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A Monthly Community Newspaper Est. 1969 OUSD will start work on

bond for 2016 By Tina Richards Looking ahead to 2016, the

OUSD school board authorized district staff to get started on a school bond measure that could be ballotized in time for that year’s November election. Superintendent Michael Chris-

tensen presented a comprehensive list of information to be gathered, finances to be explored, consul- tants to be hired, and school im- provement projects identified, in preparation for a 2016 school bond measure. He emphasized that the board

take no action at that point, other than to approve staff’s initial re- search efforts, noting that it would “take about a year” to complete all the needed preparatory work.

OUSD is 0 for 2 Still stinging from the narrow

defeat of the last school bond (and the one before that), the board is understandably cautious about its approach to number three. Trust- ees want to ensure that the real or perceived deficiencies of Measure K are not repeated. For example, architect draw-

ings depicting grand new facades and athletic facilities for the dis- trict’s high schools were long on possibility, but short on details. Voters wanted to know exactly what their 30-year debt was go- ing to buy.“We need adefined scope of work,” Christensen said.

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Santiago Hills vote is

underway Ballots have been mailed to property owners in the Santiago Hills Assessment District, ask- ing them to accept or reject an increase in annual fees that fund landscaping and maintenance of the common areas in their com- munity. If the assessment increase is approved, homeowners in San- tiago Hills will pay an additional $235 each year; those in Hillsdale will pay another $176, and condo owners, $167. The proposed in- crease will bring the total assess- ment to $604, $545 and $388, respectively. The fees appear on property tax bills and are paid annually. The increases are nec- essary because current fees were established in 1987 and have not gone up to meet costs that have increased over the past 25 years. Unlike most communities that

are maintained by homeowners associations, Santiago Hills’ and Hillsdale’s landscaping, hard- scaping, irrigation and electrical

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Photo courtesy Sue Philipp

A drones-eye view of what neighbors call the “Rio-Santiago dump” taken a year after the site’s owners told the community that if they could not get a zone change to develop the property, they would continue to collect dirt on it. Residents areasking the Orange City Counciltofixit. See story,page 10.

VP council chokes on key decisions

By Andie King More than 100 Villa Park fami-

lies, seniors and homeowners waited outside the city council chambers, April 28, to express their views on three controversial topics slated for a vote that eve- ning. The chambers were filled to capacity, forcing sheriffs to turn citizens away to wait outdoors. On the agenda: Review of “Parking by Permit Only” restric- tion on Featherhill Drive, Moun- tain View Circle and Dodson Way; consideration of a Serrano Avenue restriping plan; and a pre- liminary utility undergrounding study of Valley Drive from Center Drive to Cerro Villa Drive.

Permit Parking Petitions and emails (coun- cilmembers received over 100) circulated as neighbors debated the parking issue. Featherhill and Dodson residents have repeatedly complained about school traffic congestion, unwanted vehicles parked on their streets, unsafe driving, U-turns and rude behav- ior. Last September the council voted, as a trial, to allow permit parking only from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week, on those streets. At the January meeting, the issue was “kicked out” to April. Villa Park Little League par-

ents, whose kids play ball at Cerro Villa, decried the lack of adequate parking during practice times, asking that permits be lifted from 3:30 or 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. School parents also noted that parking is necessary, due to staggered bell times at Serrano. Citizens signed a petition re- questing that permit parking, in essence creating a private street, be voted down. Citizens sug- gested that Dodson/Featherhill be privatized, and residents pay for their own signage and mainte- nance; city money should not be

used for just two streets. Others suggested that restricting parking in one neighborhood would dom- ino, as parents would park else- where, simply moving the prob- lem to another neighborhood. The only point on which every-

one agreed: the issue is largely the fault of OUSD, as the schools were not built to handle the large number of students that now at- tend. And, most of the 23 speak- ers, petition signers, and inter- ested parties were looking for finality of the issue, as one email exhorted, “Just take a vote so that the community can take action as needed to ensure a safe and in- viting Little League season and school year, whatever your deci- sion may be.” Mayor Diana Fascenelli noted

that there are two distinct issues, traffic and parking. “Traffic con- tinues to be a problem, despite permit parking,” and “we have good scores and good schools be- cause parents are at the schools – and they need a place to park.” She encouraged citizens to attend OUSD board meetings to urge the district to solve the problem, and


Continued drought forces dramatic cuts in water usage; still, OC fares better than oth- ers. See Serrano, page 3; Our call, page 12

Over the top

A proposed 40-home development will redefine a neighbor- hood hilltop; builder seeks harmony with homeowners. See Plans, page 4

moved to revert to the original re- striction, no parking on weekends. Councilmen Bill Nelson and

Bob Collacott are part of the city’s Schools Committee and on a citizen task force that has been working with OUSD on this is- sue. Councilman Rick Barnett, unhappy that there is still “no good solution,” volunteered to take matters into his own hands and personally speak with Supt. Mike Christensen. He moved to “kick the issue out” for up to six months, to see what would tran- spire. Councilman Greg Mills’ substitute motion to sticker per- mit parking signs to read 7 a.m.-4 p.m., to allow Little League park- ing, was carried, 3-1, with Fas- cenelli the lone “no;” Collacott was recused.

Restriping Serrano The proposal to restripe Ser-

rano from Featherhill to Santiago Blvd. would create a dedicated turn lane and allow a through-lane so traffic would not back up, at a

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Eye a yellow ribbon

Orange Acres Back Breakers score big with critters, canned goods, canines and homespun technol- ogy. See OABB, page 19


Villa Park Women’s League hosted a “Wine and Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser on April 26 at the Tom White estate. Winners of the Derby hat contest show off their millinery, from left, Norma Koob for Best Purchased; Danah Mossler for Best Handmade; and Barbara Steensland for Most Outrageous. Each won a trophy and bottle of bubbly.

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For whom the ball rolls

A last minute suitor saves OUSD from clos- ing a popular sports facility. See Driving, page 7

Pastures of pavement

New construction at the south end of San- tiago Canyon Road turns elbow room into building boom. See Canyon Beat, page 11

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