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  • Monday, November 07, 2005

     

    HIGH NOON for SANTIAGO HILLS?

    The following press release went out from the Orange Hills Task Force about the Tuesday November 8th Orange City Council Meeting:

    Grassroots Citizens Group Challenges Politicians and the Powerful

    Orange, November 7, 2005-Community activists and a growing number of
    supporters will find out if efforts to thwart a six-mile-long development in
    East Orange have been successful when the Orange city council votes on the
    proposal Tuesday night.

    The development, proposed by Orange County's largest landowner, the Irvine
    Company, is slated to add nearly 4,000 tract houses to a rural area now home
    to wildlife, native plants and historic oaks. Citizens opposed to the plan
    claim the area does not have the infrastructure - roads, schools, police,
    fire - to support such a large-scale development. Citing traffic gridlock,
    overcrowded schools and deficits, local residents have fought Irvine company
    development plans since 1989.

    The Orange City council was slated to vote on the project in September,
    following what was thought to be an hour or two of public comment. Scores
    of citizens attended the meeting to state their opposition to the project,
    causing the Council to hold over the vote to accommodate those who wanted to
    speak.

    Concerned citizens, working as the Orange Hills Task Force, have since
    tapped into widespread opposition to the development. Using such grassroots
    tactics as neighbor talking to neighbor and information tables set up
    outside local supermarkets, the Task Force was able to collect over 3,000
    signatures asking the Orange City Council to reject the project. A
    volunteer telephone campaign rallied even more voters in the affected area
    to voice their concerns and encourage a "no" vote by the council.

    A force of several hundred anti-sprawl Orange residents attended each of two
    October Council meetings. The development decision was postponed again.

    The vote is now expected to take place at Tuesday night's council meeting.
    The Orange Hills Task Force is promising another large turnout of citizens
    seeking a "No" vote on the Irvine Company development.

    When: Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 7 p.m.

    Where: Orange City Hall, address

    Contact: John Ufkes Orange Hills Task Force

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