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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1990
Your editorial "He Has an Attitude Problem" (Aug. 19) notes that Douglas Leavenworth appeared to believe he did nothing wrong. I'm not surprised. When Leavenworth defends himself, saying that he meets with the developer to get more information in a friendly environment, I say do it in public. Let's all meet at the site. Let's all talk about it at the same time. No lies, no games and nothing hidden. And no politics. Leavenworth's statement about how, in business, you need to "keep the good feelings going" is a slap, slap, slap to the public face.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1999
Your Jan. 3 editorial, "Trabuco Deal is Doable," in which you concluded that the Saddleback Meadows "problem" should be settled without lawsuits, is about a month too late. When the board voted for 299 homes instead of insisting on continued negotiations, everything necessarily crumbled. There is no question that a lawsuit will be filed. Unfortunate as that may be, this remains the last means by which the public, St. Michael's Abbey and the Ramakrishna Monastery may protect their interests and the environment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1990
David Willman's articles on parks ("O.C. Running Short of High Quality Parkland" and "Developers' Park Fees Far Below Land Values," Aug. 27) were stunning. To think that the county spends so much time assessing private landowners so as to correctly tax us but hasn't bothered to use correct figures when assessing developers' land for fee dedication or contribution to parks in order to meet General Plan mandates is yet another example of the disparity between the regular folk and heavy-handed campaign donors who are not. Supervisor Thomas F. Riley's comments about imposing additional parkland fees are ludicrous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1998
Your June 7 editorial, "Directed Development," reflects the unease and uncertainty many county residents feel concomitant with the upsurge in new development. However, much of what residents are actually seeing, in terms of grading and building, is old news; development approvals protected by various laws and development agreements passed in the late 1980s. Some suggest that these laws and agreements give developers a certainty in planning. True enough. But conversely, Specific Plans, which are intended to guarantee community integrity to current residents through the planning process, are routinely violated and ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1998
Your June 7 editorial, "Directed Development," reflects the unease and uncertainty many county residents feel concomitant with the upsurge in new development. However, much of what residents are actually seeing, in terms of grading and building, is old news; development approvals protected by various laws and development agreements passed in the late 1980s. Some suggest that these laws and agreements give developers a certainty in planning. True enough. But conversely, Specific Plans, which are intended to guarantee community integrity to current residents through the planning process, are routinely violated and ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1997
The headline on your Jan. 20 story "Canyon Growth Turns Byway Into 'Road of Death' " misrepresents the causes behind the problems on Santiago Canyon Road. The long overburdened roadway has not suffered due to canyon growths. For decades, we've grown by as few as zero and as "many" as 13 homes annually. The blame for the problems on Santiago Canyon Road rests squarely upon the Orange County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Between 1986 and 1996, these bodies approved tens of thousands of homes and tens of millions of square feet of commercial and industrial development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1999
Your Jan. 3 editorial, "Trabuco Deal is Doable," in which you concluded that the Saddleback Meadows "problem" should be settled without lawsuits, is about a month too late. When the board voted for 299 homes instead of insisting on continued negotiations, everything necessarily crumbled. There is no question that a lawsuit will be filed. Unfortunate as that may be, this remains the last means by which the public, St. Michael's Abbey and the Ramakrishna Monastery may protect their interests and the environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1996
On Oct. 22, I was present at the Board of Supervisors meeting deciding the fate of the Saddleback Meadows Project in Trabuco Canyon. As a resident of Portola Hills, across the street from the proposed project, I was pleased with the decision of the supervisors to reject the 318-home project. At this meeting, Supervisor Don Saltarelli made a recommendation that nothing be built on that property between the two monasteries and that the county try and purchase the property and connect it with O'Neill park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1989
The philosophy and beliefs expressed by Sherry Lee Meddick ("Traffic Solutions and Measure A," Oct. 8) sadly reflect the ideas and misconceptions of many Orange County residents with regard to their responsibilities for solving our transportation and other societal problems. By stating that she has paid gasoline taxes for 20 years in justifying her opinion, Meddick ignores the fact that Californians, compared with 1969, should be paying a 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax just to keep up with the effects of inflation and the fuel-efficient automobile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1997
Your Sept. 15 article, "Brush, Heat, Winds Are a Triple Threat," may not seem compelling today with rain in the air, but those of us concerned about fire are heads up. Incredible, however, is the notable difference in attitude between the Orange County Fire Authority and the U.S. Forest Service, the latter responsible for the Cleveland National Forest, which abuts county lands. Talk about mixed messages! The county says that the brush on their side of the forest is extremely flammable and a cause for great concern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1997
The headline on your Jan. 20 story "Canyon Growth Turns Byway Into 'Road of Death' " misrepresents the causes behind the problems on Santiago Canyon Road. The long overburdened roadway has not suffered due to canyon growths. For decades, we've grown by as few as zero and as "many" as 13 homes annually. The blame for the problems on Santiago Canyon Road rests squarely upon the Orange County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Between 1986 and 1996, these bodies approved tens of thousands of homes and tens of millions of square feet of commercial and industrial development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1996
On Oct. 22, I was present at the Board of Supervisors meeting deciding the fate of the Saddleback Meadows Project in Trabuco Canyon. As a resident of Portola Hills, across the street from the proposed project, I was pleased with the decision of the supervisors to reject the 318-home project. At this meeting, Supervisor Don Saltarelli made a recommendation that nothing be built on that property between the two monasteries and that the county try and purchase the property and connect it with O'Neill park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1990
David Willman's articles on parks ("O.C. Running Short of High Quality Parkland" and "Developers' Park Fees Far Below Land Values," Aug. 27) were stunning. To think that the county spends so much time assessing private landowners so as to correctly tax us but hasn't bothered to use correct figures when assessing developers' land for fee dedication or contribution to parks in order to meet General Plan mandates is yet another example of the disparity between the regular folk and heavy-handed campaign donors who are not. Supervisor Thomas F. Riley's comments about imposing additional parkland fees are ludicrous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1990
Your editorial "He Has an Attitude Problem" (Aug. 19) notes that Douglas Leavenworth appeared to believe he did nothing wrong. I'm not surprised. When Leavenworth defends himself, saying that he meets with the developer to get more information in a friendly environment, I say do it in public. Let's all meet at the site. Let's all talk about it at the same time. No lies, no games and nothing hidden. And no politics. Leavenworth's statement about how, in business, you need to "keep the good feelings going" is a slap, slap, slap to the public face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1996
Thanks for running Sherri Butterfield's June 30 Voices piece, "What's the Rush Behind Consolidating Water Agencies?" Two members of Inter-Canyon League representing ratepayers of Santiago County Water District visited Sacramento recently to speak to Senate Local Government Committee staff members about AB2109. Several things were noticeable, the most striking being that no one knew where our district--or the Silverado-Modjeska areas it covers--is located. Each admitted they knew nothing about our water district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999
Your Aug. 22 piece on Cook's Corner bar, "It Meets Canyon Code," is wrongly headlined, light on facts and riddled with omission. When Frank de Luna took over the bar in the late '80s, one of his first actions was to take a bulldozer down the creek, referred to as a "drainage ditch," which is the result of his bulldozer forays. He removed decades-old native riparian habitat including huge sycamore trees, now plowed under and replaced by dying palm trees, mule fat and some willow.
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