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  • Friday, June 24, 2016


    3rd and 4th of July Celebrations

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     Greater Orange Community Orgainization
    July 3rd and 4th celebrations across Greater Orange
    Greater Orange kicks off Independence Day early with the City of Orange’s 21st Annual "3rd of July" Celebration. Begun in 1995, the 3rd of July festival has grown into one of Orange County’s biggest Independence Day centered events that includes- live music, inflatable activities and that famous Orange hometown festival atmosphere all leading up to the grand finale in Fred Kelly Stadium featuring the Orange Community Master Chorale followed by Greater Orange’s most spectacular fireworks choreographed to music.

    The  Annual 3rd of July Celebration is Sunday July 3, 2016 with gates opening at 4 p.m. at Orange Unified's Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 East Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869.  The musical program starts at 8 pm with the fireworks show starting at 8:45 pm.

    Fred Kelly Stadium’s artificial turf requires special rules for everyone to enjoy. The following rules when attending the July 3rd activities apply:

    • Only blanket seating is allowed on the field.

    • Strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, or other wheeled items are only permitted in designated areas-not on the field.

    • Lawn Chairs, food, drinks, seeds, gum, popcorn, hard-soled or high-heeled shoes are prohibited on the field.

    Tickets for the  "3rd of July" Celebration are $7 for adults and children over two years old.  Tickets can be purchased at the Community Services Department, 230 East Chapman Avenue (corner of Grand Street) through 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The Orange City Hall complex will be closed Friday July 1st.

    Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event after 1:30 p.m.  Credit cards maybe used at the gate.

    For more information please call the City of Orange Special Events   Hotline at (714) 744 -7278 or click on:

    Orange Park Acres 4th of July parade celebrates 50 years

    The 50th Annual Orange Park Acres 4th of July Parade's theme is the fitting "Our Golden Year" .   
    For 50 years OPA has shown Greater Orange what neighborhood patriotism is all about.

    The fun starts on July 4th at 6:30 am with pre-registration for the OPA Pre-Parade 5/10K. The 10K EPIC CHALLANGE race/walk starts at 7:15 am and the 5K starts at 7:45 am.

    The OPA July 4th Parade will step off at 9:30 am at Frank and Orange Park Blvd . This year's 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal are the Orange Acres Back Breakers 4H (for more informaion click on OABB 4H ).

    The post-parade awards and annual barbeque will be held on the lawn of the Salem Lutheran Church .

    For more information CLICK on: OPA

    Villa Park "Stars on Parade" July 4th community parade

    Villa Park's hometown July 4th Parade theme is "Stars on Parade" as all types of decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and classic cars wheel through the residential streets of Villa Park. 

    The 1.5 mile parade is led by a vintage fire engine.

    The fun starts with the line-up at Villa Park High School at 8:30 am on the Fourth of July.
    For more information click on: VPCS

     Anaheim Hills 4th of July extravaganza
    For shear size, no community does 4th of July quite like Anaheim Hills. The Greater Orange Community pulls out all the stops for a day packed with 4th of July events organized by the Anaheim Hills Community Council.

    The official 29th annual 4th of July Celebration  starts with the “Firecracker” 5 /10K Run – 2K Walk  starts with Opening Ceremonies at 6:55 am and race time at 7:00 am. The  start line for all 5K and 10K events is on Santa Ana Canyon Road at the north end of Canyon High School by the athletic field at the Canyon High School track.

    This year accurate times are assured with the use of race timing mats and chips.

    The kids 100/200 dash runs will be at 9 am at the Canyon H.S. Athletic Field.  

    Beginning at 7:30 am until 9:30 am in the Canyon Hills H.S. cafeteria will be the Pancake Breakfast that includes hotcakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and a whole lot of visiting with neighbors and friends. 

    This year the Yankee Doodle Dog Show also returns at 9:30 a.m. to Canyon High School. There are six fabulous dog-gone-good categories: Best Dressed Dog, Cutest Dog (35 lb. and under), Best Trick, Owner/Doggie Look-a-like, Bigger Cutest Dog (36 lb. and over) and Yankee Doodle Dog. There is a $7.00 entry fee per dog for the first category entered and $5.00 for each additional category. 

    At 1:00 pm the Patriotic Parade begins.  See the link below for more information and FAQ.

    The Peralta Park events including food booths will be between 3:00pm – 8:45 pm at Peralta Park. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy all the fabulous food. he park will also have entertainment  from 4:45pm – 8:45pm.  

    The evening ends with a  spectacular fireworks display with patriotic music for your enjoyment beginning at 9:00 pm at Peralta Park.

    For information regarding any of these events click on: AHCC

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016


    OUSD meets on 2016 Bond items

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Popular Sovereignty for OUSD Communities and their high schools
    Trustees to vote on two School Improvement Districts for possible high school bonds
    Faced with polling data that shows the infamous "55 Divided" is still alive and well in the Greater Orange Communities when it comes to eventual voting to approve a possible 2016 Facilities Bond for Orange Unified School District  High Schools,   this Thursday June 23, 2016 in a Special Meeting, the OUSD Trustees will be voting on resolutions to move forward to form two School Facilities Improvement Districts (SFID).

    Agenda Action Item 11 C will be vote for further polling on what would could be three potential bond items, a district-wide bond measure and polling for the two SFID bonds.  One potential political problem facing the district is with each improvement district area having two bond measures, a district-wide bond and a separate improvement district bond, it could lead to voter confusion and be seen by some as the school district asking for double the money.  This presents the pro-bond forces under C.A.R.E. with twice as much pro-bond messaging.

