Save Coyote Hills is Working

This may be surprising considering the Friends of Coyote Hills is locked in a lawsuit with the City of Fullerton and Chevron-Pacific Coast Homes to uphold the public’s 2012 Measure W vote which should have overturned the City Council’s approval of the Coyote Hills development. But hear me out.
It’s been 16 years since Chevron-PCH began its latest development approval application. Back then critics scoffed at our mission to save all 510-acres of Coyote Hills as a park and preserve, saying “it’s a done deal”. [Read more...]

A Path Forward to Development As Council Turns Down $15 Million for Coyote Hills

In the August 2017 issue of the Fullerton Observer, I wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece titled “I’m All for Saving Coyote Hills… Unless It Can Actually Be Done”. This was in response to the Orange County Register’s misinformed editorial criticizing a couple of pending state legislation to help fund the acquisition of West Coyote Hills for a public park and preserve.
AB 510 and SB 714 legislation as currently proposed by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and Senator Newman would set up a multi-year funding program through a Coyote Hills Conservancy to save all of Coyote Hills as a park and preserve for our park poor region of North Orange County. This is consistent with Fullerton voters’ 2012 Measure W referendum that rejected the development of West Coyote Hills.
Sadly, the majority of the Fullerton City Council lived up to my “expectation” by rejecting AB 510 and SB 714 at its August 1st City Council meeting. [Read more...]

Why Save West Coyote Hills?

North Orange County deserves its fair share of parks. There is a great imbalance of parks and open space between North and South Orange County. North Orange County is highly urbanized with few parks and even fewer opportunities for new parks. Comparing parks per capita between North and South counties :
• North Orange County has 1 acre per 246 people.
• South Orange County has 1 acre per 6 people.
The National Recreation and Parks Association standard for parkland is 1 acre per 100 people. Within 7 miles of West Coyote Hills, there is only 1 acre per 356 people! Let’s not let the opportunity for a West Coyote Hills park slip away from us!

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Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, Inc., is the fiscal sponsor to the Friends of Coyote Hills. Their Federal Tax ID is 33-0776377. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.