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It isn’t listed on the City of Fullerton’s home page, but the Downtown Core and Corridors Specific Plan Advisory Committee (DPAC) is scheduled to meet from 4:30 until 8:30 today somewhere in the new Community Center. (Readers can find the announcement on the single page calendar on the site). The committee with the long name and lopsided membership has met sporadically for many months to review the city’s DCCS plan to tear down small, old buildings located on Fullerton’s main streets and replace them with cheap, dull, mixed use retail and high density housing. The DPAC is, of course, only a formality required to rearrange deck chairs while the ship of the city boldy collides with a future of overcrowded streets lined with big box apartment complexes. Although some notable Fullerton residents on the DPAC have courageously raised objections to the efficacy of the plan’s stated goals:

“- Better landscaping, lighting and sidewalks.

– Improved public spaces.

– Improved connections to our neighborhoods.

– Enhanced city gateways.

– Thriving stores, restaurants and businesses.”

the plan rolls merrily on by distracting the more pliant committee members and the public with promises of landscaped street medians and pretty “gateways” while working to facilitate sanctioned higher density development. They needn’t bother. The DCCSP hasn’t been finalized or presented, let alone approved, by the Planning Commission or the City Council, while the irresponsible developments it will foster are approved month by month anyway.

The DCCSP was routinely referenced by city planning empolyees to justify developments to the Planning Commission and City Council until even they couldn’t, with a straight face, pretend that something as claustrophobic and monolithic (later changed to duolithic) as the recently approved Harborwalk was somehow consistent with establishing “improved connections to our neighborhoods” or “improved public spaces.”

But show up anyway if you can, and let the consultants hired to corral public opinion and shape it into a forgone conclusion know that you aren’t buying the song and dance they’re being paid mightily to perform.

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On May 28th The Friends of Coyote Hills will host a free presentation by Veronica D. Roach entitled West Coyote Hills Sage Scrub Habitat.  Ms. Roach’s 2013 master’s thesis evaluated “the potential impact of the future housing development on remaining coastal sage habitat”. Sage Scrub describes the chaparral dominated habitat that characterizes most of the remaining land in the West Coyote Hills. The landscape is filled with naturally drought tolerant plants that support a vibrant population of animals. Coastal Sage Scrub has been under assault by developers for over a century. Saving what remains of it should be a priority of all Southern Californians.

Supporters of saving the remaining 500+ acres of the former oil drilling sites that make up West Coyote Hills won a decisive victory in 2012, temporarily ending plans for a housing and retail development approved by the Fullerton City Council. Since that time, continuing negotiations with Chevron’s Pacific Coast Homes have recently yielded a Path to Acquisition agreement brokered by the Trust for Public Lands, a nationally known land conservation non-profit with an impressive record of success.

Residents of Fullerton and neighboring cities would benefit greatly from the preservation of this land as a wilderness park. The Rag encourages readers to attend this program to learn why the area is worth saving.

Veronica D. Roach recently earned her Master’s Degree in Geography from Cal State Fullerton. She currently works for the City of Santa Ana’s Santiago Park Nature Preserve, and teaches Geography classes at Irvine Valley College and Orange Coast College.

Wednesday, May 28, doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm. Fullerton Public Library, Osbourne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth. Free Admission.

Facebook event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1447655005481878/

 

The OC Water Summit is scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 16, at Disney’s Grand California Hotel, and people opposed to fracking in Orange County want you to know it. This annual meeting of water district officials and private industry lobbyists will be the subject of a protest against hydraulic fracturing and acidizing of oil and gas wells, commonly known as “fracking,” between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

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According to the group Food and Water Watch “Orange County is already being fracked. It could affect the groundwater basin that supplies drinking water to 2.4 million people. That’s why we’re working to ban fracking in the OC.”

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