Pretty trees and blue skies, but where are all of the cars?

Pretty trees and blue skies, but where are all of the cars?

On Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. Fullerton’s Planning Commission will decide whether or not to support the Downtown Core and Corridors Specific Plan (DCCSP). (If the council chambers at City Hall are still closed for repairs, the meeting will be held next door in the library’s new community room, where it will not be broadcast live). The DCCSP will decide how over 9% of the land in Fullerton can be developed in the coming decades. It will allow high density housing and retail along major streets throughout much of the city, affecting traffic both on those streets and the nearby neighborhoods.

It is critcally important that residents of the city turn out to let the Planning Commissioners know about any concerns they have, because you can bet that the developers have had their say on it.

The City Council will consider the DCCSP on Tuesdays, August 5 and August 19, 6:30 p.m.

Keep up with new developments about the DCCSP by “Liking” the Facebook page for Friends for a Livable Fullerton here:

https://www.facebook.com/SaveFullerton

Logo of Friends for a Livable Fullerton

Logo of Friends for a Livable Fullerton

Tonight is the first of two public hearings over the Downtown Core and Corridors Specific Plan (DCCSP) scheduled for the Planning Commission. Go to the new Community Room at the Fullerton City Library (right next to City Hall), 353 W. Commonwealth Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Have your say about the largest Specific Plan ever presented to the City of Fullerton.

The DCCSP covers over 1,300 acres of land in Fullerton–over 9% of the city. It represents a major change to the way large amounts of property in the city will be allowed to develop in the coming decades. It is being criticized for allowing too much high density development near single family homes and without the requisite parking and without street or transpiration improvements to accommodate increased vehicular traffic.

DCCSP-Map

Here is a map of the plan areas. (Apologies for the unreadable type, this is the way it actually appears on the city’s website.) If you live near or travel near any of these areas your life will be affected by this plan.

Keep up with new developments about the DCCSP by “Liking” the Facebook page for Friends for a Livable Fullerton here:

https://www.facebook.com/SaveFullerton

The second public hearing by the Planning Commission is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., July 23.

The City Council will consider the DCCSP on Tuesdays, August 5 and August 19, 6:30 p.m.

 

Kelly-Thomas-3rd

This afternoon, July 5, marked the third anniversary of the senseless beating of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic drifter whose life was needlessly taken from him by officers of the Fullerton Police Department. The people gathered in the parking lot near the bus station to mark the sad occasion include his family, strangers who became family demanding justice for him, news vans; about a hundred people of good conscience who refuse to allow the killing to fade into inconsequence.

The lamppost near the scene of Kelly’s death is decorated with red, white and blue ribbon for Independence Day, with pictures of Kelly tucked into the folds. Flowers surround its base. Messages of solidarity and remembrance are chalked onto the ground and walls. Paintings of Kelly are everywhere.

Thoughtful friends bring water and packaged toiletries for people who don’t take these necessities for granted. Others bring food for them.

Some would say that those living on the edge have nothing to lose, but they know that they, like Kelly, have everything to lose. For many it would be much easier to make themselves scarce during a gathering like this one. But they show up because they know that being together makes them safer, and because they can’t look the other way.

The familiar faces of working people, professionals, and those just getting by somehow, are reassuring. What they share is a deep conviction that someone should be held responsible for what happened here, and the character to confront the schizophrenic experience of knowing that no one has been yet. They’ll be there next year too, and the year after.

It’s the third anniversary of a night when a man lost his life and a city was changed.  Changed enough? That’s for the survivors to decide.

Kelly-Thomas-3rd-crowd

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