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East Orange • Central Orange • Orange Park Acres • Villa Park • Anaheim Hills • Silverado/Modjeska Canyon Areas • North Tustin

A Monthly Community Newspaper Est. 1969



Residential Customer

Canyon Beat

Page 8

Guest Commentary

Page 9

Letters To The Editor

Page 9


Page 10

Prof. Directory

Page 10

Service Directory

Pages 18-20

Real Estate

Page 23

Soup's On

Page 24


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continued on page 4



at Foothills



The Best News In Town

The hills are


With the sound of an-

gry residents decrying

a 300-unit apartment

complex proposed,

but not procured. See

Anaheim hills, page 2

Laps of


ElMo’s dreams of an

Olympic-size pool

may be larger than the

district’s wallet. See

OUSD ponders, page 6

Sticking to the


Orange council heads

off needle exchange

programwith lawsuit

and urgency ordi-

nance. See Orange

acts, page 11

Who do you


Candidates for city of-

fices summarize their

strengths and merits

to earn your vote. See

Orange, page 12-14;

Villa Park, page 17



International food fest

brings people and pas-

sions together. See

photos, page 25

By Andie King

A lawsuit brought by Villa Park

City Councilwoman Diana Fas-

cenelli against the city, the OC

Registrar of Voters and naming

Mayor Robert Collacott as the

real party in interest was denied

on Sept. 7, three days after a hear-

ing before Judge Craig Griffin in

Orange County Superior Court.

The lawsuit, filed Aug 21,

asked that Collacott be removed

from the Nov. 6 ballot, alleging

that the Declaration of Candidacy

papers he filed were fraudulent;

that his papers had blanks and did

not include dates of circulation;

that the papers, due on Aug. 10,

were faxed in and filed by a third

party without the required notari-

zation; that his faxed papers were

replaced by original papers with

an original signature, filed and

backdated on the next business

day, Aug. 13, after the deadline.

Mayor Collacott testified at the

Sept. 4 hearing that he was out of

town on Aug. 10, which is why

he faxed the documents to a third

party who filed them before the 5

p.m. deadline. He came to city

hall Monday morning (Aug. 13)

to provide a “wet” signature and

turned in the original versions

of his faxed filing. He told the

court that the city employee on

duty called VP’s election consul-

tant who told him to backdate the


Judge Griffin ruled that Villa

Park is a “general law city” and

that, in municipal elections, the

elections code does not sug-

gest papers submitted by a third

party be notarized. He found

that Orange County Candidate’s

Handbook, which states that no-

tarization is necessary, is not

specifically applicable to mu-

nicipal elections. Further, the

Court wasaware of no authority

prohibiting the filing of nomina-

tion papers bearing a facsimile

signature; and that section 8065,

which indicated “the elections

official shall not accept for filing

any nomination paper unless all

blanks in the certificate are filled”

is also inapplicable to municipal

elections and, as Neal Kelly, Or-

ange County registrar of voters

asserted, “immaterial.”

Fascenelli has since been

roundly criticized for filing what

Collacott’s supporters call a “friv-

olous” lawsuit.

The points she raised --whether

the rules and deadlines apply to

everyone, or whether one candi-

date is exempt, and whether certi-

fying that a document was signed

“in the county of Orange,” while

in San Diego is a false statement

or not -- was not considered by

the court.

“The bottom line,” Collacott

said, “is that the voters will have

a choice in November and my

name will remain on the ballot as

a candidate for re-election to Villa

Park City Council.”

Court denies challenge

to VP candidate's filing

The Architects Orange troop mobilized for the premier voyage of the

Millennium Fal-CAN, and earned an Honorable Mention award in

the Orange County Design-Build Competition, organized to “com-

bine the fun of a design-build competition with an ingenious way to

help feed hungry people.” The 10’x10’x10’ sculpture was an engi-

neering challenge for the team, with its cantilevered, angled, pre-

sentation set for flight, complete with galaxy stars. The design went

through months of 3-D modeling, structural engineering, food prod-

uct label design and profile research, pre-builds, revisions and testing

before the final sculpture was created. It took seven hours to install

and contained over 4,600 cans of food. The CANStruction supports

the OC Food Bank.

