Foothills Sentry April 2021

Foothills Sentry Page 2 YOU PLAY. WE PROTECT. 714 282 0828 | aco 4202 $ 15 95 /mo SECURITY JADTEC Protecting your family, home and business from burglary, fire and medical emergencies. April 2021 “Now & Again” Thrift Shop celebrates 60 years Assistance League of Orange is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the “Now & Again” Thrift Shop’s location at 20 Plaza Square in Old Towne Orange. The Thrift Shop is staffed by Assistance League volunteer- members, and funds the nonprofit’s many community philanthropic programs. As early as 1948, members began holding rummage sales to raise funds for their philanthropic programs, creating the desire to have a permanent thrift shop and income stream. The historical building, built in 1922 and purchased for $22,000, was previously the home of the Orange Building and Loan, and later, First National Bank. In 2011, as part of the build- ing’s restoration, the large walk- in vault was removed, bricks were restored, and a hidden met- al-framed window was found and repurposed as a donor dedication plaque behind the counter. The shop has recently re- opened, donations are again ac- cepted, and customers are in- vited to “Shop with Purpose” as all proceeds help the nonprofit transform lives and strengthen the community. For information, see . From left, Thrift Shop co-chair Sue Friedhoff, co-assistant chairs Meri Burgess and Cindy McCandless, co-chair Ellie Jordan and President Norma Hockensmith stand before the antique window found during the restoration. Aimee Sam Abrams-Widdicombe, a 2012 Foothill High School graduate, passed the California Bar Exam in February and is now an associate attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Palo Alto. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont as an eco- nomics major and attended the London School of Economics her junior year. Widdicombe attend- ed Duke University Law School, where she was a staff editor and editorial board member of the Law Journal and executive vice president of the Women’s Law Students. She earned the Out- standing Client Service Award for her work as a student attorney in Duke Law’s Community Enter- prise Clinic, and also received the Pro Bono Award. She graduated in May 2020 and was sworn into the California Bar on Feb. 26. Orange will seek community input on possible El Modena annexation The annexation of the El Mode- na and North El Modena county islands into the City of Orange might be pursued if the residents of those areas are in favor of it. An overview of the annexation process was presented during the March 9 city council meeting. The topic had been introduced by Councilwoman Ana Gutierrez in December. She represents the already-incorporated portion of El Modena within District 5. She reported that when she was campaigning, many residents of the El Modena county islands expressed an interest in becoming part of Orange. Because both islands are rela- tively small (102 and 31 acres), they qualify for streamlined an- nexation. The county generally supports the incorporation of is- lands into cities and would likely pay some of the costs associated with the process. Islands in the streamline ‘“I’m happy they qualify for a streamlined process,” Gutierrez said. “Our community needs to be recognized for its rich cultural and historical resources. The General Plan has goals to protect those resources. There’s no rush, but it’s important to do right by the community that is surrounded by the city.” Mayor Mark Murphy stressed that the city should not spend any money on the process until it is sure community members want to be annexed. “I’m willing to consider it,” he said. “But not if folks are not interested. It needs to be supported by the people affected by this change.” Both he and Councilman Jon Dumitru recalled an annexa- tion effort in 2003 when many residents totally objected to the change. “We got slapped around with previous annexation at- tempts,” he said. “When you tell people about city ordinances, they don’t want to be part of it. The county is more lax. Reaching out would be beneficial.” Doesn’t hurt to ask Gutierrez agreed, noting she’d be happy to help collect commu- nity input. “We want the com- munity to support this,” she said, “not impose it.” Councilwoman Arianna Barrios added, “This is why we like local control. I’d be honored to help with this.” The county currently receives about $42,000 in tax revenue from both islands, and spends about $900,000 on services. Those ex- penses, however, do not neces- sarily translate into costs the city would incur. Orange staff would have to assess the areas’ service costs and infrastructure needs to determine the actual financial im- pact on the city. The city already supplies some services to both county islands (water, back-up emergency fire response). It would, however, be responsible for police, trash pickup, street sweeping, code enforcement, infrastructure maintenance -- with annexation. The estimated property tax revenue from the 785 dwelling units in those areas would be less than what the city would spend to service them. But that’s true of any residential annexation. The council agreed to proceed with information gathering and outreach in the El Modena islands. If residents prove receptive to the idea, the annexation process is expected to take one to two years.