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Operation Warm Wishes a Huge Success

We admit it. Tyron Jackson is one of our heroes. We recently ran into him at our local Starbucks where he excitedly told me about his next project, Operation Warm Wishes. Here we are a few days later and Tyron reports batting a thousand. We’ll let tell you about it:

Saturday after the event-
Started my morning by delivering clothes and blankets to various organizations, shelters and to our homeless friends in need. I ended the day by treating some of our homeless friends to dinner at Wienerschnitzel. We had a great time eating chili cheese curly fries and ice cream. We laughed we encouraged each other and we reminded each other that homeless or not homeless God loves us and he has a plan for each of our lives. It was great!

I share this with you because, today happened because of your outstanding donations of food, clothing, blankets, toys and books at the Operation Warm Wishes Presents:“ I Love to Give! I Love to Read! Food and Book Drive for families and children in need!

Yesterday I was full of joy and emotion. I was trying not to cry, then I finally did. To see a person smile for the first in months, touched me. To see single dads and mom’s who walked miles to donate canned good or to get books for kids, touched me. To see students give other students hope, touched me. To see the community coming together to help and serve our friends and families in need, touched me. And because we came together! Together we made a difference.

Once again thank you to EVERYONE young and old who donated and collected food, clothing, blankets toys and books. Thank you to Starbucks Coffee for opening your doors and allowing us to hang out at the coffee shop as we helped our friends and families in need. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers! You truly touched hearts. Today a homeless friend, who attended yesterday’s event, told me that he laughed for the first time in months while playing a board game. He left feeling encouraged. Thank for touching lives.


Here are a few photos he shared with me:

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On The Planning Commission Agenda, April 23, 2013

agenda-clipartIt’s good to be back in SoCal. We spent a long weekend in the gold country last week for a convention and apologize for the lack of articles. It has been a busy week around the nation and locally as well. We’ll try to catch up on things this week.

Locally, the Tustin Planning Commission will begin the evening with a workshop beginning at 6 pm. According to the agenda, the “Housing Element” is intended to provide various updates and input to the Housing Element including an update schedule and discussion of public participation. It’s interesting neither a staff report or copy of the presentation is attached to the workshop agenda. It is, however, supposed to be available at the Community Development Department during business hours.

On the regular meeting agenda, beginning at 7 pm, there are three public hearings. Prior to that, however, the boys have to hand off proclamations and certificates of appreciation to former commissioners Ken Eckman and Fred Moore. We join the rest of the commissioners in saying thanks and so long. Both Moore and Eckman are Amante holdovers and it is probably just as well they move on. In the grand scheme of things, they neither helped nor hindered progress in our fair city. Both of them readily caved on the most important issue of the past year, the Wilcox Manor debacle. So, the loss of their expertise is no big loss.

At first glance, I thought the first Public Hearing item was a repeat of the April 9th hearing on a fitness gym on Chambers Road. A second glance made me realize this is another fitness gym intending to do business in the same area. This particular business has actually been around awhile but they are looking to expand into a larger location. The location under consideration already houses another fitness type of business so this should pretty much be a no-brainer for the commissioners. The only question is, how long will we have to hear these folks talk to themselves over petty issues regarding the project that they will, undoubtedly, approve.

The second Public Hearing of the evening is for a Conditional Use Permit for a Starbucks that will be located in the complex with the new Marriott and Fairfield Inn hotels behind Microcenter and adjacent to the freeway. The Starbucks will have a drive-thru and they are also asking for modifications to the signage. Issues of concern seem to be the aesthetics of the drive-thru which will be located on the front side of the building facing Newport Avenue. The staff feel the addition of a berm with shrubs will hide the cars (as if anyone wold really care) from the street view. My concern would be that the planned que only holds 12 cars. Does staff really think that is enough for a rush hour at Starbucks? I seriously wonder how many of the staff drink coffee? I foresee cars lined up on Newport to get in the place. Seriously, this should not be a factor in determining whether the use should be allowed. It fits with the retail aspect of the overall project and, if a bush or two allays the staff concerns then approval is in order.

The final Public Hearing is on General Plan Amendment 2013-001. It seems the South Coast Community College District would like to add a new local street on their part of the MCAS property. It would also make substantial changes to the plan by allowing private, non-educational uses and increasing allowable building square footages in the Education Village. A land exchange is also in the works. The considered work was enough to cause the city to prepare an addendum to the Environmental Impact Report.

So, there you have it. Not a whole lot to pique our interest but enough to keep the band of brothers busy for a couple of hours as they justify their stipends. Maybe the crew can get the new fitness folks to give them a few freebies. I see more than one pot belly peeking out from the dais.