July 12th is nearly upon us and with it the public hearing and “final decision” regarding the development West Coyote Hills property. Please keep mark your calendar!
As many of you know, I support the development of West Coyote Hills – but not for the reasons you might expect.
First, whatever toxins may exist on the site will never get cleaned up unless Chevron is compelled to do it. How do you compel the wealthiest corporation in the U.S. to do anything? Give them incentives. In this case, allow them to build and, while they are at it, they can clean it up.
Second, the area has been permanently scarred by grading operations for oil and gas extraction (see image below). It would be far too costly for the City or even a private conservancy to attempt to restore the lands to an artificially created “natural” landscape and clean up the site.
Third, and perhaps most pressing for many, the property is closed to the public. If you have been on the property, you were either escorted by a Chevron representative or you trespassed. I would like very much to see more of it with out breaking the law or having an escort give me a guided tour. I would like to see the various wild life and walk the trails with my family. Unfortunately, until the land is open to the public, I can only dream.
Fourth, as many of you know, "sustainable" is a word over used in all the wrong places. Coyote Hills represents an opportunity to have a truly sustainable open space. As our city struggles to maintain our existing parks, we must question how we would pay to maintain a new park, especially one as large as the West Coyote Hills property. Pacific Coast Homes has already promised a sizable endowment to maintain the new open space created by their development. This is a first for Fullerton - sustainable open space - what a concept!
Furthermore, the opposition to the development asserts that Fullerton and the surrounding community is lacking parks. The reality is that there are already more than 120 public parks north of the 91 Freeway which we can’t afford to maintain and the proposed development will finally create sustainable open space and public parks.
For these reasons and more I gave my support to the development of WCH by adding my name to the Open Coyote Hills! Coalition.
There are many other reasons to support the development of WCH, such as the new vistas, homes, and businesses.
Please join me by attending the public hearing at 6:30PM on Tuesday July 12th at City Hall. Tell the Fullerton City Council that you support the development. There is no petition to sign, no one to write; just show up to the meeting and say a few words supporting the development.
Here are a few links regarding the development: