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East Orange v Orange Park Acres v Villa Park v Anaheim Hills v Cowan Heights Crawford Canyon v Silverado/Modjeska Canyon Areas v North Tustin

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OUSD board will appoint trustee to fill surprise vacancy

By Tina Richards Trustee Diane Singer resigned

from the Orange Unified School District Board, July 31, because she and her family moved out of the area she represented. The surprise announcement

came on the heels of her move from Anaheim Hills (trustee area 1) to the City of Orange (area 3). By law, trustees must resign if they no longer live in the area they were elected to represent. Singer has served on the board since 2010, and was in her second term, after running uncontested for the seat in 2014. The board has two options to

fill the vacated seat. It can call a special election, which would cost the district an estimated $441,120 to $499,162, or it can appoint someone to serve until the next scheduled election in 2016. At that time, the appointee would have to run for the seat and either be elected or rejected by voters.

Cost consciousness “I would prefer a special elec-

tion,” Trustee Kathy Moffat said during the Aug. 13 board meet- ing. “But the cost is prohibitive; it demands an appointment.” Mark Wayland agreed, noting there would also be considerable cost to the candidates. “There’s money spent all over the place,” he said, “and it wouldn’t be worth it for an interim position that they’d have to turn around and run for again.” The board subsequently voted 6-0 to accept applications for the position. The board must select an applicant within 60 days or the county department of education will be required to force a special election. OUSD would pay for it. Many OUSD board watchers

fear that current majority mem- bers Tim Surridge, John Ortega, Mark Wayland and Rick Ledes- ma will take this opportunity to appoint a “ringer” who will vote with them. Some important board votes, selling district property for example, require a supermajority of five votes. Surridge, Wayland, Ortega and Ledesma have been thwarted in their attempts to sell the surplus Peralta property by a consistent 4 to 3 vote. Singer, along with Moffatt and Alexia Deligianni-Brydges have voted against the sale twice. OUSD community members, particu- larly those who live near the site, have long urged the board to hold on to the property, noting that proceeds from the sale would not solve the district’s financial prob-

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


slowed down

Residents pumped and primed for a housing project hearing are in the wrong place at the wrong time for their public airing. See Marywood, page 2

Go with the flow School daze Photo by Andie King

Summer ended early as classes began at public schools on Aug. 26. The day, one of the hottest of the year, was marked by student legions laden with new backpacks, some nearly as big as the kids themselves.

Chapman U withdraws application Chapman University advised

the City of Orange, Aug. 25, that it was withdrawing its applica- tion for a specific plan amend- ment to increase student enroll- ment from 8,700 to 11,650 over the next 10 years and expand its square footage footprint. Chapman’s Chief Operating

Officer Harold Hewitt told the city that the university will likely resubmit its application in 2016, but in the meantime intends to increase its public outreach. Chapman wants to work with the city to create a community ad-

visory committee, consisting of public officials, business leaders and representatives from the Old Towne Preservation Association and the Orange Barrio Historical Society.

Chapman released a formal an- nouncement Aug. 26, attributing its suspension of plans to increase enrollment to its desire to “miti- gate neighbor issues.” University officials had met with leaders of the Old Towne Preservation Soci- ety, listened to their concerns and suggestions and agreed to take a step back. “Chapman University

to expand student population wants to work closely with the city and our neighbors,” President Jim Doti said. “I’ve always felt that when there are challenges, it's best to meet face to face and talk them out.”

Shot across the bow The university’s withdrawal

came just two weeks after Or- ange City Councilman Mike Al- varez questioned an otherwise routine agenda item involving

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Buried gas pipes resurface to

By Tina Richards Neighbors who live along the

challenge another developer petroleum products, but is now dormant. The pipelines were a major

old railroad right of way stretch- ing between LaVeta and Fairhav- en in Orange thought that when the city denied a developer’s ap- plication to build six houses there in 2007, the linear property would most likely become an extension

of the Esplanade Trail. After all, the mostly 50 to 60-ft.-wide strip of land can’t ac- commodate many houses, it’s not zoned for any development at all, and it’s a corridor for two bur- ied gas pipelines. One pipeline is currently active, transporting natural gas; the other has been used to deliver jet fuel and other

factor in the city council’s rejec- tion of the housing project eight years ago. Orange officials were concerned about building houses

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Water districts anxious to learn who will take over Area 7 sewer lines must wait a little longer as LAFCO hearing is postponed. See Fate of, page 4

Out of the wood

Talented OC carvers turn saws, blades and picks into magical instruments. See Carvers, page 12

Confections at the intersection

Long fenced and empty Villa Park corner slated to be a drive-through for donuts. See Dunkin’, page 15

On the yaks track

Modjeska traveler ventures deep into Mongolia, where horses and beasts of burden rule. See Steppe, page 20

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