By Tina Richards

Negotiations between the

owner of the Sully-Miller prop-

erty and neighboring residents

over the size and scope of a pro-

posed housing development have

stalled, with the builder sticking

to its plan for 123-129 houses and

some members of the citizen liai-

son committee abandoning their

united front for more community-

centric solutions.

Developer Milan Capital owns

three sites in Orange Park Acres:

the 109-acre Sully-Miller prop-

erty bordered by Mabury Ranch,

The Reserve, Santiago Canyon

Road and the closed landfill abut-

ting Cannon; the seven-acre horse

arena across the street; and the

former Ridgeline Golf Course

property. The Sully-Miller site,

once a sand and gravel mine, has

been used as a repository for dirt

removed from construction proj-


The builder currently has zon-

ing to build six houses on one-

acre lots on the horse arena; and

a maximum 40 houses on the 12

acres south of Mabury Ranch and

north of Santiago Creek, which

traverses the acreage. The devel-

oper, therefore, could potentially

build 46 homes on 20 acres.

A numbers game

Milan wants to build more. It is

asking the city for a zone change

to accommodate up to 129 houses.

In exchange, it says, it will donate

Ridgeline (zoned open space/rec-

reation) to Orange and give the

horse arena land to OPA. Of the

acreage it wants to be rezoned, 26

fall within the Orange Park Acres

Specific Plan. That plan restricts

development to one-acre lots.

The liaison committee, com-

prised of representatives from

OPA, Mabury Ranch and The

Reserve, came up with a develop-

ment plan that transferred Milan’s

rights to build 40 houses north of

the creek and six on the horse are-

na site to 47 houses south of the

creek. The plan increased Milan’s

buildable acreage from 20 to 40

acres. OPA was willing to allow

the additional 20 acres to honor

its one-acre lot zoning.

The committee believed the

plan was a fair compromise. It

gave Milan a return on its invest-

ment, moved development away

from Mabury Ranch, would end

the dirt hauling that plagues The

Reserve and protect OPA’s Spe-

cific Plan.

Milan rejected the commit-

tee’s proposal, and stepped up

efforts to divide and threaten the

community, much like it did for

its ill-fated Ridgeline project a

decade ago. It quickly filed a six-

unit tract map for the horse arena

property, told The Reserve repre-

sentatives that if it couldn’t build

where it wanted to, it would con-

tinue the dirt hauling in perpetu-

ity, and assured Mabury Ranch it

would build houses north of the


A wink and a wedge

Milan consultant Frank Elfend

reportedly held separate meetings

with committee members Nick

Lall of Mabury and Tom David-

son of OPA to persuade them to

support the higher-density plan.

Davidson embraced the promised

“gift” of Ridgeline and the horse

arena. Lall lives adjacent to the

12 acres zoned for development.

He convinced his HOA board that

up to 129 houses along Santiago

Canyon Road were better than

any number of houses next to his

corner of Mabury Ranch. The

board conducted a survey that

suggested Mabury residents were

2 to 1 in favor of “working with

Milan.” Milan consultants Elf-

end and Carmen Morinello were

invited to present the benefits of

their development plan at a com-

munity meeting, Aug. 29.

Community unity fading as Sully-Miller

developer invokes divide and conquer tactics

Residents who attended that

meeting were largely unhappy

with the additional traffic, noise

and disruption that would come

with 129 houses. They were vocal

in their opposition. Despite the

apparent disconnect between the

board’s sentiments and those of

the residents, the HOA now sup-

ports the higher-density project.

“I am very disappointed,” said

Stephanie Lesinski, a member of

the liaison committee and Ma-

bury’s HOA board. “The City

of Orange gave the surrounding

Villa Park Community

Services Foundation will

host a Council Candi-

dates’ Forum from 7-9

p.m. on Wed., Oct. 10 in

the city council chambers.

This forum will be conducted

according to guidelines estab-

lished by the League of Women

Voters, and include an opening

statement by each candidate,

questions posed by the audi-

ence, and a closing statement.

The public is invited to come

with questions.