During the public comments portion of the meeting, fantastic speakers presented facts, asked hard-hitting questions, criticized and even scolded the pro-development school board members, and made impassioned pleas for them to stop their ludicrous plan.
Ledesma’s PR Plan—the Vote
Following public comments, Rick Ledesma argued for his “communications” plan. Kathy Moffat and Diane Singer questioned the wisdom of launching what could be construed as a pro-development PR plan, and voiced their opinions against it. They noted how communications had occurred, and that there was, in fact, wide knowledge in the public thanks to numerous articles in the media and other means of outreach.
Mark Wayland stood up to Ledesma and said, “I can’t support this” (followed by, “I think we should move forward on this thing.”) He seemed to indicate that he would still be voting for the development of the property, but was against a PR plan.
Even Timothy Surridge, surprisingly, expressed reservations, but, noting that there are other surplus properties with which they are going to be dealing, said communications to the public should be a bigger priority.
The final vote had Moffat, Singer, and Wayland voting against, and Ledesma and Surridge voting for. Dr. Deligianni agreed to vote for a communications plan as long as its contents were reviewed and approved by all members of the Board. John Ortega was not present, and did not show up until right after the vote took place.
Surprise Announcement by Surridge
At the end of the meeting, at nearly 11:30 p.m. and with just a handful of people in attendance, Surridge publicly announced that he was pulling his support of leasing the Peralta parcel to Fairfield Residential and instead proposing that it be sold.
The Battle is NOT OVER—Yard Signs Need to Stay UP!
Despite the fact that Surridge said he would pull his support for the lease of this property, no vote has been scheduled. When a vote is scheduled, we must be there. We must continue to keep the pressure on.
Furthermore, if the property were to be sold, we must continue to ensure that it is not developed in a way that contradicts the city’s general plan. In fact, Fairfield may be interested in buying this property outright and proposing a general plan amendment.
Our continued vigilance is critical. We cannot let our guard down. We must remain fully engaged in this fight. Please continue to display your yard signs, and please continue to read the communications we are sending.
We will let you know when the vote is scheduled, and our next steps.
Please remember to friend us on Facebook: Save Peralta and Orange Needs Parks
Spread the word. Please tell your friends and family.
Peralta Taken Off Agenda for Monday Meeting
Earlier this week, we advised of a Monday, September 16th meeting at the OUSD Office. Peralta was an agenda item but has since been removed. Due to this change, there is NO need to attend this meeting. We will keep you posted if there are any changes.
Supporting Those Who Have Supported Us
It is important that we support those who have supported us. Please consider subscribing to an e-edition of the Foothills Sentry.
Additionally, Diane Singer is having a fund-raiser on Oct. 17 at The Catch in Anaheim. We would like to pass this invitation on to anyone who would be interested in going or making a donation. We need to ensure that intelligent people like Diane Singer remain in office. We will soon post this invitation on the website.