1 / 20 Next Page
Show Menu
1 / 20 Next Page
Page Background



continued on page 4



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

A Monthly Community Newspaper Est. 1969


Letters To The Editor

Page 8

Prof. Directory

Page 12

Classi eds

Page 12

Services Directory

Page 12-14

Canyon Beat

Page 15


Page 17

Soup's On

Page 17

Real Estate

Page 17


Page 18-19


Residential Customer


fetes bond

win; looks

to hire



By Tina Richards

With the sweet scent of Mea-

sure S success lingering in the

boardroom, the Orange Unified

trustees attended to the first order

of bond business at the Nov. 17

public meeting – selecting a con-

tractor to oversee construction at

all four high schools.

A subcommittee of Tim Sur-

ridge, Rick Ledesma and Kathy

Moffat had previously inter-

viewed competing firms, and by

a two-to-one vote recommended

Cumming Corporation. Mof-

fat was the sole dissenter in the

subcommittee selection of Cum-

ming, and explained her discom-

fort with that choice during the

board meeting.

Moffat said that she was sur-

prised during the preliminary in-

terviews when the Cumming rep-

resentative and Surridige greeted

each other on a first-name basis.

It was clear to her that Surridge

had already met with the contrac-

tor and, she believed, that in the

interest of transparency, the pub-

lic should be aware of that before

the board voted.

Nothin’ to see here

Surridge admitted that he did

have a separate meeting with the

contractor because he wanted to

get more detailed information. “I

reached out to multiple compa-

nies to help me understand what

they’re doing,” he explained. “I

always tell Superintendent Chris-

tensen about these meetings. I

do know the head of Cumming,

but have had no contact. It’s not

appropriate to bring this up,” he

added, “to suggest wrongdo-

ing right after the bond passed.”

He reiterated that he had made

the superintendent aware of that

meeting, and that no wrongdoing

had occurred. Besides, he noted,

we already know these people be-

cause they have the contract for

Canyon High School.

Moffatt stressed that she was

not implying any impropriety,

just concerned about the process.

“Every meeting with a contractor

should be public,” she said, “es-

pecially now. The public passed

the bond measure, and they need

to be involved in the process.”

She suggested to avoid even

the appearance of impropriety,

Cumming should be eliminated

and the subcommittee’s second

choice, Cordoba Corporation,

should be selected.

“This is a lucrative contract,”

she remarked. “Transparency is

important. No entity submitting

a proposal should make contact

City of Villa Park will not go to pot

In the aftermath of California

voters’ decision to legalize mari-

juana, the Villa Park City Council

agreed to expand its current ban of

the medicinal herb to include rec-

reational use.

Under the ordinance passed 5-0

at the Nov. 15 council meeting,

the cultivation, delivery or sale of

cannabis for adult recreational use

is now prohibited within city lim-

its, just as it has been for medical


While the medicinal and recre-

ational use of marijuana is legal

statewide, cities are still allowed

to control it within their bound-

aries. Following the legalization

of marijuana for medicinal use in

1996, the California legislature

clarified the scope of the Compas-

sionate Use Act to recognize the

authority of counties and cities to

adopt local ordinances that regu-

late the location, operation or es-

tablishment of medical marijuana

dispensaries. Villa Park banned

the substance in 2010.

In October 2015, the Medical

Marijuana Regulation and Safety

Act set additional provisions al-

lowing local control of the culti-

vation and delivery of the drug as

well. The city enacted ordinances

prohibiting those activities, effec-

tive Jan. 1 of this year.

Under the new Adult Use of

Marijuana Act, cities retain the

authority to restrict recreational

or commercial activities involving

cannabis, with one exception. The

voter-approved legislation allows

indoor cultivation for personal

use. It cannot, however, be visible

or apparent outside the property,

constitute a health or safety issue,

or impact neighboring properties.

Villa Park is banning all can-

nabis and medical marijuana-

related activity within the city to

the “maximum extent permitted

by law.” The ordinance takes ef-

fect 30 days from its passage and


By Daniel Langhorne

The Federal Aviation Adminis-

tration (FAA) claims it is unlikely

residents living under the flight

path into John Wayne Airport

will experience much change in

aircraft noise as the agency im-

plements a new satellite-based

guidance system in the coming


More than 120 people attended

a Nov. 2 meeting at El Mode-

na High School, where guests

viewed maps of the new flight

paths and entered their address-

es into a computer to see how

many aircraft would fly over their


Newport Beach, Laguna Beach

and Culver City have filed sepa-

rate federal lawsuits against the

FAA in the U.S. Court of Appeals

for the Ninth Circuit over the im-

plementation of the Next Genera-

tion Air Transportation System

(NextGen) in greater Los Ange-

les. The three cities claim federal

officials failed to adequately ana-

lyze the environmental impacts

of implementing new departure,

arrival and approach procedures

at airports located within the

Southern California Metroplex.

Orange County joined the New-

port Beach suit Nov. 10.

Pie in the sky

North Tustin resident Jane

Sears was skeptical of the federal

officials’ claims that the project

would have little or no impact on

her neighborhood. “I’m not sure

things will change that much for

us, unless they use [NextGen]

as an excuse to change the [air-

port’s] hours,” Sears said.

The FAA is implementing

NextGen, a plan to modernize

the National Airspace System

through 2025. The goal is to

make airspace more efficient and

improve access to airports. Next-

Gen employs a suite of advanced

technologies and procedures that

enable aircraft to move more di-

rectly from one point to another.

This helps passengers reach their

destinations on time, while reduc-

ing fuel burn and lessening the

impact on the environment.

Federal officials claim the proj-

ect will have no significant im-

pact on Southern California resi-

dents, and that they followed the

requirements of the National En-

vironmental Policy Act (NEPA)

when measuring potential noise,

pollution and other effects of air


Location, location

FAA Spokesman Ian Gregor

said the agency does not com-

ment on pending litigation. “We

stand by the environmental analy-

sis,” Gregor said.

The FAA modeled noise at

330,000 locations throughout the

project area. The results showed

that some areas will experience

slight noise increases, some ar-

eas will experience slight noise

decreases, and some areas will

experience no changes, Gregor


“I think we’re seeing a con-

tinuing improvement,” said Bru-

no Junor, Third District repre-

sentative for the Orange County

Airport Commission. “The prob-

lem is when you build something


FAA says most North OC residents won’t

notice changes to JWA flightpath


Orange Park Acres' iconic pageantry-prone horse Joey and rider Debbie Kiepfer

deck the hooves for the holidays.

Here we

come a


Orange family

members populate

the news this month.

See dad Mark, page 2;

daughter Katie, page

6; mom Kathy, page 12

Do you fear

what I fear?

Chapman U’s plans for

historic packinghouse

raise concerns about

preservation and

local identity. See

Chapman, page 4

A no-horse

open slate

Creek alliance unveils

trail plan; but first draft

omits East Orange

equestrians and

equivalent paths. See

Greenway, page 5



A developer plans to

squeeze 10 pounds

of houses onto a

five-pound parcel in

North Tustin. Alarmed

residents rally. See

Cowan, page 11

Roam for the


Local events slated

to celebrate the

season with parades,

parties, pajamas and

paws. See Christmas

present, page 16



from the