Foothills Sentry December 2019

NEWS INSIDE East Orange • Central Orange • Orange Park Acres • Villa Park • Anaheim Hills • Silverado/Modjeska Canyon Areas • North Tustin A Monthly Community Newspaper Est. 1969 December 2019 *********ECRWSSEDDM**** Residential Customer Letters To The Editor Page 7 Canyon Beat Page 8 Service Directory Pages 12-14 Prof. Directory Page 14 Classifieds Page 14 Real Estate Page 16 Obituaries Page 17 Soup's On Page 17 Sports Page 18-19 FOLLOWUS at Foothills Sentry The Best News In Town A run for the money TUSD Foundation fundraiser fetes the power of fleet feet. See Dino Dash, page 2 Reading, writing and riskmatic Constituents cite a raft of reasons to deny a charter school’s entry into Orange Unified. See OUSD, page 5 Warm hearts and minds A grateful community honors its veterans with sincere thanks and sol- emn ceremony. See Or- ange celebrates, page 6 Silver threads among the gold The Sentry receives recognition for is five- decade publishing run. See 50th anniversary, page 12 Crowns and Gowns High schools herald kings and queens at fall football games. See Homecoming, page 15 1969 2019 See "Residents" continued on page 2 A hardy band of concerned citizens is attending Orange City Council meetings and holding court in front of city hall on Fri- day mornings, hoping to encour- age elected officials to declare a climate state of emergency. Advocates believe that an emergency declaration would prompt the city to identify carbon emission sources and set strategic goals to reduce them. “Declaring a climate emer- gency, which it is,” says Jonathan Spieser, “is the first step in doing something. We’re not asking the city to change itself overnight, just acknowledge that action must be taken to reduce carbon emis- sions.” “If the city declared an emer- gency,” says Johanna Spieser, Residents call for climate action in Orange “that would get residents’ at- tention and people, one by one, would do what they could to help meet carbon reduction goals.” The Orange contingent’s ef- forts are part of a global cam- paign to urge governments, large and small, to de-carbonize. To date, some two dozen municipali- ties in California (none in Orange County) and 1,140 governments in 25 countries have declared cli- mate emergencies and committed to action to reduce carbon emis- sions. Orange has taken preliminary steps to address the issue. The city’s General Plan lists as a goal, “to prepare for and adapt to the Demonstrators ask the City of Orange to declare a climate emergency. Photo by Tony Richards By Tina Richards A lawsuit challenging the Or- ange City Council’s approval of a 128-unit housing project in East Orange, and its certification of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), was filed by the Orange Park Association, Nov. 21. The lawsuit, filed against the City of Orange under the Cali- fornia Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), asks the court to vacate and set aside the city’s Oct. 22 approvals of the Milan Capital housing project and the EIR. It also asks the court to direct the city to comply with the require- ments of CEQA. The primary purpose of CEQA is to ensure that the public is given a complete understanding of the impacts a proposed proj- Rain caused the 17th annual Villa Park Marine Thanksgiving opening ceremony to be moved to the Villa Park High School Performing Arts Center. There, organizer Robert Frackelton, Councilman Chad Zimmerman and the Villa Park Community Band formally welcomed 138 Marines – including one from Villa Park, Illinois – to the city, where 39 local families “adopted” them for a day of food, football and family. Host families, along with VP Community Services Foundation provided six luxury limo buses for the ride to and from Camp Pendleton, along with a gift for each young Marine. VP Rotarian Chuck Neimann opened his vast collection of vintage and specialty vehicles to share with the Marines.Villa Park Ralph’s and Dunkin Donuts supplied refreshments. Citizens file lawsuit against City of Orange challenging development approvals ect will have on its surroundings. Those impacts include air and water quality, noise, traffic, pub- lic safety, sensitive or endangered species. While this EIR concludes there will be “significant im- pacts” on air quality and traffic, it provides no detailed analysis or mitigation plan. The report fails to give the public a reasonable expectation of what the project entails, and defers specific miti- gation and remediation plans un- til a later, undetermined date. Say it again, Sam The lawsuit raises the same project flaws and inadequacies brought to the city’s attention when the Draft EIR was released in February 2018, and repeated See "Citizens" continued on page 8 See "Villa Park" continued on page 4 By Andie Mills The scene is surreal, something out of sci-fi movie. It is surpris- ing to see an eerie all-white land- scape, with hills and mounds -- all where the Villa Park High School track and field was – or should be. Now what? The upgrade to the track and field -- a synthetic turf and track, ADA-required side- walks and fencing, and a reconfig- ured parking area -- commenced in September 2018. Completion was originally planned for Octo- ber 2019. Now, hopes are for a spring opening date. Similar upgrades at Canyon and Orange High Schools went smoothly. Workers excavating the Orange track encountered un- expected boulders and cement, but the project was completed in a timely manner. The track is now ready for use. Canyon’s track VPHS track and field project hits another snag is useable now, with an ADA- compliant walkway, drainage and railings; final touches will be completed this month. But Villa Park’s track? Scott Harvey, Orange Unified School District Director of Maintenance and Operations, explained the tri- als and tribulations. Like a trou- blesome kitchen remodel, what began as a simple upgrade has morphed into a bigger and more complex endeavor. The first issue discovered was track undulation, caused by changed compaction of the soil. The surface was uneven and un- safe, and had to be torn out. After the rainy season and the soil was dried out, concrete was poured, creating a permanent and stable base under the track that will not