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  • Friday, November 16, 2012

     

    OUSD votes to approve Peralta developer as Wayland flips

    Orange Unified approves Peralta developer
    as Trustee Mark Wayland flip-flops again


    He was for it, and then against it, now he is for it again.

    OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland, fresh off a November 6th election victory, again changed his vote on developing Orange Unified School District’s Peralta site property casting the deciding vote at the November 15, 2012 OUSD Board meeting to give Fairfield Properties LLC an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA). In this latest vote, the OUSD Board approved the ENA by a 4-2-1 vote. The vote comes two months after the September 14th OUSD Board meeting where Wayland, who faced a neighborhood activist in his November re-election bid who was against the development, provided the fourth vote to the original three Trustees who voted in July against the selection of Fairfield Residential as the exclusive developer for the former school site. Wayland's switch at that time won him admiration and ended the development as a factor in his re-election bid.

    Voting this time with Orange Unified Trustees Tim Surridge, Rick Ledesma and John Ortega, Wayland’s new take on his vote at the November 15 meeting was now that the community is fully aware of the proposal, he would now support it. Trustees Kathy Moffat and Diane Singer continued their opposition to the development by voting against it. Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni, who has opposed the ENA with Fairfield, left the meeting early and was not present for the vote.

    The group made up of neighborhood opponents of the project called Save Peralta Property have called a steering committee meeting in early December to discuss their options. On the heels of the September vote not to approve the ENA, the group had decalred a victory and began to take steps to become a neighborhood association.

    The roller-coaster political twists over the property appear to be far from over as the process continues down a very long road that will include not only the developer, but now also the development process and politics of the City of Orange.

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