With the Fullerton City Council scheduled to discuss and vote on the proposed West Coyote Hills development by Pacific Coast Homes, the Fullerton Observer is working overtime to derail the multi-million dollar development.
The Early July issue of the Observer has several stories of woe from authors, some named and some anonymous.
One such story by an anonymous author, “
or Housing Development?”, pushes the notion that the OCTA was poised to purchase the 510 acre site for use as a park. That is not entirely accurate and here is why. Public Park
OCTA never had enough money to purchase the property. OCTA offered Chevron, the property owner, $27-million for the property estimated to be worth more than $250-million.
In a letter to OCTA dated March 22, 2010, Pacific Coast Homes project manager Jim Pugliese explained as much.
Pugliese goes on to further explain that they intend to open the property to the public, nearly 250 acres, as well as the liability of simply turning over an oil field without indemnification.
The Observer has chosen to omit these important details in an effort to thwart any development of the property. Unfortunately, their readers may take as whole truths the misleading spin from the liberal paper without doing their own independent research.
Another misgiving is that
North OC needs another park. There are more than 120 parks north of the 91FWY which municipalities are struggling to maintain with deeply cut budgets. Another park, as nice as it may sound, places a tremendous burden on already strained budgets. Without a large endowment, like the one proposed by Pacific Coast Homes, we just cannot afford to operate or maintain another park.
The City Council will take up the issue July 12th, 6:30PM at City Hall.