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North Tustin Update

FCA logoApologies to Rick Nelson and our friends in North Tustin. I am on Rick’s email list and he sends me occasional emails on events and items of concern for our neighbors to the north. He also sends me a regular “North Tustin Update” which I received a couple of weeks ago. He is probably wondering when I would publish anything. So, here we go.

The annual FCA meeting was held on March 4th. They had several interesting speakers including, John Sears, OCFA Deputy Chief Laura Blaul and the ever entertaining, Honorable Todd Spitzer. I would like to have come to the meeting just for that but I was still recuperating from my injuries. Todd spoke about projects around his district, which includes North Tustin, and talked about issues facing the community. One of the issues was the impact long term park planning will have on North Tustin.

FCA is busy gearing up for their campaign to switch water companies. In order to fund the effort to change from Golden State Water to another water company, the board is asking for a $100 contribution from each member. All funds for the effort will be segregated and dedicated for the sole purpose of funding the change. FCA alleges that GSW has been ripping off their customers for years with some of the highest rates around. Now, GSW intends to hike rates again (join the crowd) even though they are turning a substantial profit. A committee will look into changing water companies for the Cowan Heights and Lemon Heights customers. One of the companies they are looking at is Tustin Water.

One item that is still on the boiler, although it has taken a simmer for the time being, is the Senior Living Facility proposed by the Catholic Diocese for property they own on Newport Avenue. The outcome of the lawsuit forbidding the construction is far from over. Appeals were made by both sides of the argument for different reasons. In a bit of good news for North Tustinites, the Orange County Board of Supervisors withdrew as a party to the appeal, leaving the Diocese on their own. FCA expects everything to be settled by this summer. We say, it ain’t over til the fat lady sings.

Other items of interest to our rural neighbors include the formation of a Coyote Committee and vine maintenance on Red Hill Avenue. They are also looking for volunteers who can help with computer input, accounting and their website.

If you want to know firsthand what is happening in North Tustin, check out their excellent website. If you are in a hurry, check out the news bulletin.

Foothills Communities Association to Hold Community Picnic

There is nothing like a picnic to bring out the best in people. And, the Foothills Communities Association are getting to be old hands at this. They held a great picnic last year with a great turnout and lots of food, fun and games. The 2012 picnic looks to be shaping up to be an even bigger event while still holding to the tradition of community. That’s what I like about these folks. They have created a community that knows how to have fun and band together under common cause when necessary.

We first wrote about our neighbors to the North when news broke of FCA’s win over the Orange County Catholic Diocese and the County of Orange in a zoning dispute. the Diocese had asked for a change in zoning of property they own in the area so they could build a senior living community. FCA banded together to voice a strong opinion and, when that did not work, took the Diocese to court. The issue does not appear to be over, by any means, as motions have been filed seeking clarification of the judge’s ruling. It is a shame the Diocese, who just purchased the Crystal Cathedral, can’t leave well enough alone.

Back to the picnic. Here is the information from the website:

FUN fall picnic for the whole family!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the bulk of the cost will be underwritten. Attendee cost is $5 per person for the picnic plus $5 per car upon park entrance. The charge per person is to encourage people who register to show up.

The picnic is open to the first 300 individuals who register.  Everyone, FCA member or not, in unincorporated zip 92705 and unincorporated zip 92780 as well as the FCA members outside of these unincorporated areas, is invited.  All children & grandchildren are welcome.

Location: Irvine Regional Park [see map on reverse side]

Sunday, September 23, 2012, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
[The park is open 6am to 9pm – park amenities will be available all day].

Food to be provided by area restaurants. This is a great opportunity for area restaurants to boost their presence in the community!

 The contact for restaurants is Barbara Ferreira,

Please contact Rick Nelson to sign up for sponsorships.    
(714) 730-7810

Drinks: Cold Lemonade and Water

Fun Stuff from FCA (included)

Face painting
Twisted balloons
Bounce house
The Wacko Show!
Walk Around Magic

The OC Fire Authority (our Fire Department) is bringing ice cream, a fire truck, and fireman badges and hats.
The OC Sheriff Department is bringing a K-9 unit.

Park Activities: (additional fees may apply; some only available 10am to 4pm)
Bicycle & Aquacycle Rentals, Children’s Pony Rides
Irvine Park Railroad (10am-4pm), Zoo

Please remember that advanced registration is required.
Registration is limited to the first 300 registrants.

As noted, this event is open to everyone in North Tustin, not just FCA members. Registration is limited to the first 300 and I doubt they will have trouble reaching their quota. If you would like a taste of the experience from last year, take a look at this video. It was more than enough to get us to register. If the video does not embed, you can find it here.