    The two resolutions in Action Items 11 A and B on the June 23rd Agenda move the process forward to create two special assessment districts as an inventive solution to the reality that a minority of OUSD voters in certain parts of the sprawling school district have preventing voters from updating their schools in the neighborhoods that have overwhelmingly supported the three previous Facilities Bonds.

    The proposed School Facilities Improvement District 1 will encompass neighborhoods (attendance areas) that feed into El Modena and Orange High Schools-areas that have historically supported the previous bond elections.

    School Facilities Improvement District 2 will encompass the neighborhoods (attendance areas) that feed into Canyon and Villa Park H.S- areas that have historically not supported the previous bond elections.

    The two resolutions in Action Items 11 A and B on the June 23rd Agenda estimate voters in both new SFID's will eventually be asked to each approve $200 million dollar bonds to update and modernize the two comprehensive high schools in each of the SFID's. 

    With past voting data and new polling showing the 2016 Measure K and two other OUSD facilities bonds passing in the areas that will be included in the proposed SFID 1 (El Modena/Orange) and failing in the neighborhoods that feed into the SFID 2 (Canyon/Villa Park)- it is not hard to imagine that with SFIDs the voters in both areas are going to the kind of schools they want when  they vote. Truly, basic "popular sovereignty".

    Ironically, the long traditional halves of Greater Orange's 55 Divide, the "haves" and the "have-nots", could dramatically and quickly be switched with the expected passage of a bond in SFID 1 and not in SFID 2. With modern remodeled schools leading to increasing property values in the western part of the "divide" leading that half to become the new "haves" (including the already remodeled middle and elementary schools), the neighborhoods in the eastern side with decaying and outdated schools will become the new "have nots" in a post-bond SFID vote split.  

    Well documented statistics show results of decaying schools could also lead to declining student enrollment in the areas where parents can pay for private schools. It also would not be a stretch to then see more instances of attempted  district  secessions like the recent Panorama Heights and Rocking Horse Ridge communities bids to leave OUSD for Tustin Unified.

    If the resolutions for the intent to form the two assessment districts pass on Thursday, a Public Hearing will be scheduled for July 21 for public input into the formation of the two SFIDs.

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda for Thursday June 23
    Trustee John Ortega will be teleconferencing from Washington D.C. requiring all votes to be done by roll call.

    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Open Session: 6:00 pm

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Tuesday, June 07, 2016


    OUSD Term Limits win; Pauly and Deligianni out

    OUSD Trustee Term Limits PASS and
    68th Assembly Runoff will not include Pauly or Deligianni-Brydges
    Term limits in Orange Unified passed overwhelmingly. Historically  popular whenever it appears on a ballot, OUSD Measure G to impose Term Limits on the OUSD Trustee passed keeping over 87% of the vote for most of the evening. 

    The 68th Assembly Race with former Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly and OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges both running saw the two far behind the top vote getter in the crowed field-Sean Panahi -with Harry Sidhu and Steven Choi in a close fight for the 2nd place run-off spot.

    Pauly remained a far placed 4th hoovering around 14% most of the night with Deligianni-Brydges a distant 5th place with 4% of the vote most of the night.

    Pauly suffered from numerous problems including a DUI arrest which became a campaign issue. (click on AnaheimBlog )
    Photo source AnaheimBlog
     OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges was never able to put a campaign together at any level-fund raising, social media or supporters.


    School Facility Improvement Districts for OUSD?

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Bond Supporters call for back-up plan: School Facility Districts

    On June 3rd, C.A.R.E. (Community Advancement through Renovation for Education)-the community organization working to advance a Facilities Bond for Orange Unified -sent out an email blast to supporters calling for a ballot with two choices on it- a General Bond for all four of OUSD high schools, and creating School Facility Improvement Districts (SFID) for Orange and El Modena high schools.

    C.A.R.E. is reacting to the latest polling from OUSD consultants that shows a future General Bond could be defeated by voters in Anaheim Hills and Villa Park- the communities that feed into Canyon and Villa Park High Schools.  However, the same polling shows that the communities that feed into Orange and El Modena High Schools would support a district-wide General Obligation bond. 

    If the General Obligation were to fail district-wide, but the local communities vote to support a SFID for their schools, then Orange HS and El Modena high schools would be modernized and the communities of Villa Park and Anaheim Hills would be left with the facilities that they voted for- aged and outdated. 

    The two-choices approach would also prevent either community- Villa Park or Anaheim Hills from playing the spoiler for the other communities- they will get what they vote for in their own backyard.  A 21st Century twist on "popular sovereignty".

    Within a few years, the differences would be stark in quality of education and property values between the "have" and "have-not" high schools. 

    In preparation for the "two choices" popular sovereignty approach, the Orange Unified School Board June 9, 2016  Agenda Action Item 12 A ( page 4) has the OUSD Trustees discussing a draft resolution for SFID's for the Orange and El Modena high school communities.  The agenda item also includes the recommendation that the Board of Education "receive information and provide direction to staff regarding the formation of School Facility Improvement Districts".

    Item 12 B (page 14) is to approve spending $30,000 for additional polling.

    Later in the Consent Agenda -Contract Services Report, (page 46) are contracts for both Canyon and Villa Park High Schools for "Bathroom Maintence/Repair". Cost? For Canyon H.S. $286,700 and for Villa Park H.S. $195,000. Page 47 of the agenda also includes $355,000 for El Modena restrooms.

    INSIDE the OUSD June 9th Agenda
    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday June 9, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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