, 2021. Sharon was an elementary school teacher in Whittier for over 30 years. She and Ted loved to raise, train, and compete their beautiful Irish Setters. Ever involved in the community and eagerly joined the Leadership Team when Esperanza Hills and Cielo Vista were proposed. We wish her family peace and solace as they grapple with this massive loss.